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JULY - 2011

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

• Kelly Kirkham Puppets at Open Door Designs.
Retail Store - Summer Hours
2011-12 Workshops
• Basement Studio Available for Rent

Zadozuke: CODEX NOCTURNO
• The Paddling Puppeteer coming to Perth/Dupont Library
• Puppets to Go coming to Toronto Libraries

• PUPPETS UP: AUGUST 6 & 7

• Puppets at Summerworks: Exit, pursued by a bear.

• New puppets by Debbie Grieve
• New Puppets by Kelly Kirkham
• Vintage Puppets

• Loveland PPT in Action
• Les Trois Inventeurs (1980) by Michel Ocelot
Charlemagne Press
Blog of Green Gables

• Perth Dupont Community Garden: Volunteer Needed & Summer Potluck
• Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club: Summer Adventure Camp

• June Harlowe foods

• Zocalo

RETAIL STORE SUMMER HOURS
as of July 1st
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10am-7pm
Wednesday
Noon-6pm
Thursday
10am-7pm
Friday
Noon-6pm
Saturday
10am-6pm
Sunday
Closed
or by appointment: 416.531.1290

Debit, VISA & MC Accepted

(note: when we are in the studio working the door is usually open. Please call to make sure. (416-531-1290)

NOW IN THE WINDOW
AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS

Puppets by Kelly Kirkham

to see more click here


All the puppets are for sale and range from $60 to $75 for the hand puppets and $80 - $135 for the marionettes. Stop by soon to see these beautiful works of art. Kelly's puppets will be in the window and in the store until the end of July.

FALL/WINTER 2011-12 WORKSHOPS
NOW BEING SCHEDULED

We are in the process of scheduling the Fall
Workshops. Please check here for those that
have been already scheduled and watch future
newsletters for more info.
You can also get on a mailing list to get a note when
particular workshops are scheduled by emailing and
indicating the workshops you are interested in.

Also, if you can put together a group of 4 or
more we are more than happy to schedule any
of the workshops to suit your timetable.

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




Glen Caradus of the Paddling Puppeteers coming to Perth/Dupont Library and Puppets Up in August.

DATE
WHERE
TIME
Thursday, July 14 Perth/Dupont Library
1589 Dupont Street
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

PUPPETS TO GO in T.O.


Bob Nathanson & Friends are visiting from the USA. Bob will performing
in Toronto libraries as shown below and then again, at Puppets Up! in Almonte.
Don't miss it! Visit the Puppets to Go website click here.

DATES
WHERE
TIME
Tuesday, August 2 Lillian H. Smith Library
239 College Street, Toronto
10:30am
  Fairview Public Library
35 Fairview Mall Dr., Toronto
2:30pm
Wednesday, August 3 Victoria Village
184 Sloane Ave., Toronto
2:00pm

This slide show is a series of photos from most of the productions being presented this year. Click Here to go to the Puppets Up Website for more information.

PUPPETS UP 2011
AUGUST 6 & 7
in

ALMONTE,ONTARIO

This festival is the most wonderful event! Open Door Designs will be there again this year. Look for us near the Post Office.

"This year’s “All Creatures Great and Small” theme tells it all – the festival has been turned over to all the bugs and birds, and critters and plants that charm and fascinate us in our natural world. Check out our fabulous line-up of puppet troupes and watch for more details about all the fun we have planned." WEBSITE

THEATRE IN THE NEIGBOURHOOD

CODEX NOCTURNO
Zuke’s darkest creation is back!
June 10th – July 3rd at ZukeStudios, 1581 Dupont.

Eric Lipchitz and Lena Bloom are a young couple struggling to come to terms with a failed pregnancy. The implications and effects of this event blur the line between the reality of their day-to-day relationship, and the experiences of their unconscious mind. Trapped inside their dreams, they search for substitution and healing.

INFORMATION: zuke.ca

SUMMER WORKS, 2011

Exit, pursued by a bear.

Created By Quality Slippers Productions
A multidisciplinary puppet play exploring the relationship between humans and bears. "

"On the streets of Vancouver a young girl befriends a prophetic beggar who never tells the same story twice. Her dreams are being haunted by a mysterious Grizzly. Could this curbside encounter reveal the troubling truth that connects these star-cross'd strangers?
Time: Saturday, August 6 at 10:30pm - August 13 at 7:00pm
Location: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue


KELLY KIRKHAM @ OPEN DOOR DESIGNS
All the puppets on display at Open Door Designs
until the end of July are for sale ranging from $60-$135

Crazed Pig
Hand Puppet by

Debbie Grieve
$75

Lead Singer
Hand Puppet by
Debbie Grieve
$75
Angel
Vintage Hazelle Marionette
1961-69
$50
Princess
(butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!)
Hand Puppet - vinyl head
German '50's
$20
Chinese Marionette
'50's-60's
$30
Chinese Tiger
Wooden Push Puppet
$28
Czech Marionette
by M. Kabal in Prague
$35
Mexican Clown Marionette
'50's -'60's
$55

 

 

 

I am also pleased to say that we now have some provenance on these wonderful Czech puppets were brought into the store. They are in mint condition and we now know that they were made after 1948. They were purchased "as old" in the early 1950's.

Radek Licek from the Puppet Museum in Chrudim in the Czech Republic wrote this about these puppets:

"The puppets displayed in your slideshow are small marionettes from a serial production for family theatres. They were manufactured by Mr. Lubor Svorcik (*1911 - ?) from Pardubice, Czechoslovakia.
He obtained a licence for "a production of art puppets" in 1948. He designed and produced the puppets himself, only with a help of his wife until the early 1980´s."

The 26 puppets are about 10" tall and including the controller 24" tall. The owners would like to sell them. They are available individually @ $35 ea or the set of 26 for $780. If you would like to purchase them, please contact us at info@opendoordesigns.ca or call (416) 531-1290.

 

THE PPT-PRO IN ACTION

In 2009 Joe Chaplin from the City of Loveland in Colorado called to order a PPT-Pro to use in educating the public about stormwater and the impact of human activity on the watershed. We adapted their logo for printing on the face of the theatre dressing.

This summer the theatre will be travelling to a variety of country fairs and other gatherings and Joe estimates they will be doing around 20 performances around the area!

To see more about the theatre we built for Loveland, Click Here

Les Trois Inventeurs (1980) by Michel Ocelot
still relevant...

Another Gift from Steve Golden at the International Puppet Museum in Pasadena. Thanks

I am putting together an order for some books from Luman Coad's publishing house, Charlemagne Press. There are a wonderful array of wonderful books about all aspects of puppetry. This on their "about" page:

Founded in 1986 by Luman & Arlyn Coad, Charlemagne Press is the imprint of Coad Canada Puppets and only publishes books of advanced level puppetry and related topics. Book proposals, if within our specialty, are welcome.

If you are interested in any of the titles, please let me know and I will add them to the list.

Blog of Green Gables

Kristen, local writer and friend of Open Door Designs included me in her Blog the other day so I saw it! Take a look it is charming and useful for anyone who has small readers in the house. Blog of Green Gables

"Though I write for adults, children are often my main characters, and I am intrigued by the child’s perspective. Because I have a young daughter, I am always reading (and rereading) children’s literature, and am fascinated by both the stories and their authors. This blog has begun serving as a kind of documentation of our journey through the world of kids’ books. I welcome suggestions of great books to delve into, and would love to hear your thoughts on exceptional children’s literature. " Kristen Den Hartog

VOLUNTEER NEEDED

This note from Susan Berman of the Perth Dupont Community Garden:

" Our garden is looking for one or two people interested in flowers and roses, to help with our Front flower Bed, and our Native Plant - Butterfly Garden."

* For more information please contact Susan: perth-dupontcg@frogstar.com
* perth-dupont.parkcommons.ca

SUMMER EVENING GARDEN GATHERING
POT LUCK AND MUSIC


Date - Friday July 15th from 6:00 pm ‘til dark
Location - Dupont & Symington

The Perth Dupont Community Garden is located just outside the downtown core of Toronto, in the west end. We are one block west of Symington Ave, just north of Dupont St. The only entrance to the garden is on Perth Ave.

MORE INFORMATION

SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP
Junction Triangle Outreach Location

Camp Registration now open
Ages: 5- 17
July 4th- August 26th

More info: www.dovercourtkids.com

email: Tony Palermo: paldover21@kwik.net

Perth Dupont Community Garden
Started just as a garden with individual plots in 2005 by the City Councillor Adam Giambrone, it has been transformed into a thriving Community Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture. With ethnic and lifestyle diversity, our garden is a place to grow food, flowers, friendships, and personal social and leadership skills. READ MORE
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June Harlowe Foods
1627 Dupont Street
(Between Dundas & Symington, south side)
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S8
416.848.1984

Website

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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