Hello Alberta Craft Council friend

We are excited to invite you to check out Craft Collaborations, an online auction and fundraising campaign in support of the Alberta Craft Council. Read on for the story of this project, dates of our virtual events, and other ways in which you can help us make this a success!

Craft Collaborations runs until September 30, 2020

Visit out fundraiser page:
Watch our introductory video here
For 40 years the Alberta Craft Council has existed to champion, advocate for, and support a growing and multi-faceted network of craft artists, educators, writers, and curators in the province.

From our grassroots beginnings as a collective of artisan guilds in the late 1970s, to a respected provincial arts service organization, collaboration has always been the key to the success and evolution of the organization and the artists we represent.

In our latest endeavour, the team at the Alberta Craft Council decided to highlight the creativity and the strength of our member community by creating Craft Collaborations - an online auction and fundraising campaign.

This unique fundraiser ensures that the artists receive 50% of the retail cost of their project, and all of Alberta can celebrate the enormous creative talent that this province is rich in. The remainder of the funds raised by the auction will go to the Alberta Craft Council for the continuation of our advocacy and promotion of fine craft in this province and ultimately give back to artists through exhibition and engagement opportunities. Our goal is to raise $20,000.

The call to participate in the project brought together 47 artists from across the province and beyond working with very distinct methods and materials. As the summer passed, craft connections were made as one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces were created.
Jewellery designed and made collaboratively by Natalie Gerber (Calgary) and Kari Woo (Cochrane).
"Natalie (Gerber) and I have a long-standing admiration for each other's work and we both also deeply respect the work that the Alberta Craft Council undertakes on our behalves, so when the call for this fundraiser came up it was the perfect catalyst to make it happen.

This (Craft Collaboration) has ignited a new direction in my studio that I am looking forward to exploring more.”

Kari Woo, jeweller and public artist
Ways to help!
Bid in the auction (the most fun!)
Bid in the auction (the most fun!)
We invite you to check out the online auction. With 42 one-of-a-kind, collaborative pieces and to choose from, we're pretty sure you'll find something to add to your fine craft collection! 

Honey Bunny, Dawn Detarando & Brian McArthur (Red Deer, AB)
Process, Jackie Anderson and Jennea Frischke (Calgary, AB)
Attend a virtual event
September 21- Monday MeetUp. We'll catch up with some of the artists partaking in Craft Collaborations. From what inspired them to work together, to insight into their process. Register here

September 30 - Virtual Closing Party. This is our chance to celebrate together! Join us for an evening of craft, cocktails, and jump in at the opportunity to be top bidder and proud owner of the coveted pieces created by over 45 artists.
Attend an in-person event
Exhibition - Visit the Alberta Craft Gallery in Edmonton and Calgary to view a selection of Craft Collaborations pieces on display from now until September 30, 2020.

Shopping Nights - Share your love of craft with your friends and family and have the Alberta Craft Gallery Shop all to yourselves! Find out how.

Be a craft superstar and add a donation to our fundraising goal! Donate page.
Process shot. Kim McCollum and Angela Kelly (Edmonton, AB)
Share, share, share
As a friend of the Alberta Craft Council, you are one of our strongest and most cherished spokespeople! Help us spread the word by telling your friends and family. To share the auction website, copy and paste the following link https://bit.ly/Craft_Collaboration

You can also share the event, the artwork, and publications via social media. Tag us @albertacraftcouncil


Every visit, share, ticket sale, and contribution, gets us closer to our goal of $20,000!