The Oakville Sculptors & Woodcarvers Guild (the Guild) was formed in October 2002 at a meeting of 21 sculptors and woodcarvers from Oakville. Our first and most pressing task – find a venue for all types of sculpture.
For nearly three years we joined the Oakville Art Society and shared the pottery room on just two tables. After the OAS decided not to expand their space, the Guild reluctantly began to look for their own work space. For the next few years we searched Oakville for a space we could afford, to no avail. The Guild maintained itself with the good graces of the Kerr Street Seniors, where our sometimes quiet, sometimes boisterous, meetings were held every Thursday evening. When the town announced their intention to turn the empty Queen Elizabeth Park High School into a Community & Cultural Centre, the Guild realized that the former school wood-shop and paint studio would be ideal for three dimensional art.
We jumped in and came up with a plan to turn the wood-shop/paint studio into studios for stone carving, woodcarving, pottery and clay sculpting. We presented the plans to the town architects and with a few tweaks, what remains is as close to an ideal for the sculptural arts as space will allow.
As a group, we enjoy the social aspect of like minded individuals, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and techniques.