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

 

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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!

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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 – 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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Introducing Eunice Willar

Tell us about the work you do.

Studious, observed. I want the portraits I do to be revealing of the sitters self – this includes pets.

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What time of day are you most productive?

Afternoons.

What are you working on now?

Learning a new camera.

What would you like people to know about you, your creative process or your work?

I want to use photography as an artistic medium. My approach is methodical and composed, but I can also be spontaneous if the subject presents itself.

In the next five years you would you like to accomplish. Dream big!

Another one-woman show.

Dream vacation? Where would you like to go and why.

I would like to go to the British Isles. Because it has such a tremendous history.

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What music do you listen to when you are working?

Eclectic but serious. I like opera and jazz as well as folk.

Favourite colour?

Used to adore blue, but if I had to choose one it would be violet.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate.

Movie or book?

Non fiction books – I am still learning.

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