News from Shelley McVittie's Studios







September 2017 News

Dear Family & Friends:

the Village Collective & Shelley McVittie's Gallery has found a new location at 46329 Sparta Line, Main Street Sparta -situated directly across from the Forge & Anvil Museum and right next door to Julia Hansford's Studio.

This was actually the Ollie House, 1838. John Ollie was the owner and smith of the blacksmith and carriage house across the street, now known as the Forge & Anvil Museum. When John Ollie purchased the blacksmith shop in 1839, It was built in 1827 however, he had the slab roof replace by the first machine made cedar shingles.
In 1924 the Library was moved to the Ollie house as Mrs. Ollie became the Librarian.

Today there is a modern apartment upstairs and an local artist collective downstairs. Room after room is to be ventured into, to discover why this is now the most popular gathering place for true Canadian Artists and Artisans - who are ready to serve those customers that seek pure Canadian pride in their workmanship and craft.

Welcome to the new proprietors of the Village Collective, Trudy and Jon Bunde. Trudy along with the continuing support of myself, Shelley promise to keep up the same legendary hospitality and graciousness our customers came to expect. We will resume offering the extraordinary works of the local Canadian Artists and Artisans as well as introduce some new wonderful talent along with bringing back your favourites.

So we invite you anytime to drop in and meet Trudy. Follow us on facebook to see what is new and happening in the village.



2017 'updated' Back Roading Elgin Map

click map to see a pdf version of map

Every year, millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in communities across Canada. From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island –to Sparta and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture.

This year in the historic village of Sparta, you'll find inside the Village Collective we will be demonstrating 'lino cuts', 'pottery', 'spinning wheel' and many of our talented artist will be on site to show you their 'behind the scenes'. So we welcome you and your friends to join us from 10 to 4 pm in the Village Collective 46329 Sparta Line, Sparta ON - right across the street from the Forge & Anvil Museum.