Who are the Kindred Spirits Artisans?
Kindred Spirits Artisans of Paris is an incorporated organization of individuals who share a common creative interest and who work cooperatively to raise the profile of the arts in the local community. When the group was founded in 1990, local newspapers heralded the coming together of people from a variety of artistic disciplines as a cultural renaissance. This renaissance has continued over the past twenty five years, adding to existing artistic energies and talents.
Kindred Spirits has become a presence in most artistic endeavours in Paris. Although perhaps best known for “Christmas in Paris”, the popular Christmas show and sale of unique hand-made gift items which is held on the second weekend in November, Kindred Spirits is active in the community in many other ways, as well. In addition to monthly meetings that explore different aspects of the arts, the group regularly offers a wide range of workshops that are open to the general public. Most years, Kindred Spirits sponsors a special “Springtime in Paris” children’s workshop that allows area children to experiment with a variety of media. To foster the arts further within the community, annual bursaries are awarded to secondary school students intending to continue their studies in the arts and prizes are given in several categories at the Paris Agricultural Fall Fair.
Over the years, many members of the group have had their art featured in exhibits at Glenhyrst Art Gallery and at area Museums and Libraries; as well as in juried exhibitions and studio tours. In addition, Kindred Spirits members are a major presence at the annual Cobblestone Festival organized by the Friends of Paris Culture. Many members also operate successful studios and businesses in and around Paris.
If you would like more information regarding Kindred Spirits please contact our President, Mary Gladwin at email@example.com