Getting to Know…Carol Taylor

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Are you self taught or have attended an art school?

I attend Vocational School (Harbour View) when Ted Campbell and Fred Ross were instructors. This is why I have very good drawing skills and this enabled me to make a living as a court artist for 30 years.  And, I tend to turn to realism between new work or between events…such as the Legere case for 2 and a half months. I drew jars of pickles, plants and the river view outside Ene Vahi’s house in Taymouth where I was staying, just to come out of that. I took workshops for other mediums when I needed help for a project…from printmaking to watercolours.

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Who or what inspires you?

A variety of things and people. I still remember  seeing Toulouse Lautrec work up close and it was very freeing…..it gave me permission to make scribbly marks if I felt like it. I didn’t have to colour inside the lines.

How would you describe your style or process?

Not sure, I’ve always felt my work was very conservative….I’m still trying to make a perfect bowl in pottery.

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Where may people find more of your work?

My clay related Hope series of women, acrylic landscapes (from last winter) and tiny works as well as pottery are at Klausen Gallery, Prince William St. or my studio is usually open, call 847-8754.

What are you currently working on?

Starting a new clay series of sculpture, finishing a couple of commissions…a set of 8 pc. dinnerware with cats and a family portrait of four.

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What is your idea of a dream trip?

I’d love to go back to Italy, Florence especially. I felt comfortable there; but then Russia was amazing and a little scarey at the time.

What would you like to accomplish in the next three years?

Be alive and healthy is the first thing. Finish the sculpture series, a tryptch I envisioned last summer….and dabble in fresco again. Oh and there is that chunk of stone calling to me.

Book or Movie?

I prefer to read if that’s the question.

Chocolate  or vanilla?

Very cold homemade vanilla ice cream.

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Let’s get this started

Recent meeting of the participants for this year’s Kings County Studio Tour.  The meeting was like a reunion – lots of laughter, muffins and time for catch up… and then of course, the planning business as well.  Great seeing everyone!  We are excited.  Looks like this year may be one of our largest events!

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The Close of One Tour and the Start of Another!

Ahhh, the wind down pot luck supper for the participants of the 2012 Kings County Studio Tour.  Such a delicious array of salads, good food, veggie dishes and a spectacular strawberry rhubarb dessert.   We enjoyed catching up with each other and comparing notes.

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What was the general feedback ?

What types of comments did you most hear?

How many people came through?

How many signs were stolen… really?  And yes it really happened. Not once but twice!  One artist actually chased down a person who removed a sign and kindly asked for it back

What did we do well?

What could we do better?

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These last two questions were consensus building.  The amount of social media we used this year really helped with the visibility and marketing of the Studio Tour.  The posters are great but have a rather limited reach.  The flyers literally flew out of moist venues.  Our blog “Kings County Studio Tour” with links into Facebook really worked well.  Can you tell we think so? We are still at it.

What could we do better?  Well…the map on the web site. We need to tell visitors that if you click once it enlarges the  map – click twice it gets even bigger – click three times and well, it reverts back to its original size.

So, having said that, we hear you – this year we will print more brochures so participating studios have a handful on site for visitors needing them.  And clean up the map.

And have more member post on the blog with updates on their work etc.

What is next you ask?

We are thinking about two King’s County Studio Tour for 2013 – Spring and just maybe the Autumn Route – maybe with KCST friends participating!

Any suggestions or comments for us?  Let us know what you think – feedback is always appreciated.

This Saturday and Sunday

The 12th Annual

Kings County Studio Tour

is being held this weekend

Saturday, June 9th from 10AM -6PM

Sunday, June 10th from 11Am – 5PM

Aren’t you curious about their work? Who knew we’d have such prestigious artists in the Kennebecasis Valley?

Start in the morning and see several studios. Take a break for lunch or tea. And then drive to your next destination. Imagine the stress fading away, those tight muscles relaxing as you leisurely journey through New Brunswick’s scenic Kennebecasis River Valley.  This year we have sixteen participating artists and artisans in 10 different studio locations!

Travel north. Or travel south. Whatever the direction, it’s going to be entertaining, informative, and lively.

Please join the group as they put out welcome mats and invite you into their studios.

For more information and map with studio locations, visit http://www.kingscountystudiotour.com

This coming weekend – see you there

The 12th Annual

Kings County Studio Tour

is being held this weekend

Saturday, June 9th from 10AM -6PM

Sunday, June 10th from 11Am – 5PM

Aren’t you curious about their work? Who knew we’d have such prestigious artists in the Kennebecasis Valley?

Start in the morning and see several studios. Take a break for lunch or tea. And then drive to your next destination. Imagine the stress fading away, those tight muscles relaxing as you leisurely journey through New Brunswick’s scenic Kennebecasis River Valley.  This year we have sixteen participating artists and artisans in 10 different studio locations!

Travel north. Or travel south. Whatever the direction, it’s going to be entertaining, informative, and lively.

Please join the group as they put out welcome mats and invite you into their studios.

For more information and map with studio locations, visit http://www.kingscountystudiotour.com