This Holiday Season Shop Local and Give the Gift of Arts!

By Mike Baker 

Get into the spirit of the season and support inspiring artists and art related businesses and organizations of Guelph and surrounding area! To help you shop local this season, Guelph Arts Council has packaged together a holiday shopping guide.

Purchase Art from Guelph Arts Council Members
Connect with GAC members and purchase their work online! Or buy online arts classes delivered by GAC artists members for friends and family members who are keen to develop their arts skills or express their artistic side.  See listing below:

*Please note Barbara Salsberg Mathews donates all of her artist’s commissions to GAC to help support local artists.

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Painting by GAC Member Barbara Salsberg Mathews. Image provided by artist

Art Show and Sales, Hoop-La by Necessary Arts
Hoop-La is an art show and sale where artists from the surrounding area come together to create an individual artwork on an 8” round panel. The sale is affordable and accessible for anyone looking to own an artwork by a local artist.

The 9th Annual Creative Spark Winter Market, Dec 5 - 6. Online

The 9th Annual Creative Spark Winter Market is going REMOTE! You’ll have live access to your favorite artisans during this 2-day show, including live-streamed music, workshops and demos. Pottery, jewelry, mixed media, children's toys and clothes, beautiful accessories and home decor... just some of what's available at the show this 2020. Get your holiday shopping done for everyone on your list, support artists, makers, musicians and the Local Food Bank too, all in ONE great show!

The Handmade Market 2020
This online market place features 220 Canadian (and Guelph) makers, artisans and fine artists. Explore artisan shoppes today.

Arts and Craft Vendors at The Guelph Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 7-12pm
The Guelph Farmers’ Market is a community cornerstone in the heart of Guelph, since 1827. Supporting local farmers, the Market promotes sustainability and healthy living through a diverse range of quality farm-fresh foods, local products and unique arts and crafts. Every week the market features rotating arts and crafts vendors including: Beelightful Candles, Blackstar Vintage, Carol’s Art, Earth Tones Studio, LJ Turtle Aromatherapy, LVF Creations, Mary Karavos, Non-Conformist Artist, The Sage Soap Company and more.

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The Sage Soap Company at the Guelph Farmers' Market. Image provided by the Guelph Farmers' Market

Shop Downtown Guelph
Downtown Guelph offers a vibrant selection of unique stores featuring one of a kind gifts.  Find fine crafts at Blue Iris Studios, botanical creations at Blooms & Flora and local art at affordable prices at the Necessary Arts Collective.  With most stores now offering online ordering as well as in-store shopping, it is easy to shop local.  Visit for a full directory of stores, restaurants and services.

What about that hard-to-buy-for person? Give them Downtown Dollars! Downtown Dollars are the gift that lets them choose from over 500 shops, restaurants and services in Downtown Guelph. Follow the link at for more details.

Wyndham Arts Supplies – 125 Wyndham St. N, Downtown Guelph. Open Monday-Saturday, 10-4pm

Since opening in 1992, Wyndham Art Supplies has provided art materials to countless artists, designers, students, craftspeople and more. Customers benefit from their extensive product range, exceptional service and competitive pricing.

Wyndham Arts Supplies offer deliveries within the City of Guelph every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for $5, and ship coast to coast.  Customers can order online , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 519-767-1317.

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The Elora Centre for the Arts. The Handmade Artisan Shop. Thursdays & Fridays 11AM-4PM and Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5PM

The handmade artisan market shop in the Harris gallery features unique local, handmade or eco-friendly items for home and gifting.  They have stocked up for the holidays, with hundreds of items to choose from! The shop features hand crafted home decor, hand made home & beauty products, jewelry and sustainable / eco-friendly items and unique gifts at affordable prices.  It also features original art and prints by local artists.  A wonderful way to support local makers and give the gift of handmade for the Holidays!  Come see what is fresh, new and festive!

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So Much More to Explore!

Art Gallery of Guelph, The Gallery Shop
The Guelph Artisans
Guelph Market Online
Kloepfer Gallery & Framing
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Lonely Together - The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project Exhibition

By Tatiana Poluch

The Guelph Arts Council is pleased to present “Lonely Together,” the Fall 2020 exhibition of the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Program (GEAMP). Like many organizations, we have had to adapt our plans for this exhibition. The artists and cultural managers of GEAMP navigated the world of video calls and virtual interviews in order to design this year’s project. Now, more than ever, we have come to recognize the value of human interaction. Yet through this program, we have been able to fully focus on the challenges and rewards of creating an exhibition during a pandemic.

“Lonely Together,” the Fall 2020 exhibition on display at Boarding House Gallery until November 28.

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Death of Bike Courier Inspires Guelph Writer

By Jane Litchfield

A tragic incident involving a Toronto bike courier in 2009 sparked an idea that Guelph writer David McConnell couldn’t shake. Eleven years later, his first novel Frameworks is on the shelves.

The event was in the news shortly before McConnell retired from teaching high school. Although he had written before, he hadn’t attempted a novel. Something about the altercation that that led to the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard – and the ensuing calls for justice  compelled him. He started working on the book after retirement and spent nine years crafting it.

One of the main characters in Frameworks is inspired by Sheppard, a young Métis man from Edmonton. McConnell used the initials of Darcy’s name to name his fictional character, Dash. Like Darcy, Dash had a troubled childhood, struggled with addiction, and moved to Toronto where a bike courier job provided some new stability in his life. Frameworks flips back and forth from Dash’s past to his present life in Toronto, where a relationship with a young social worker, Jesse, also helps him find a new path.

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Frameworks. Bookcover. Author David McConnell.

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Become a Member like Canan, join GAC for Free!

By Ahmri Vandeborne

Sometimes joining a new thing can be scary. What will it be like? How will you fit in? How will it affect my finances? These are questions that might be floating around when you think about joining Guelph Arts Council’s Membership. Luckily, in efforts to relieve artists and community members of financial barriers during COVID, Guelph Arts Council is offering free memberships until December 31 to take the finance question off the table! As for the other questions, we chatted with Dr. Canan Altinkas, who recently became a GAC member, about what it has been like to join the GAC community for the first time and the benefits of membership. Read more to learn about Dr. Altinkas’ artistic practice and to see how they felt immediately a part of the community with the help of GAC’s membership support.


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Painting by Dr. Canan Altinkas. Image provided by artist.

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