Juan De Fuca Arts and Crafts Guild

Mission Statement
Our Mission is to learn,share,market and promote the skills of a wide variety of artists and crafters from all skill levels in a welcoming environment..
We support and encourage personal growth of our members and enrichment of the community.
Vision Statement:
Our Guild provides a vibrant,rewarding,fun,social and learning environment for a diverse and active fellowship of artists and craft people . We enrich our community through flexible participation, sharing of ideas and skills, and respect for each other’s goals, including learning,teaching and promoting and /or selling our works.
A Brief History Of The Juan De Fuca Arts and Crafts Guild.
Our Guild, the first in the Victoria area, was founded in November,1975, when a group of craft people  advertised in the local newspaper for like-minded people to come together.
Forty-seven people came to the first meeting at the Juan de Fuca curling Club,and decided to “have a sale and see what happens next” The rest is history!
Membership grew and six groups were founded: Cottage Crafts, Fibres, Clay, Painting and Drawing, Third Dimension, Graphic Arts.
For $25 a year, Workshops were offered.  demonstrations and lectures organized, and three or four Sales were held each year. A members’ Library was established and we bought tools, such as a mat cutter, a Raku Kilm,   and a wool picker, for members use
A student Bursary Program was established,
Quilts and afghans made for local hospitals ad extended-care facilities, and raffles held to raise money for charities such as the Terry Fox Foundation and purchasing roll-away cots for parents who had to stay at the Pediatric Ward at the New Victoria General Hospital.
Membership peaked in about 1980 at just over 150 members, Other Guilds formed, and other sales were organized.  Peoples lives got busier,and membership slowly declined to about 50 members and 4 groups by the end of the 1990’s
Our traditional November Show and sale now called “Holiday Gifts Galore” has been a popular part of the Guild since it’s inception.
In 2004 we undertook a major review of the Guild, its goals and function in our communities. We found the fundamentals to be sound after almost 30 years. An indication of the wisdom of our founders, many of whom are still active in the Guild.
Our Guild is unique in its diversity–both in terms of the variety of arts and crafts our members do, and in terms of the reasons our members belong..
A significant event took place this month. Ada Harding, a long time member of the guild member, Ada Harding, was made a life time member of the Guild.
Members gathered at a tea and presented her with her certificate.
President Colette is seen here presenting the certificate
jdf regestration

2 Responses to Juan De Fuca Arts and Crafts Guild

  1. wendy says:

    looking good. it will be better with the JdF seagull logo. the blue colour is perfect.
    you do mention the Westshore, but maybe it should say Victoria BC too? the web is a big place!!

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