Melanie Earle: For over 15 years, Melanie has had her own studio-run business – Sourceworks – creating unique ceramic molds for her ceramic sculpture, vessels and jewellery. A trained artist, Melanie’s artistic vision has always been inspired by the natural world and her art echoes the idea that nature is the greatest teacher and inspiration.
Susan Sankey: A life-long Grey County resident, I have been sewing since a child. Deleted: As long as I can remember I have been wearing an apron. My earliest memories of my grandmother have me helping her in the kitchen wrapped in one of her well worn and loved aprons. Each of my aprons is unique. Selecting colours and interesting patterns of fabric then combing with vintage linens, lace have become a passion. Whether it is for an adult or child all are made with love. Recently I’ve taken up quilting and love to work with different colours and fabrics.
Robbin Darling: Robbin is a self-taught multi-media artist who draws inspiration from every corner of the natural world. From it, she collects over-looked treasures and specimens that become the materials of her fantastical creations. With Whimsy and reverence, she delicately combines trinkets, bones, machine parts and memorabilia, creating her own intricate world of jewellery, creatures and altars.
Patti McMeekin: Unique and one of a kind socks, hats and mitts
I have been knitting since I was 12, when my grandma taught me. Designing with colour has always been a passion of mine. I love to knit without a pattern and see what happens.
This is what happens!!
Coming in December:
Maureen McTeague: Maureen has spent a lifetime finding a bit of magic in sticks and stones and loves to collect driftwood shaped by wind and water. These treasures allow her to work creatively, indulging her fascination with myth, love of Christmas, and an unending compulsion to glue things to things.
Zoe McDougall: Zoe’s passion for glass began in 1986. After her nursing career she took it on full time, creating her own patterns and incorporating natural elements into her work. Country living has contributed greatly to her imagination over the years.
Kathy Hopson: I am an organic farmer specializing in herbs and plant medicine. I make essential oils, creams, salves and rubs from herbs on the farm. I also grow ceremonial herbs.
During the winter months, I enjoy creating practical crochet items, such as Yoga toe socks, hand warmers and leg warmers. I use local wools, alpaca and raw cotton fibers. Colour and texture is my passion, exploring different blends and variations. Comfort and beauty is vital.
About The Guest Artist Program
The Guest Artist program at the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-operative is a great way participate with our group. Monthly, we host one to two artists in a dedicated spot in our gallery. This program is extremely popular and we have long waiting lists! We are hoping to accept more guests monthly in the future. When we are looking for new members, we often look at the list of past guest members.
How To Apply
Our Board of Directors juries work submitted monthly, and if the work seems to be a good fit with our establishment, a month is determined with the input of our membership member. We ask potential guest to fill out a guest artists application. Please plan to bring work in for jurying the day of the monthly board meeting and arrange to pick up the next day. (Contact the store manager for details on the monthly date).
A good representation of your work must be submitted and appear as it would for sale and display in the store, i.e. all paintings, drawings must be titled, framed and/or glazed and ready for hanging. All work must be intended for sale. No more than 6 items please. Any relevant information regarding working methods, materials and pricing should accompany your work along with a brief artist’s biography or resume. When choosing you pieces, think of a body of cohesive work, rather than all the different styles or disciplines you practice. Please bring work in for jurying the day of the monthly board meeting and arrange to pick up the next day.
The current percentage commission (35%) from all sales will be charged as well as a guest artist fee. Guest fees are based on the month that the work is being exhibited. JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH are $35 each. APRIL, MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER are $50 each. JULY, AUGUST AND DECEMBER are $75 each. The applicant will be notified within 3 or 4 days following the jurying process (usually by phone) and further arrangements can be made for pickup or display