Susan Ashbrook began her life as an artist in Grade One, when her artwork received gold stars and was exhibited on the classroom bulletin board.
She studied oil painting at Mount Allison University and graduated from the commercial art program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She went on to work in the fields of advertising, publishing, trade exhibits and designing and building parade floats.
Susan exhibited her work, winning awards, the most notable of which were placing as a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s annual international competition, and receiving an honourable mention in the International Artist magazine competition. Susan’s work was featured in the books “How Did You Paint That: 100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens” and "Incite: The Best of Mixed Media" and International Artist magazine published her article on marketing one’s self as an artist.
Susan loves sharing her knowledge with those who want to learn and teaches at a variety of locations in Eastern Ontario.
When Craig was a child he saw a picture of Saturn Devouring His Son by Francisco Goya in a book. He was immediately horrified and fascinated. This lead to a life long interest in how we respond to art. Craig studied art and art history at the University of Windsor. He moved to Iqaluit where he spent 10 years learning how to paint. While there he became known for his realistic portraits of elders and mural painting. Craig has studied under Jürek Zamoyski for many years. Rarely painting realism anymore, Craig is focused on impressionist and abstract methods of working. In 2015 he began working on community mural projects with young adults. Craig now lives in Cumberland with his family and a few fish. He is still fascinated and frightened by Francisco Goya.
Judy Conn saw her first hooked rug at Upper Canada Village in June 2012 and was inspired to learn more about this traditional craft. She is most drawn to the folk art style and is an avid collector of antiques, in particular English Ironstone pitchers. Her rugs use a variety of yarns and are crafted in the punch needle style. Typical subjects for her rugs are New England scenes and folk art style animals. She has studied rug hooking with Amy Oxford in Vermont at the Oxford School of Punch Needle where she is pursuing her teacher's certification later this year. She has participated in many weekend craft shows and completed many commissions. She lives in a cabin in the woods on a 53 acre property in Cheney near the Larose Forest with her husband Paul and their dog Megan.
Cumberland artist Rebecca Dufton has always felt a strong connection to animals and nature. She strives to create an emotional response through her expressive landscapes and portraits. Her first solo show in 1994, Reptiles, Rock Stars and Rodents, depicted legends such as Bowie, Bono, Jagger and Richards, along with animal subjects.
She finds inspiration for her art by exploring the rural countryside. In 2010, Rebecca began creating her own tapestries in the folk art tradition of hooked rugs, but with a painterly approach. More recently, she began creating needle felted animal sculptures in wool and alpaca. In her drawings, paintings, tapestries and sculptures, Rebecca strives to capture the energy, emotion and vulnerability she sees in the natural world. Rebecca is currently pursuing a solo exhibit of her work. She is also a freelance writer, a community activist and an avid gardener.
Isaac Fouchard is a functional potter and instructor working in the historic village of Cumberland, Ontario. His enthusiasm for the fine arts began while attending De La Salle high school in Ottawa. Always having been interested in working in a three dimensional medium, Isaac furthered his artistic studies by attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, majoring in ceramics. Through the education and inspiration of various ceramic artists from Nova Scotia, he has developed a passion for both the craft and its instruction.
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Working in oils and acrylics, Janis Fulton paints the natural environment, still life and florals with vibrant colour and texture. Originally from Nova Scotia,Janis worked as a Lab Tech. before moving to Ottawa where she graduated from Interior Design at Algonquin College. She followed this with art classes, workshops and independent studies. Janis enjoys plein air painting in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, still-life and florals. A member of the Nepean Fine Arts League, Manotick Art Assoc. West Carleton Art Assoc. and Arteast, Janis has been participating in group and solo shows since 2002. Janis has exhibited her work at Wall Space Gallery Orleans ON, Galerie Old Chelsea, PQ , Galerie de la Rive, Rockland, ON. and Amherst Artisan Gallery Amherst N.S.
Louis learned to cut glass with a group of parishioners pulled from the pews of an Ottawa church. Though unschooled, together they were asked to provide the volunteer labor to construct decorative stained glass panels. An unplanned visit to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida afforded him the opportunity to experience the stunning artistry and penetrating colour of the leaded panels, lamps and other glass works of L. C. Tiffany. He departed with a great desire to continue learning everything he could about this art form. . Taught to use traditional lead came, he found it deplorable to waste the leftover shards, so he has gravitated lately towards glass mosaic and appliqué as a manner of practicality and thrift. He finds it an exciting challenge to arrange the pieces until his enthusiasm awakens and he knows the glass work is complete.
Diana earned her Fine Arts degree from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in England after studying at the Wimbledon School of Art, London and here, at home, at the University of Ottawa. Her chosen medium is a combination of printmaking and watercolour, supported by a variety of drawing techniques. She enjoys working directly from nature with paint and graphite, then translating these works into print-based pieces. Having participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions her work is represented in both private and public collections in Canada and abroad. Also qualified as an adult education teacher, Diana has enjoyed teaching art to adults in various British and Canadian institutions and presently is teaching at the Ottawa School of Art. Having recently retired she is dedicating all her time to art related activities and among her plans for the future are additional classes in her Cumberland home and house portraits within this picturesque village.
Joan Kallio has been interested in photography since introduced to it as a child by her grandmother. Her passion is in capturing the essence of the natural beauty of landscapes, wildlife and family. Her special interest is in old, rural structures. In addition to private sales and commissions, she has exhibited with the Artist Association of Clarence-Rockland [is a member], the Ottawa Orchid Show, several ‘Arts in the Park’, is a member of the Barnyard Studio Camera Club, and has participated the Cumberland Community Market. She lives in Cumberland Village with her husband Bryan, & most of her family lives near, including 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Biography: Helene has been working with her hands since the age of 12. She paints mainly with oils and uses textures and colours to create fascinating scenes. Her personal style is felt throughout her art and she likes to experiment with new techniques to improve her work. She prefers painting outdoors to bring to her work all the sensations she feels from her surroundings.
Biographie: Hélène travaille de ses mains depuis l’âge de 12 ans. Elle peint principalement à l’huile et utilise textures et couleurs pour créer des scènes fascinantes. Son style personnel se ressent à travers tous ses œuvres et elle aime expérimenter avec de nouvelles techniques pour améliorer ses travaux. Elle préfère peindre à l’extérieur pour apporter à son travail toutes les sensations qu’elle y ressent.
Lynne McDiarmid is a mixed-media artist and an avid quilter. She has taken courses from Jonathan Talbot in N.Y. state as well as Sue Ukkola, a local encaustic artist. Seemingly unable to settle on one discipline, she continues to experiment and learn by doing. Vintage images and ephemera feature prominently in her work. A former resident of Cumberland where she lived in the home currently housing the Black Walnut Care and Bakery she now shares a townhouse in Orleans with her husband, also named Lyn, and Manny the cat. They have three married children and six lovely granddaughters.
In addition to drawing, painting and printmaking, David Millen has always enjoyed working with tools. He designed and built most of the furniture in his Cumberland home. Retired from a career in information technology, David now applies his creative and technical expertise to wood and metal sculpture. His materials of choice are hardwood, copper and wire, often combining them. David has lived in Cumberland since 1994 in the home he shares with his wife Rebecca Dufton and their dogs Lucy and Brodie.
Kerstin Peters is from Germany, but has lived for more than 20 years in Ottawa. Painting in her studio she shows her passion for animals in her lively portraits. She has traveled with several plein air groups to capture the beauty of the Canadian landscape. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and overseas. As a member of several art organizations, she is not only regularly exhibiting her work, but hopes to inspire others to express their own creativity. Since 2011, she has given art courses for adults and children – both privately as well as through the City of Ottawa. She is a firm believer that everyone can express themselves through art. She sees art as a means to relax, have fun, grow, and connect with others through the process of creating. Together with her friend Josie De Meo she also offers paint parties.
Inspired by woodland walks and the beauty of nature, Dale Simmons designs upcycled home and fashion accessories from repurposed tweeds, wools, leather, vintage fabrics and wood, creating pieces that make life a little lovelier. Believing that there is perfection in imperfection, Dale creates handmade pieces that transform the old into the new, are eco-friendly, and that give a second life to materials that have already travelled far and wide. A cross between relaxed classic and country elegance, her designs sometimes also contain a touch of whimsy that she hopes will bring a smile to those who view or own them, but most of all that they will be loved again for a very long time.