John Warner is one of the three founder of the Amherst Artisan Gallery.
John offers an excellent presentation of seascapes, landscapes and maritime interest points. He especially appreciates the natural features of the Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait, the numerous untouched waterfalls and the maritime interest points of northeast North America. John compliments his photos with unique, informal frames.
I believe that if it were left to the artist to choose their own labels, most would choose none. Ben Shahn (1898-1969)
Though watercolour has been my preferred medium to work with lately, woodcarving has taken much of my time in recent years. To my surprise, it has helped me with my painting techniques, showing me how to add detail with simplicity and has challenged me in different ways. It’s more appealing then ever, especially with the uncertainty of how it will turn out. But regardless of the medium I choose to work in, it’s the hope of touching someone that sees it, that inspires me.
Millie Warner (nee Pyke) was born and raised in Springhill, Nova scotia. After finishing her High School, Millie graduated from the Victoria General School of Nursing in Halifax, NS.
Married to John, her High School boyfriend, they lived in the Halifax area for most of their working careers. After Millie retired from her twenty-five years of nursing and caring for their two boys, she now had time to pursue a long time interest. Her mother-in-law, an accomplished seamstress/teacher, had peaked her interest in sewing. Millie has adopted 'craft sewing' and is now showing at various venues including the Amherst Artisan Gallery.
Millie's sewing qualities have not only been recognize by her many clients but also by her fellow crafts' people and craft stores. She has adopted a passion for local tartans and the products she can created from them. Millie has a number of craft product lines including : shoulder & hand bags, aprons, placemats, cup cozies, bun liners, mittens, oven mitts, pot holders, tea cozies and many more. This list continues to grow, never know what's next ???
Millie and her husband (John) have returned home to Cumberland County to truly appreciate the rural beauty and people of "home".
Art has been a passion of mine since my early years in school. Af ew years ago I decided to try my hand at painting. At that time I watched several TV programs which demonstrated the how-to technique.
Since then I have developed my own style and now enjoy painting in both oils and acrylics, as well as, a bit of water colours.
My paintings have been donated to various community projects to raise funds. They have also made wonderful wedding and birthday gifts for a chosen few and are very much appreciated by them.
The completion of each piece brings great joy knowing I can move onto the next adventure in painting. What shall I paint??
Growing up in the country, Arlene’s love for art began at a young age, sketching scenes and admiring the beauty of landscapes. Her love for animals, especially birds, is her inspiration as she captures their beauty with precise strokes on canvas. Many of her ideas come from watching wildlife in her area, and with the aid of a camera she usually finds her next subject. Although the majority of Arlene’s work is wildlife, she also paints landscapes and seascapes.
Arlene is a self-taught artist and experiments with new techniques and subjects. With her family grown, Arlene is now able to devote an immense amount of energy to her work, perfecting her techniques, exhibiting in galleries and art shows, and showing her collections in her home gallery. Arlene hosts showing and art classes each year and is a founding collaborator of Parrsboro Creative.
I decided in 2006, after I lost my mom, that I needed a new challenge, so I gave up quilting and toll painting and took up rug hooking. Well it was the best move I ever made. I just love making one of a kind rugs, wall hangings, pillows, purses, mug rugs etc. I design my own items and there are not two alike. This craft is so much fun and so relaxing. I am definitely planning to do this craft for many years to come.
If you are looking for something different for yourself or for a gift for someone, just give me a call. 902-667-3294
Ray Leger was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and has lived in Memramcook for the last twenty-five years. He began working with wood more than thirty years ago starting with some basic carving and simple furniture. What began as a hobby developed into a passion. Ray has spent many years honing his craft with his interests growing and changing over time. He has explored a wide range of creative expression and his portfolio boasts an impressive collection of furniture pieces, miniature dollhouses, rocking horses, carousel animals, decoys, unique characters, and so much more.
Throughout his career, Ray has received recognition from a number of sources. Several articles have been written in admiration of his work and he has received accolades from his peers, including renowned artists John Hooper and David Silverberg. He has been interviewed both locally and nationally, most notably with CBC Radio personality and revered author Peter Gzowski. Ray’s work has been exhibited in several galleries including the Capitol Theatre Art Gallery in Moncton.
Rainer Wenzl is a multi-media artist/photographer whose work has been published in many international publications and exhibited in numerous galleries. Recently retired from working as a visual arts/media arts teacher at an art school Rainer now works full time as an artist working with watercolours, printmaking, leaded glass and historical photographic techniques.
Rainer’s works are a combination of contemporary techniques and traditional processes that express the beauty of daily life and scenery that surrounds him in his maritime environment.
His latest watercolour paintings are a series that depict life in the maritime regions. Portrayed are everyday people going about their daily routine. These paintings incorporate newspaper clippings as a base for the figures. The newspaper clippings were taken from the editorial/opinions sections of current local newspapers pertaining to the location, time and current events.
Lucille Pitre has been crafting since she was five years old. Lucile enjoys working with her hands. She loves to create beautiful pieces of art from things she finds in nature. When she's not doing that she's working with crystals and stones, creating one of a kind pieces of jewelry.
Michelle Tweed was born on the Prairies fourth of six children. She moved to the Maritimes as a child with her family and has lived in Nova Scotia all of her adult life now residing in the rural community of Rockfield.
Michelle closely identifies with her aboriginal ancestry and feels most at home in nature with the understanding that Mother Earth provides all that we need for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Michelle had a vision to spread this wellness, to incorporate it into products we use everyday so she started making first soap then body care. She uses natural wholesome ingredients and plant pure essential oils for added healing benefits.
Michelle endeavours to be earth friendly creating with integrity and love.
Ann Murphy is a self taught artist from Port Elgin NB. Ann started sketching horses as a child at home. Ann picked up her first paint brush in her early thirties as a tole painter and then extended her painting to acrylics on canvas board and then to canvas. Her passion is birds and wild life and pets along with scenery. She has enjoyed doing pencil crayons, watercolors and recently oil painting. She paints birds and other wildlife on wood also. Grammas Easel is her registered name for her artworks.
I have always admired great photography, and working for years at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. gave me lots of subjects to practice with as a teenager, but the cost of film photography and the time constraints of raising and homeschooling our two children kept me from doing very much. Now I live on a hobby farm in Sackville, New Brunswick with my singer-songwriter husband R.A. Lautenschlager, daughter and son (the sheep owners), and assorted "critters", both in and outside the house. I try to take a camera with me whenever I can, and enjoy seeing the world through a lens, learning more about the craft as I go.
I was born on March 16th, 1950 in La Scie, Newfoundland and have lived in numerous areas of the Maritimes.
As a result of being moved so much, I have acquired a fairly eminent understanding of the various lifestyles, customs, etc. in the Atlantic provinces. I try to get home to Newfoundland at least five or six times a year and while there, gather information from old friends for the books I am writing, about living in Newfoundland in the 50's and 60's.
My father wrote two books about his life in the ministry in Newfoundland "On Sloping Ground" and "Down On The French Shore". He was working on a third, a sequel to "On Sloping Ground", but passed away in 1984 before finishing it. I took over from his writings and completed it a couple of years ago. It should be on the market by late fall of 2005.
I am now working on a sequel (still untitled) to "From Sloping Ground" and have it nearly completed.
"From Sloping Ground" ends in 1953, and the sequel to this era will end in 1963, when we, as a complete family, left Newfoundland for the last time.
For more info on these books and my ships in bottles, hobby and small business, you can visit my web site.
Deborah has lived in Maccan since 1968 and her interest in photography started out with her mother’s “Brownie” camera.
Her ongoing development of that interest has resulted in a solo exhibition of 46 pieces at the Cumberland Museum – Wonders of Nature.
She enjoys children, family and weddings. Her natural instincts allow her the joy of taking pictures of everything around her. The best ones being the rare once in a life time shots that come up unexpectedly.
Being raised in a lively family, and raising a family of my own, I have a lot of memories to draw from in creating my Pebble art. As I recall events as a child, I can remember standing on my dad’s feet as we “danced” to the music. Or taking the dog for a walk, and wondering who was actually walking who?? Or recalling my older sisters’ bikinis hanging on the clothesline after a swim at our cottage along the shores of the Northumberland Strait, and now with my own family, watching my child cuddle with his dog, or standing in awe on Christmas morning looking at what Santa brought, and the evening bonfires on the beach. And of course, as I get older, recalling the awesomeness of the starlings as they gather on the telephone lines as they prepare to depart before winter. All my artwork takes me back in time and brings me great joy, and it is my hope that it can bring back a moment of joy, playfulness and happiness to those who view and enjoy my art.
I've always been drawn to the sea and have enjoyed collecting the treasures revealed by the tides.
In recent years, I've used them to fashion ornamental objects and have shared them with family and friends.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them
John Hopkins was born in Springhill NS Jan 15 1947 Joined the Military on the Mar 8 1965 and served until Jul 15 2005. Was doing some walking sticks & canes from local trees. I was at a local craft show in Springhill when a person said to me you should get some Diamond Willow I did not know what he was talking about. Went on line and as they say the rest is history .
Mary Farrow Sinclair is a Creative Stitchery Artist who has spent many years in Montreal. While there she taught creative stitchery, quilting & embroidery. Since moving back to her home town of Amherst, NS she continues to teach stitchery & quilting techniques to individuals & small groups. For many years Mary has been a member of the Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild, the West Island Quilters & the Quebec Quilters Association, & has actively participated in stitching & quilting seminars & retreats. Mary has been an instructor with the NS Fibre Arts Festival for the past 7 years . Presently, Mary is a member of the Amherst Train Station Artisans Gallery where she displays her art & runs workshops.
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Colette is a glass artist, operating Image Glass Studio in Shubenacadie East, NS. Working primarily in fused glass techniques such as kiln casting, fritography, and kiln carving, her work seeks to evoke an emotion, a memory, to reflect nature in color, shape, and texture. Her ongoing series Limestone Barrens takes inspiration from landscape earthtones.Colette creates her pieces with a practical use in mind, although, most collectors choose to display her pieces for the artworks they are. Her work can be found in private collections nationally and internationally, both in use and on display. Colette trained under world renowned glass artists Jayne Persico of Hazelton, Pennsylvania (glass casting and Pâté de Verre), Jonathon Schmuck of Santa Cruz, California (advanced cold working), Michael Dupille of Seattle, Washington (Fritography- painting with powder glass) and Rita Neumann of Buenos Aires, Argentina (kiln cast sculpture). Colette also instructs in glass art and has recently designed and delivered a curriculum of training in fused glass for the College of the North Atlantic, NL. Colette is a juried member of the Craft Council of NL and the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council, and a member of the Glass Art Association of Canada.