Drop in to our new gallery at 115 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden, On on Saturday July 14th to meet and chat with artist Susan Hay. She will be there from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m and hopes to see lots of people. Come in to discuss her work or just to browse.
The new gallery is up and running and getting good reviews from the many visitors who have been in to see us so far. On Monday July 9th we begin providing you with an opportunity to meet with the artist in the gallery. To that end Sophia Tink, who makes wonderful silver jewellery, will be in the gallery from 9:30 to 5:30 and will be happy to talk with you about her work. She will be prepared to demonstrate “Sculpting with Metal Clay”. Please stop in and say hello. We will soon be posting a list of artists and the dates they will be in the gallery. Please check back.
Take a look at these new additions to the www.MadeInHaliburton.ca online Gallery: These original watercolour paintings, by Canadian Painter Shelley Beach, were part of a collaborative exhibition at the Rails End Gallery, in the village of Haliburton, with poet Lea Harper, called “Lake of Many Winds”. Shelley Beach’s paintings, coupled with Lea’s magical lyrics represent a strong connection to this very special place: Kennisis Lake, in the Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Canada.
Working with fluid, water-based materials provides a means of expressing the magic that Shelley feel while living on this lake. Shelley states, “Living on the lake is a gift, a peaceful sanctuary that lights my spirit.” One can feel the lighting of the spirit as one contemplates her paintings.
Two of the paintings were entered into the juried show by the East Central Ontario Art Association Exhibition and “O Sacred Lake” won honourable mention.
If you like the concept of a studio tour but, don’t like the driving why not take in this one-of-a-kind Art Exhibition that takes place in the scenic gardens and courtyard at the Woods End studio in Muskoka? The Enchanted Forest is a fantastic backdrop for an annual celebration and art show.
Twenty-nine artists will be included in this year’s exhibition, including two artists from www.MadeInHaliburton.ca: Susan MacDonald and Charlene McConnell. They will be happy to chat with you so that you can learn how their work takes shape.
This is a truly unique art experience that allows you to experience nature at the same time while you relax in the spectacular gardens, and explore The Enchanted Forest. For more information and directions go to http://www.woodsend.ca/EnchFor.asp.
For Canadian artist Terry Wright the “Layers of Time” series of paintings is the perfect blend of her long-standing interest in social history and oil painting. Her love of history took her on an exploratory investigation of the life of the ancestors of a close friend: Ancestors who had been some of the first settlers in the Haliburton Highlands in the late 1800s. She was captivated by the stories of hardship that these true pioneer settlers endured. The stories started with their arrival in the Haliburton Highlands during the winter. The mother was pregnant and there were small children. The oxcart they were using to transport their belongings fell through the ice. Ritzpah, one of the subjects of the series, at the age of 3 remembers that she and her slightly older siblings unloaded sleighs full of bricks in order to give her father a rest before he had to return to the rail station for more bricks to build their home. A taped interview with Ritzpah at the age of 90 formed the basis for much of Terry’s understanding of the hardships this family endured. The “Layers of Time” series is Terry’s means of capturing and portraying these hardships to others through visual storytelling in the form of Figurative Art.
Terry has been drawing figures for a very long time but, it was not until she engaged in the intensive drawing and painting program at the Haliburton School of the Arts that she felt she could really paint. Subsequent training with John Leonard and through a weekly group led by Rose Pearson has refined her skills and kept her motivated and engaged. The composition of her work is strongly influenced by Brian Ateyo. In addition to the inserted photos in this post you can see more of the “Layers of Time” series by visiting her page on www.MadeInHaliburton.ca and viewing this video produced by Haliburton Media Arts.
Take a look at this video showing the art work of artisans who have been, or are still, associated with the The Haliburton County Studio Tour which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The utube video is a wonderful tour of the magnificent art available in The Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Canada. This years tour is September 29th & 30th and Thanksgiving weekend October 6th & 7th in Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Canada. If you can’t make the tour take a look at the work of some of the artisans who are on the tour, as well as others who are not, at www.MadeInHaliburton.ca anytime of the year, anytime of the day or night.
Susan Watson Ellis has utilized her skills as a jeweller to create this one-of-a-kind, fabulous chainmaille top. That’s right this top is meticulously made from approximately 42,000 hand-crafted sterling silver links that took about 400 hours to create and that’s not counting the time it took to design and assemble them into a functionally wearable garment. The garment weighs in at 2.82 kilograms and is absolutely stunning. It retails for $50,000 and is appropriate for someone of a size 6 or 8. You can see it at the Rails End Gallery, in the village of Haliburton, Ontario, until June 16th. It is part of the Transitions Exhibition which shows an amazing collection of art created by the artisans who have been associated with the Haliburton County Studio Tour over its 25 years of life. This top was also part of a larger Exhibition put on by the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery in 2010.
Susan has a passion for natural gemstones and examines each one carefully to create a true piece of art with the blending of sterling silver and a variety of gemstones. She works from her lakeside studio in the Haliburton Highlands and is an active member of the local artistic community as is demonstrated through her membership in the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, and participation in the Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour. She also teaches others and is a member of the faculty of Fleming College’s Haliburton School of the Arts where she was the Artist of the week in March of this year. The article written about her on this website explains her history, passion and creative spirit.
Judith Chapman, a Canadian weaver who works in her lakeside studio in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario, Canada, has just signed on as a contributor to www.MadeInHaliburton.ca. Judith who is a graduate of the OHS Weaving Certificate Course has been weaving and teaching for 32 years. Judith is first and foremost a garment weaver but, also enjoys creating woven runners, mats, blankets and bags.
She is an accomplished weaver who has shared her knowledge with others through publications such as Handwoven, Tablet Weavers Studies & Techniques and for Fibre Focus. Articles for these magazines have focused on woven wearables, double weave, seersucker lace and tablet weaving.
Judy is one of the founding members of the Haliburton Highlands Fall Studio Tour, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and displays her work with her husband Gary’s paintings at Mountain Lake Studios in the Haliburton Highlands. She is also a member of the Art Council~Haliburton Highlands and the Haliburton Highlands Weavers and Spinners.
Judith loves to weave with natural fibres because they are kind to our planet and remind us of a simpler life, and of our heritage. Judith states that “There is something very special about the creation of a hand woven textile”. She goes on to explain that “The process begins with inspiration often derived from nature. Through various stages of development a one-of-a kind fabric is created.” The product that is then produced with this fabric has an extremely long lifetime and can be cherished by the recipient for many years.
Mohair is one fibre that Judith particularly loves to utilize. It is one of the oldest textile fibres in use today and is one of the most durable. In addition, it is soft, luxurious, resilient and animal friendly all at the same time. It is in fact an environmentally friendly alternative to real fur. It is sheared from the Angora Goat, spun into a yarn, woven into a cotton backing and custom hand dyed for the most luxurious animal friendly furs available in today’s market. The hair of the Angora Goat has characteristics that are similar to wool except that it does not have the scales that can irritate the skin like wool can. It has smooth fibers, which give it luster, and shine and the luxury feel of cashmere, angora and silk. The hair won’t shrink and is easy to care for. Take a look at the selection of shawls available on a “buy-now” basis from www.MadeInHaliburton.ca.
Gary Chapman, a well known and respected Canadian artist, has just joined the over 40 artists displaying their work on the new online gallery www.MadeInHaliburton.ca . Gary states that his “sole motivation for creating art comes from his love of nature”. Gary is particularly inspired by the changing of the seasons and his landscape paintings illustrate the changing moods of the landscape in every season. Whether the painting is of an evening sunset or a moon rising they transport us visually to the scenes that inspire us most.
Gary is a founding member of the Haliburton County Studio Tour and is back on the tour again this fall. He is an active member of the artistic community in the Haliburton Highlands and is a member of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands. Gary devotes time each summer to instructing watercolour courses at the Sir Sandford Fleming College Haliburton School of the Arts. Last year he was one of the instructors to launch the extension of the Fleming program to Huntsville, Ontario.
Gary resides at his Mountain Lake home in the Highlands of Haliburton.
Five years ago a group of enthusiastic Haliburton County artists created the area’s first artists collective. With a unique setting based in an historic general store, The Art Hive Maple Lake Artisans Collective continues to create a buzz in the Highlands with “Hive Five”, a series of events planned to celebrate its fifth anniversary. The grand opening celebration takes place on June 30, featuring a collaborative art exhibit of past and present members, artist demonstrations, music, a community art project and much more.
Over 20 artists have participated in this innovative business model, honing their skills and talents which have resulted in numerous awards for The Art Hive and many of its members. In 2008 The Art Hive won best new business from the Haliburton County Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 the artist-run gallery collected the founder’s award from the Art’s Council, Haliburton Highlands.
This is the year to experience The Art Hive. Throughout the summer The Collective members will present a series of exhibitions around the five elements of water, fire, metal, earth and wood. This fall The Art Hive’s historic building will be a featured stop during the heritage tour “Doors Open”. Take a workshop, speak to a local artist and peruse an eclectic array of art and fine craft made solely in the Highlands.
The Art Hive is one of the partners in the creation of www.MadeInHaliburton.ca and we wish them well with their anniversary celebration and their future business pursuits.