Update from Carol Taylor

Hello fans of the Kings County Studio Tour

16StonehammerVideo2

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.

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 Bruce Gray

How has your art/practice change over time?

The first quarter century I was heavily involve in nature photography, principally landscapes and close up images.  I also drew.  The last quarter century has seen a complete focus on art and considerable evolution.  Beginning with strictly wood furniture to incorporation of glass then stone in a wide range of art. Currently I find myself settling back into nature photography and pencil drawing while experimenting with sand carving of glass and stone.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

It is always what I am doing at the time.  Artistically, I am an “in-the-moment” person.

What is your dream project?

Commissioned for a project that is broadly defined, allowing me to express myself.  I have always found artists rise to another level when given the freedom.

 

What is  your  favourite or most inspirational place

Sounds corny, but our house and immediate surroundings.  Perched on a cliff above the water, we call it the Riverhouse.  It was designing and largely built by myself.  It is an artistic blend of energy efficiency, ergonomics and accessibility.  With inside trees, stone walls, expansive windows and no room rectangular.  Views through and outside are a constant treat and inspiration.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

The designing and building of the Riverhouse is the obvious continual inspiration.  To me it is a big blank canvas- from 32 foot curved shingle designed wall to cantilevered double towel rack in ash/ebony/carbon fiber.  Everything is an opportunity for expression.

What’s your favorite art work?

It is a toss up between a large oil abstract city-scape and a small pencil drawing of a galloping horse, both by my mother in the 1950 and 60’s.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Stay in the moment and believe in yourself.

For more information about Bruce , visit his page on this site.

Call to Artists & Fine Crafters in Kings County, NB

Are you interested in participating in the 2017 Studio Tour?

To be considered for participation,  complete the read the information under “Get Involved”, then complete the Registration Form located on our web page  and email us in your photographs.

Applications will be reviewed by early March.

If you are a member of a National or Provincial juried membership (such as the NB Craft Council, SCA, CSPWC etc.) and you have a studio in Kings County, your application will be accepted without jurying.

Please contact us if you require further information.

 

 

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