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Behind the Scenes with <i>The Artists at the Gibson</i>
Jun 30, 2021 | Behind the Scenes

The Artists at the Gibson - Find Your Inner Artist
by Gary Wilson

There are organizations and groups in the South Simcoe area that are poised to support and nurture the artist within. I discovered such a group when I attended a watercolour workshop sponsored by The Artists at the Gibson.

The Gibson Centre is an amazing venue and the Holmstrom Hall certainly accommodated the many enthusiastic artists and me. With only a box of acrylics (I know), a paint brush and a burning desire to learn how to paint, I was welcomed and soon became part of the flow, making paper towel clouds in very wet Cerulean Blue. My artist within was sparked to life. I needed more.

Behind the Scenes: Diane Kaczmarek
May 24, 2021 | Behind the Scenes

As far back as memory takes me I have always been interested in sketching and painting. Even in college I can remember taking some life drawing courses and being more interested in those then the actual college courses in which I was enrolled.

When I started working after college I had little interest in pursuing art but two very dear friends encouraged and persuaded me to continue painting, mostly in watercolour as that was their interest. One of these friends lived in Florida (which has a strong art colony) and invited me many times to stay with her and paint.

Behind the Scenes: Understanding your Materials
May 18, 2021 | Behind the Scenes

My name is Daniela and I am the proud owner of Think Pink Welding and have been in the welding industry for 6 years now. I have my own welding machine set up at home that allows me to create metal art and horseshoe home décor.

Welding is a versatile trade and is used to join two or more pieces of metal together that is vital in many items we use in our daily lives. Although there are many aspects to welding, understanding the type of material that needs to be welded is a key detail. That applies to any form of art, understanding the material you are using plays a huge role in the overall outcome, whether it is fibre, paint, wood, etc.

Behind the Scenes with Judy Penz Sheluk
Apr 26, 2021 | Behind the Scenes

I’m often asked where I get inspiration for my books and stories. The answer is “from life.” 

When I was writing my debut novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, I was living in Holland Landing, and there was a lot of neighbourhood angst over the proposed demolition of a deaccessioned elementary school for the purpose of building townhomes. I remember thinking, “What if someone was willing to kill to stop the development?” And an idea was born.

Metal Keys Designs
Feb 19, 2021 | Behind the Scenes

By Tracy Lai

Around a decade ago, I discovered precious metal clay while looking for a new creative outlet. After taking a workshop creating metal clay jewellery, I became hooked!

Precious metal clay is a specialized clay containing metal particles, such as fine silver. The particles are combined with a binder made of organic plant material and water.