Update from Carol Taylor

Hello fans of the Kings County Studio Tour

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WHAT’s HAPPENING?

Hello to all the KCST fans who check our pages.

I rather thought the switch to fall for our Kings County Studio Tour would be a pain…but it’s been a gift to me.

My studio has a rotten sill and a problem with the wall and now being repaired in time for Oct. 13 and 14.

By then it will be repaired, not perfect but once again heat-able during the cold months. It’s been a long time coming but without resources, rotting sills stay rotting away allowing assorted critters access.

My neighbour Mr. Blaney called and said “you must be feeding your visitors well, they seem to be enjoying themselves.” When I asked why,he said he saw a mother and three baby racoons waddle up his drive. He watched come out from under my studio.  So much for thinking I had live trapped a mother in the spring.

So if you visit you’ll see for yourself …not the racoons… but how the studio has been fixed.

I might take out the window in the painting studio….hate to loose the natural light….but it might make the wall easier to fix…and cheaper.

NEXT STEP?

I should have a studio sale but that will have to wait…I am in the middle of three projects, one is a solo show at UNB Art Center in Fredericton next year. It consists of a series of portraits, 3 x 4 feet of women I consider survivors…not just of illness but of life in general. This is what I’ll be working on if you stop by. The second half of the Fredericton exhibit is a book launch and show of work featured in “Capturing Crime: 30 Years of Court Art”, the writers are Greg Marquis, Roslyn Rosenfeld and Connell Smith….with a few memories from me. It will be launched next October 2019.

WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU WORK IN?

Clay has been the focus of much of my art life because it was immediate. Push on it’s receptive surface and you have an immediate response. I still love it and will come back to clay again. Beside using clay to make art as in the Future Fossils, a solo exhibit at the New Brunswick Museum, it has been a means of survival.  My various series of mugs have sold well including a fun Christmas series of hand built work.

I missed painting so I started before the Fossil Exhibit actually with the Small Trees Series of which three large are part of the McCain Collection in Florenceville.  So I continued painting with acrylics and now oils.  I realized I missed this process …hence the portraits beginning the portraits in acrylic and finishing them in oils.  It will be interesting to get some feedback.

I have dabbled in assorted mediums like printmaking and stone carving…and simply drawing of course. My favourite is life drawing, bodies are such a challenge.

DO YOU HAVE A MAJOR INFLUENCE?

My first influence came from my teachers, Ted Campbell and Fred Ross…. and  Saint John’s Miller Brittain. I have admired many people over the years including Toulouse-Lautrec who made loose frantic marks that became a realism without being hyper realism. Early on Klimt and Schiele….those drawings are amazing! And Canadians like the independent thinker and art maker, Gathie Falk and Patterson Ewen. (plus Andy Goldsworthy who did the first of the scultpures with rock). And so many more.

But words have also been important to me, so Kay Smith ( poet and English teacher at Vocational School, now Harbour View High) has been a major influence on my life. I have 60,000 edited words for a creative non-fiction book on Gerry’s mother, a first world war bride, called (maybe) An ordinary Girl: The Life and Times Of……  Two of the stories were in the juried Fog Lit Journal last year, which will be available during FogLit this year in September.

Getting to know Kathy Hooper

I was born in Kenya, when I was about four we moved to South Africa. After several moves, ( as a child you don’t ask why) but at last we settled on a very beautiful farm miles from anywhere and my younger sister and I grew up there with no “sensible” form of schooling. As a result everything was fascinating to us, plants, animals, everything  around us. We played and drew and painted all the time. I wish all children could have the education we had.
The role of the artist in society.
To give people another way of seeing and feeling. I think a very important role.
How has your art changed over time.
I tend to work through ideas which I am interested in and generally a series will emerge.
What themes do you pursue?
Generally I work with figures either animal or human and often they become mixed up, but I also love abstract painting too.
 
What do you dislike about the art world?
I don’t think about it often but I suppose mostly it is how important it seems to have to become well known, I think it makes it hard for most people who might have wanted to be “an artist” if they weren’t scared of not being good enough. Of course there is also the problem of probably having a hard time making a living, but its quite a wonderful way of being and living.
Should art be funded?
Yes of course it should be. Its a very hard way being able to pay bills etc especially to start with so a great many people give up and teach and thank god they do for the kids, but it is hard to also do your own work.

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

 

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