Chilliwack store with locally made art must close its doors due to renovations at Cottonwood Centre

Siobhan D’Souza, government director with the Chilliwack Neighborhood Arts Council, stands inside of Dragonfly Arts and Crafts with a selection of community artists on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Thanks to renovations at Cottonwood Centre, the keep need to near down and the last day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Merchandise are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Because of to mall renovations, the retail outlet should near down and the last day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Development)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Products are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Owing to shopping mall renovations, the retail store need to near down and the remaining day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Merchandise are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to shopping mall renovations, the shop should near down and the ultimate working day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Goods are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside of Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Because of to mall renovations, the retail outlet must near down and the final working day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Development)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Goods are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to shopping mall renovations, the shop ought to close down and the closing working day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Merchandise are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts within Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Thanks to shopping mall renovations, the retail outlet ought to near down and the last day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Merchandise are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside of Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Thanks to shopping mall renovations, the retail outlet will have to near down and the last day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Merchandise are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to shopping mall renovations, the shop ought to close down and the closing working day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Items are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Due to mall renovations, the store must close down and the final day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Products are pictured at Dragonfly Arts and Crafts inside Cottonwood Centre on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Thanks to mall renovations, the retailer ought to close down and the remaining day is Saturday, Feb. 25. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Development)

A keep at Cottonwood Centre the place everything is designed by community artists will be shutting its doorways at the conclusion of February.

Dragonfly Arts and Crafts is a store filled with handmade items by dozens of Chilliwack artists and artisans, and it has to transfer out of its locale thanks to shopping mall renovations.

”The mall has been excellent for us,” stated Siobhan D’Souza, government director with the Chilliwack Group Arts Council. “They’ve offered us a spot… for pretty much no lease for the last calendar year, so we have nothing but gratitude towards them.”

Dragonfly Arts and Crafts is operate by the arts council, which is a non-gain corporation.

“Chilliwack Arts Council obtained see (Jan. 25) that the mall is renovating our conclude of the shopping mall and, sad to say, are not able to renew our rental,” D’Souza explained.

The keep opened in December 2021 and over the earlier 13 months, it has grown to what it is today – a shop filled with function by 54 regional artists. All but a few artists are from Chilliwack.

Mainly because the Chilliwack Community Arts Council wasn’t paying out rent and now that renovations will quickly be underway, the mall no for a longer period has a room for them arrive the conclude of February.

It was “devastating news” for the artists and artisans as they had a “super successful” calendar year in 2022 and ended up psyched for 2023, she said.

The retail store doubled as the arts council office and now they are searching for a new space.

“We have a lot of eager and lovely artists and we have a lot of expertise in this town,” D’Souza said. “We’ve been – mainly for the past 50 yrs – supporting 50 smaller companies.”

Numerous artists located Dragonfly to be the fantastic area to market their products as craft markets can be a large amount of do the job, she included. At the retail store, artists would fall off their operate and the arts council would provide it for them.

People can find a broad array of handmade items like paintings, towels, knitted merchandise, soaps, candles, jewelry, woodwork, sculptures, pottery, playing cards, garden ornaments, and hair add-ons, to title a couple.

She hears the identical reviews from shoppers each working day.

“Everyone who walks through suggests ‘This is such a attractive retail outlet. This is accurately what Chilliwack needs.’”

They’re running at a 20 for every cent income margin which is what pays for staffing several hours at Dragonfly. If they have to shell out rent at a new location, they would have to locate other ways to crank out profits, these types of as more fundraisers. Their 3 key fundraisers are the Xmas Craft Market place, Chilliwack Mural Festival and Vedder River Artwork Stroll.

They’re now seeking for a new house, and D’Souza explained just about any area will do.

“We’re not fussy at all, we just want to keep on supporting local artists.”

Individuals can hop more than to Dragonfly Arts and Crafts in Cottonwood Centre now until finally the finish of the month. They are found at the west conclusion of the mall (near in which the previous Sears was) and are open up shopping mall hours, 7 times a 7 days. The closing working day is Saturday, Feb. 25.

“We’re making so significantly in just our city by putting up murals and undertaking all this artsy stuff to make Chilliwack a lot more attractive and we just want to continue doing that,” she stated.

Everyone who has a place readily available for Dragonfly Arts and Crafts can call Siobhan D’Souza, executive director with the Chilliwack Local community Arts Council at [email protected] or 604-702-8823. Moreover, persons can speak to place of [email protected], and the retailer selection is 604-795-6893.


 

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