HandMade Here Boutique Christmas Sale, Calgary, Nov 18 & 19

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HandMade Here Boutique Christmas Sale, Calgary

Self-curated art show brings Calgary shoppers a unique take on gift-giving

The HandMade Here Art Sale

• Saturday, November 18: 10am-5pm
• Sunday, November 19: 11am-4pm
Triwood Community Centre, in the bright and sunny Charleswood Hall 19 Street and Northland Drive NW (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) Calgary, Alberta

HandMade Here’s boutique Christmas group sale is back for the thirteenth year and features 25 of Calgary’s best, most unique artists and craftspeople working in diverse mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, fibre and textiles, blown glass, fused glass, wood, jewelry, ceramics and more.

“The sale features some of my favorite artists,” says Nicole Tremblay, participating artist and glassblower/co-owner of Fireweed Glass Studio in Canmore. “Our show is self-run and self-juried, which means you’ll get to see the artists’ finest quality works of art for this Calgary sale.”

Highlights for the sale include Joan Chisolm selling her funky eco-printed fashion items, Eve


                                                                                 Lisa McGrath

DeMoisaac, who creates exquisite felted scarves, Lisa McGrath with her whimsical ceramics, and John Smith-Jones who creates raised metal vessels that glow in the light.

Why is this show so different from others? Tremblay explains, “We all make a special point of bringing the best of our art to Calgary for this one weekend.” Although Tremblay’s glass work is available at Calgary’s Glenbow gift shop and the Alberta Craft Council C-Space, Tremblay says this weekend sale in Calgary gives shoppers the opportunity to buy quality art and speak with the artists about their process.

The 2017 HandMade Here art sale runs Saturday, November 18 from 10am-5pm, and Sunday, November 19 from 11am-4pm at the Triwood Community Centre in NW Calgary. It’s easy to get to by car and transit, and there is plenty of free parking onsite. Admission is free. The artists provide a coffee and home-baked cookie corner so shoppers can take a break and recharge in comfort.

“We know November is a busy time for art sales in Calgary,” Tremblay adds. “Our show is always very well attended and I think that’s because of the high calibre of artwork we offer. Everything is handmade. It’s like visiting 25 galleries in one day where you can talk to the creators in a super-relaxed setting.”

• For more information, contact Nicole Tremblay, email:, cell 403-609-8553



HandMade Here is an artist cooperative and offers a self-organized sale once a year as a way for artists to sell their art while talking with customers. Most HandMade Here artists are established in their career, and are professional working artists making a living with their art practice. Many show in galleries across Canada, and many have received awards for their artwork. Many artists also teach in Calgary – at universities, colleges and art centers.

The HandMade Here Art Sale

Saturday, November 18: 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 19: 11am-4pm
Triwood Community Centre, in the bright and sunny Charleswood Hall 19 Street and Northland Drive NW (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) Calgary, Alberta

For more information, and photos of the artists’ work, visit our Facebook Page:

2017 Featured HandMade Here Artists

  1.  Anna Bilek
  2. Anne Ormerod
  3. Barbara Rumberger
  4. Connie Cooper
  5. Diana Fox
  6. Eve deMoissac
  7. Jennea Frischke
  8. Jill Nuckles
  9. Jim Etzkorn
  10. Joan Irvin
  11. Joanie Chisholm
  12. John Smith-Jones
  13. Karen Scarlett
  14. Lisa McGrath
  15. Linda Cote
  16. Mindy Andrews
  17. Nicole Tremblay
  18. Sandra Civitarese
  19. Stephen Dozois
  20. Steve Pulvermacher
  21. Susan Kristoferson
  22. Susanah Windrum
  23. Suzanne LeBlanc
  24. Candace Weir
  25. Connie Pike

Fused Glass Jewellery
Blown Glass Ceramics
Blown Glass Fibre
Fibre & Ceramics Ceramics Jewellery

Eco Printing – Fibre Hollow Form Painting

Hand Pulled Prints Ceramics
Blown Glass Ceramics Paintings

Up-Cycled Metal Paintings Paintings Ceramics

Art Sale Artist Highlights

Some of our artists have a second parallel career, many pursue different types of art and keep their creative eggs in many baskets. Others make niche work that is difficult to find in a retail setting and some have their work mainly represented in other cities. Here are some of the highlights to expect from the HandMade Here artists.

Paper artist Susan Kristoferson

“As a kid, I most liked art classes in school, so I decided I would be an art teacher to help other people find fulfillment through art making.”
Like several other HandMade here artists, Susan pursues two careers: one as an artist and the other as an art educator. Susan holds a BFA/Teachers Certificate, a Masters of Fine Art in Textiles, and has worked as a gallery director and Fine Arts Professor teaching weaving, design, and paper making as well as teaching graduate studies. Her work is for sale at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond and at Gingko and Ink Atelier in Banff. Susan sells her handmade papers to independent art supplies stores and bookbinders in the U.S. And, of course, she will be at HandMade Here.

Anne Ormerod Multi-Media Artist

“I like to think that my degree in graphic design was a great base for being able to turn my hand to most mediums.”
Anne works in so many mediums that she never has a large amount of inventory of any one thing. Trained in graphic design and jewelry, she started out working as an illustrator and now she dabbles in paper mache, jewelry, painting, illustration and printmaking. Anne organizes her schedule so she can sell her creations at HandMade Here each year, plus a small handful of galleries. She designs a line of cards available at retail stores including Indigo and Steeling Home. New for this year, she has been creating with rubber block prints, which she will be bringing to HandMade Here.

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