Dominik enjoys working in partnership with his clients to create functional designs in wood that reflect personal style and taste. He will assume projects on his own or in collaboration with a variety of designers, artists and tradesmen to design, create and install one-of-a-kind custom cabinets, kitchens, tables, wall units, bathrooms, beds, doors or other home furnishings.
Sheila Ballantyne began her lifelong artistic journey at the age of twelve, is self-taught and now painting primarily in acrylic. Capturing the strength and beauty found in nature through dramatic composition and a soft life-like quality the viewer is drawn into each painting. Her skill and versatility as a painter are demonstrated in the many and often unexpected subjects she portrays. Dedicating a career to preserving these images on canvas, Sheila’s work has received numerous awards and has gained International recognition in the world of wildlife art. Through donations of her work, Sheila is fulfilling her desire to help in raising funds and awareness for both local and National Conservation efforts. Member Of Artists for Conservation Artist Statement: All elements of art are found in nature and it's diversity is an endless inspiration to me. I hope to reveal within my paintings, the harmony between artistic expression and nature in all its beauty. I am excited to feel my work evolving from a realist approach to a combination of expressive realism and contemporary presentation. This is challenging and I feel far more rewarded to extend my capabilities in reaching new pinnacles. Upcoming Exhibitions: Buckhorn Fine Art Festival August 17 - 19, 2012 www.buckhornfineart.com
I have been a fibre artisan for 28 years. My training includes my mother, primary school in England, one year of Fashion Design and Technique at college and seminars over the years. I only work with natural fibres like Wool and Cotton. I adore wool. I have worked with Cashmere and Silk and Viscose ribbon. I didn’t choose it... it chose me, it was always with me. I learned to knit at 7 years of age and designed my dolls’ clothes at 11. I didn’t look around for something to do - it was always there. I just expanded upon it to try and earn my living at something I love. I love the molding, feel, smell, hand of fibre. The colour possibilities, shapes and uses. I’m addicted to the rhythm of hand knitting, I fell into machine knitting and am now addicted to what I can produce with he aid of a domestic knitting machine. I have done theatre and commercial pieces including The Who’s ‘Tommy’ for both the Toronto and Frankfurt productions. I want my work to be positive part of peoples lives by contributing warmth, quality, joy and happiness.
Jessica Marion Barr is an artist, educator, activist, and Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen's University. Her work focuses on forging links between visual art, elegy, ecology, ethics, and sustainability. Recent exhibitions include In Power: Out of Control at Union Gallery, With This Land at The Artel, The Rough Edge of Beauty at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (all in Kingston), Where the Wild Things... Aren't? at Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa, and Space + Memory = Place at the art gallery of UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia. Images of Jessica's artwork and accompanying texts have been published in The Brock Review and The Goose, and Jessica's poem "The Magnolia Tree" is featured in a recently-published anthology of Kingston-area poets entitled That Not Forgotten.
Born and raised in Kingston, I am now embarking on an educational journey in Toronto. I am studying music at Humber College, which has one of Canada's biggest and most unique music programs. I like to play all kinds of music, from classical, to reggae, to electronic pop, but my roots in the jazz tradition is the most important influence on my music.
Born in Toronto, in 1959, Brad Thomas Batten is an artist and an author of fiction and poetry. He studied litterature and religious studies at the University of Toronto in the 1980's. Travel has also contributed to his education and art. He's journeyed around the world, has had numerous European excursions, and most notably, he has walked the Camino de Santiago across France and Spain on five separate occasions between 1989 and 2009. These travel lent inspiration to his first novel, JourneyMind, which was published in 2001. He now lives, writes and paints in Kingston, Ontario. **NEW EXHIBITION** From June 1st to June 30th, 2011. At the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch, Wilson Room, located at 130 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario.
Rosamond Spencer Bechtel, Roz, was born in Montreal, but grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, surrounded by an ocean that would cast a spell on her all her life. While living and playing on the coast was very much a part of life there, it was not until her family moved back to Upper Canada that Roz realized how much Maritime life was part of her being. Having grown up in a household filled with family art (both grandmothers were painters) art school seemed a natural extension of her education. Roz was drawn to Fine Arts at York University in Toronto, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design, drawing and typography, pursuits close to the architecture she was fascinated by. Roz worked for a design firm in Toronto, doing corporate design and illustration, and later began freelancing upon having children, both in Toronto and after moving to Kingston, Ontario in 1989. She began painting in earnest several years ago, enjoying experimenting with different media to bring to life the drawings her training had allowed her to master. Roz’s spare time is spent enjoying family adventures, beachcombing, photography and design, sewing and golf. She is married with two grown children. Every year, Roz finds a way to get to the coast. She thrives on the coast.
Lin Bennett is a “theatrical communicator” – with her largest focus being more than 20 years publicizing and marketing live theatre and artists for organizations such as Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre (13 seasons), and Gananoque’s Thousand Islands Playhouse (7 seasons), Ballet Jorgen, the Council on Aging, The Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Kingston Arts Council, and Pendulum Gallery (Vancouver). As a writer, she blogged for Kingston Life for many years, performed for Theatre Kingston, was a member of the Kingston Whig-Standard Editorial Board, was published in the Vancouver Sun and was part of many collective creations for Axis Theatre and Box 80 Theatre Society, Vancouver. She is currently exploring “profiles” of a different kind – painting in gouache and acrylics.
Suzanne Berton, a francophone, breathes in her art daily. Born & raised in Sudbury, Ontario in a family of nine children, Suzanne Berton has made her home Kingston, Ontario, Canada for many years. "I consider Kingston my home now!" There are two types of works that Suzanne has used since age 30: creative writing and visual art. What has developed over many years has been: 1) creating children's stories - many for special needs; 2) drawing in both black/white and color. Also she has delved into wood relief carving as well as watercolour, acrylic, and ink. Suzanne has played around with political cartooning. Her first love in visual arts is drawing. Just as children should continue to use and learn to handwrite, Suzanne feels that children should continue to draw by hand before graduating completely to computers. Of all the training Suzanne has taken over the years, she believes a basic drawing class in college was the best training she ever had. "It has made me the artist I am today. That and years of practise." http://www.youtube.com/user/BeeMySu
Painter specializing in oil, acrylic and pastel portraits, especially canine and equine Mandy Bing is a self-taught, late blooming artist, whose formal education is a degree in comparative religion and contemporary religious thought. During her career life in a large educational institution in Ottawa, she continued to explore her compulsion to draw and paint, until 2009 when the interest evolved into a real driving force. She moved to the Bay of Quinte area to paint full time and to develop her love of portraiture. Since her first group exhibit in 2009 her work has been shown in a number of venues and juried shows in both the Northumberland and Hastings County area of Ontario, winning awards for Juror’s Choice, People’s Choice and Innovative Use of Colour.
Karen Bockus was born in Toronto where she studied and worked in the commercial art field. In 1975 she started working for Canada Customs, which she retired from in 2006. In the 1990's her limited edition print sold at Ducks Unlimited dinners across Canada. In 2004 she revived her love of art, and had her graphite drawing My Boys accepted into the American Academy of Equine Art show in Lexington Kentucky. As a passionate horse enthusiast it's been a natural fit for her art to revolve around her horses and nature. She founded the The Three Horse Art Studio Annual show and sale in Lansdowne, which has been held in her indoor riding arena for the last four years during the Thanksgiving weekend. Karen has been accepted into a number of juried competitions, and received an honourable mention for her graphite Rose and Kaylee in the Horses In Art cover competition. Karen and her husband Ron share a small hobby farm with three horses, and two cats just outside the village of Lansdowne situated between Kingston and Brockville. Commissions welcomed.
Founded in March 2008, Scully Love Promo is owned by Kingstonian, Christine Bode, a promoter of 1st class musicians (incl. CCMA & Juno nominees/winners), authors & artists on the Internet. Christine is a Social Media Manager, promoter, writer and published author. She uses social media marketing to increase her clients’ publicity, focus on their talents & recent releases, and to expand their fan base using major social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn & WordPress. She creates and maintains profiles on these sites and teaches effective social networking and proper etiquette. Christine provides social media support on a monthly basis if required and offers consulting services to teach you how to use social networking effectively for a one-time fee. She’s created dozens of Facebook fan pages for musicians, authors & local businesses, and has taught their owners how to successfully manage them. She also works as a proofreader, editor & virtual assistant. https://scullylovepromo.wordpress.com/services/
"When I begin a piece, I rarely know ahead of time how or if it will turn out. I like to let a character evolve from the material that I am working with. If sometime during its creation, it makes me smile or sit back in wonder then I have succeeded. I hope that you like it!" If you should take on the quest of seeking out Jamie's studio, your journey will lead you along a narrow winding road weaving through the forest of Draper. The forest is a rough magical landscape. Legend has it that in the middle of the forest is a valley of white skin trees where Faeries still gather in gossamer gowns, their hair wild flower woven. Great wizards still practice ancient lore. At the end of the road near the edge of the map lies Bear Bottom Studio. Here in the forest Jamie lives with his wife Annette in a century old cabin nestled against the Lake of Draper. He invites you to visit the studio and walk through the lake side gardens or to sit by the lake and breath in the serenity.
Donna is an artist living in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is fascinated when painting the human face. She loves to experiment with line, shape, colour and texture, and thus enjoys painting abstract compositions as well.
In 2001, Nancy began writing her first memoir, Facing Life, which focuses on her harrowing recovery from addiction. It was published in 2007 by Penumbra Press and is available for purchase online at the Penumbra website. Nancy's second book, Transcending the Legacy, is a series of stories dealing with her recovery from childhood sexual trauma. Also published by Penumbra, it is now available for purchase online as of the fall of 2009. Nancy lives in Kingston, Ontario. You may contact her via email.
Mackenzie Browning is a Kingston based artist who explores the contrast of rural and urban living through print based media and sculpture. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Honours at Queen's University. Mackenzie's work revolves around the idea of disposition, specifically the emotions provoked by the fast-paced urban lifestyle. Geometric shapes juxtaposed with organic elements reflect his personal view on daily life. Representations of farm life combined with rural motifs reflect on a simplicity not commonly found in a city environment. On a personal level, the pastoral elements within the work symbolize the land and community in which Mackenzie grew up. These aspects also represent a bridging of rural values with urbanized landscapes.
Born and raised in Kingston- I began my drawing career at The Kingston School of Art. From there I took my education in my own hands and travelled to Toronto, Italy, England, New York and New Mexico to gain proper exposure to what/how different artists were working. Five years ago I returned to Kingston- to focus on setting up my own studio. While creating my own work I decided to give back to the artistic community and began The Salon Prize (www.salonprize.com) a yearly open art contest that's goal is to offer artists a chance to win prizes and showcase their work. Currently my own work can be seen in private collections and online at www.cleahbunting.com
Patrica Butchart, was born in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1943 and grew up in Montreal in the 60's. In 1970, Patrica moved to Ottawa where she raised her 3 children and in the 80's sold real estate with ReMax Metro City earning the Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2005 Patrica returned to university at age 60 to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Patrica now resides in Gananoque, ON exhibiting her art and teaching intuitive art as well as working for ReMax Citywide Realty selling real estate in Gananoque and Kingston area. Patrica also specializes in helping to show people how to pay off their mortgages in 7 years. Her work can be seen in Gananoque at the Steel Clothing Company and the Art of Tea on King Street as well as in the Kingston Library in December.