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.
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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.