The Collective, Celebrating Original Art and Handmade Designs with The Summer Collective, Saturday August 16.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Collective Show

We are enjoying the long summer days and keeping everything in perspective with these two simple words -- Polar Vortex.  After the amazing welcome at the Spring Collective Show we will be back at St. Matthew's Clubhouse in Riverdale Park, once again filling the former lawn bowling club with art and handmade design.

Come join us Saturday August 16, from 11am to 4pm.

Interested in being part of the show?  Please send three images of your work, a description and price range to us at thecollectiveshow (at) gmail (dot) com. Space is limited.

Monday, May 26, 2014

At The Show

 Paintings by Laura Hains

Thank you all who stopped by the Spring Collective Show on Saturday for the art in the park

Linocut print by Jocelyn Mann

and original prints

One of a kind hats from Hats By She

and tried on a summer hat


Vintage Type from Kozo Studio

or purchased some vintage finds or handmade designs.   

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Art In The Park

Acrylic Painting, Laura Hains

Get ready for art in the park.   The Spring Collective Show happens this Saturday, from 11am to 4pm in Riverdale Park East.

One of a kind hats from Hats By She

You'll find paintings and handmade designs from jaunty summer hats to pottery and jewelry.

Rhubarb Soda, Savannah Naturals

Meet us at St. Matthew's Clubhouse, the restored lawn bowling club, at the entrance to the park at Broadview and Langley Avenues.  While you are there, sit on the verandah, sip some of our natural sodas and welcome spring.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Whimsical Designs

Spring is the perfect time for whimsical designs.

Stacking rings by Jewelust

Indulge in rings made from silver or gold,

Illustrations, Stacy Marie Studios

or original illustrations

Painting, Inked Lily

or paintings to brighten your walls, all at the Spring Collective Show. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Nature Studies

Watercolour by Margaret Pring, Spring Collective Show

The artists have mixed and chosen their colours.

 Margaret Pring, Spring Collective Show

It's time to paint the plants

Artist Laura Hains, the Spring Collective Show

And capture the movement of trees.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

At The Potter's Wheel

Sculptural bowl, Annette Hansen

If you have been to any of The Collective shows then you've likely spotted Annette Hansen's pottery - sculptural, yet functional, inspired by her Scandinavian roots.  Maybe that's what caught the eye of master chef Susur Lee.

While most restaurants - and homes - turn to mass produced ceramics, Lee appreciates an artisan's touch.
For most of the winter Hansen has been at the wheel spinning pottery for Lee's latest restaurant.

Hansen is back at the  potter's wheel crafting pieces for the Spring Collective show.  You'll find decorative bowls and ceramics for indoors and out. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Animal Life

Artist Stace Schmidt captures animal life with her ink drawings at the Spring Collective.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Collective, Call for Artists

Think Spring.   We are getting ready for the Spring Collective, a one day affair, on Saturday May 24.

While The Collective has usually found a home in the Queen West area of the city, this spring we are heading east to Riverdale Park.  The Spring Collective will be held in the historic St. Matthew's Clubhouse, at the entrance to the park.  We'll be filling the former lawn bowling clubhouse and its wraparound verandah with art and original designs, handmade textiles, pottery, jewellery and artisanal foods, that have become the hallmark of our curated shows.

If you are interested in being part of the Spring Collective, please send a brief description and price range of your work as well as three images to thecollectiveshow(at)gmail(dot)com.  The show will be held Saturday May 24, from 11am to 4pm.   Space is limited.

Forget the ice and snow and gather your colourful  fabrics and paints.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thrill Of The Hunt

The hunt for vintage records

Have we lost the thrill of the hunt?

We've been contemplating this after hearing the owners of  Book City, the independent bookstore, talk about closing their flagship store this spring, after 38 years.  It's a familiar story - the independent store owner loses out as shoppers come in to sample the goods but walk out to buy online.

We are descended from hunters and gathers.  In the urban landscape, the store is often were we go to hunt, to discover what's new.  Now, convenience often triumphs, as we click through a neatly prepared menu online.  "Customers who bought this also liked ..."

The folks at Book City noted that those shoppers who were in search of a lower price were missing out on the experience of discovering something unexpected that comes from browsing the store shelves. They were losing the thrill of the hunt.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Last Chance

Making a list, checking it twice...

Art that Moves

.   Last day and last chance to stop by The Collective show for your holiday finds.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gift List

It's the final weekend of the Collective Show.

Azure Design

We've gathered sculptural designs

Artist, Benjamin Allain

and eclectic art,

Brooch Boyfriends

along with stocking stuffers to make you smile

Funkist Children's Wear

and clothes that make you want to be a kid again.  Stop by for art and designs from more than 30 artists and artisans.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bird Land

The birds have landed at the gallery.

, Annette Hansen

They perch on the handmade pottery.

Art That Moves

And have landed on the calendars.

Clock, Jihee Min

Shh.  Don't tell the cats.