Embracing diversity in visual arts and crafts


 You Should Join Us in 2020

Guelph Creative Arts Association (GCAA) is a welcoming visual arts organization, open to everyone practicing or interested in the arts in Guelph and surrounding areas.  We work to keep art alive and healthy in our community by promoting and encouraging local artists.

Art Exhibitions

Each year we present three juried art shows and planning for 2020 has already begun.  Whether an amateur or professional artist, showing your work is important.  You gain confidence in your abilities, inspiration to try something new in your creative practice, experience in displaying your work to best advantage and sometimes a sale results when your work is seen.  In addition to entering work, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with the shows.  For this year’s shows to happen we need volunteers to assist with the following:

·         Committee coordination (oversee volunteers and report to the board)

·         Juror liaison (retain juror for show, meet and assist during jurying)

·         Registration including call for entry

·         Promotion including flyers and other advertising

·         Setup including hanging the artwork, take down, preparing labels 

·         Public relations including greeting the public, opening receptions, award presentations


SPRING SHOW & SALE will be May 1, 2, 3 in Old Quebec Street Shoppes.  Look for the Call for Entry mid February. 

EXPRESSIONS at Kloepfer Gallery the month of August 

INSPIRED at Kloepfer Gallery will hang as usual for the month of November 


Guelph Artisans

We also operate a storefront in Old Quebec Street, Guelph Artisans, a wholly volunteer-run venue for the community and visitors to Guelph to browse and purchase locally produced fine arts & crafts.  Statistics shows that Artisans has more than 7,000 visitors annually, so this is an excellent means to showcase your work. Artisans operates by renting space to participating artists and taking a commission on sales.  We strive to make Artisans an affordable venue for artisans to show their artwork and be able to interact directly with the public. Each participant volunteers a minimum of 4 hours a month in the store.  There is both wall space and display shelves to accommodate many different one of a kind works.

Guelph Artisans had another profitable year in 2019 and are now looking forward to growing the business. To doArtisans_storefront.jpg so, Guelph Artisans is reaching out to the membership of GCAA, looking for new artisans to contribute their work for display, so that visitors are motivated to make frequent repeat visits.   If you would like to test the waters, come see us at Guelph Artisans or give us a call at (519) 829-3792 and arrange a time to see Irene and Heather.  Until all spaces are occupied, the one picture for one month for $10 is on offer. 

We are also looking for anyone that can lend us a hand with better establishing Guelph Artisans on social media such as facebook and Instagram.   

Cashiers are especially needed to ensure we remain operational. Training is provided. If you know of anyone willing to volunteer their time to work in a pleasant environment surrounded by beautiful art, please contact Guelph Artisans.

Play Days

In keeping with our mission to provide learning opportunities for artists to develop their skills we provide these open studios where artists bring their projects to work on in the company of both experienced and novice artists:  first Tuesdays and third Thursdays at the Unifor Hall on Silvercreek Pwy.  

         Jan 7; Feb 4; Mar 3; Apr 7; May 5; Jun 2 – Cost $60

        Jan 16; Feb 20; Mar 19; Apr 16; May 21; Jun 18 – Cost $60

      Sep 1; Oct 6; Nov 3 – Cost $30

      Sep 17; Oct 15; Nov 19 – Cost $30

For more information contact Kathy Lawrence

Doors open at 8:45 and close at 4:00, come when you want, leave when you want.  Bring your lunch; coffee and tea provided.  Space for 15 artists to work (easels not provided but tables, chairs and great lighting, free parking, microwave and fridge.)

Please pay in advance for winter sessions as we have already paid Unifor.for rent of space.

Payment by Debit or Credit at Guelph Artisans, or Cash or Cheque at first Play Day.

meet_and_greet.pngMeet & Greet Members Social Night

Member nights are for social interaction and enable discussion around a given art-  themed topic of interest.  Two events were well attended in 2019 with guest  speakers  including local artist Jessica Masters and photographer Don Johnson. GCAA rents  the Unifor Building for the evening, pays the guest speaker and  provides  refreshments.  

The date for the next Meet and Greet is yet to be announced but will likely be either the end of April or sometime in May or June.  Chris Ahlers owner of Wyndham Arts has kindly agreed to come and speak about what is up and coming in art supplies. To narrow down what he will speak about he has asked us to let him know what medium(s) we are most interested in.  If you could please let Celia Britt know by the end of January to give him time to prepare. celiabritt7@gmail.com

AGM (Annual General Meeting) February 29, 2020

To ensure the continuation of all these wonderful programs GCAA needs to fill several Director positions at the upcoming GCAA AGM.  The AGM is being held at the Art Gallery of Guelph located at 358 Gordon Street, Guelph ON, on Saturday, 29 February 2020.  The meeting will begin at 1:00 pm and run until 3:00 pm.

Persons who have a valid membership at the time of the AGM may bring forth the name of a candidate to stand for election by those members present at the AGM. To bring forth a candidate, this form must be completed and submitted to the Secretary 24 hours prior to the AGM.  The completed form may be dropped off at Guelph Artisans in the Old Quebec Street Shoppes, downtown Guelph.  Forms are available at Guelph Artisans and download online.

In addition to the election of a new board, the AGM will include a private guided tour of the current gallery exhibits, a brief business discussion from our accountant and lots of time for refreshments and socializing.  We look forward to seeing you there!