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.
Pat Neal brings 20 yrs. of passion to the world of weaving, combining colour, texture and pattern into unique hand woven pieces. Join Pat in her Myrtle studio as she demonstrates the art of weaving on traditional floor looms. She will also have a loom available for her curious visitors, so they too can try their hand at weaving.
Leslie considers herself to be truly blessed because she is surrounded by her first love and her artistic subject matter – forests and lakes, trees and wildlife, as well as light and nature in all its forms. Leslie likes to layer different mediums to bring about a brilliant, slightly otherworldly effect in her work. From pastels and conté to acrylic, each is used in various layered combinations. Leslie will be demonstrating painting on site, bringing us through stages of realistic to abstract.
Karen’s colourful jewellery is handmade, designed by her and is fun to wear. Karen works with Sterling Silver, semi-precious stones and Niobium, a very rare and pure metal which is naturally hypoallergenic. When “anodized” (electrified), Niobium produces a rainbow of colours. Join Karen as she demonstrates this process of anodizing Niobium.
David pursued illustration studies at OCAD University and has been painting commissioned
watercolours for nearly 30 years. The architecture in Ontario features century homes, farm buildings, railway stations and churches, with a rich reflection of rural life from the past. Specifically, Durham and York regions, with historical buildings and picturesque landscapes, provide a wide variety of inspiration for his subject matter. You’re invited to explore his gallery and watch David work on his watercolour paintings.
I’ve discovered that my strength is in combining chain mail and wire wrapping techniques in media such as sterling silver, semi-precious stones, custom fused glass pieces and even textiles, to create completely unique, wearable “jewellery art”. Combining metals and powders with glass in the kiln do the same for my “functional art” bowls, platters, candle holders and more. Watch Sarah create her lovely chain mail jewelry.
Theatre 3X60 is committed to meaningful theatre experiences & education, artistic excellence, accessibility and audience engagement throughout Durham.
Watch as Theatre 3X60 goes behind the scenes to prepare for a production. Watch a live rehearsal.
Peter has an extensive background in woodworking, having designed and built spiral and circular stairs, furniture and children’s toys. Peter has been turning wood for several years and appreciates and thrives on the complex nature of segmentation.
Peter will be demonstrating the steps of cutting, assembling, turning and finishing a wooden bowl.
Working with beeswax, resin and colour Linda will demonstrate the encaustic painting process. This is an ancient process that is undergoing a bit of a revival. Hot beeswax is coloured, painted and heated with a torch to create vibrant and luminous pieces of art.
Ann has worked in ceramics for many years learning from many sources and running the gamut of various methods of making a living. Ann has taught in several schools in Canada, worked at Prime Gallery – the preeminent gallery in Canada for ceramic art – all while creating her own ceramic work.
I have found a unusual way of working with recycling materials I find in and around my gardens such as birds nest and sheep ‘hair’, plus other materials like natural fibers, vintage lace and doilies, which I then use in my work to give lasting life for many years to come. I often focus on the female form for its limitless variety, with each having a personality and ethereal life force of its own. Another favourite of mine is animals. Fostering the love of animals that began in my childhood, I have a particular fondness for birds, which play an important role in my spiritual life and my sculptures.
Working with various fabrics and other natural materials presents unique challenges and possibilities – and it has given me an unusual freedom in creating sculpture and art. The medium I use to sculpt my large and small figurines is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly fabric hardener.
Come see how I apply fabric and natural materials to a model.
I’m an award winning gold-silversmith and custom jewelry designer, specializing in one-of-a-kind design. My passion for nature and fluid lines have been a great inspiration for my MVW designs collection over the past 20 years working as a goldsmith. I love working in sterling silver and gold with diamonds, gemstones and pearls.
“I have found woodturning to be at once challenging and very creative. The range of functional and artistic pieces is endless.” I moved to the Uxbridge area in 2002 after retiring from the steel industry where I worked in the Automation Engineering department. This has given me the opportunity to continue to develop my furniture making and woodturning skills full time.
My demonstration will show wood turning a hollow form on a lathe.
Ruth enjoys using pastel, watercolour, printmaking and various drawing media, expressing herself in line and in colour. She loves using various papers, such as coloured sandpaper for pastels or thin oriental papers layered together for etchings and drawings. Ruth’s subject matter is based in nature, whether it is a landscape, a still life with flowers or an exploration of the leaves and roots of a plant. As well, she draws the human form, using life drawing to sharpen her skills.
Ruth will explain the etching process.