The Collective, Celebrating Original Art and Handmade Designs. Join us in Riverdale Park on May 24, for the Spring Collective Show.

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 and the cost starts at $50.   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.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Show Finds

Vintage bottles on display at the show

Old milk bottles, tumbled whisky bottles and a rare soda bottle stamped Toronto.  These vintage bottles, which were found in the Don River and long the city waterfront, are one of our favourites show finds. Display them on their own or use them as vases for the holiday table.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Meet The Makers

How did they make that?  Stop by today and meet some of the artists and artisans of The Collective Show.

Hats by She
Discover how they create in wool

Wildebeest Design

and metal (brass and silver)

Detail from mixed media  painting by Marina Hanacek

and even wax.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Opening Day

Laura Hains

Let the show begin. Choose handmade this holiday season withe the creative work of  more than 30 artists and artisans.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Finishing Touches

The machines are humming as the artisans get ready for the show opening, which is just two days away.

Scarf by ,Inked Lily

Over at Inked Lily they are stitching scarves made from their own original patterns and prints.

Funkist Children's Wear

Sculptural hat from Hats By She

At Funkist Children's Wear they are finishing the bowling shirts. Sculptural hats for women and wool caps for men get their final touches at Hats By She.  Let the countdown begin.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Holiday Table

  We've gathered designs for the holiday table, gifts for you to share  - or save  for yourself. 

Screen printed textiles, from Art That Moves

There are hand-printed textiles to brighten the table,

Handmade pottery by Annette Hansen

 handmade pottery inspired  by Scandinavian design

Preserves from the cooks at Savor

and delicious sweet and savoury preserves, blueberry vanilla jam and thick apple butter.  Go ahead, indulge.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Art of the Portrait

Step away from the phone.  Forget the selfies.  Enjoy instead the absorbing art of portraits and self portraits by artists at the upcoming holiday show.

Artist Malinda Prud'homme, portrait in oil on canvas

 They create in oil

Self portrait in mixed media,  artist Brad Kelly

and with bright acrylic colours, mixed with ink and charcoal

Portrait on bamboo board, artist Malinda Prud'homme

and even on bamboo board.   Snap.