“Business After 5” at the “CHAIR-ity Auction” preview – by Snapd

Thanks to Ed, Shari, Kate, Jane, Amy & Matt from Custom Decor – one of the BA5 sponsors – Photo by Andy Wheeler.

Click on the link below to view photos from ACOTTI hosts Chamber’s “Business after 5” event preceding the “CHAIR-ity Auction” May 18, 2017, by Snapd 1000 Islands. Event sponsored by Custom Decor.

Photos by Andy Wheeler


ACOTTI presents: a “CHAIR-ity” AUCTION, May 18th

Join us on May 18th at the Marianne van Silfhout gallery at St. Lawrence College, Brockville, for ACOTTI’s first fundraiser!

This elegant evening is a live auction of ONE-OF-A-KIND artist redesigned chairs, created by more than 20 local artists. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the creators, and the ongoing programs of the Arts Council of the Thousand Islands. Auction will be called by auctioneer, Lyndon Marshall, and will feature live entertainment and a cash bar.

Enjoy a preview of several of the art-chairs that are presently on display in the front windows of several stores in downtown Brockville: the Sleepless Monkey Cafe, Hang Ups Picture Framing, and more.

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance at:
the Sleepless Monkey Cafe, 170 King St West, Brockville
SAVVY Shoes, 73 King St West, Brockville
or order by phone at: 613-704-4410

Ended: ACOTTI needs helping hands for 1st fundraiser

The Board of Directors of Arts Council of the Thousand Islands is looking for volunteers to help make their first fundraising event a success.

The event, a live art auction called “The Chari-ity Auction”, takes place on Thursday May 18 from 5 – 9pm at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at St. Lawrence College, Brockville.

Volunteer responsibilities include: welcoming, set up and maintenance of refreshment table, helping with Shameless Promotion table (artists’ brochures), assisting at the ACOTTI information table, name tags, clean up, etc.

Volunteers will meet as a group in advance of the event with Program Coordinator Deborah Dunleavy.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Deborah: [email protected] or call 613-926-5510

Ended: Call for Artists: ACOTTI’s first fundraising event!

Artists of music, craft, dance, literature, theatre, media or visual arts are invited to participate in the Arts Council of the Thousand Islands’ inaugural fundraising event: A “CHAIR-ity” AUCTION.

To help raise funds for ACOTTI’s future programming, artists – individually or as a group – will take a “found” chair and re-purpose, recreate, redecorate it into a functional or fanciful “CHAIR-ity” object. Your finished “CHAIR-ity” object will be auctioned off at the live “CHAIR-ity” Auction on Thursday May 18th at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at the St. Lawrence College, Brockville Campus.

At this time we are reaching out to our artist community in a call for expressions of interest to participate in and/or volunteer at this event.

The number of “CHAIR-ity” objects accepted for the event is limited, therefore registration is on a first-come, first-served basis!

Why Participate?
As a “CHAIR-ity” artist you will”

  • split the final auction price 50/50 with ACOTTI
  • set a suggested minimum bid for your “CHAIR-ity” object
  • have an artist card attached to your “CHAIR-ity” object to recognize your contribution
  • receive 1 free admission to the event
  • receive media coverage of your participation as a “CHAIR-ity” artist
  • have your “CHAIR-ity” object on display at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery and the option to display it elsewhere in the community prior to the auction

If you are interested in participating as an artist OR as a volunteer, please complete this Expression of Interest form and return to ACOTTI by February 15, 2017. Any questions, please email us at [email protected]

We look forward to working with you in this venture!


ACOTTI Board of Directors

Ended: A Marketing workshop for Artists: February 11, 2017

The Arts Council of the Thousand Islands (ACOTTI) invites its members and the public to attend the next presentation in the series “Arts at Work: support on your artistic journey” at the Front of Yonge Township Library on Saturday February 11 from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

This installment will focus on how to market your art.

ACOTTI welcomes Kim Buckley, fellow member, artist, and Sales & Marketing Professional with The Works Events Canada, to speak on how you can get organized to sell your work.

Marketingit’s not rocket science but sometimes it feels like it should be. I’ve been working in this field for a very long time and it still can overwhelm me. I chalk that up to being a creative” says Buckley.

This session will be a great opportunity for anyone just starting out, or just wanting to get back on track. Kim will help you understand what you need to do to sell. She’ll walk you through some key questions and explain how you can plan ahead, leaving time to do what you love best – your art!

In addition, local photographer Jan Murray will be set up and ready to take photos of you and/or your work at the nominal cost of $10 for four (4) digital images. An incredible opportunity to get that shot you need to promote yourself or your business.

Admission to this event is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.


ACOTTI wishes to remind you that membership is free until May 31, 2017.


ACOTTI members can pick up their membership card and their Brockville Chamber of Commerce membership benefits sticker at the event.

For more information go to acotti.ca

St Lawrence News covers “Looking Forward” Event

ACOTTI continues to grow and move forward

Written by By Doreen Barnes for St. Lawrence News
Photos courtesy of Doreen Barnes and Linda Moir
October 30, 2016

As Chair Howard Alexander explained to the Arts Council of the Thousand Islands (ACOTTI) members in the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, St. Lawrence College Brockville Campus on Saturday, Oct. 22, the organization is now registered as a not-for-profit and is looking and moving forward.

ACOTTI’s objectives are to educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts; to provide instructional seminars on topics related to the performing and visual arts; to produce festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding

As for ACOTTI’s vision, it is to inspire and sustain an exciting vibrant arts community throughout the Thousand Islands, through integrity, respect, inspiration and boldness.

“The Arts Council of the Thousand Islands is a growing organization which has developed a solid foundation for the not-for-profit status, for the vision and mission statement and a long-term strategic plan for growth,” indicated Alexander. “Our current membership stands at 181. This year we have three events providing instructional seminars, as this is the year to focus on the instructional seminar, so there’s this one today, with another in February and there’s one that will be incorporated with the annual general meeting in May.”

In between February and May there will be a fundraising event, “Chair-ity”, to be held in partnership with the college, wherein people can decorate chairs which will be auctioned off with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to the artist and 50 per cent to ACOTTI.

“Also, Jim Palmer is co-ordinating the artist portal to connect artist with the education community,” said Alexander. “The artists will have an opportunity to train for what is needed in the school and have the curriculum connection and so on. That becomes part of a database that will be promoted in all the school boards, in the area. The teacher will be able to go to the database to find an artist in a particular subject area.”

The Arts Council of the Thousand Islands board for 2016-2017 includes, from left, Emily Gardiner, Judy Quick, Heather Savage, Howard Alexander, Deborah Dunleavy, Harold Hess and Jim Palmer. Absent are Debbie Labonte, Brodie Church, Nancy Nicholson and Sheila Burridge.

ACOTTI is taking the lead in not-for-profit organization in applying for a $500,000 through the Canada Council of the Artists, which will employ artists and is connected to the Brockville Railway Tunnel committee and program.

As of September, ACOTTI became a member of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, giving ACOTTI membership the opportunity to take advantage of the many benefits.

The chamber’s membership manger, Jan Murray, addressed the group and explained the various programs that are available, including the referral program, merchant discount, business exposure opportunities, preferred home and auto rates, the fuel savings program, certificates of origin and so much more.

As well, Doug Phillips (Phillips Group Benefits), a chamber membership committee member,

spoke about insurance needs, including dental, drugs and travel, without medical evidence.

The keynote speaker at the ACOTTI meeting was professional artist Deborah Dunleavy, who spoke about her life and the passion she has for the arts.

“It’s interesting to look back and say, oh, did I do that and then you realize that you are changing; changing and evolving,” started Dunleavy. “I think I still look forward and as a creative person; I don’t think we ever stop. What I want to share with you today is how I could not have had my career alone and how it happened that I was able to be successful. We live in these little islands of creativity and it is so essential for us to flourish by sharing what we know with others, by listening to others, by being encouraged by others and by encouraging others.”

Dunleavy is an international storyteller, lyricist, singer, an author, performer, as well as a wordsmith. She touched on royalties and artists getting paid for their craft.

Following a break, the members formed two groups to talk about visual arts and crafts and the other group talked about performing and literary arts.

Both groups walked away with some exchanges of amazing information and suggestions, plus handouts.

To view the ACOTTI web site, including events, go to www.acotti.ca.

ACOTTI presents: “Looking Ahead” a symposium

ACOTTI presents: “Looking Ahead”

Support for Your Artistic Journey: Life as a Professional Artist

The public is invited to hear international touring artist, Deborah Dunleavy, keynote speaker for The Arts Council of the Thousand Islands (ACOTTI) “Looking Ahead” symposium to be held on Saturday October 22 at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, St Lawrence College, Brockville.

Ms. Dunleavy will offer insight into the ups and downs of her career as a singer, author, librettist, playwright and storyteller. She will address the relationship of balancing creative with entrepreneurial aspects of making a living as an artist.

Attendees are also invited to participate in breakout sessions in which guest Speakers will present the benefits to artists of belonging to arts associations including CARFAC Ontario, Craft Ontario, Theatre Ontario and various Canadian Writers’ Organizations.

As well, the symposium is an exciting opportunity for artist of all disciplines to learn about what’s been happening behind the scenes and what ACOTTI has planned for the upcoming years. “We have an exceptional and vibrant arts community,” says Chair, Howard Alexander.  “ACOTTI now has a firm business plan, a not-for-profit status, and a strong foundation to move forward in supporting artists within our region.”

Membership to ACOTTI is free until March 31, 2017. Anyone who is an artist, an arts organization, or a supporter of the arts may become an affiliate member. Memberships can be obtained at the event or by going on line at: www.acotti.ca and clicking on the link: “Become an Affiliate“.

  • “Looking Ahead”
  • Saturday, October 22 from 10am – Noon
  • Marianne van Silfhoute Gallery at St. Lawrence College, Brockville Campus.
  • Registration and Coffee at 9:30am. Program runs 10:00am – 12:00pm.
  • $10 for members
  • $15 for non-members

For more information, contact ACOTTI Chair Howard Alexander at (613) 926-5510.