Gilbert the Goose

Anja Kooistra – Sculptor and Mixed Media

Artist Statement

I create expressive sculptures from different fabrics incorporated with clay and natural materials made for both homes and gardens.

About the Artist

Anja Kooistra is the creative Artisan who founded Rolling Hills Creative Studio in 2011, tucked away in the rolling countryside of Sunderland, just outside of Uxbridge.

Anja found an unusual way of working with recycling materials like natural fibers, vintage lace, and doilies, which she then used in her work to give lasting life for many years to come. She often focuses on the female form for its limitless variety, with each having a personality and ethereal life force of its own.

Using a non-toxic, environmentally friendly fabric hardener to sculpt her large and small figurines, each with a unique personality and an ethereal life force – it has given Anja unusual freedom in creating sculpture and art.
Her work reflects a deep connection with nature, and in particular with birds, which often show up in her pieces, some with comical appearances. From small to life-size, Anja’s garden spirits are exquisite works of art

In Spring 2018, she expand her business and refurbished a rustic barn, located on her property, into a warm & welcoming new workshop space- that can accommodate larger groups, along with giving her more space to create custom pieces. Anja is an energetic host who loves to entertain her students. She shares her passion for teaching fun workshops you can learn and experience in one of her many workshops she offers year-round.

Purple Fairy


S-10445 Sideroad 17
Sunderland, Ontario L0C1H0
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Art Shows/ Events Rolling Hills Studio

Wooly Sheep

* Canada Blooms Toronto – March
* Studio Tour Scugog Port Perry – May
* Cobourg Waterfront Fest – July
* Haliburton Art & Craft Fest – July
* Brock big Bite Cannington – Augustus
* Art in the Park Uxbridge – Augustus
* Studio Tour Uxbridge – September
* Heintzman House Art & Craft Sale – November
* Scugog Council of the Art, Sparkly sale – December
* Handmade in Uxbridge Art & Craft sale – December


Gallery Events

The Messenger

*Blue Rain Gallery, Tottenham – June 10-24th


Juried Exhibition and Award List:

2018 – Port Perry SCA – Honourable Mention for Sculpture
2018 – Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts – Juried Art Show
2016 – Haliburton Art & Craft Fest – Best in Show Sculpture
2016 – Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts – Juried Art Show

Previous Art Sales/Shows

2015/16 – Peterborough Garden Show
2012/16 – Sunderland Maple Fest
2014 – Port Perry SCA exhibition – Spirits in Nature