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.
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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

 

Introducing Anne Christensen

 

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What is your favourite time of day to work – are you an early bird or a night hawk?

I can be either, it just depends when inspiration hits. One day I worked 13 hours straight and had to stop because my neck was hurting. That’s when I realized I had not stopped all day. My only breaks came when I had to reheat my tea that kept on getting cold after a sip or two.

What would your dream project be?  If there were no restrictions with time or money, what would you create?

Hmm… maybe a wall mural where children and adults alike would have fun discovering all the little details.

What is the one tool of your trade you would not be able to do without?

Imagination.

Tell us about that one special piece of work that you would never part with and why? 

At first it was very hard to let go of any of my pictures, it felt like I would be giving away my babies, but now it’s OK.

How do you recharge your creative juices?

Solitude. Silence. Walking on a beach, sitting in a coffee shop, reading, looking out my window at cloud formations, of squalls moving up river, the color of the sky, sun and clouds affecting the color of the water. It is all quite magical!

What would you do with a million dollars?

If I had a million dollars (sounds like a song) I would create a meaningful after- school program for children with special needs where they would have the opportunity to learn a wide range of practical life skills. Gardening and caring for animals, having fun and spending time outdoors would be a very important part of their experience. All of this in a stress free, safe, loving and fun environment!

What are you reading right now?

Good or God by John Bevere.

What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are creating?

I tend to listen to podcasts rather than music.

If you had a superpower  what would it be and why?

To understand what the needs are, and have the tools needed, or come up with new ones, that will help the students I work with reach their full potential. But if I had a super- duper power, that would be to heal all sickness and disabilities.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Definitely chocolate!

Tea or coffee?

Tea! But I do enjoy the odd coffee as well.

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Getting to know – Fabiola Martinez

FabiWhat is your favourite time of day to work – are you an early bird or a night hawk?
I enjoy very much working during the night is so quiet…

What would your dream project be? If there were no restrictions with time or money, what would you create?
I would love to be part of an Artist-in-residence program in another continent.

What is the one tool of your trade you would not be able to do without?
My mind….

How do you recharge your creative juices?
I teach children and they recharge my creative process.

What would you do with a million dollars?
Mmmm… I think I will pay off my bills and take one year long backpacking trip around the world with my family.

What are you reading right now?
Raising Cain protecting the Emotional life of boys by Dan Kindlon

What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are creating?
I don’t usually listen music when I am creating I do enjoy very much listening stories so I hear audiobooks, documentaries, movies or series.

If you had a superpower what would it be and why?
Time traveler to be able to meet people in different historical times.

Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla

Tea or coffee?
Tea