Cedar Ridge shows off crafts

Featuring poppy pins and clattering cups of chamomile tea, the Nov. 11 art show at Cedar Ridge left the impression more of a social gathering than a formal gallery opening.

The annual exhibit drew visitors from around the community to admire the craft of their local artists.

And it’s become a popular event.

“It has always been a booming day, ” said Tina Contento, acting community cultural coordinator for the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre.

All of the embroidery, pottery, jewelry, woodcarving, and everything else that’s being sold is to help fund the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, which boasts a membership of about 300.

During the year they provide programs to teach how to make almost everything that is offered during their art exhibits.

Joy Hughes, administrator for the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, a non-profit art collective, is considered the “driving force” behind the goings-on at the Centre. She has been involved with Scarborough’s arts communities for over 40 years.

“I’ve been here for a very long time so it all just sort of falls into place,” she said.

The Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery also hosts a similar art exhibit during the spring.