SPRING 2017 hours
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11am – 5pm
Sundays 11am – 4pm
now open Thursdays to 6pm
63 Mill St., Almonte Ontario (map on CONTACT page)
phone: 613-461-3463 email: email@example.com
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General Fine Craft is a commercial gallery exhibiting the work of highly skilled, innovative artists mainly from Ontario and Quebec. The bright, open space is designed to showcase functional and non-functional fine craft and art. Our makers are at mid and mature stages in their creative lives, all demonstrating a profound and professional devotion to their art practices.
Our mission is to illuminate the art in Fine Craft and the craft in Fine Art by selecting work that is challenging on many levels: technical, aesthetic, conceptual - and in terms of its ability to simply delight the human soul. We curate special features on particular artists’ work and pairings of artists. Exhibition vernissages are popular and lively events, growing Almonte’s reputation for being a hub of creativity in Eastern Ontario.
Chandler Swain and Richard Skrobecki opened General Fine Craft in April 2013. They both live in the Almonte area and, when the perfect storefront in the centre of town became available, they created a vision for this dynamic new space for art and fine craft. Each are recognized studio potters with many years of experience making and promoting their own distinctive styles of work. Their first collaboration was in 2005 with the creation of the popular 260 Fingers annual ceramic exhibition in Ottawa.
As of January 1, 2016 Chandler has played a smaller role in the business – but you may still see her behind the desk on the occasional Sunday! Her energies will be well-spent at her studio practice and pursuing some of her many other interests. See www.carriagewaystudios.ca
Richard continues to run The General with the same spirit of exploration and emphasis on quality craftsmanship by Canadian makers.
Watch our 2017 EXHIBITIONS page for announcements of feature shows that are sure to intrigue!
General Fine Craft is pleased to be distributor for Louis Helbig’s influencial book BEAUTIFUL DESTRUCTION.
Editions are available for $75 + gst and shipping.
To purchase, come into the gallery or order on line: Louis@helbig.ca
To see pictures of the gallery, go to Gallery photos
Explore GALLERY ARTISTS to see individual artist’s pages, learn about their work and inspiration.
See the EXHIBITIONS page for current, past and future exhibitions, photos and essays on particular shows and individual artists’ work.
If you’re a Collector, visit COLLECTING
May 2015 video interview: https://youtu.be/2dEk-wbr5V4
Peter Simpson’s article on ‘Frost-bitten Mosquito-slapping Trolly-tippers’ in the Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-reviews/saucy-horses-and-downtown-polar-bears-new-manitoba-art-in-almonte
La Press: Almonte – le plus beau fleuron http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/4ccc-afac-5331d496-9f87-5878ac1c6068%7C_0.html
See CTV’s Leanne Cusack November 18 interview with Chandler and Richard in the gallery: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1047702
Tripadvisor.com : Almonte visitors’ comments
The General has been listed as one of the top 10 retail art galleries to visit in Ontario by Days Out Ontario.
Thanks to The Ruralist for their recent postings about General Fine Craft, Art & Design and other great Almonte features.
See CTV’s Regional Contact interview with Chandler Swain: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=933938
Why ‘GENERAL’ Fine Craft?
The name General Fine Craft came to us in part from Almonte’s interesting history.
Shipman’s Mills was founded in 1821 and it eventually became one of the busiest textile-producing milltowns in Canada. Many mills were built there, along the spectacular falls of the Mississippi River in Lanark County, Ontario.
The town went through several name changes before settling on General Juan Almonte as its namesake. During the Mexican-American war of 1846-48, General Almonte served as Ambassador to the United States, then as Mexican Secretary of War. His stance against U.S. incursions on Mexican territories made news around the world, including here in Canada where Loyalists had concerns about U.S. expansionism. Locals were so taken with Almonte’s integrity that they officially named the town after him in 1856.
Today his portrait hangs above Almonte’s main street but references are otherwise only found in the pages of history books. However, among the curious-minded, intrigue surrounds him… making him a bit of an enigma. And that’s exactly what we like about The General.
Almonte is a small eastern Ontario town (40 minutes west of Ottawa) that bustles with creative energy. From is restorated 19th century downtown core, to street festivals, museums and a lively shopping area with unique shops and restaurants, Almonte has become a real destination point for travellers and day-trippers. Officially known as the town of Mississippi Mills, it also encompasses Pakenham, Blakeney, Ramsay and Appleton.
Almonte was recently listed by Days Out Ontario as one of the top ten quaint villages to visit in Ontario.
Ottawa Life feature on Almonte: