Compiled within the Village Collective are
'rarities & quaints', particular objects with a story to tell.
Meet our Resident Artist & Artisans
THE FINE ART OF SHELLEY McVITTIE
SHELLEY McVittie is an internationally recognized Fine Art Artist.
Established professionally in 1992, with galleries accepting her work by 1996. 1998 was the year her art was introduced into the United States, by the year 2000 her work was introduced international. Ravensburg, Cobble Hills & Sunsout Puzzle Co.s licensed many of her whimsical imagery for puzzles, cross stitch charts and Scrapbook paper which then lead the way for her art being accepted in many shops in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada - now her work spills over into 28 countries.
Shelley also had the greatest pleasure being asked to design Peter Robson's Story Time Bear Book for St Thomas Hospital and Eleanor Robson -their 2016 fund raiser and
the Calendar for Calendar Girls - for Elgin Theatre Guild and St Thomas's 2015 fund raiser.
Bud Pomeroy, having always worked in the construction industry and wanted to find something that wasn't as physically demanding going forward (Buddy isn't a spring chicken anymore). He has always loved birch and being creative. Recently the two have come together in which Bud creates absolutely stunning birch art that anyone would be proud to display.
"I design with the belief that the process should be as exciting as the end result. In short I love what I do! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it." quotes Bud
A GIFT BASKET
It is exciting to have in the Village Collective - a gift basket service for you.
Here our Village Collective team will muster all their creativity and create the ideal present any season, reason and please'n.
TEXTILE ARTIST, MARGE MONGOMERY
Marge Montgomery is an amazing seamstress who is very gifted when it comes to her creations on the sewing machine.
Fusing time-honored tradition with imaginative, original designs, her handcrafted cotton quilts venture from the bold and bright to the subtle and sophisticated. We feature her purses, all with inside pockets, and her ultra dynamic lap quilts plus her collection of quilts in the Village Collective.
GENE TIMPANY POTTERY
Clay forms, decoration techniques and the joy of physically creating an object, based on an image in Gene's mind’s eye, came from the influence of his mother. Gene decided to take a wheel thrown pottery course to try to re-connect with the art of his past. In this medium, he found texture to add to the play of light, shadow and colour. Commenting he loves to create three-dimensional objects that are both useful and beautiful, light and shadow have become fire and smoke. The movement of colour frozen in an instant from glaze that has run down the side of a bowl is a snap shot depicting colour, depth and texture. In mastering control over form and glazing techniques, he is able to create beautiful functional pottery pieces that are also pieces of art. We are very privy to the wonderful collection of Gene Timpany's, here at the Village Collective.
HERITAGE LINE HERBSwww.heritagelineherbs.com specialize in bringing zest to your cooking through organically-grown fresh potted herbs and dried herbal blends.Many of their dried herbs and herb blends are certified organic by Pro-Cert.
The herbs are grown, harvested, dried and processed locally and any necessary additions that we can't grow ourselves are sourced in Ontario.
Having just sold the family farm last year, the Benners are going to continue to grow and harvest their herbs locally and we can not be more thrilled as they feature their fresh herbs, jams, teas and more here in the Village Collective
HAND TO SOUL
'head to foot to soul care' combining the utmost quality pf herbs, botanical oil along with the freshest of ingredients~ carefully produced in small controlled batches for your assured freshness.
Marilyn Whaley brings to the Village her extensive collection of all natural creams, lotions & soaks.
Well sought after in Hand to Soul products are her healing creams and headache reliever. Contact us for a full brochure of these healthy alternative products.
LYDIA HARDER POTTERY
How delighted we are to have Lydia return to Aylmer, to her Mennonite roots and bring her beloved pottery to the Village Collective!
A master of the wheel, Pottery Artist, Lydia Harder has created a splendid style of High Fire Stoneware. Her collection while it is all very functional, has beauty that is impressive.
Tinctures like chez red, temoku and cobalt blue make up the most stunning spectrum of colours to grace the finest tables. Her collection ranges from casserole dishes, colanders, teapots, to mugs, wine goblets, pate dishes, bowls.. ...etc....
CASUAL CLOTHING - by textile artisan: Charlene Dawson. In the Village Collective you will find great travel, lounge and sleep wear, perfect for the beach boating, the cottage or anywhere that a casual and relaxed look is desired. Our products are made from the highest quality 100% unbleached cotton fabrics. We also take the time to pre-shrink each individual garment, resulting in easy-care washing instructions. Simply machine wash and tumble-dry. No ironing necessary.
choose from “lightweight” and “heavyweight”. The lightweight fabric is a crinkle type cotton, very light and durable and a must for hot and humid weathers. It is similar to the sugar sac material of long ago. Our heavyweight fabric is a double-napped preshrunk flannel. This material is warmer and much cozier, great for the cottage or better yet, just to hang around in!
LAKE OF THE WOODS SOAPS,
Rita creates high quality soaps and skin care products for sensitive skin. They are free of alcohol, synthetic dyes, preservatives, and artificial fragrances.Small batch production is important to maintain the integrity and high standards. There are over 28 types of soaps including: French Pink Clay, French Lavender, Northern Song, Wild Roses and Blueberries, Tea Tree Complexion bar, and Citrus Sunrise.
She uses pure olive oil along with specialty vegetable oils such as Manitoba hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, shea butter, mango butter and coconut oil. Rita uses organic herbs, some from her own backyard garden. Pure essential oils provide skin care properties and subtle scent to her soap.
Kim has always had a love of semi-precious stones and been able to mix her creative side with this love.
Her first necklace made started with a little hematite turtle she had found that she knew one of her close friends would love. Kim wanted to make her something special that would last. A family friend taught her the basic skills which has now grown into a full blown hobby.
Kim's supplies are from local stores and Gem and Mineral Shows. None of her products contain nickel. Findings are gold or silver plated.
DECORATIVE ARTIST, PAM CALEY
Pam offers her art for purchase of watercolour, Ink & oil, acrylics, coloured pencils and pastels. Most of her art is "Decorative Art", not "fine art". The main difference is that she paint from patterns that other artists design and sell (with permission of course).
Pam does do some of her own designs as well (which qualify as fine art), but so far she doesn't want to sell those as she teaches painting and likes to keep them as class reference.
Pam is willing to bring her teaching workshops to the Village Collective in 2017 and we are thrilled.
AUNT LENAS HOMESTYLE PRESERVES
Remember walking into those fragrant kitchens full of the aroma's of freshly canned preserves?
Taking a deep breath you just knew the pickles were resting in the finest brines & spices - soon to be capped
At the site of those very same canning jars, you remember and instantly crave for the delicate flavours that can only come from the timeless recipes of preserves passed down through the generations.Now -- Aunt Lena makes them for you.
With over 10 years in business, here at Aunt Lena's we know what folks are looking for - they want to get back to the homemade & all natural products they grew up with.
WHAT ON EARTH PHOTOGRAPHY.
Robin McLeod is from Ailsa Craig and became interested in nature as a boy growing up on a 1-acre homestead. Catching the "bug" of identifying as many birds as possible, and the infection soon spread to encompass wildflowers, trees, and butterflies.
The unusual, the surprising, the new, and the strange; basically, he seeks whatever fascinates: a close-up view of a bug's face... the geometry of a spider's web... a familiar object viewed from an unfamiliar angle. Old things become new again when seen from a different perspective. They may even become difficult to recognize, making me wonder, "What on Earth is THAT?"
An artist’s palette is where experiments are made,
risks are taken, and an artist’s masterpiece begins.
As you embark on your own creative journey,
let the unique splendor of the Village Collective
present you with the daring and original side
of the artists within.
the Village Collective
Sandy Mitchell is a multi-talented textile Artist from Port Stanley. Textile and fibre artists like Sandy, have long recognized the potential of knitting as a means to express ideas and concepts.
Sandy's use of new, inspiring fashion yarns with 'wow' factor in wonderful colours and textures and finished products are appealing across the generations.
Her knitted toys and animals are delightful go-to baby gifts as they are washable, huggable and so adorable even adults love' em.We are thrilled to have Sandy and her new collection return to the Village Collective.
Liz Evanski, Papier Artisan
\PAPIER ARTISAN, LIZ EVANSKI
Liz brings to the Village Collective perfectly illustrated cards of high quality paper featuring an expression of friendship or other sentiments.
Although greeting cards are usually given on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas or other holidays, they are also sent to convey thanks or express other feelings. Liz's Greeting cards, usually packaged with an envelope, come in a variety of styles.
Magical Gift Idea to Cultivate One's Creativity - from a pre-teen to anyone after teen = no limit :) Start with a beautifully crafted fairy house by Samantha Daniel, then add box full of polymer clay in a variety of colours and maybe some odds and sods you have about and let them have the fun of crafting all winter to add to and personalize their fairy house collection.
COUNTRY VIEW DESIGNS.
Creative Sewing and Crafting - babies, toddlers, adults...even home decor. Crafting is a wonderful way of expression. Fabrics and colours bring these expressions to life. Lisa loves to sew, and enjoy the many possibilities that all those beautiful fabrics and colours can create. A huge part of the fun is the shopping for the fabric choices, then the challenge of deciding what project will best showcase the beauty of those choices. Ideas and inspiration comes from many different avenues.....we look forward to having the opportunity to create items that you will enjoy using. .
KNITS BY SHARON
Sharon offers hand made knitted garments for babies, toddlers and women. She enjoys starting a project and seeing the finished garment. Some of her items are knit from patterns she's acquired and some are designs that she put together herself. No matter the origin, each article contains love in every stitch.
Custom Orders are accepted. Some articles can be knit in different sizes. Custom orders require a minimal deposit before I start the order. Variation of yarn colour is dependent on availability.
KELLY LOGAN, JEWELRY ARTIST OF A DIFFERENT KIND.
Kelly takes up-cycling and re-cycling very serious in her craft. She searches everywhere for discarded pewter, melts it down into shapes and design creating a very uniquely style of jewelry.
Kelly is continually adding surprises with her other artistic abilities and bringing in various one of a kind crafted items that are not only visually exciting but rarely seen.
FAIRY TALE COLLECTION of NIKKI KENNEDY
This wonderfully talented and beautiful lady tells me she enjoys making things but never considered herself an artist!!! I was so taken back by that statement, as she is an incredibly talented artist using the very gift God gave her to spread her joy and love of life.
Nikki has always loved big fancy dresses, into fruition came "My Little Dress Purse". Her fascination with fairies is the process behind her collection entitled
"My Little Dress Purse: The Fairy Wardrobe Collection". Since then Nikki went on to transforming shoes into whimsical works of art following then on to sculpting.
CRYSTAL McMASTER began designing and creating unique, high quality jewellery in 2005. Her combined passion for art and design gave her the inspiration she needed to start her own business. Crystal handcrafts each individual piece at her home studio in Ontario, Canada. Her Designer Jewellery Collection is crafted with a vibrant selection of natural stone, mother of pearl, glass, wood and crystals on a non-tarnish silver plate or nylon coated stainless steel chain. Her jewellery is known for its modern, one of a kind, artisan qualities. Specializing in a glamorous fusion of classic designs and trend setting collections her pieces are timeless.
KETTLE CREEK POTTERY
I invent nothing, I rediscover -Auguste Rodin
Currently, Joe is hand building pottery using earthenware and harvested surface clay. He fires the clay in electric kilns at low firing temperatures. He uses food safe glazes on pieces that are both decorative and functional. The surface clay he find along side Kettle Creek in St Thomas is a unique part of his exploration in clay, as he prospects this most interesting and experimental aspect of my art.