Monday
Aug182014

Portrait of an Artisan ~ Gary Matthews Woodturning

 

For over 22 years, Gary Matthews has been turning bowls of various shapes and sizes on his home-crafted lathe in a shop attached to his home in Tamworth, Ontario.  His bowls range in sizes from 12 inches to 28 inches in diameter.

Coming in all shapes, round, smooth, barked or waned, Gary's bowls are also finished with a natural finish of canola oil and bees wax in order for them to be fully functional as well as ornamental. 

Gary hand picks logs from various logging sites throughout Eastern Ontario.  His 'wood of choice' is the red maple because of its unique grain patterns.  With such wood, Gary is easily able to product a vast array of designs so that each bowl is a one-of-a-kind creation.

*Note - Gary also works with cherry wood, ash and hickory.

http://garymatthews.ca/

Find Gary on Facebook

Monday
Aug182014

The Earth Without Art is just eh!

Monday
Aug182014

Flower Power Art Studio

Pilar Rey de Castro, is a Peruvian born artist who lives and works in her home studio in Mississauga.

She came to Canada in 1993 to pursue her studies at the Ontario College of Arts;  since then she worked to develop her style through long sessions at her studio.

Her bold and colourful style brings joy to any room.

LIKE Flower Power on Facebook and support our local artists: https://www.facebook.com/FlowerPowerArtStudio.

Monday
Aug182014

Enjoy Denial

DENIAL is a Canadian stencil and mural artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition.  Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year travelling and exhibiting throughout Canada and USA, having done solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.

In 2000, he adopted the moniker ‘DENIAL’ as a means of poking fun at advertising, politics and media messages that contemporary society is often ‘in denial’ about.  Since then he has maintained an ongoing global street-campaign of over 500, 000 stickers, placards and murals, using the alpha-numeric characters ‘D3N!@L’. 

Intended as a conceptual means of marketing absurdism, DENIAL also challenges traditional notions of graffiti and public art through his bold and often satirical visual subversions.

Monday
Aug182014

Portrait of an Artisan ~ Dean Harrison

Dean Harrison creates magnificant oil painting's, prints and specialty note cards.

He has participated in art show's all over the USA and Canada and was a portrait artist for 12 years at the CNE.  Art is Dean's hobby!

Monday
Aug182014

Portrait of an Artist ~ Carlo Allion

Carlo's first love was always art and artistic expression and by 2006, Carlo was able to pursue his life long dream of being a full time artist.

He spent the next two years studying with accomplished artists during which time he focused on refining and perfecting his own personal style. In the spring of 2008, he started showing his work...an integration of sculpture and heavy textures in his paintings...to the public. His works have been well received by private collectors and corporations throughout North America.


" For the sake of a stronger message and a deeper questioning I continue to push the boundaries of my work. Most recently my interest has shifted to exploring thoughts and concepts that come to me from a subconscious level. The resulting images appear to touch on the surreal and are often dream like in appearance set in a world of fantasy."   

 

Monday
Aug182014

Portrait of an Artist ~ Lory MacDonald

Lory MacDonald's love for the arts is quite apparent through her many years of dedicated involvement with the arts community, her own art ventures, creations and, most of all, her production of ArtFest Toronto and Artfest Kingston.  As the art show producer, Lory's ideas and passion for art are evolving constanting while she presents continual high quality juried art & craft shows on summer long weekends at the Distillery District.

The ability to explore techniques, ideas, and create new imagery keeps Lory's art fresh and interesting. Her work has a whimsical 'thread' that ties all the series together.Lory's artwork is colourful, uplifting and energetic, while the process she uses in creating her vibrant pieces is rather complex.  All of her imagery comes from either a root or base drawing, derived and inspired by nature. Using her imagination, Lory combines symbols, imagery, and patterns onto a series of drawings.

Her approach to the festival's results in a visually enticing event for the public.

PLUS, Lory is excited to announce the launching of a brand new ArtsEvent Magazine in 2015. Watch for details on the www.artfestontario.com website. 

http://www.lorymacdonald.com/

 

Monday
Aug182014

Portrait of an Artisan ~ Aurora Dokken 

Aurora Dokken views her work as performance art using the interplay of transient and dynamic light in much the same way as a musical composition structures time, sound and symbol, layering gesture and repetition until a unified whole is produced. 

Her early work was concerned with two very different styles of composition, one that was imitative, for the purpose of the restoration of historical pieces originally made by others and a contrasting style, the other, work influenced by the work and writings of composers such as John Cage: work that aimed to be aleatoric or improvisational in nature, sometimes with the aim of drawing attention to something other than itself.

Aurora’s Words:

“I have gone through several stages, from basing my work entirely on mathematical formulae, especially relating to proportion, to a way of working that looks back at my old work, but through a series of profiles, something akin to how we view the background profile images of the little ballerinas that turn around in some mirrored jewellery boxes. At the moment I am playing with the idea of repetition and looping, inspired by the music of Terry Riley.

I am constructing pieces by small repetitions, each one changing only a little, layering of gesture upon gesture, one upon the other upon the other, looping back to the original gesture and through series of subtle changes in each repetition, in an effort to create glass works that present as polyphony and for which the process is a visible part of the composition.

Each and every piece of Aurora’s blown glass jewellery is unique and a singular, one of a kind piece of wearable art.

 

 

Friday
Aug152014

Wear Your "Art" Inc. at Artfest Toronto

Wear Your Art Inc. by Virginia will be at the upcoming Labour Day long weekend show at the Historic Distillery District.

Creative pieces put together for the visual eye will be sure to impress you.  Check out her booth and see for yourself!

Friday
Aug152014

Motive 1

Motive 1 is a creative agency with a passion to engage audiences with big ideas and bold designs! The art is created by Craig Caucasian with a focus on keeping up with the latest deisgns.

Check out some of his sample designs here: http://motive1.com/.  Motive 1 is looking forward to the upcoming Artfest Toronto show at the Historic Distillery District and is exhibiting at Booth # B 8.  See you all at the show!!

 

Friday
Aug152014

Portrait of a Jewellery Artist ~ Jeelee Joolery

#JeeleeJoolery designs are 100% original and handmade by Jennifer McKee, who artfully wire wraps semi-precious stones and beads, creating eye-catching necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, and accessories.

Jennifer McKee is a completely self taught artist who debuted her jewelry line in 2002. As a trained Archaeologist and U of T graduate, Jennifer has always loved working with her hands.

Amazed by the variety and beauty of stones naturally found in the earth, she now combines many varieties of semi-precious stones and wire wraps them to create unique pieces of jewellery that are truly recoqnizable as Jeelee. What started as a hobby gradually turned into a 'second income', then blossomed into a fulltime career, and Jennifer has never looked back!

Check out more of her intricate and origianal jewellery here - http://jeelee.ca/home.

Friday
Aug152014

Bishop's Artwork Wonders

About Robert:

Robert Bishop was born in Detroit Michigan, and moved to Canada at the age of 4. He has lived in the Windsor, Ontario area ever since. As a child, he loved to draw.

His childhood teachers described him as a doodler and daydreamer. At the age of 26, thoughts of becoming an artist emerged while working with children as a Child and Youth Counselor. Robert would sit and draw with the children tirelessly. He fell in love with art all over again.

This naturally gifted artist spent several years exploring and perfecting his own techniques, and started pursuing his art career full-time in 1991.

Friday
Aug152014

Deborah Baker

Artist's Words:

I am an observer, a dreamer, an idealist, a poet and an artist who loves as I live with passion and without fear. When I paint I am completely humbled by the process. Although I work primarily with Acrylics, I have begun to experiment with other media and I am enjoying the results of these early attempts.

I love the process of painting. Each new work takes me on a journey as I attempt to use the materials of my trade to help define my world. I am inspired by the wonderful world of nature and all that surrounds me. The subtle nuances of colours and textures of my subjects allow me to convey an experience. I hope my work is reflective of this and that the viewer is able to share in this brief snapshot. Never has my surroundings seemed so vast and myself so small.

Friday
Aug152014

Portrait of an Artisan ~ Copper Art Canada

Copper Art Canada is a family owned business which foundedover 25 years ago in Vancouver, BC.

Designs are hand drawn and then screen printed on copper. The copper is then silver plated and the jewelry is cut out by hand.

Each piece is individually diamond cut to bring out the beatiful luster of copper.

Unique and one-of-a-kind!!

 

 

Friday
Aug152014

Portrait of an Artist~Diana Rosa

Artist Statement:

My paintings are visual records of nature’s cycles of growth and decay. It has a biomorphic shape; natural in origin, simple and voluptuous. I combine the random actions of painting with controlled, deliberate mark-making to describe each form, which is often human, floral, abstract or plantlike in structure. The energy and application of the surface is important as I build multiple layers of rich pigments and I feel that it is important to be spontaneous and raw. I try to allow the images to reveal themselves to me as much as possible while I push to abstract line, color and form.

I use acrylic mediums on canvas. Striving to paint in modest and uncomplicated manners, no rules are exercised. I paint freely and apply colors according to the content of the subject matter. I paint what I feel and choose subjective themes based on the daily experiences affecting everyone's lives. I try to depict a common thread that we universally experience.

I belief in the rich artistic possibilities of any solid form, defined by the interaction and illusions of several colors.

I could say that I intimate a certain relationship between physical and psychological space in my work, because in a sense that is true. But my approach to make a painting is much more comfortable, intuitive, and personal than that. And so, the result of this visual investigation—the painting itself—reflects that process. I am most interested in extracting singular experiences from nature’s endless cycles, and in transforming the public world of nature into a place of private knowledge.

 

Wednesday
Aug132014

ARTHUR II to appear at Artfest

 

Mural Artist, ARTHUR II, and Artfest Producer, Lory MacDonald

ARTHUR II will be at the Distillery for the last show of the season creating a magnificent mural with the help of YOU!!

This LIVE painting demonstration will be loved by young and old and is something unique to our shows!

Open to all ages and FREE!!

Arthur Relaxing in Front of the Artfest Kingston masterpiece!!

Wednesday
Aug132014

Kleno Photography

Artist Biography:

Patrick Klauss was born in 1971 in Lucerne, Switzerland to Czech parents who sought political asylum in the West. In 1981, Patrick’s family moved to Toronto, Canada where he still lives, works, and pursues his artistic endeavours.

Patrick has traveled extensively and has always been drawn to "sacred spots" around the world. His photographs document his journeys. Patrick has exhibited his photographic art in numerous art shows around the Greater Toronto Area including the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and Toronto Art Expo.

He has also exhibited in Prague, Czech Republic. In the 2012 International Photography Awards, his work "Lamayuru" was selected as one of the Top Country Picks for Canada (2nd place).

Wednesday
Aug132014

Halina GRZYB at Artfest Toronto

Artist Statement:

Today, I cherish my moments as a painter. With continuous influence from my past and daily life, may paintings are works of passion, creativity, history, opportunity and sometimes simplicity.  I hope that art continues to fuel my passion for live and encourages others to attain their desired dream.

My work has been exhibited in various venues and solo shows. My art can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, Poland, Italy and Hong Kong.

Wednesday
Aug132014

Portrait of an Artisan ~ Frederick Prince Jewellery

 

Frederick Prince is a one man show who uses semi-precious tones and antique brass plated chains which are plated locally in Toronto. 

THE BRAND

Founded in 2009, this particular Toronto based jewellery line was developed to create a brand of affordable costume jewellery that stands out from the mass produced shopping mall finds. 

Each piece is made by hand using locally and globally sourced materials.  The line's charm comes from the designer's ability to fuses classy and timeless designs with a fresh and modern spin, reflecting collections which are transitional from season to season. 

The appeal of Fredrick Prince attracts female consumers ranging from early teens to women well into 60+ years young. 

The line will continue to expand offering buyers the opportunity to purchase an ever growing collection of fashion-forward pieces without jumping on the trend bandwagon.

 

 

 

THE BRAND

Founded in 2009, Toronto based jewellery line was developed to create a brand of affordable costume jewellery that stands out from the mass produced shopping mall finds. 

Each piece is made by hand using locally and globally sourced materials.  The line's charm comes from the designer's ability to fuses classy and timeless designs with a fresh and modern spin; reflecting collections which are transitional from season to season. 

The appeal of Fredrick Prince attracts female consumers ranging from early teens to women well into 60+ years young. 

The line will continue to expand offering buyers the opportunity to purchase an ever growing collection of fashion-forward pieces without jumping on the trend bandwagon.

- See more at: http://www.fredrickprince.com/pages/about#sthash.xAM2UyNC.dpuf

 

THE BRAND

Founded in 2009, Toronto based jewellery line was developed to create a brand of affordable costume jewellery that stands out from the mass produced shopping mall finds. 

Each piece is made by hand using locally and globally sourced materials.  The line's charm comes from the designer's ability to fuses classy and timeless designs with a fresh and modern spin; reflecting collections which are transitional from season to season. 

The appeal of Fredrick Prince attracts female consumers ranging from early teens to women well into 60+ years young. 

The line will continue to expand offering buyers the opportunity to purchase an ever growing collection of fashion-forward pieces without jumping on the trend bandwagon.

- See more at: http://www.fredrickprince.com/pages/about#sthash.xAM2UyNC.dpuf

THE BRAND

Founded in 2009, Toronto based jewellery line was developed to create a brand of affordable costume jewellery that stands out from the mass produced shopping mall finds. 

Each piece is made by hand using locally and globally sourced materials.  The line's charm comes from the designer's ability to fuses classy and timeless designs with a fresh and modern spin; reflecting collections which are transitional from season to season. 

The appeal of Fredrick Prince attracts female consumers ranging from early teens to women well into 60+ years young. 

The line will continue to expand offering buyers the opportunity to purchase an ever growing collection of fashion-forward pieces without jumping on the trend bandwagon.

- See more at: http://www.fredrickprince.com/pages/about#sthash.xAM2UyNC.dpuf
Wednesday
Aug132014

Garnet & Ashes: Vintage Inspired Fine Art

Garnet & Ashes is a sprightly line of vintage inspired mixed media original fine art & reproductions utilizing a nudging, playful approach with a mélange of bee imagery, vintage treasures and ephemera to arouse and ignite the senses and inspire reflection on notions of fusing past & present through identity and memory, discordant habitats and reevaluations of archaic social structures.

A venture by Caroline Nevin; a contemporary artist and BFA graduate from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Garnet & Ashes was inspired by a life plot twist followed by a vintage treasure discovery, whereupon it was quickly decided to give the forgotten treasure a story.