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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.

Creative Works Junior Short Story 1st Place Winner

The South Simcoe Arts Council has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers of all ages, in all genres through its Creative Works Writing Contest for six years.

We are excited to share the winners writings with you over the next few months.

Please enjoy this instalment of our Creative Works Youth Writing Contest winners series featuring Junior Short Story - 1st Place Winner, Andrew Geerts.

Andrew says, "I have always loved writing. My mom told me about this contest and it sounded really fun. I immediately answered yes and got started writing. I'm not sure where the idea came from for the story but I loved writing it and since, have wrote many more!"

This award is sponsored by Premier Contractors Ltd

Q & A with photographer, Diana Harding Tucker
May 10, 2021 | Featured Artist Q & A

Diana Harding Tucker is a professional photographer and multimedia artist. She has been a member of SSAC for 14 years and is located in Cookstown, ON.

Q. As an artist what is the medium you use? Do you ever combine mediums? Describe how or why you might do so.

Yes, I combine photography with painting. I also create sculptures with various materials. Often my work involves music. I make monochromatic Silver Gelatin Prints (made on cotton with real silver crystals in a gelatin surface). I also make Archival Pigment prints (100 cotton rag paper with archival pigment dyes). Both media are archival and last at least 70-100 years; however they should last indefinitely if properly maintained. Sometimes I paint on them using conte, charcoal, colour pencil, water colours and pastels. Some remain the original black and white. I also make chromogenic photographic prints. I create drawings as well. I also make musical instruments or use music in my artwork.

Q. when did you become an artist? Have you found this easy to say,"I am an artist"?

Driving Too Fast
May 8, 2021 | Musings of a Member

I walk on the North shore Trail going east from Johnson's Beach several times a week all year round.  Just before dawn(winter) or sunset (year round) I am absorbed by the mystery of light on water and clouds as the world emerges or disappears. The local birds, occasional rabbits, beaver or cranes move silent and alert in the their tasks. The few humans look at you fully, nod, smile and pass silently in this meditative space.  Till the snow and near-zero temperatures give way to budding branches, dandelions and hellebore, migrating ducks, returning seagulls and loons, it is peaceful and often solitary on my walk.

When Covid lockdown began in the last week of March, the path became even quieter: no chainsaws, lawnmowers, leaf blowers; no yacht club drilling, hammering, polishing; not even distant traffic noise.  Cormorants lined up in a row, 14 silhouettes long, on the abandoned boat slips, something I'd never seen here.

Book Review: Allie
May 5, 2021 | Book Review

Carolyn j Morris' latest book, Allie's Alpacas, takes the reader on a delightful and educational trip to the countryside. Allie's Alpacas is the most recent in her Railfence Bunch Kids book series, which is geared towards emerging readers who have graduated from the many tales of Chick and Duckling in her Railfence Bunch Books.

Creative Works Intermediate Short Story 1st Place Winner

The South Simcoe Arts Council has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers of all ages, in all genres through its Creative Works Writing Contest for six years.

We are excited to share the winners writings with you over the next few months.

Please enjoy this first instalment of our Creative Works Youth Writing Contest winners series featuring Intermediate Short Story - 1st Place Winner, Sasha Siska-Humphries.

Q & A with Sumi-e artist Roslyn Levin
Apr 28, 2021 | Featured Artist Q & A

Roslyn Levin is sumi-e or Japanese brushstroke artist as well as a shodo or Japanese calligraphy artist. She lives in Shelburne with a studio in Orangeville at Dragonfly Arts on Broadway. She has been a SSAC member for about 20 years. 

We hope you are inspired to further your interests in the arts through this interview.

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.

Rising Star: An Interview with Jaiden McDonald

Jaiden McDonald is a pianist, a piano teacher, and a grade 12 student. She has already completed her ARCT Performers with RCM, along with Elementary Pedagogy Level 1 - all while finishing her grade 11 year. We talked to Jaiden about her journey studying music and learned a lot about how studying piano can teach so much more than just the skill of playing an instrument.