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The Lake Scugog Studio Tour features artists working with the entire life cycle of fabric. Pat Neal weaves home decor items. Libby Burns wet-felts delicate wool fibres into wearable art pieces. Kirsty Naray does needle felting, nuno felting, wet felting, spinning and Saori weaving. Kirsty is exploring new ways of incorporating both glass and fibre. Kate MacPherson has a passion for crochet transforming fibre into modern pieces for home, body and play. Marion Myers and Carole Ditomaso use colourfully patterned fabrics in their quilting practices. Mila Owen also uses fabric sewn into items such as lavender sachets or cosmetic bags. Then there is Anja Kooistra and Nancy Newman who often upcycle, re-use and re-purpose vintage fabrics into new creations. Anja creates fabric sculptures for home and garden. Nancy fascinated in transforming tribal and indigenous textiles into an array of bags and purses.
Using some of earth’s oldest materials, our artists are fashioning very contemporary and unique sculptures. Basic materials, extraordinary results! These artists are creating beautiful three dimensional pieces of art.
Kirsty began working with stained glass in 1978, making architectural pieces for private homes. In 1993 Kirsty became interested in melting glass in a flame in 1993 and begain making glass beads, which is still a vital part of her work today. Several years ago, fibre became a new passion. She taught herself how to make wet welted items, then took a nuno felting workshop with the wonderful Libbie Burns. Learning to spin many types of fibre into yarn came next. This spring Kirsty went to the U.S. to learn how to do a special type of weaving called Saori. She is now the proud owner of her own Japanese loom.
Come and see Kirsty using her new Saori loom.
Marion will have the beeswax melted and ready to show you many of the steps to encaustic painting. This ancient technique uses modern tools and a medium of melted beeswax and damar resin. It’s fascinating to see the technique first-hand.
Even as a preschooler he loved to draw. His father, Leslie Taylor was a local sign writer, painting innumerable trucks, awnings and banners. Rick is an avid traveler and has painted and sketched in the U.K, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, North Africa, Hawaii, South American, Israel, Egypt, and also throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Algonquin Park is a favourite location. In May of 2004 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and visit Arizona to paint the desert. The summer of 2005 was spent painting in Newfoundland.
You can watch Rick as he works on painting a landscape in acrylic.
“I love to make order from chaos as I paint.”
Linda Edwards paints with oil and watercolour. The hours spent exploring the shores of Lake Champlain while growing up have greatly influenced the outcome of her work. She studied commercial art at Dawson Collage in Montreal and fine art at The Ontario Collage of Art in Toronto. It was during her time at O.C.A. that she experienced the excitement of creating movement in a landscape painting and the mystical feeling of capturing the likeness of a person in a portrait.
On Saturday you can try your own hand at oil painting. On Sunday you can watch Linda create some excitement on canvas in an oil painting demonstration.
Fran was born in Holland, and immigrated to Canada. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Queens), majoring in Sculpture and Painting, as well as a teacher’s degree in visual arts. After having spent the last 30 years producing mostly commission based artwork, she has taken that leap of faith all art people hope to have the courage to do in their lifetime. That is, she produces work for herself and is thoroughly enjoying that total freedom of expression. Fran’s studio has recently been re- located to Port Perry, Ontario.
You can visit Frances in her new studio and pick up a chisel to learn the basics of how to chisel (age 8+). Or on Sunday you can watch Francis as she welds metal and casts plaster.
“My goal is to connect to the viewer through images that capture the eye and move the spirit. I work with oils on canvas and focus on capturing the peace, spirit and hidden power of ever changing landscapes.”. Harvey’s studio is in a gracious 142 year old home in Port Perry and he spends half his time in Haliburton County capturing the rugged beauty found there. He shares his love for painting by teaching at Meta 4 Gallery in Port Perry and at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden.
Watch Harvey as he makes an oil painting appear on canvas.
Paul and Beverley established Williams design and create their one-of-a-kind brass, copper and stainless steel fountains and garden art. They have won many awards for their sculptured leather since 1974 and their work toured Europe in 1982 as part of a Canadian Fine Crafts Exhibit. They have also designed and built many large wall sculptures for public and private spaces. Paul and Beverley specialize in designing and building unique pieces by commission for their clients.
“Inspired by jewellery from long ago I make wearable, sophisticated jewellery using the ancient techniques of Granulation, Mokume Gane and Lapidary.” Jennifer specializes in Granulation, Mokume Gane and is a Lapidary artist primarily using Argentium silver. She currently teaches Lapidary and Professional Practices for Jewellers part time at Georgian College’s Goldsmithing program.
Jennifer will be demonstrating the stages of stone cutting.
Gordon uses a variety of tools to incorporate his inspiration from nature on many types of different stones available. . As a lover of nature since childhood, it is natural that it would be expressed in most of his work. He is finding recently that his subject matter is evolving from all nature to some freeform shapes and abstract figures. Gordon uses a variety of hand and power tools to release the subject from the stone. His work has evolved from working with the softer soapstones, serpentines, pyrophyllites and alabasters to the harder stones such as granite, jade and marble where he is spending most of his current efforts.
Primarily painting in acrylic and oil, Jeremy Le Page has been a professional artist for over a decade. His subject matter consists of contemporary landscape scenes, portraits, and still life images, and his work hangs in private collections internationally. Jeremy’s art has been shown in many galleries and exhibits, including the Lake Scugog Studio Tour; Whetung Ojibway Centre; the Lindsay Gallery; and many others, including Native Focus, in Port Perry, which he owned and operated for eight years with his wife, Erin.
Jeremy will share his thoughts as he explains his use of a colour palette.
Erin Le Page is a visual artist whose primary focus is printmaking. A graduate of Fanshawe College’s fine art program, she was also the co-owner of Native Focus, a gallery in Port Perry, for almost eight years. Originally from Ottawa, Erin now resides in Port Perry with her husband and two children. She is excited to be creating art again after some time away from printmaking.
You too can try printmaking. Children are welcome to give it a whirl.
After years of experimenting, my preferred combinations are those of vintage and antique pieces worked with semi precious beads, silver, beadwork and handwoven cords. I am very inspired by the art of other cultures and may string, for example, antique silver beads from the Turkoman of northern Afghanistan with Venetian beads traded into Africa in the late 19th century. Alternatively I could pair handpainted amulets from India with my own handwoven Japanese style cords. Occasionally I switch gears from the big beads and pull out my seed beads. Here I meticulously pick through my containers of these tiny orbs, and one by one, weave together bright, graphic, one of a kind wearable art. These pieces take their inspiration, in part, from Native North American and African beadworkers.
Watch as Kimberly demonstrates silver chain making and some beadwork.
In 2011 Lavender-Blu joined the newly founded Ontario Lavender Association (OLA). In addition, Lavender-Blu is on “The Purple Road” – a travel and info guide which highlights a wide variety of lavender artisan businesses throughout Ontario.
Lavender-Blu is a three acre hobby farm on the shore of Lake Scugog. It is host to over 40 farm animals, a small orchard, a large vegetable garden and 800 plus lavender plants are now growing on their property. In cooperation with Hiveshare, Lavender-Blu has added four bee hives to their property from which they will be able to obtain their home-grown honey and beeswax.
Join Mila on a garden tour of lavender varieties.
Libbie creates unique felt wall hangings, hats, scarves, bags, tunics, vests, felted goat’s milk soap, and little sheep.
For Libbie, felting is painting and sculpting with wool. It is artistic work according to traditional methods. Nature’s beauty is incorporated in her work in an abstract, intuitive manner. Connecting fibres and colours into wearable garments and accessories using wool, water, and soap provides endless challenges and discoveries.
Libby will show us how she lays fibres for the wet felt process.
Spring Reilly is an award winning Lifestyle Photographer based in Uxbridge, Ontario specializing in Weddings, Events, Portraits and Boudoir photography. In 2007, Spring began studying photography in South Texas preferring to photograph butterflies in their natural habitat. Upon returning to Durham Region, Uxbridge, Ontario she focused her talents on photographing people, pets and a broader range of nature subjects. She creates her own costumes and headpieces for personal work using natural and man-made materials.
Watch as Spring constructs a headpiece for a photo shoot.
Cathy’s metalwork is a direct reflection of her surroundings- iconic windswept pines dance atop locally harvested burls and rocks.
Cathy will draw, cut and shape a metal piece on the anvil.
Sandra combines volume, texture and colour to represent a modern esthetic in functional and non-functional ceramic works.
Join the fun of playing with mark-making tools in raw clay tiles.
Sandra MacPherson has been working with watercolours since 1992. Largely self-taught, she has studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design and in various workshops with professional artists. Her portfolio of watercolour paintings includes landscapes, buildings, floral, still life, and figurative works. In 2012, Sandra began to explore the possibilities of painting in acrylic.
Sandra is inspired in her painting by themes of community, history, and preservation.
Sandra welcomes visitors to try some watercolour techniques.
Don’s enthusiasm for the outdoor world seems to be contagious and he delights in sharing his love of nature and photography with both children and adults alike. Don’s photographs of wildlife, reptiles, insects, and plant life are an excellent addition to the art collection of any nature enthusiast or lover of beauty.
Bring your camera and join Don on a nature walk.