Rachel Dyck ~Artfest Interview


Gary Matthews~ Artfest Interview

Exhibiting Labour Day Weekend at Artfest Toronto Booth A5.


Edna's Pickles~interview

Visit Edna at booth A6 this coming weekend at Artfest Toronto. We are open Friday too! August 29- September 1. 11am-6pm daily. This is our last show of the season- so don't miss it! My two favorite Edna's Pickles are the Savoury Carrots and the Eggplant Chutney- yum....


Portrait of an Artisan~Timberworks Woodturnings

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Fine Art Show Aug 29 - Sept 1.

Arnold Veen, a wood turner for over 25 years, selects local figured woods and burls carefully looking for inner beauty and unique grain patterns.  His natural edge creations are sought after and collected for their rustic and irregular appearance.

Traditional styles of wood turnings are also made showing the extraordinary features attributed to the various species in our Ontario forests and cities.

Each wood turning has been made from green, wet wood, hollowed into a rough form and left to air dry for approximately one year.  When the roughed form dries and becomes stable, Arnold then remounts the blank and fine tunes the turning into a unique and creative work of art.  Lastly, a food safe finish is applied which allows the items to be functional as well as decorative.



Portrait of an Artisan ~ Pepper Brew 


Pepper Brew’s story:

Created originally in the mountains of Jamaica, Pepper Brew Gourmet Pepper Sauces has established its home in Ontario and is proud to be a product of Canada.

Pepper Brew Gourmet Pepper Sauces is the brainchild of Elizabeth Hill who created these original full-bodied, full-flavored pepper sauces over 14 years ago.

The product was created out of a need to fill a void in the available choices of store brand pepper sauces that all competed for first-place in having a lot of heat, but lacking in flavor. What started out as a very special product shared amongst family and friends has now become a line of pepper sauces that we are proud to share with the world.

Pepper Brew Gourmet Pepper Sauces are unparalleled in their flavor, taste and the array of uses they provide. Pepper Brew has been a leader in setting a new standard in how consumers look at pepper sauces.

Each of our three signature sauces contain specially selected ingredients to create a flavor that has become uniquely identifiable as a Pepper Brew quality product. Some of these fine ingredients include olive oil, fresh cilantro, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, combined with the freshest selected scotch bonnet & habanero peppers, which makes our products truly GOURMET.

We at Pepper Brew take pride in offering our customers an array of all-natural pepper sauces that have no artificial flavors, colors, fillers, binders or preservatives. Our pepper sauces are 100% gluten-free and contain 100% all-natural ingredients.

In life we all have choices in the foods we eat. Pepper Brew offers our line of Gourmet Pepper Sauces to further extend these choices to you. Start with your choice of Pepper Brew Gourmet Pepper Sauces today.




Portrait of an Artisan ~ Pepi's Design

Outstanding artist, Pepita, designs stunning pieces of jewellery from all types of re-cycled glass pieces.  Definitely one of a kind, unique, up-clycled and eco-friendly - all in one magnificant piece of wearable art!

Be sure to check out her booth at the upcoming Toronto show at the historic Distillery district!  You will be blown away! 

Booth # B 5.




Merganzer Furniture

About Brett Lundy:

A brief but intensive design course taught by Michael Fortune led to a developing admiration for woodworking and Brett Lundy's current pursuit building studio furniture.

Brett founded Merganzer Furniture and Design in 1995 where he worked for seven years before hiring an assistant. Merganzer Furniture is a woodworking studio based in the west end of Toronto, Canada.

The studio is focused on building beautiful one of a kind and limited run furniture of the highest quality.

Brett will be featured at Artfest Toronto from Aug. 29th - Sept. 1st.  Be sure to check out his creations!

Booth # E 11


Linda Lundstrom~ New linen collection at Artfest

Linda Lundstrom is Canada's favourite clothing designer- at least with all of my friends. We have marvelled at her amazing career, her creativity and her vision for Canadian women. Linda knows us well and pulls many things into her collections: our desire for comfort, adventure, practicality, beauty, style, versatility, layering for seasons and more. Artfest is so excited to have Linda Lundstrom join us for our final 2014 show.


Portrait of an Artisan ~ Masterpiece

Artist's Biography:

Paul knew at the early age of 15 that his passion was working with wood. He loves to create and work with wood everyday using his favourite tool, the bandsaw.

Paul enjoys cutting curves and working with wood such as walnut and cherry. After he has created his piece of work, he prides himself in looking at it and observing its overall smoothness.

Paul also enjoys creating his well known mini wonky jewellery boxes. In his hometown he is known as the "wonky man". Mostly because he likes building things that are curvy and crooked and that's exactly how he build his wonky furniture.

Each mini wonky is dated, signed by Paul Szewc, numbered and ledgered. The mini wonkies can be found in over 21 countries. In addition to his wonkies, Paul keeps very busy creating a selection of other types of unique furniture pieces including custom tables, crazy cutting boards, chairs, stools, coasters, slider boxes, kitchen utensils and his newest addition, wooden game boards. My trademark signature with the keys and the "soccer ball plugs" are becoming increasingly popular.

All of Paul's work is signed. His gallery is even signed on the building!   Check him out at the Toronto show!!


Outdoor Living in Style

Maclean Outdoor Living Inc. carries a selection of authentic barrel creations of Home Décor items and gourmet smoking chunks sourced from the world's best Wine, Bourbon, Tequila and Rum barrels.

They have created a line of serving platters and trays crafted from authentic wine and bourbon barrels to complete the theme for your next party or for every day use. 

• All trays are made direct in our factory from reclaimed wine and bourbon oak barrels 

• After years of aging, the unique characteristics are brought out in our beautiful serving trays for the home

• Each one is unique

At Macleans they take great pride in reusing and upcycling wine and distillery barrels and reinventing them into something purposeful and appealing. Their home decor and culinary accessories will be a much talked about piece in your home .  

A certain satisfaction you will get knowing you’re playing a helpful part in the environment is as beautiful as the finished product Macleans creates.


Artfest Show Producer: Lory MacDonald

Lory MacDonald's art is continually evolving. The ability to explore techniques, ideas, and create new imagery keeps her art fresh and interesting. Her work has a whimsical 'thread' that ties all the series together.

Lory produces four Artfest show's a year and is looking forward to the final show until next year!



Forks & Fashion made from Vintage Flatware

The Artist's Words:

Instead of tossing out that unwanted silverware from Grandma, have it made into a beautiful piece of wearable art for you or family members.

Less impact on our environment, in the landfills, and Forks & Fashion feels that by creating these beautiful antique pieces, they are doing their part for the environment; every little bit counts!  As well, this artistic transformation of turning that already beautiful item into something special will be sure to put a smile on someone's face.



Elle Shay Art & Photography


Artist Statement:

Canada is home to spectacular greenspaces and waterways. In my travels, I am repeatedly awestruck not only by captivating landscapes, but also by the interplay between the properties of light and colour and the dynamics of water, of which this country has an abundance. 

I am so fortunate to live in Canada. Although our home is in Toronto and we have a huge variety of intriguing imagery at our doorstep, my husband and I also travel the the country extensively. Whenever possible, we return to locations, often over a span of days or weeks, in order to capture a certain light or a natural phenomenon. 

From photographs of wildlife to works inspired by distinctive urban and rural landscapes, my goal is to create and share unique images that please the eye and speak to the soul.

~ Elle Shay ~



Portrait of an Artist ~ Charles Sucsan

To know the work of Charles SUCSAN is to enter a world in constant movement where sensitivity and spirituality inhabit an expressionist context.

The aesthetic takes on primordial importance within a forever present concept of time.

Sucsan is an observer as well as a player. He is rooted in the reality within which he evolves. However, we do sense in his paintings a breath which goes beyond a vision of the quotidian and emanates from the influence he desires to exercise over his environment. Sucsan's originality resides in his involvement in a furious struggle to dominate his material and illuminate it with his expressivity.

Sucsan's figurative style resemble the artist himself. It is many facetted and profound. Each facet of his pictorial work arises from an exacting search. Each painting is a deliberate choice which continuity is present through the form, colour, graphics and the moment.

Inspired by the great contemporary currents in art, Sucsan refashions them according to his own inspiration prompted not only by his years as an artist but by a whole lifetime filled with impressions, thoughts and decisions.


Celtic Stonework by Duncan

Duncan MacDonald is a native of Britain, with his studio on the Isle of Islay. In 1992 he committed to sculpting full time, after many years of creating props and scene design for the British film industry. Duncan's original work is inspired by traditional Pictish and Celtic images while his historic pieces incorporate pivotal moments in Celtic history. His desire to express this history comes from his connection to it, with his mother from the North of Wales, and his father from the Highlands of Scotland.

Duncan tells this history in his own distinctive voice. He carves his original work after researching the history relevant to the piece. The background story of each piece is included with his work, thereby passing on this link with history. The original sculpture is then cast in cement fondue - a traditional process originating in 18th century France. This all natural medium creates fine, delicate detail suitable for indoor presentation, or outdoor exposure. T

he old stone polishing technique of hand waxing and bristle buffing, brings up any marbling created by the natural mineral colouring. Duncan moved to Canada after meeting his wife who visited Islay to search out information on her ancestors who left Islay in 1856. They married in 2004 and reside on the farm settled by her original Islay ancestors. Duncan continues to develop his Celtic stonework both at home on the Blue Mountains near Collingwood, Ontario and on Islay.




Boko makes a selection of individual, unique handbags including bridal purses and beaded bags, all with a vintage style such as Victorian, flapper, edwardian and put carefully together using glass and rinestones and ALL handmade or knit.  How cool?

Check them out at Booth # B 7.


Agincourt Community Services Association

Today, ACSA addresses a variety of issues including systemic poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, unemployment, accessibility and social isolation.

Over the years ACSA has been funded by all levels of government, several foundations, schools, local faith communities, and The United Way of Greater Toronto. Its strength remains in the original concept: To act as a bridge between people who need help and those who can provide it.



Portrait of an Artist & Designer

Linda's love for linen!


Truly timeless, linen is one of the oldest fabrics referred to in historic and

religious texts. Today, it is still preferred for its properties and elegant élan.

Grown and harvested long before the introduction of herbicides and pesticides,

linen is a naturally occurring fibre.

When the weather is warm, linen is cool to the touch. When there is a chill in

the air, linen gives just the right amount of warmth. A season-less dressing

essential, you can comfortably wear linen all year round. It is particularly suited

to the transition period from summer to fall, when we long for the sun's heat to

remain, but feel the brisk approach of Autumn as the days get shorter and the

temperature drops.

Linen is machine washable with little or no shrinkage and can be hung to dry.

Skip pressing linen and the surface takes on a natural texture. Or, a steam iron

will nicely smooth it to a crisp finish for a more polished look - the choice is yours.

For designer Linda Lundström, the 'L' Linen Leather & Lace collection combines

three of her favourite elements. The natural drape and texture of the linen allows

her to create soft easy shapes with this organic and environmentally responsible


Vintage and precious laces are combined with ribbons and linen cuttings left after

garments are cut, then stitched together to make modern, romantic collages for

trims and accessories.

Buttery soft kid leather vests in bone and ivory shades are cut with the natural

raw edges of each hide included, making each piece truly one-of-a-kind.

Some people do not like that linen wrinkles. But Lundström has a unique

appreciation of this characteristic of linen.

"The folds and creases in a linen garment form the personality of the fabric. It

as though it is expressing itself and adapting in shape to each individual who

wears it. I love that it's not perfect and flat. It gives permission to women who

wear my designs to be imperfect. The Japanese refer to this as 'Wabi Sabi', the

celebration of imperfection".


Portrait of a Photographer ~ Shirley Brigden Photography

Shirley Brigden is a Windsor based travel photographer who combines her passion for photography with her passion for travel.  Shirley and her husband Michel try to take a major trip every year to ensure they have new work to show in their booth. 

Shirley has fallen in love with the old medieval walled towns of Europe and has much of that work on display.  They also have photographs from their trips to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, the US Southwest, Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. 

Many of Shirley's photos are printed onto canvas, gallery wrap style, which has proven to be very popular;  with her 44" pro printer, she can print large pictures that can be ordered to your custom size.  Shirley and Michel have been participating in art/craft shows for the past 10 years around Ontario, and are thrilled to back for Artfest Toronto.


Sheila Thompson~Artist Maker of Felt

Exhibiting at Artfest Toronto August 29-September 1 2014 Booth E3 on Gristmill Lane

Sheila Thompson is a Toronto-based felt artist, researcher, and at heart a biogeographer (the study of the distribution of species and ecosystems in geographic space and through geological time). Sheila was trained as a tropical plant biogeographer/ecologist (Ph.D. 1984), and in 2004 she began her self-guided journey to express herself artistically in fibre art. In the intervening years she worked at IBM in market intelligence. Her art carries her back to her days as a scientist and evokes memories of the fields and foothills in Canada, Africa and the Caribbean where she worked. 

Sheila’s medium is fine wool and silk felt created using the wet felting method exclusively. She has developed a distinct original style through extensive experimentation that draws on her scientific interpretation of landscapes as layers of pattern, process, landform and habitat. The use of strong colours, intricate surface detail, silk finishes and the incorporation of unusual organic materials, paper and Japanese fibres are characteristic of her work. She creates abstract landscapes of fields and foothills, urban landscapes of bus stops and sidewalks, 3-D middens and explorations of the many styles of writing using bark and quills.
Her work is mainly in private collections in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. 

She published a book of her felt landscapes called “Felting the Land: Landscapes in Felt” in 2010. Sheila's website.