Getting to know Helga Lobb

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How has your art practice changed over time?

I now work on 4 to 6 paintings at a time, creating a series, exploring all the possibilities of a given scene or idea.

What work do you most enjoy doing ?

I love painting that definitely comes first with gardening and travelling a close second.

What is your favourite artwork?

Impossible to choose! There are so many great works of art. Each century has its own masters, but Rembrandt’s portraits still bring tears to my eyes, Paul Gauguin’s sense of color makes me envious.

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What memorable responses did you have to your work?

I had a letter from a lady who bought a painting a few years ago telling me how much pleasure my painting still gives her. That makes me very happy; it lets me hope that my work will have enduring value.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Let paint be paint! You are creating a painting, so let your impression and your feeling show in what you say on the canvass.

What would you not do without?

Good paint, good brushes and a good glass of wine!

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To see more of Helga’s work, click here to visit her website visit her website

Getting to know Donna Berry

Favorite art work?

I have enjoyed creating so many pieces over the years but one of my favorites is a  recent work of a female Mallard duck. Taking the time to watch and photograph her as she waddled around the parking lot at Lily Lake. Then resting close to my car hoping to be fed. When I began creating the painting I was already connected to the cute little duck and this made producing it much more enjoyable.

 

Real life situation that inspired me?

This would have to be the implosion of the General Hospital in 1995. After this event I produced a series of surreal paintings because like many people is this area I was connected to the old building for I was born there as well as my children. It was a massive structure with atmosphere of healing. I attempted to duplicate this feeling in my surreal paintings.

What is my dream project?

I live my dream each time I pick up a brush and and apply paint to canvas.

What do I like most doing?

Going out on a sunny day when the shadows are long and search for inspirational sites along the beautiful Bay of Fundy.

How has my art practice changed over the year?

I feel today I am less distracted by life’s commitments and more focused on creating paintings. I work daily to achieve this. My favorite time of day to work is late afternoon and early evening leaving the morning for more physical activities such as going to the gym or working around my home.

To view more of Donna’s work, visit her Face Book page

Getting to know Anne Christensen

20170312_144734-1-1Describe a real life situation that inspired you.

It all happened at a professional development day at work. We had a choice of several short classes and I chose a watercolor. I was looking forward to it but found myself experiencing high anxiety looking at that white paper, to the point of feeling sick. I wanted to leave, but the instructor was a colleague and friend so I decided to stay for her sake.  As the morning wore on, I started to feel a creative release as fear was being exchanged for excitement, This was my turning point.

What work do you most enjoy doing?
Finding creative ways of teaching students with special needs.
What is your favorite art work?
 
It is usually my last one.
What themes do you pursue?
 
Since I work with found objects, it is often the things I find that decides what the outcome will be. Sometimes an idea comes to me after I close my eyes at night. Whimsical scenes is my favorite, putting normal things in odd places, or the other way around.
What are things you notice that inspires you?
 
Lines, but lines along with dots are just the best. Outlines of a row of houses, old doorways and windows, leaning hydro poles and all those random wires hanging and clumped together in the South End of Saint John, tree trunks, bark, the pattern left in the sand from water runoff on a beach or from a sea snail, waves, the pattern and colours on the back of a bug. frost on deck boards, snow on the window after a storm. Faces and other images in rocks, clouds and snow hanging on the windows after a storm.

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You may learn more about Anne by visiting Anne’s Face Book page

 

Getting to know Sue Hooper

Nov. 25, 2009 Kâté Braydon/Telegraph-Journal Sue Hooper in her garden.

How has your art/practice change over time?

I trained and worked as a graphic designer and loved the “art/designing”part, then into a new business, SUMO, hand painting clothing while my children were little…then into “serious” art, painting and drawing…teaching and starting Art at Hooper Studios with my Mom, Kathy and now….a new passion… studying, teaching and practising Energy Wellness along with my first love….being an artist. I am so lucky!

What work do you most enjoying doing? 

I love gardening. Mostly flowers but vegetables too.

What’s your favourite art work? 

Wow,  So many works I love. I love many of my Mom’s pieces…she has such an incredible imagination. My Dad’s, amazing… and I truly treasure a metal sculpture my brother Rafe made me for my birthday one year. He would never say he was an artist but he is!

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Going on a trip back to South Africa with my mom and going with Freeman Patterson and friends deep into the desert and camping for a week. It was a life changing experience and has deeply inspired me.

sue painting (1)What food, drink, song inspires you?

I love tea, its such a comfort…probably because “tea” was such a big part of my family life together ever since I was young.  A song that inspires/brings me joy… is my five year old grandson Marcus singing “A spoon full of sugar” from his favourite movie, Mary Poppins.

What is  your  favourite or most inspirational place?

The Lower Norton Shore Road that runs along the Kennebecasis River is one of my most beloved places. It inspires me on every walk.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? 

The best piece of advise lately came from nature. Every step forward….with presence, every word spoken….with presence and every thought….with presence.

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A few of the friendly faces you will meet on the tour

Faces of the 2017 KCST Part 1

Save the dates – Saturday, June 10th & Sunday 11th

Sue Hooper

Sue is an artist, a teacher and co/runs “Art at Hooper Studios” in Hampton, NB with her mother, Kathy who is also an artist. Sue Hooper is also a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner and and has always been interested in the benefits of the healing power of nature and meditation. All of this experience and her spiritual journey deeply informs her art.

Kathy Hooper

Whenever I open my studio door In some deep way I feel like I am walking into a place I wish I was more like. It is a clear, open, light place, quiet and full of possibilities. I love to be up there.  Mostly I think I will have work on paper this year and some painting and clay pieces.  I hope that you will be able to come and visit me on the Tour weekend!

Liz Miller

All things textile have always been a fascination and a creative outlet for me. Colour, texture, and the manipulation of fibres are more than passions, they are a way of life. Hand dyed, handspun, handknit, handwoven items and yarns in luxurious fibres and vibrant colours. Demoing weaving and dyeing all weekend during the Tour.

Brent Rourke

Brent Rourke’s enthusiasm and education with wood began during school shop classes. He completed his formal studies as a Master Woodworker and now has more than 20 years experience in creating beautiful, functional, handcrafted quality wood products. Experience the Craftsmanship

Helen Shideler

For Helen painting is a celebration of life and how light and colour interact.  The real joy is in the challenge and complexity and getting it right. She constantly strives to hold herself to the highest standards. Contemporary realism in watercolour and acrylics.

Anne Christensen

Anne’s appreciation of the outdoors is evident in her art work. Having fallen in love with the many beaches along the Bay of Fundy, she spends most weekends scouring the shores where she finds new inspiration and treasures every visit. Whimsical art from beach finds that is bound to put a smile on your face!

Joe and  Pach

Our company name “TerraBijou” means “earthy jewelry”, using local pebbles and rocks from the Bay of Fundy as well as Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass, Bronze and Gold. We also use findings from travels around the globe, which is our biggest hobby.We love to travel around the globe and get always lots of inspirations by other cultures. It shows also in always changing design

 

Getting to know Bruce Gray

How has your art/practice change over time?

The first quarter century I was heavily involve in nature photography, principally landscapes and close up images.  I also drew.  The last quarter century has seen a complete focus on art and considerable evolution.  Beginning with strictly wood furniture to incorporation of glass then stone in a wide range of art. Currently I find myself settling back into nature photography and pencil drawing while experimenting with sand carving of glass and stone.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

It is always what I am doing at the time.  Artistically, I am an “in-the-moment” person.

What is your dream project?

Commissioned for a project that is broadly defined, allowing me to express myself.  I have always found artists rise to another level when given the freedom.

 

What is  your  favourite or most inspirational place

Sounds corny, but our house and immediate surroundings.  Perched on a cliff above the water, we call it the Riverhouse.  It was designing and largely built by myself.  It is an artistic blend of energy efficiency, ergonomics and accessibility.  With inside trees, stone walls, expansive windows and no room rectangular.  Views through and outside are a constant treat and inspiration.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

The designing and building of the Riverhouse is the obvious continual inspiration.  To me it is a big blank canvas- from 32 foot curved shingle designed wall to cantilevered double towel rack in ash/ebony/carbon fiber.  Everything is an opportunity for expression.

What’s your favorite art work?

It is a toss up between a large oil abstract city-scape and a small pencil drawing of a galloping horse, both by my mother in the 1950 and 60’s.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Stay in the moment and believe in yourself.

For more information about Bruce , visit his page on this site.

We are all getting ready

Check out some of the new work from a few of this years participants

We have painters, jewellers, pottery, furniture maker, sculptures, fibre artists and metal. This year is shaping up to the largest studio tour ever!

Joe & Gudi Pach TerraBijou

“we love to travel around the globe and get always lots of inspirations by other cultures. It shows also in always changing design ideas.”

Bruce Gray

“Visual artist Bruce Gray will be opening his workshop studio to the public for the first time. Enjoy a striking collection of works and tour of workshop and works in progress”

Donna Berry

“I have a fascination with realistic works and this is reflected in the subjects I choose to paint. I am drawn to  scenes with a strong light and shadow system. And even more importantly for me is capturing a mood  and I achieve this by my choice of  hues and tonal values  selected from the color wheel.

Helen Shideler

“For me painting is a celebration of life and how light and color interact.  The real joy is in the challenge and complexity and getting it right. I constantly strive to hold myself to the highest standards. “

Mark the dates on your calendar Saturday and Sunday, June 10th & 11th