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Doors Open Volunteer Info Sessions

Did you know it takes almost 200 volunteers to make Doors Open Guelph a reality? When you volunteer for this event, you make a lot of people’s day. Thousands, in fact.

Please join us at City Hall for a volunteer info session on Doors Open Guelph 2019!

There are two identical sessions to choose from: March 5 or 7, both at 5pm. This is an accessible location close to the Guelph Transit Terminal. If you are driving, please give yourself a little extra time to find street parking.

Doors Open Guelph 2019 takes place Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 4pm. We have many exciting announcements for this year, including 15 sites, art walks, performances, a night party, and more.

We’ll go over the different volunteer roles to choose from, and you’ll have a chance to sign up for a 3.5-hour shift at the site of your choice.

Want a sneak peek at this year’s sites?

Wonder what it’s like to volunteer?

Did you know that our Doors Open Guelph volunteers get to skip the line at other sites? It’s true! Sign up for more volunteer information here> , and we’ll see you on March 5 or 7!

Bringing Treasures Back to Life – inside a conservator’s workshop

By Katie Wilde

One day the phone rang in our office. On the other end was a lady with a problem: her treasured teapot had a nasty chip, and she hoped to find a ceramics expert to repair it. She had asked around town and been referred to us, and while we don’t have a teapot-repair department, we were equally interested to know where she could find help to restore a treasured object.

That’s how I met Lloy Osburn. Lloy is a local conservator who specializes in paper and textiles, but through her network of colleagues, the teapot was repaired. I was still curious to know more about art conservation, from someone in our own neighbourhood. I visited her studio, in a heritage building on Woolwich (not far from the Wooly pub) to get a look behind the scenes.

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KW: How does one become a conservator?

LO: I began my career working as a laboratory technician in the Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. But since childhood, I had been an avid antique collector and a self-taught artist. In 1986, I heard an interview with the conservator at the Seagram Museum. This led to a new career and pursuit of a lifelong love. It was like a light coming on! Conservation is a compilation of art, antiques and lab work. So, at 38 I went back to school. My classmates were half my age!

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Myths about Confidence

by Tamsen Taylor

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Tamsen Taylor, photo by See Photography

There are many challenges that artists have to confront, but lacking confidence is one that tends to come up again and again. Whether our art is a hobby for us, our main source of income, or somewhere in between, it is often an intimate thing.

Sharing our creations makes us vulnerable, because they are part of us.

To “succeed” as an artist, we often have to find a way to overcome our fears and doubts, and put our stuff out there for judgement and potential criticism. If our art is a source of income, we also have to find the confidence to promote and sell it.

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