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 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 Helen Shideler

Helen Shideler

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

It has been said that an hour in the morning is worth two in the afternoon.  I hear the crack of dawn and want to get up and at it

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

A series of large canvases with some in oils and some in acrylics.  Time is my biggest challenge trying to fit in all of my ideas – there is so much to do. I am never at a loss for inspiration.  Sometime I stress myself out trying to do too many things at once!

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

Well I have an art supplies addiction.  I love them all – so many possibilities, so much potential.  And then someone comes up with something new.  Oh my! Probably leaning towards  watercolors though.

 

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

A poured transparent watercolor painting of a seagull in flight  “Coming in for a Landing”.  I wanted to keep the foggy sky without the typical “legs” that pouring paint can create.  This was tricky and I was breathing funny throughout the painting.  But it worked.   Although this painting may look simple it was very difficult to execute on.  I am unsure most can appreciate the effort it took to create – so it is mine!

©Coming in for a Landing by Helen Shideler

How do you recharge your creative juices?

Sunshine. Go outside, take a walk, sit at a beach, look at the sky, watch it rain, watch it snow, bird watching, look at colours, garden.  Sit outside and breathe.

What would you do with a million dollars?

Honesty, first order a Hughes easel and then retire and travel with my husband.  There would be some sharing with our family and some charitable donations as well.

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

It changes a lot but generally uplifting, fun and no too loud

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

Probably fly.  When I was a child I used to have a recurring dream that I would be running and then take off and fly.  In these dreams I was really soaring and swooping.  They were glorious dreams.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Yes, on apple crisp please

Tea or coffee?

Hot tea please

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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Introducing – Donna Berry

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My favorite time of day is morning.

This is the time I have high energy although I seem to paint  in the afternoon and early evening when I am  more relaxed.

I don’t really have a dream project as such.
I am now working on a facial portrait from my imagination with lots of color and am enjoying this very much as it gives me a break from my usual realistic paintings.
My favorite tool of trade
Is water mixable oils and Grumbacher brushes because they stay in tact after many uses.
The picture below is one I would not want to part with. It a portrait I painted in 1992 from an old photo of myself. The innocent scene reflects gentleness, compassion and positive emotions.
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I recharge my creative juices  By going to areas like St Martins and photographing in the morning light.
Well a million dollars is not an overwhelming amount today but I might buy a smaller house with a southern exposure and plenty of windows and a picturesque view.
At present I am not reading but I have started writing a novel. I find this experience very relaxing even if it never gets  beyond a few chapters.
When I am creating I will often listen to Classic Country.
If I had super powers I would develop a concoction for curing cancer.
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