Fonds 23-008 - Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio (KAGS) fonds

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Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio (KAGS) fonds

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    • 1990-2020 (Creation)
      Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio

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    67 cm of textual records
    4 photo albums (approx. 450 photographs)
    11 scrapbooks

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    Administrative history

    The Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio (KAGS), founded by Dorothy Martin, was a not-for-profit artist collective located in Peterborough, established in June 1990 in the basement of the Peterborough Public Library’s De La Fosse branch. Some of the well-known, founding members include George Elliot, Poul Thrane, Ann Cossar, John Norton, and Neil Broadfoot. For a $25 membership fee, they offered the opportunity for artists to access to exhibition space with a hanging fee and no commission on sales, individual painting space, storage space for materials and unfinished work, and use of worktables, easels, work areas, kitchen and washroom facilities. They showcased demonstrations during exhibitions, held workshops for young children and adults, and hosted various art events and contests. They aimed to bring together local artists, both professional and aspiring, to support the growth of arts and culture in the surrounding area.

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    The collection was originally cared for by the archivist of KAGS, and when the material was dispersed in the early 2020s, it was re-collected by Beth Popham and donated to the Trent University Archives.

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    The fonds consists of records from the Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio, including administrative files and meeting minutes, artist biographies, newspaper articles, material from art shows and events, correspondence, newsletters, and photographs and scrapbooks. Events include the Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio 20th anniversary show, general studio workshops, and the best of high school art annual show.

    The fonds is organized into 6 series: Administrative files and meeting minutes; Member artists’ files; Shows, Events and studios; Photo albums; and Scrapbooks.

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    Donated by Beth Popham and Studio 201 to the Trent University Archives in July 2023.


    Material was removed from binders and rearranged into series.

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