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Canada’s Craft Masters Step Up, For the Love of Craft

Craft giants including Steven Heinemann, Michael Fortune and Sarah Hall are offering their work to help save Craft Ontario, a 41 year-old professional association in support of craftspeople.

For the Love of Craft is an online auction organized by friends and volunteers of the non-profit organization, to help keep Craft Ontario afloat.

The auction can be found online at www.32auctions.com/LoveofCraft, ending Thursday, February 15, 2018. For viewing, the works are currently on exhibition at Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen St. West in Toronto.

Please join us for a public closing reception at Craft Ontario:
Thursday, February 15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
1106 Queen St. West, Toronto

For the love of Craft presents a rare opportunity for collectors. Twenty-one Ontario based, award winning, and highly accomplished craftspeople have joined the auction to reciprocate the support they’ve received in the past. The highly decorated list of makers includes: Beth Alber, Lois Etherington Betteridge, Mimi Cabri, Dorothy Caldwell, Kai Chan, Susan Collett, Peter Fleming, Michael Fortune, Sarah Hall, Steve Heinemann, Stephen Hogbin, Robert Jekyll, Susan Warner Keene, Susan Low Beer, Paul McClure, Matthias Ostermann, Ann Roberts, Karl Schantz, Susan Rankin, Don Stuart, and Judith Tinkl.

Among them, eight are honoured recipients of The Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s most prestigious national award for fine craft. Also in the roster are twelve Academicians of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) and two Members of the Order of Canada (CM.

As a not-for-profit member-driven organization that supports and represents professional craftspeople, Craft Ontario gave many of these artists needed support at the start of their careers. Acclaimed ceramic artist, Steven Heinemann, credits the organization (then the Ontario Crafts Council) for his first solo exhibition in 1982. Susan Low-Beer, sculptural ceramicist, credits the organization as essential in her nomination for the Saidye Bronfman Award in 1999.

“Craft Ontario was absolutely instrumental to my development and success as a designer and craftsperson, and I am proud to donate a signed piece on behalf of the organization that has nurtured, supported and stimulated me over more than four decades." says Michael Fortune, Furniture Designer and Maker, Craft Ontario Member since 1974.


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CRAFT ONTARIO
1106 Queen St. W.
Toronto ON M6J 1H9
416-925-4222
www.craftontario.com
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