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DECEMBER - 2010

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

ONE OF A KIND SHOW
• EXPANDED HOLIDAY SHOPPING HOURS
Hanni Sager, The Toy Lady at Creative Spirit - Exhibition & Sale

• June Harlowe Foods Toy Drive and Christmas Party, Dec 17, 7pm
• Kenny vs Spenny, Christmas Special

• Studio Babette - Little Fairytales for Little People

• Pelham marionettes, punching puppets and more

• Kid Pivot - Dark Matters
• The Old Trout Puppet Workshop - Banff

• Children's Music Garden
- CLASSES BEING SCHEDULED FOR 2011
• Basement Studio available for rent for meetings or classes.
• Red Wagon Collective

OPEN DOOR DESIGNS new window is now in and features a dancing fairy and jumping pinocchio: DON'T push that button! along with examples of all the puppets that make perfect gifts including, Three Bags Full, Cate and Levi, Alexander Mergold, Kelly Kirkham and vintage puppets that are looking for a home. Come and see it soon!

EXPANDED HOLIDAY HOURS

Monday
2-7pm
Tuesday
10am-7pm
Wednesday
2-7pm
Thursday
10am-7pm
Friday
2-7pm
Saturday
10am-7pm
Sunday
Noon-7pm
or by appointment: 416.531.1290

INTERAC, VISA & MC Accepted

CLOSED: DECEMBER 24th
REOPENING:
SATURDAY
JANUARY 8TH, 2011
10am-6pm

The One of a Kind show is over for another year.
Fun had by all!
THE 2011 WORKSHOPS ARE BEING SCHEDULED NOW.
PLEASE CHECK THE WORKSHOP PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

OPEN DOOR DESIGNS is pleased to now offer Workshops on a regular basis in our brand new dedicated space. We are keeping the workshops small, 6-10 participants depending on the workshop. Register soon to guarantee a place.

Hanni Sager, The Toy Lady is an exhibition of art dolls by the artist available for sale as well as selections from her Mexican Folk Toy Collection. Her new doll series includes; Shapes and Shadows, each fibre doll hides behind a tiny clay mask from the Oaxaca markets; Hecho en Oaxaca, dolls crafted from the ubiquitous rebozo the most important piece of clothing in the life of a Mexican woman; and finally I Dreamt I was a Mushroom, Hanni says “To me the colours of mushrooms alone are enough to hallucinate on! Sometimes I meet people who look just like them.”

 

More info: www.creativespirit.on.ca

Creative Spirit Art Centre:
999 Dovercourt Road
Toronto ON
M6H 2X7

(416) 588-8801

Open Door Designs recently designed and built the three "muppet" style puppets shown here (Kenny, Spenny and "poor little boy") for the final episode, Christmas Special of Kenny v Spenny broadcast on Showcase on December 22nd at 9pm. Thanks to Nancy Davis Halifax for being the intrepid model.
The Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive
Old Trout Puppet Workshop
Dec 27, 2010 to Jan 7, 2011

The Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive, presented by The Banff Centre, the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and the AQM, and in association with the Calgary Animated Objects Society, offers a two-week exploration into the creative art of puppet theatre. The Old Trouts are a company founded on the collaborative nature of ensemble-based creation, they build their shows through a process of consensus, which shall be the thesis of this workshop.Over the 17-day period of the workshop, participants will explore exercises that identify the physical awareness and synchronicity of an ensemble, as well as participate in an arena of debate and building that facilitates an effective sharing of ideas. These exercises will in turn support the foundation of original, theatrical, puppet performances to be developed in the subsequent part of the workshop. More info
These wonderful Czech puppets were brought into the store recently. They are in mint condition and we think are from the 1930's or earlier. They were purchased "as old" in the 1950's. The 26 puppets are about 10" tall and with the controller 24" tall. The owners would like to sell them. If you have any information about them as to maker or would like to purchase them, please contact us at info@opendoordesigns.ca or call (416) 531-1290.
Curtis Craft
Emily Ann
Marionette, 50's?
14"
$95.00

Erispiel Hand Puppet
60's-70's, 12"
$18

Kaspar
16"
Full Body - Hand Painted Wooden head
$45

Princess
Papier Mache
"Stage" Hand Puppet
18"
$65

Ancient Mariner?
Papier Mache
"Stage" Hand Puppet
18"
$65

Big Bad Wolf
Pelham Marionette
1963
(no box)
15"
Restrung: $95

Punching Puppets
(
we have a selection of these including: The Fighting Nun, Skeleton, Kangaroo, Alien and Devil)
12", 1995, $10ea

Plague Doctor?
Papier Mache
"Stage" Hand Puppet
20"
$95
Blue Fairy
Pelham Marionette
'60's
(no box - dress torn at back)
15"
Restrung: $65
Teddy Bear Hand Puppet
Wool Felt and Mohair
'50's, 9"
$30

PUPPETRY IS EVERYWHERE!

Canadian Choreographer Crystal Pite

and

Kid Pivot

in

Dark Matters

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop innovating again! Take a look at this interesting project. The following text was taken from their BLOG.

What is this?

Ignorance is a puppet documentary about the blissful prehistoric origins of humanity, and how our brains evolved into the hideous bliss-sucking parasites they are today. Yes: it’s about how why we’re not happy. And how we might solve this problem without resorting to alcoholism, tranquilizers, frontal-lobotomies, or other forms of induced ignorance

But not just that: it’s an experiment in a whole new way to write theatre. As far as we’ve heard, anyway.


Participate:
Here’s the plan: we’re going to create the whole thing right here – words, drawings, pictures, little bits of video from rehearsals even – the entire shamozzle. Anybody who wants to have a look at what we’re doing can watch as the ideas develop.

June Harlowe Foods
1627 Dupont Street
(Between Dundas & Symington, south side)
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S8
416.848.1984

Tue 5pm-10pm
 Wed 11:30am-10pm
Thu 11:30am-11pm
 Fri 11:30am-2am
Sat 5pm-2am
 Sun 11am-3pm
(closed on Mondays)

Christmas Party: Friday, December 17th, 2010
4$ Bar Rail thoughout the evening after 9!
Dancing, drinks and DJ Dale!!
Let's party!

Bring unwrapped TOYS for the Red Door Family Shelter, please help put a smile on all of these deserving children's faces this Christmas!!
Collection starts December 1, 2010.

We are thrilled that Julia has chosen Open Door Designs as a location for her music program for children. Come and see a demonstration at the Open House,
Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 2:00pm

Julia Collins from The Children's Music Garden outside Open Door Designs


At the Children's Music Garden we will be creating wonderful musical moments just downstairs from wonderful puppet creating happening upstairs!

We offer unique, creative music education for babies and children. We offer small classes for children ages 6 months – 7 years old.
Our program teaches the basics of music in a fun, encouraging environment that promotes peer interaction and personal development. General music training has many benefits, like improved motor-skills, self-esteem and focus. Movement, singing, listening and imaginative-play are the main focuses in the lessons. The children play percussion instruments and hear the teacher make many different sounds from the violin and piano at each lesson.

JULIA COLLINS, Musician and Teacher, Children's Music Garden

If you would like to inquire about the program, please feel free to contact Julia at 416.516.8679 or julia@childrensmusicgarden.com
website: www.childrensmusicgarden.com

BASEMENT STUDIO
NOW AVAILABLE
FOR RENT

The basement studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space, there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12 chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.

Rates:
$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.

 

more info: info@opendoordesigns.ca , (416) 531-1290

Material Donations Needed
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
AT EVANGELINE


Donations may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy Davis Halifax for more information.


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS NEEDED:
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged practices through residency projects that would enable us to develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction - a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes to increasing public engagement in community development. The work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions, public installations, and celebratory performance events.We are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.

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