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Sew Sisters Artist Guild Society (SSAGS) has undergone many transformations over the last 7 years as this unique, conscious, community, co-operative continues to evolve.

Currently facilitating community projects to create places where people can display their “skills, talents, and abilities… whilst teaching others”, SSAGS acts as an umbrella para organization, assisting local service providers, community leaders, educators, musicians and artists with marketing, media and materials.

Two affiliated Studios serve as launch zones for new ideas, product sales, services and events. Studio A and Studio B (and their shared Community Garden) are located at the 2702-2704 block of Dunsmuir Ave in historic downtown Cumberland, BC.

Studio A, formerly the main hub and retail location of over 100 SSAGS member artists, currently lends itself as a studio workshop to resident Artist, Daniel Arsenault. Daniel designs and creates high quality leather products, ranging from bags to wrist cuffs to specialty items under the name of ‘Daniel’s Details’, and is available by appointment at 250 702 0758. He has also contributed his skills as chef for numerous SSAGS events and holds the title of both Studio A & Community Garden Coordinator.

Studio B, initially intended as a practice space for healing modalities and later converted to a music studio currently houses a boutique eco-salon ‘Virgin Hair’ and Art Gallery.

Studio B Coordinator, Paulina Maj, has been with SSAGS as a founding member since 2010 and currently serves as President. Hair Artsits, Cindy Foley, Krista Overwater and Melissa Clarke maintain the vision for a sustainable and holistic approach to the beauty industry. For more information, please call 250 400 HAIR (4247) or visit virginhair.ca.

Resident Gallery Curator, Sonia Stastny, has thrilled audiences over the last 5 years with professionally curated original work from local artists – a pool encompassing regions of BC outside of Cumberland that include Powell River, Port Alberni, Squamish and Vancouver. She is currently taking a hiatus to focus on her personal art work and ongoing workshop development, such as the well-received Collage Nights she has hosted for the last 3 years. Sonia teaches Art Classes at the local school and often facilitates events at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Also involved in the running and maintenance of Studio B is Brett Ferdinandi, Designer & Fabricator, the artist responsible for the Studio’s renovation and much of the furniture and cabinetry used therein. Brett is a member on the SSAGS Board of Trustees and acts as Studio B Coordinator alongside partner Paulina.

Andrew Brendon Emmerson, founding CEO of the society and the face behind the name, took a leave of absence as of June 2013 in order to continue his education as a student of the International Butler Academy in Europe. Just a phone call away, Andrew is always ready and willing to assist the guild with information, ideas and support.

Please e-mail tossags@gmail.com or call 250 400 4247

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