2008 The Artists' Village

The Artists' Village is once again filled with an inspiring array of visual artists showing and selling their high-quality, original work. The Village provides opportunities to chat with artists about their work and creative process, watch demonstrations that use a wide variety of media, and try your hand at expressing your own creativity.

SUE ALLEN-FORGET
Painting - Colborne
905-355-5589

Sue's Cree heritage is reflected in her art. Working in oils, acrylics and watercolours, Sue's portraits are inspired from native spirituality. The rolling hills of Northumberland provide inspiration for her landscapes.

MONIKA BECKER
Jewelry - Toronto
www.lifeforms-art.com

Monika sees metal as the ideal medium to explore a deep fascination with plant life. Her jewelry and small sculpture follow growth patterns found in the natural world, from minute molecular structures to vast landscapes. Besides metal, Monika also incorporates semi-precious stones and natural fibres into her functional and wearable art.

RON BELANGER
Instruments - Orillia
www.ronbelangerguitars.com

Ron builds custom steel string guitars and has handcrafted fretted instruments, Irish bouzoukis, and Hawaiian steel and resonator guitars. Ron has a knack for coming up with the perfect instrument for each player: Affordable beautiful looks, amazing playability, balanced tone and a unique voice.

THE COLBORNE GALLERY
Various Media - Colborne
www.thecolbornegallery.ca

The Colborne Art Gallery, located in a perfect heritage setting and now in its tenth year, is a collective of talented and progressive artists who show and share their unique and eclectic fine art in seven shows per year.

VERONICA DERRY
Fibre art - Cobourg
ronnid@eagle.ca

Whimsical vignettes, soft sculpture and cushions are quilt-like both in technique and in the stories they share. Veronica's creations emerge from emotions and ideas inspired by vintage collections and the imperfect elements of her surroundings.

SHARON FOSTER - GLASS CRUSH
Jewerly - Brampton
www.glasscrush.com

Glass Crush is all about Sharon's crush on hot glass. It's fun, frivolous, colourful and unique. Each piece is individually created from raw glass over heat to finally become the wild and wonderful beads and pendants of Glass Crush Jewelry.

LUCIEN GAGNON - RECLAMATION
Sulpture - Puslinch
luciengagnonsreclamation@yahoo.ca

Lucien is a self-taught artisan who designs and creates rustic and unique garden sculptures, some of which may be used as habitats for wild birds, bats, and butterflies, while others are purely ornamental. He also creates Sacred Sculptures such as temples, churches, spirit houses, altars, and shrines.

MAIA HEISSLER - DOWN TO EARTH CREATIONS
Dioramas - Frankford
www.forestfriends.ca

'From the Earth and Heart,' Maia's work reflects her love of nature and concern for the environment in her use of natural, found and recycled materials. Nature is her main supplier for her 'Forest Friends,' a fantasy elfin civilization of Ontario Woodlands.

HUGH HUNTER - MIDNIGHT SPECIAL INSTRUMENTS
Instruments - Acton
www.midnightspecial.ca

As creator of Midnight Special Instruments, Hugh has been receiving rave reviews for the quality of construction and originality of design of their custom-built instruments. Visit their booth to see, hear and play their banjos, mandolins and other stringed instruments. Their sounds bring joy to the soul.

JUDITH KREPS HAWKINS
Mixed Media - Port Hope
www.judithkrepshawkins.com

Digressing from traditional methods, Judith has discovered that by recycling cast-offs and found materials such as books, buttons and bones, Judith becomes her own art therapist while also creating provoking and engaging objects d'arts.

EMILY LEONARD
Henna - Owen Sound
emilyleonard@mac.com

Emily designs and creates hand-painted, nonpermanent Henna tattoos using natural home-mixed henna paste. Emily believes henna tattooing is a beautiful way of expressing herself and will be offering custom designed henna tattoos at her booth.

KATIE MCLELLAN
Textiles and Glass - Sarnia
www.katiemclellan.com

Organic in appearance, lyrical in nature, Katie allows the medium to tell a story. Working in new and recycled materials, Katie creates textile and stained glass works which express humour, whimsy and an appreciation of nature's beauty.

HENRY MITCHELL
Painting - Trenton
h.mitchell@sympatico.ca

Merging realities with broad brushstrokes and bright striking colours, Henry creates whimsies, dreams and mysteries with the intent of producing smiles as if the beholder were enjoying a little piece of theatre.

RRI POVEY - RRI-JOICE
Tie-Dye - Killaloe
www.geocities.com/rrijoice_tie_dyes

Rri hand ties and dyes unique creations. With nature as her biggest inspiration, images of butterflies, dragonflies, turtles and other fun designs are put onto clothes and other fabrics. Rri lives in a solar-powered log home near Algonquin Park. Experience the medicinal virtues of the rainbow.

FRANÇOISE ROMARD
Pottery - Brighton
rfromard@sympatico.ca

In the process of using clay, Françoise experiences a deep connection with her creative self, a conjuring of the mud-pie designer she used to be. Françoise's process is very healing, rooted in the freedom of play, a meditative link from earth to heart, a creative path from shaping fingers to receiving hands.

PAMELA SCHULLER
Masks - Toronto
www.stonemasque.com

Pamela uses mask making to transmute the joy and anguish of life into a form of expression that nurtures a connection to the sustaining and creative forces of life. When people wear the masks Pamela creates, a transformation occurs and they become the change they want to see.

SEEUS Northumberland Photography Festival
Photography - Northumberland County
www.seeusphotography.com

SeeUs Northumberland Photography Festival showcased the power of the photographic image during a month-long celebration. Featured in art spaces and unexpected places throughout Northumberland County this exhibit is on display at the Festival.

MAX SEXSMITH
Soapstone Sculpture - Peterborough
www.nexicom.net/~soapstone

Max started carving in 1992 with Sandy Cline and continued studying at the Haliburton School of Art and the Ottawa Art Gallery. The majority of his stone is Canadian soapstone from Quebec along with pieces of Brazilian soapstone. Max sculpts with hand tools and finishes with a treatment of beeswax. He has contributed to the Festival for five years running.

DEBORAH UMAN SURES
Mixed Media - Cobourg
www.dlumansures.com

Deborah's work offers viewers a range of images whose mixed media comprises acrylic, watercolour, textural papers and graphite on linen and cotton canvas. Deborah's classic drawing and painting skills underlie evocative and richly coloured depictions of characters, objects and situations.