Category Archives: Art

Oakville boutique celebrates all things ‘Made in Canada’

Learn a new skill and go home with something handmade this summer

When isn’t Dove + Arrow boutique (131 Lakeshore Road East) hosting experiential pop-up events? This summer is no exception, for the months of July and August, in addition to shopping for quality handmade goods, the space will open its doors to DIY enthusiasts looking for fun and interactive experiences right in the heart of downtown Oakville.

When the boutique opened last year, “I wanted to help people who are making things in Ontario connect with the community,” says owner, Iva Ouzonova.  To that end, her mission has since the beginning been to support local makers and make it easy for people who love to shop local to do so year-round.

Dove + Arrow is dedicated exclusively to handmade in Canada. From unique jewellery to small housewares, apothecary to prints and stationery, it is a thoughtfully curated collection of beautifully crafted wares from across the country.

Specializing in gifts and gift boxes – both pre-selected and custom-made, and DIY experiential workshops – Dove + Arrow is a great place to get a housewarming or bridesmaid gift, a unique souvenir, or something for that hard-to-shop-for someone.

What’s more this summer, you can stop by to shop, enjoy treats, learn a new skill, and go home with something handmade.

Confirmed schedule for July:

JUL 5 Thu 6:30 PM: Custom Make 2 Mala Bracelets
JUL 6 Fri 6:30 PM: Hand Stamp Your Own Cuff Bracelet
JUL 13 Fri 6:00 PM: Midnight Madness in Downtown Oakville
JUL 15 Sun 10:30 AM: Paint Your Own Furniture (Fusion Paint)
JUL 20 Fri 6:30 PM: Custom Lettering on Wood Plank
JUL 21 Sat 9:30 AM: Create a Farm House Clock
JUL 27 Fri 6:30 PM: Essential Oils 101

Limited spaces available for workshops. All prices include material. Reservations can be made online at www.doveandarrowshop.com.

August schedule will be released soon.

artsVest™ brings year-long training and $35,000 in matching funds to Oakville’s arts and culture community

Information session for arts and culture groups takes place February 15, 2017

artsVest, a matching incentive and sponsorship training program designed to create partnerships between businesses and arts and culture groups, is coming to Oakville.

The program is offered by Business for the Arts, a national charitable organization that strengthens arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors. With funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada, $35,000 in matching funds will be delivered to local arts organizations.

The Town of Oakville will help administer the program, and provide meeting space for an information session and sponsorship workshop on February 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre. The workshop will be immediately followed by a reception to celebrate the launch of the program.

“Council believes in building bridges and helping establish relationships between various communities and organizations in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By encouraging partnerships between businesses and cultural organizations, the artsVest program helps to foster creativity and culture for everyone to enjoy.”

artsVest works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships with private sector businesses. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants. For every dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it – doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

“Business for the Arts is thrilled to be bringing the artsVest program to Oakville,” says Aida Aydinyan, vice president of Business for the Arts. “The generous funding and support from the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Canada and the Town of Oakville speaks volumes to the importance and power of building relationships between the sectors. We look forward to seeing the incredible impact these arts organizations and businesses will have in the town over the next year.”

Arts and culture groups can learn more about the program and apply to participate on the artsVest page.

“Friends of Joshua Creek” Art Exhibition: A Collection of Works from Members

Once a year Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, a registered Canadian charity, invites its members (otherwise known as Friends of Joshua Creek) to exhibit their art. This collaboration is one of their finest. The variety of works ranges from watercolour and acrylic to fibre art and photography. Guests and artists alike enjoy seeing the talents of a varied group of artists in one location.

For those interested in becoming a member of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre and supporting a creative sanctuary and piece of Oakville heritage, visit joshuacreekarts.com/friendship-program or email info@joshuacreekarts.com.

The exhibition runs until September 4th. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is located at 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road (1km east of Trafalgar), Oakville, Ontario.

For more information:
info@joshuacreekarts.com
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com

“Elemental” Art Exhibition by the Octarine Artists  at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

For their third annual art exhibition, “Elemental”, the Octarine Women Artists’ Collective, a group of eight artists from Wellington County, are showing their work at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville.
The eight artists work in a variety of different media and will be presenting new pieces in this show. Participating artists include Deborah Dryden (encaustic), Carol Hughes (watercolour), Kim Johnston (oils, watercolour and pastel), Mary Karavos (paper collage), Jean Loney (mosaic), Leslie Miles (soft pastels and mixed media), Gail Root (oils and chalk pastel) and Susan Strachan Johnson (altered photographs).
All are known for their interpretation of nature, responding differently to the colour and atmosphere of their natural environments.
There will be an opening reception, with artists present, on Sunday April 3, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The public is invited, and admission is by donation to the gallery.
After the success of their two previous shows in Guelph, the move to the spacious gallery in a renovated barn at Joshua Creek will allow for a longer period of five weeks for this year’s show. The exhibit runs from Friday April 1 to Sunday May 8, 2016.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is located at 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road (1km east of Trafalgar), Oakville, Ontario.
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