This is the KCST Weekend!

 

We are all looking forward to seeing you, sharing what we have been working on and showing our studios!!

Saturday & Sunday

October 13th and 14th

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Getting to know Helen Shideler

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How do you work?

With music and dancing!  But seriously, I love realism.  No matter what medium I am working in or how I choose to approach my subject or develop my work – it always comes back to selecting the important details.  I approach my work as if I am sculpting with paint.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

So many memories that I love. How much I love the feeling of the sun! Being inquisitive.  The smell of the ocean.  The sound of the trembling aspens dancing with the gently breezes when sitting right under them.  The colour of wild flax flowers. Did I mention the ocean?

Maritime Blues by Helen Shideler

Why art?

I really think because it choose me.  In a difficult time it became my therapy by allowing me to focus on something other than the situation I was coping with.  Then it became an outlet to look at the situation head on and paint all about it.  I have never looked back.  Art is my outlet.  Have never stopped.  It’s been 30+ years.  I will never stop.

What do you dislike about your work?

Most of my paintings go through an “ugly” stage.  I am particularly hard on myself when looking at the painting during this time.  I often wish I could paint looser with bold deliberate strokes.  I have tried a looser approach and then go back in and paint over it.  It’s all about what I like to call “painterly realism” with me.

What do you like about your work?

Mostly the feeling of accomplishment when I am signing a piece.  Sometimes, when I see a piece that I have not seen for awhile, I stop and look at it – I am always surprised how much they will pull me in.  I remember almost every stroke and how I felt paining it.

Tender Blues
Tender Blues

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To do the best I can possibly do!  I love to work in series.  This is where I feel I learn the most about my subject and will often explore similar ideas in various mediums. 

What wouldn’t you do without?

An eraser ha ha. 

But seriously with poured watercolour – my rubber cement pickup; with traditional water-colours – good brushes; acrylics – patience, I kid you not! Oh and my good fine mist spray bottle; oils – gloves, honestly I get paint all over me!

Borscht Anyone
Borscht Anyone

Helen is stop # 6 on the tour

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Getting to know Kathy Hooper

Why do you do what you do?
paint because in many ways I have to! Of course that isn’t really true but in lots of ways it is. I find I just cant feel complete unless I do.
I guess its my imagination or my ability to see what I want to say.
What is your most important artist tool?
My brushes and pallet knife
How long have you been painting?
I have been painting for about fifty years.
What themes do you pursue?
Mostly I paint figures and animals but a painting grows, it seems, on its own and may include many things to give it what it needs.
Kathy is stop #10 on the tour
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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.