A Gift of Art Newsletter

December, 2017

How many shopping days ’til Christmas? Not enough for sure. How can it be December already? Where did my plan go to do the shopping early this year? But the important thing about this time of year is the get-togethers.

Friends and family come visiting, sharing the joy of the season. It is easy to see the happiness (and some stress) when visitors drop into the gallery looking for that perfect something for the special people in their lives.


Have you seen the decorations here? We have a floating Christmas tree in the middle of our gallery although we are told it is more like a Cat in the Hat‘s hat. It happens to be somewhat sparse in the middle. There is also the ceiling in the main hallway that has changed it’s decorations to a Winter Wonderland theme.

An old steel tree that was done by an artist in our consortium, has been updated, modernized with a coat of white paint. Spray-painted on a very windy, cold day. Geoffrey Crozier‘s hand blown ornaments still look just as good adorning the now, white branches. In contrast to these decor items, the big studio has a pretty normal tree.



We successfully held our annual Christmas Art Show this past Sunday, Dec. 3rd. Thank you to the vendors and all those who came out! Another upcoming art show is the Mayor’s Gala, For the Love of Art on Feb. 24th, 2018. A great Christmas gift!

You can come in to A Gift of Art and buy the tickets or you can buy the tickets on Eventbrite at eventbrite.ca/e/mayors-gala-for-the-love-of-art-tickets-40110289957.

Classes for 2018 are ready with a few dates still to be firmed up. The new items on offer are ballroom dancing, creative writing and Windows 10. Hopefully this term there will be enough interest in the terrific felting workshop to get it underway. Stained glass will start in February with pen and ink getting underway around Easter. Photography class with Shawn Hamilton does not have a start date as yet but it will happen. If you have a particular request, let us know. It is surprising the teaching talent we have available.

Felting by Kelly Mcleod

Check the bottom of this email for the schedule we have so far .

Adam Wilkinson, Dramaturge

Drama is currently booking a venue for the play to be staged later in January. From the little known about the script it will be very exciting. It is always such fun to wait and see what they are doing this time. Drama will start up again fresh in the new year, why not join wacky and wonderful Adam Wilkinson as he leads

the group to its next production. There is always room for more (costume designers, creative staging and backdrop help is also needed. Please contact us if you’re interested! Contact info can be found at agiftof-art.com/contact/).
As for children’s art camps, Christmas break will be from 9am to 4pm on Dec 27, 28, and 29 for the first week. If you need Boxing Day as well let us know and we will see what arrangements can be made. Extended hours may be available. The second week will be January 2, 3, 4, and 5. Again we are considering providing extended hours so tell us what you need. Our contact infomation is available at agiftof-art.com/contact/.

Saturday Art Club and their hand-sewn sock monkeys

Once January arrives PA day camps will be operating with Bea Quitilen. Saturday morning Art Club will be taught by Emily Buckley.


The Speaker’s Series is still being held every Wednesday. So far, some of the highlights have been the information gained from Joseph Koo, the local pharmacist about how to make living with diabetes more doable.

The Library talk with Sarah was super informative about all the digital resources they have available. And who knew that you can get a bag of books with questions to start your very own book club. See further below for details on A Gift of Art’s Book Club

On Wednesday morning Dec 16th we will have a special treat, a departure from the usual talks. Jeannette Vandervooren will be leading a festive sing-a-long starting at 10:30am. There will be some goodies to munch on and there is always a pot of mulled cider ready to be ladled into your cup. It will be a lovely time.

What is amazing is how much can be learned in such a short session. One short hour and what a difference it can make. Try joining us for future Wednesday sessions. They have all been so enjoyable and so informational. They are sure to continue in the same vein.

A full schedule of our speakers can be found at agiftof-art.com/events.
Recordings of previous talks can be found at agiftof-art.com/speakers-series-recordings/.

Thank you so much to those who answered our survey about having a <book club here at A Gift of Art! Going by the results, we’ve decided the best time to hold it is Wednesday afternoons, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, beginning January 17th, 2018. The first book will be the one recommended by the library to start with, a book by a local author. If you’re interested, please confirm you would like to attend it by emailing gallery@agiftof-art.com.

Close-up of a glass bowl in our gallery by Debbie Dell

The Newcastle Photography Club has removed their photos and work by hyper-realist acrylic painter Ian Bodnaryk has been hung up. His paintings look like photographs! Also, he taught a class this past fall and will be starting up another one in January 2018. (The start date has moved from Dec. 7th) Sign-up online and find out more info at agiftof-art.com/classes.


Glass work by Debbie Dell

To all of you from all of us here at the gallery, have a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas with all the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

Look forward to seeing you soon!
A Gift of Art