About

Kindred Spirits Artisans of Paris is an organization of individuals who share a common creative interest and who work cooperatively to raise the profile of the arts in the local community. When the group was founded in 1991, local newspapers heralded the coming together of people from a variety of artistic disciplines as a cultural renaissance. This renaissance has continued over the past twentyfive years, adding to existing artistic energies and talents.

Kindred Spirits has become a presence in most artistic endeavours in Paris. Although perhaps best known for "Christmas in Paris", the popular Christmas show and sale of unique handmade gift items which is held on the second weekend in November, Kindred Spirits is active in the community in many other ways, as well. In addition to monthly meetings that explore different aspects of the arts, the group is also active in many ways in the community. During "Springtime in Paris", Kindred Spirits usually presents a special children's creative workspace that allows area children to experiment with a variety of media. To foster the arts further within the community, annual bursaries are awarded to local graduating secondary school students who intend to continue their studies in the arts. Also prizes are given in several categories at the Paris Agricultural Fall Fair.

Over the years, many members of the group have had their art featured in local exhibits as well as in juried exhibitions and studio tours. Many of our members operate successful studios and businesses in and around Paris.

If you are interested in the arts and would like to learn more about Kindred Spirits, please join us at one of our monthly meetings held at 7:00 PM at Paris Presbyterian Church, 164 Grand River Street North, Paris. Please check "Events" on our website for the dates.