Contact the SVFF Office September 2 to 4, 2016
2009 Artists' Village

The Artists' Village flows down the hill and opens up before you into a world of texture
and colour. Original works of art share a space with their creators, giving opportunity for
discussion and demonstration. While workshops invite you to touch and take part in the
creative process.

Naomi Assenheim - Opal Wing Creations
Jewelry - Georgetown

Naomi's work is intended to intrigue the mind, speak to the heart, adorn the body and nourish the soul. Crystals, fossils and rare gemstones are wrapped and sculpted with silver and gold to transform these earthly wonders into whimsical pieces of jewelry.

Monika Becker
Jewelry - Toronto

Monika makes liberal use of natural motifs and the seemingly random patterns of growth in the structure and imagery of her jewelry and sculptural vessels, using precious and semi-precious metals and stones, as well as organic materials.

Ron Belanger
Instruments - Orillia

Ron builds custom steel string guitars, 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.

Ian Buntin
Photography- Cobourg

Inspired by natural light and organic shape, Ian Buntin calls attention to often forgotten aspects of our everyday. Ian's use of detail and composition invites the viewer to bring their own experience to his images.

Ausma Clappison - Gentle Glade Studio
Fibre Art - Norwood

Ausma is a fibre/textile artist who creates "ecoscapes" using raw natural fibres. Drawing on the ancient art of felt making, experimenting with various colours and textures, she creates a visual
transformation from raw fleece to an eco-friendly felted fabric.

Veronica Derry
Fibre Art - Cobourg

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
Jewelry - Brampton

Sharon Foster has a crush on glass - the feel, the texture, the colours, the way light dances through it, the drama. Sharon's fused and lampworked glass pendants and beads are created from raw glass over heat, and no two pieces are alike.

Maia Heissler - Down To Earth Creations
Dioramas - Frankford

When Maia's career in education ended in motherhood, a door opened to the realm of creative expression. Maia has developed an elfin civilization brought to you in the form of dioramas, with a sideline of cards, lifestones, and a legend.

Lucien Gagnon - Reclamation
Sculpture - Puslinch

Lucien designs and creates garden sculptures from reclaimed woods, metals, and nature's fallen and found. Some of his creations may be used as habitats for birds, bats, butterflies, and toads. Others are sacred sculptures that can create a spiritual sanctuary.

Judith Kreps Hawkins
Mixed Media - Port Hope

Judith collects all sorts of debris, cast-offs, unlikely materials, junk. She recycles these by putting them together in imaginative ways, often playfully, sometimes seriously, to create inspirational
art that causes the viewer to pause and reflect.

Gail LaCasse
Pastels - Elliot Lake

Gail is a self-taught artist working in pen & ink and pastels. Northern Ontario has provided her with a wealth of subject matter, but her prairie roots creep into her landscapes. Gail's artistic journey continues.

Emily Leonard - Under the Willow Henna
Henna - Owen Sound

Emily designs and creates hand-painted, non-permanent 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.

Cori Lee Marvin
Painting - Port Hope

Port Hope artist Cori Lee Marvin's unique and detailed approach to watercolour gives her paintings great clarity and depth. The objects, colours and textures of a bygone era are merged with whimsical animal illustration to create intriguing visual stories.

Katie McLellan
Textiles and Glass - Sarnia

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

Rri Povey - Rrijoice
Tie-Dye - Killaloe

More than wearable art! Rri hand ties and dyes uplifting vibrational clothing. With nature as her biggest inspiration, she creates images of butterflies, dragonflies, turtles and other colorful designs on clothes and fabrics for the entire family.

Max Sexsmith
Soapstone Sculpture - Peterborough

Max started carving in 1992 and studied 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.

Susan Staniforth
Gourd Craft - Fenelon Falls

A professional artist and hardshell gourd gardener, Susan creates functional and non-functional gourd craft. Some methods and materials utilized are pyrography, dye, guilder's paste, stone, wood, wire, wool, pine needles, walnuts, and beads. Some pieces incorporate decorative runic writing.

Deborah Uman-Sures
Mixed Media - Cobourg

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.

Artists' Village Workshop Tent
Art is lovely to look at, allowing yourself to be lost in a piece's colour, contour and
texture... but even more wonderful is taking that giant leap to try something new and
create art yourself! We've all seen how much fun the kids have diving into the creative
process in the Children's Village, now it's everyone else's turn. You're invited to share a
space with our artists and try your hand at something new.

Saturday Workshops
11:00 am - Learn about the workshop tent space and the ongoing projects planned for
the weekend. Dabble with colour, help start our community art projects!
12:00 pm- Make your own percussion instrument from a small hard-shell egg gourd
with Susan Staniforth! You'll learn to make a gourd-shaker with a faux raku finish using
acrylic paint and guilder's paste.
2:00 pm- Come and join in, we will create a pennant-like banner inspired by prayer flags
with Veronica Derry.
4:00 pm- "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with
many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause
vibrations in the soul.'' Kandinsky. Join our guest musicians as they create with sound and

Sunday Workshops
11:00 am- Ever wondered why there are always so many kids hanging around Max
Sexsmith's tent? Try out soap stone carving for yourself!
1:00 pm- "A.R.T." (Artistic Recycling from Trash). Join a creative workshop with Judith
Kreps Hawkins, explore the imagination and have fun playing with odd materials and
found objects to create your own personal art. Bring (your own) found trash if you like!
(Please sign up in advance as space is limited)