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Members' Web Access Need-to-Know

How to Update Your Profile:

 Once you have signed up for a membership, the office will need to start a profile for you. Once you have received an email stating your profile is ready to update, you may follow the below steps. If at any time you are unsure or reach a roadblock, please don't hesitate to contact our Office Manager, Katie Wilde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280 and she will help you out.


  • Go to guelpharts.ca and click LOGIN

  • Enter your username and password. Use the password reset functions or contact the office if you aren't sure - we're happy to help!
  • Once you are logged in, type your name in the search bar
  • Click your name in the search results
  • Click the edit 'cog' (looks like a flower or a gear) on the button next to your name
  • Click "edit profile"
  • Upload images (see tips below - IMPORTANT!)
  • Enter as much or as little contact information as you are comfortable sharing publicly. If you don't wish to share your email address, people can still contact you by using the contact form on your profile. Their message will be emailed to you by our system, but the sender won't know your email address.
  • Write a bit about yourself and your work in 600 characters or fewer including spaces (approx 100 words). Best to type in a word processor first where you can check your character count. Remember: spaces, letters, punctuation and numbers all count as characters.
  • Add your website and social media links




Image Size (important!)

The digital images that you upload must be a minimum of 300 pixels on the shortest side, and the file size must be no larger than 800 KB (kilobytes). This requirement is listed on your editing page, so you don't have to memorize it.


To Delete an Image

When you're in the editing area, click on the little checkmark which is embedded in the thumbnail, and the checkmark will disappear. When you submit your changes this photo will be gone from your 9-piece roster. To choose the order in which they appear, go into the editing window, and click and drag the thumbnails to rearrange the order.

Adding your Bio/Description

The bio/description section will only display the first 600 characters including spaces, even if you write more. We suggest drafting your description in Microsoft Word or a similar program to keep track of when you've reached 600 characters.

Be sure to include in your bio/description words which you think people will use, or you want people to use to find you during a raw Google search, such as 'Guelph', 'jewellery', 'artist', 'local', etc. These are words which would have been "tags" previously, and now Google just searches the text on your page. If you offer any services such as custom work, consulting, etc., or are open to collaborations and projects, be sure to list that as well.

Events Calendar

Don't forget to upload your events to our calendar! Just log in, hover your pointer over "Events" and click "Submit an Event". You must be logged in to access this feature. Be sure to include links and contact information in your event description so people can follow up and attend your event. If you need to change any of your event information just log in, hover over "Events" and click "Manage my Events"


Member Spotlight: 10 Carden

By Olivia Hope, with edits by GAC

10 Carden, located in the heart of downtown Guelph, is a non-profit organization, filled with multitudes of opportunity. 10 Carden is a community and co-working space. By offering shared resources for entrepreneurs, non-profits and small businesses working for social change, brings innovative people together who may otherwise have been working in isolation. In addition to co-working, a wide variety of events, meetings, cultural and educational opportunities are held in this one-of-a-kind space. From yoga classes to five-dollar French language seminars, from environmental watchdog meetings to film screenings, hang around this location for any length of time and you are sure to meet some really kind and interesting people.

10 Carden also offers rental exhibition space to artists in two-month slots, resulting in a rotating schedule of art and craft shows year-round. Users of the building have responded very positively, commenting that it continually brings new life and surprises to the space.


10 Carden has developed a unique space for emerging and developing artists of all ages and backgrounds. They require no previous degree, training or qualifications in order to submit. It can be difficult for developing creatives, no matter their age, to find affordable opportunities to show work. Juried exhibitions are naturally competitive and the professional art world can be highly intellectual, subject to changes in taste and fluctuations in the market, and often all of the above. 10 Carden's art program gives artists and community creatives an opportunity to share their work publicly, offering open and inclusive rental space for wall-mounted art and craft. They accept a variety of media and content, as well as a range of education and skill level.

The many-purposed nature of this space often results in repeat exposure of artwork on attendees of regular 10 Carden events. For instance, some people attend multi-day conferences or a series of workshops and fall in love with a piece of art they've seen hanging. They have the opportunity to find out more or to purchase the work through the artist. 10 Carden does not take a commission on sales, nor do they sell works on an artist's behalf, although they are always happy to connect artists with a potential buyer.


Right now, the art team is accepting submissions for the first half of 2015, with six exhibitions to rotate from January through June. Three of six slots are still available and the call for the latter half of 2015 will go out in the new year. Shows are two months long, starting with the first month in the friendly Community Room and rotating up to the beautiful Heritage Room for the second month. To apply for exhibition space, artists must send between two and six images of the work they would like to display, along with a short biography of themselves or group and the idea or theme of their show. 10 Carden is very open with their selections of artwork and are always happy to find work from around Guelph and Wellington County that promote social activism, engagement or cultural heritage. While they welcome artists to showcase their true passions, the work should have a fairly wide interest or themes of social justice, and must be appropriate for all-ages public viewing. 10 Carden's art team welcomes all artists to submit images and information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on 10 Carden and its initiatives, upcoming events and the people who make it such an amazing place, please check out their website at www.10carden.ca. For more information on the art program, or if you are interested in exhibiting at 10 Carden or purchasing a work you've seen there, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Living Artfully

By: Sonya Poweska

I don’t know exactly when it happened, I had been conscious of it for so many years, then, one day, I realized that I was doing it without thinking, it had just become a part of my daily routine, who I was, and what I am.

For those of you have met me, I am passionate about many things. At the top of that list is the daily act of living artfully.

When I graduated university I promised myself two things: I would pay off all my student loans as soon as was humanly possible and I would set aside a small portion of every paycheque I received to buy art. At the time, I didn’t really have any set parameters on what I would buy or how I would spend the money that I had saved. In fact, my first hundred dollars, which was collected after several months of savings, was used to buy a pass to attend Ottawa’s acclaimed International Animation Festival. In that moment, that was the art I needed to consume. Not only did I soak it all in, but I volunteered to be a part of one of the filmmaker’s forums just so I could gain entry and meet with all of the interesting people who had devoted their life to the ever-changing medium of animation.

The first piece of wall art that I purchased with my hard earned, post-university savings was a $60 oil on canvas of a marionette by a woman who made her living as a make-up artist. I bought the piece from the artist, who didn’t sign the work so I can’t even credit her here, at the Great Glebe Garage sale in Ottawa. It was the first piece of work she ever sold and it continues to be one of my cherished possessions. The simplicity, beauty, and memory that it evokes far exceeds its perceived cash value.

Working as both an artist and arts administrator means that even though I save, I never save much. With this in mind, I am pretty careful about making sure that the work that I add to my collection suits my needs, tastes, and goals of living artfully. To me, living artfully and supporting the work of local artists is one in the same—the more I support a local artist, the more they can go on to produce more work that will filter its way into the community.

One of my favorite ways to live artfully is wearable and functional art. As I write this, my lunch is packed in a tote with a Gillian Wilson print on the front, my keys are on a key ring with sewn and handmade piece by Francis Hahn of Hue Fielding and Necessary Arts, and I am drinking from a mug that is made by a close friend who happens to be a potter.


Clockwise from top left: Tote by Monika Hauk, necklace by Michelle Miller, earrings by Sweetie Box Studios, ring by Melissa Gobeil Design, and mug by Blue Iris Studio

Each and every day you can see me wearing the work of several local artists and artisans. The work of Michelle Miller, Amy Smania of Sweetie Box Studios, Iris Dorton of Blue Iris Studio, and Melissa Gobeil of Melissa Gobeil Design are part of a small rotation of very special and meaningful jewelry that I wear daily. Come winter, I add to my wearable art collection with hand-crafted scarves and my favorite mittens made by Catherine of Stone Cottage Industry and Creative Spark Studio.

When it comes to living artfully, we can all set our limits and define the role that we want art to play in our life. Because living artfully and supporting local artists has been important to me, I have made it a priority. Despite your motivation for engaging with art and local artists, I can tell you from personal experience that investing in a local musician, media artist, visual artist, author, artisan, festival, collective, choir, or arts-related business will return dividends beyond that single transaction. This season, I will continue to support my local community of artists, artisans, makers, and small businesses. I hope you too will help support our great local creative community. If you’ve picked up something great or want to share the work of a local artist, please help us build support for our artists by telling us about it on our social media channels: Twitter: @guelpharts, and on Facebook: Guelph Arts Council.

Not Just Playing Around: Art as Play and The Children’s Art Factory

By: Sonya Poweska

One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet with and getting to know the artists in each and every community where I have worked. In each community, there have been a few special artists who have inspired me and re-ignited my passion for what I do. If you haven’t yet experienced the magic of Melissa Mazar, owner/operator and creative genius behind The Children’s Art Factory, than you are missing out. Melissa has created a world in which art, creativity, play, learning, and imagination all go hand in hand. She says that the she is inspired by the children, but Melissa is also a real source of inspiration to all of those who have had the great fortune of getting to know her.


Over the years, Melissa has participated with Guelph Arts Council in a number of ways—she has been an artist, an event participant/coordinator, a member, and a Guelph Arts Council Youth Award recipient. In each of these capacities, she has brought a fresh and amazing perspective. With the launch of her new video, which premiered at this year’s Guelph Film Festival, Melissa continues to educate us that art is play and that children will amaze you with what they can learn if they are given the opportunity to explore life through art.

While this might not be a new concept, each and every time I talk with Melissa I am struck by all of the ways that she has engaged children to learn through art. In Art is Play, Melissa states that by letting children experience art as play, they are able to learn valuable negotiating skills and are encouraged to explore and discover new concepts while also making their own rules. This philosophy is carried over into The Children’s Art Factory where children are free to paint on the walls and windows, slop around with soapy water, mix potions and magic concoctions, and define their own parameters for play. Key to this learning is a concentration on the process of art rather than the product. This, Melissa confesses, is what drew her into creating The Children’s Art Factory in the first place. All too often, classes and activities concentrate on leaving a space with a completed piece of art—this becomes the focus of the activity (especially around the holidays). Melissa offers an inspired and creative alternative to traditional programming by allowing kids to take charge and let their imagination run wild. Creating isn’t the goal, the goal is creativity. To me, this is perhaps the most powerful message that Melissa shares. In this regard, she is educating the parents as much as she is encouraging the children.

Art is Play is directed by Oscar-nominated artist Erin Faith Young. It is a terrific short that allows Melissa to impart just some of her wisdom while the camera explores the magic of her space. It’s pretty obvious that every child present is happily engaged in art as play. While these moments may seem playfully innocent, Melissa, as well as the children's parents, are imparting lessons on their children that will last a lifetime and will shape the way that they, as adults, negotiate the parameters of the world in which they live, work, learn, share, and play. 


Click image above to see mini-doc.

Melissa offers opportunities for children, parents, caregivers, and community members to engage with her in a variety of ways. Drop-ins, birthday parties, or “scheduled classes” (which Melissa says are coming) are all offered in her space. One thing to know about Melissa is that she is an ever-present face in Guelph and can be seen at a variety of community events including Art on the Street. And for those who just can’t make it to any of the above events or activities, The Children’s Art Factory also makes their “kits” available for purchase just in time for the holiday season. She doesn’t even stop there! As an entrepreneur, Melissa offers informal mentorship opportunities to community children by setting up pop-up shops/stands in front of her store. It continues to amaze me the ways in which Melissa and The Children’s Art Factory inform and shape the experience and voice of the children who play, the caregivers who support, and the community that is developed as a result.

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