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We are adding more items on a regular basis. Not all our Artisans are listed yet, but check back frequently to see what's new!

Please note that our physical store is closed until at least 11 February 2021. Online purchases may be shipped or picked up curbside at the store.
We are adding more items on a regular basis. Not all our Artisans are listed yet, but check back frequently to see what's new!

Please note that our physical store is closed until at least 11 February 2021. Online purchases may be shipped or picked up curbside at the store.

History

 

 Vision Statement:

 

• 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:


May 1, 1987 - The Valley Artisans' Co-op first opened its door to the public in a house at 186 Highway 17 East with a membership of 12 local artists

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.