• To support, encourage and inspire local artists/artisans as they develop their skills
• To provide role models for aspiring artists/artisans in our community
• To educate the public by providing an opportunity to view quality work and learn about the creative process.
• To operate a successful retail co-operative
• To provide artists/artisans with an opportunity to showcase and sell high quality work.
Brief Highlights History:
April 1992 - At the time of the AGM, the Co-op was reduced to five members from the original twelve, the Co-op submitted an article to the North Renfrew Times in hopes of attracting additional artists.
April 1994 - At the time of the AGM, with a retirement, the Co-op was again reduced to just five members
May 6, 1995 - The Co-op celebrates its 8th anniversary with an open house and draw for a landscape by a local artist. Five of the original members remain
September 1995 - At the time of the AGM, the Co-op had just six members:
April 1996 - At the time of the AGM, the Co-op had a membership of five (and just $15 in the bank)
September 1996 - With the sudden death of a founding member, it was clear that the remaining members had to give some careful thought to the future. They called a meeting of members and consignees to outline the untenable nature of the current situation and encourage consignees to become members. The Co-op began the process of restructuring to eliminate consignment sales and build a strong membership base of at least twenty artists/artisans.
November 1996 - As a result of the September meeting, the Co-op welcomed 17 new members, bringing total membership to a healthy 21 artists & artisans
January 1997 - At the time of the AGM held this month, the Co-op had 20 members. The Co-op stopped accepting work on consignment beginning in January as it created a situation where there was far too much work for far too few members.
February 1997 - The Co-op began to allow associate members. Members could bring in juried work for sale under their own member number, limited to work by family members or other Ottawa valley artists/artisans. An article in the North Renfrew Times highlighted the rebirth of the Co-op, now with a membership of 21.
February 1998 - "Artisans Co-op Will Soon Be Moving to a New Home"
Seeking better retail space, the Co-op relocated to Blimkie Place, near the Laurentianview Dairy with over sixteen members.
December 2000 - "Welcome to the Club" - An article in the North Renfrew Times highlighted the addition of six new artists in 2000. By the end of the year, the Co-op had grown to 25 members.
December 1, 2001 - The Co-op opened a temporary store--The Christmas Annex--in the empty west side of Blimkie Place. It was a successful venture, opening speculation that the Co-op could support a larger space.
June 1, 2002 - The Co-op completed a move into the larger retail space next door, on the centre-west side of Blimkie Place
September 2002 - Membership in the Co-op was capped at thirty only to be exceeded if an applicant’s work is significantly different from current members' work. A single membership may include a family group or may host an additional artist/artisan in the allotted space.
April 2007 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op turns twenty!
The Valley Artisan's Co-op continues to run one of the finest arts and gifts shops in the Ottawa Valley with a broadly talented membership of thirty artists plus family members and associates.
July 1, 2010 - We unveiled our new logo and promotional materials. This involved a completely new look for our website as well. Members were asked to incorporate the logo into a piece of art.
December 2010 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op is grateful to all those who shop locally and allow us to keep our business going. To say thank you, we held a Christmas Gift Draw and gave away handcrafted items made by members.
March 2012 - Here's a panoramic shot of the store, how we looked.
May 2012 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op celebrates twenty-five years in business!
The Valley Artisan's Co-op continues to run one of the finest arts and gifts shops in the Ottawa Valley with a broadly talented membership of thirty local artists plus family members and associates.
September/October 2013 - Our store was one of five rural art galleries featured in the Ottawa Citizen "Five Worth the Drive"
June 2014 - We got new signage!
September 2014 - We trotted out our mobile store and set it up first at Renfrew Taste of the Valley and next at Deep River Taste of the Valley.
May 2017 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op turns thirty!
The Valley Artisan's Co-op continues to run one of the finest art and gift shops in the Ottawa Valley with a broadly talented membership of thirty artists plus family members and associates.
January 2018 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op won the After-Hours Event of the Year from the Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce.
March 2020 - March 17 - The Co-op closed the store during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales continued from a distance where possible.
June 2020 - June 15 - The Co-op re-opened with limited daily hours after a three-month closure.
August 2020 - August 29 - We returned to regular hours while continuing with to cope with COVID-19 restrictions and hygiene requirements.
January 2021 - The Co-op closes again for COVID. The online store is active with 9 members and 160 products. As part of our new online store, we have consolidated our Web presence onto a Shopify site.