Located at 159 King Street West in Downtown Chatham, the shop houses a wide selection of unique pieces from 30 local and regional artists. Owners, Sue Rumball and Chris Ford, will be on hand Saturday to welcome people and mark the celebration with a special one-year anniversary viewing.

“This first year has been really wonderful for us and we have proven the need for an accessible gallery to sell and exhibit all of the talent in southwestern Ontario”, says Ford. “Our customers are coming from near and far to see the contents of this gallery. It’s the really amazing work that keeps them coming back.”

The store offers customers a wide range of artwork including pottery, paintings, pen and ink designs, and photography. As part of the seasonal refresh, the store has restocked the walls and shelves with new pieces from a collection of familiar and up-and-coming local talent.

"The Art and Heirloom Shoppe is an outstanding business that is doing fantastic work supporting local artists from across Chatham-Kent,” said Darrin Canniff, Chatham-Kent Mayor.  “By providing our artists with a space to display and sell their works, they are raising the profiles of some of our community’s top talent."

In addition to being the owners of the Art and Heirloom Shoppe, Sue and Chris are also artists. Sue is a jewellery artist and Chris works in mixed media. You can find some of their outstanding artistic works available on-site for the anniversary event.

To add another artistic element to the day, musical special guest Dan Davidson will be visiting in the afternoon to play a collection of songs.

“We are looking forward to hosting more music days in the shoppe, so any musicians who enjoy the atmosphere are welcomed to speak to the owners about reserving a time,” said Ford.

In discussion with the ladies of Art and Heirloom Shoppe, they spoke about how they love their work and also how they are proud to play an active role this year in International Women’s Day. As entrepreneurs, they are working to inspire other women and make it possible for all artists to showcase their work.

You can visit the Art and Heirloom Shoppe weekly, Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They also have an online store available at www.artandheirloomshoppe.ca.

Chris Ford, co-owner of the Art and Heirloom Shoppe, receiving a certificate of congratulations from Chatham-Kent Mayor,
Chris Ford, co-owner of the Art and Heirloom Shoppe, receiving a certificate of congratulations from Chatham-Kent Mayor, Darrin Canniff.


Additional Details:

  • If artists are interested in reserving space to showcase their artwork, they can stop into the store to discuss applying. There is an affordable fee only charged when the application has been accepted and a contract has been arranged.
  • Learn more about Chatham-Kent Economic Development on our website: https://www.chatham-kent.ca/business/economic-development

Media Contact:
Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer
Economic Development Services, Community Development

Municipality of Chatham-Kent
315 King Street West
Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8
Email: andrewt@chatham-kent.ca
Phone: 519.352.8401 x2039
Fax: 519.436.3237