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

 

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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

 

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

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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We are getting organized for KCST 2016

IMG_2067 We are pretty excited.  Currently we have 17 artists ready to participate in 13 locations.  A few more may be added soon.  Stay tuned!IMG_2069