In 2008/2009, the artisans of Kamloops Arts & Crafts Club celebrate 75 years of continuous creativity in our community. The club is known to have existed before 1934, however, written records start at that date.
The founding group were painters, soon joined by a number of fibre artists and potters. Originally they met in each others' homes to learn from, and share with, each other. In the late 1950's the group started using a room in the library museum building. Upon completion of the building of Heritage House in 1971, the club began meeting in the lower lounge with the potters setting up a studio in the room next door.
Through these many years, the club has continued to be a vibrant group of artisans who gather to share their enjoyment of art with others. They are all varieties of fibre artists - weavers, spinners, all sorts of needle workers, makers of felt, rugs, and baskets, artisans working in glass, clay, wood, paper and painters of every kind.
The spacious, well-lit rooms of Heritage House along with the beautiful views of Riverside Park and the Thompson Rivers and our wonderful members are all reasons Kamloops Arts & Crafts Club has been around for so long and will continue to be a prominent part of the art scene in Kamloops.
On Sunday, September 21, 2008, Kamloops Arts & Crafts Club members gathered in the upper lounge of Heritage House to celebrate 75 years of creativity and togetherness. In addition to enjoying the celebration cake, members also enjoyed meeting and reminiscing with each other and especially listening to the stories of members from our early years.
Here's to all of us, Kamloops Arts & Crafts Club, and to another 75 years!