In July 2006, the Village Arts Society incorporated as a non-profit society around the following objectives:
To operate, on a not-for-profit basis, a retail shop of high quality standard in Invermere, British Columbia. The store sells fine craft products, thereby providing artisans with a professional venue to sell their handcrafted work.
To support artisans’ ability to earn a livelihood from their craft by providing a professional showcase for their work and by promoting the store so that it is well known.
To educate the public about fine craft; to provide an opportunity for the public to view and purchase handcrafted work and interact with working artisans.
To encourage community economic development by creating work for artisans and creating local jobs.
MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES!
You must be a member of the organization in order to sell or display work in the Village Arts store.
Members are also entitled to:
•vote at the Annual General Meeting
•stand for election to the Board of Directors
•receive a Members’ Newsletter
•a presence on the Village Arts web site www.villagearts.ca
Village Arts is dedicated to progressive marketing and active promotion of fine craft, and to the education of members and the public.
In order to maintain Membership , you must:
1be a resident of Canada;
2have your work reviewed by the Selections Committee each calendar year;
3pay annual dues of $75.00 which includes GST, by March 1 each year.
Village Arts is looking for artisans whose work has a personal direction, is unique and of consistently superior craftsmanship.
At the present time, Village Arts does not ‘generally’ accept the following:
•flower arrangements, pressed flowers or potpourri
•transfers, decals, decoupage
•work made from kits, commercial patterns
•(as from pattern books or magazines)
•work made with a commercial product as the focal point
The Director’s elects a Selections Committee which juries new work. Please see our “contact us” page and email us for a Jury Application and the date of the next Selection Committee meeting.
Four to five samples of your work are required for jurying. Please enclose funds or return postage. A resume, retail pricing and technical description is required along with the Jury Application Form.
The Selection Committee awards points on a seven point scale in the following categories:
•Aesthetics and design
Once the work has passed through the Selection process, the craftsperson is informed in writing as to whether or not the work has been accepted for sale in the store.
We ask that craftspeople contact the store to arrange delivery and pick up of their work in recognition of our very limited storage space.
Please note that no critique is given of work submitted for jury. Only work of the same type and quality as that passed by the Selections Committee can be sold in the shop. Members submitting new work must go through the Selections process.
Once an artisan’s work has passed Selection and membership dues are paid, the work should be brought into the store as soon as possible.
Village Arts’ commission structure:
•19 – 21+ hours = 15% commission
•13 – 16+ hours = 25% commission
•5 – 8+ hours = 32% commission
•0 hours = 40% commission