Saturday, 24 March 2018

photographed by Kelly Holinshead, Shutterbug Gallery
The 41st Annual Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Members show is on this weekend at the Bracebridge Sportsplex, offering an incredible range of art on Sunday, from 11am to 4pm.  The opening ceremony was Friday evening, and along with many of my colleagues, I was honoured by the judges with an Award of Excellence for one of the pieces I entered in the show.

This is one of my current favorites, an 8" by 12" flat square platter which is part of my Ice Series. It caught the eye of judges Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde who remarked on the depth of the piece, achieved by the skillful layering of  glass.

It's always a great experience to view the recent work of so many Muskoka artists at the Spring Members' Show; such imagination and skill is evident in the work displayed.  Congratulations to all the participants and award winners, and thanks to the many volunteers who make the event possible!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Apsley Autumn Studio Tour

In about a week I will be packing up my work and hitting the road for Apsley Ontario to exhibit at the Apsley Autumn Studio Tour.  This is an outstanding studio tour with many talented artists and artisans eager to open their studios and share their work with the public.   I am a regular guest artist at my friend Molly Moldovan’s painting studio, and I’m looking forward both to seeing her recent work and to meeting the many people who will be coming through the door on their own art adventure.
Pictured is my studio set up for my own recent studio tour, and a few pieces in the kiln awaiting their final firing before heading to Apsley. 

 My “Northern Lights” themed pieces are very popular. When completed,the ones below be free-standing art pieces in iron stands, like the pieces on the right in the image above.

in the kiln for "fire polish" firing
Finally, is a piece that I just composed but is not yet fired.  It will look completely different after it’s fired, ground, polished and mounted.  Meet me at studio “M”, September 16 & 17 and see how it turns out!

Friday, 21 July 2017

A Successful Collaboration

HFA Award

Earlier this year, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, a cornerstone of culture in Huntsville, decided to celebrate the convergence of its own 25th anniversary with Canada’s 150th, by recognizing the contributions of its volunteers and sponsors with a specially commissioned award.  Both sculptor Brenda Wainman Goulet and I were invited to make proposals, and we decided to offer a joint project, incorporating my glass and Brenda’s sculpture together in one work.  The prototype was received with favour, a final design was approved, and production began on 25 small sculptures in our two separate studios.  

The sculptures, now known as HFA Awards, incorporate a musical note (representing the Festival) embossed in a glass Northern Lights sky, mounted in an iconic northern landscape sculpture. Each glass component was individually made, so they have variations while maintaining a consistent overall appearance.  They were presented at the Festival’s season opening on July 5th,, at a concert by The Canadian Brass.

detail showing embossed note
the completed glass pieces

2017 recipients of the HFA Award

Brenda and I have both created commissioned art for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts in the past, and it was an honour to have the opportunity to contribute once again.