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February 20, 2024

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Visions in Wood – 2024 Call for Entries
VIWG members are invited to participate in VISIONS IN WOOD 2024 at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill (3220 Cedar Hill Road). This show is a non-juried exhibition and sale designed to promote local woodworking craft and design using nearby materials where possible. A second goal is to promote our guild as a local not for profit organization which actively contributes to our community with programs such as Wood Recovery, Toys for Kids, etc.

Our venue is a destination for arts education and related activity. The gallery has good security, modern lighting and hanging systems and free parking. There is good foot traffic. The event will be promoted through a number of print and online methods by the Show Committee.

Our plans include a guest woodworker, high school student work, paintings by the Al Frescoes and others to provide a complete showing. Pieces created since approximately the end of the year 2022 or anytime in 2023 are welcome. We hope you will see the show as an opportunity to stretch your skills and learn something new in your craft in anticipation of having friends, family and the public see your creations! Work can be submitted on a “for sale”, “not for sale, i.e. exhibit only” or “not for sale – orders taken” basis, with no fee for selling.

VIWG policy requires participants to sign a liability waiver form. All items are displayed at the participants’ risk and any insurance coverage on your work is the responsibility of each participant. Participants have the opportunity to provide background business or personal information, business cards and promotional materials in a Makers Binderthat can be referenced by any visitor interested in follow-up.

The show committee’s basic goal is to accommodate every guild member wishing to participate, but we reserve the right to limit numbers based on space availability. Entries are accepted on a first come first served basis. We encourage multiple submissions.

We have a 730 sq foot gallery for displaying up to 25 floor standing furniture pieces and new for 2024 we have a separate mini gallery for additional large pieces. We also have two glass fronted, secure display case for displaying about 25 to 35 small objects up to a maximum of 12X12X12 inches in size. The additional glass case is also perfect for musical instruments such as guitars.

Key Dates:
Setup/delivery by Makers: Tuesday April 30, 8am to 4pm (future time of day signup)
Show Opens: Wednesday May 1Show
Reception: To Be Determined
Show Hours: Daily 8am-8pm
Show Ambassadors: Daily Shifts, 10 to 1pm AND 1 to 4pm (future online signup)
Show Closes: Sunday May 26Pickup by Makers: Monday May 27, 9 to 11am

How to Submit your Work?
Click Here if you have an item you wish to submit. This will take you to the website homepage. Click on “Visions in Wood – 2024” at the top of the menu to the left. Now you are ready to go through several pieces of information about the wood show including the form to fill out for items you have to display at the show. Wood Show information will continue to be available through the website for the entire show.

Please Note:
If you have a group of objects (eg three small bowls, boxes, nesting tables, etc), complete one form. You will be contacted by email to confirm your participation. This call for entries remains open until closed by the Show Committee by email notification.

Want to Give Us A Hand?
The coordinators are looking for a person to handle the printing of item labels for the show. We are also looking for assistance with marketing the show to the public, plus creating posters and other tasks. If you can offer any assistance, we would be happy to hear from you.

Our shows have been well received by the public and a key reason is the broad participation of our members, old or young with a broad collection of work including, furniture, musical instruments, small objects, picture frames, food preparation and display items, painted, carved, marquetry, turned, what have you. If past performance is any indication, you will really enjoy your involvement. That’s our goal along with positive exposure for the guild and it’s programs!

Your Show Co-Coordinators
Phil Makin 250.882.9605, voice/txt
Frank Letchford: 778.426.3387, voice

Stay tuned for other communications! Happy to hear your questions and suggestions.

June 14, 2023

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Visions in Wood 2024 Announcement
Our Guild’s non juried show returns in the spring 2024
Your Show Committee has completed the application and although unconfirmed, our track record with shows should mean that we will have a three week event in early 2024.Your guild membership fees pay for this. There is no cost to exhibit and/or sell work. A complete show has the following makers represented:
– Guild members who have never exhibited work, it is a hoot to have this experience
– Guild members who have exhibited for many shows
– High school students from the schools that we support through Wood for Schools
– One special maker in the community who is our featured maker for the show
– Art to fill in the available wall space and create a feeling of a furnished room
The main gallery at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill is the venue and we are looking forward to seeing a wide variety of furniture, small objects, tools, sculpture, carved work, turnings, musical instruments and more. We will have a glass fronted Display Case for smaller pieces. The Main Gallery has over 700 sq feet of modern display space and the Arts Centre programming provides a good start for show foot traffic.

Just have a think over the summer about how you might wish to participate. Come September, we will ask you to express your interest in the show by adding to a participation form.

You can participate as:
– A maker/exhibitor, optionally offering your piece for sale.
– A Show Committee Assistant, there is lots to do with key areas such as publicity, advertising, signage, set up and more.
– A Show Ambassador who represents the Guild and its members to the visiting public, an enjoyable and important part of our shows for many years.
– A demonstrator or presenter for our visitors. One example would be a musician playing one of the instruments on display.
We keep working on this thing because we find it exciting and it has become an important part of the Guild programming over the years. We look forward to your ideas and involvement. 

Thank you.

Phil Makin, Frank Letchford, Bruce Thomson, Don Urquhart
Your Show Committee