For the June 1, 2018 episode I took a detour on a trip to Toronto in early April to visit abstract watercolourist Vera Bobson. I met Vera at an art show in Toronto earlier this year and was struck by her vibrant use of colour, bold geometric shapes, and particularly the way she used watercolours. So I asked her then and there if she might consider being on my little island volunteer radio show, and contacted her a couple of months later to do so.
Here is Vera’s bright and cheerful 2nd floor Toronto studio:
A couple of Vera Bobson’s watercolour works that we mention in the show, the more representational right and the more abstract left.
On Friday, May 25, 2018, the week of our annual Amherst Island Radio fundraiser, I will be hanging out LIVE in the CJAI studio (the dairy barn) with island photographer Brian Little, talking about Brian’s beginnings and work, raising money, and maybe playing a few tunes as well. Who knows? It’s live radio, which I’ve never done! It’s a bonus episode, and I apologize in advance for my “uhh”s, stutters, and pauses, which I can usually handily edit out.
Be sure to tune in to hear Brian’s story, and as a bonus, we have a couple of prizes to give away to people who call in and pledge, including a handmade ceramic mug from previous guest Mayo Underwood, and a gift card from Art Noise, shop of previous guest Rhéni Tauchid!
For the May 18, 2018 episode I visited the studio of Amherst Island artist Susan Friesen (pre-recorded in March 2018). Her daughter took a fantastic photo of her studio and Susan allowed me to use it here (click for the full photo):
We spoke about her early work of women and girls:
And more recent flower work:
Also her intricately detailed coloured pencil drawings of birds:
For more information and a look at more of Susan’s work, please visit her website susanfriesen.ca.
On the May 4, 2018 episode of Studio Stories, we head downtown to visit painter, author, and art educator Rhéni Tauchid. Rhéni took Lynn on a tour of their paint factory, in the midst of which her studio lies. We also headed down to their shop on Princess St, where they have a couple of gallery rooms, and a classroom studio. Rhéni will be coming to The Lodge on Amherst Island to teach a weekend workshop called Horizon Lines.
Below is one of Rhéni’s larger mixed media pieces in the shop gallery – press “play” below to see it shimmer.
For the April 20, 2018 episode of Studio Stories, we visit the workshop across the road from the Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre on Amherst Island and talk to Paul Cuyler. Paul takes old metal bits and bobs of all sizes and shapes and previous functions, and creates art. Join us as we have a chat outside his workshop on a sunny March afternoon about his beginnings, his work, and his new artistic partner.
Apologies to our listeners for the extra noises of puppy, wind, birds, and rural traffic, as we did this interview outside Paul’s workshop on a sunny March day.
Samples of Paul’s work that we discuss in this episode are shown below:
Paul’s workshop is at 5245 Front Road in Stella on Amherst Island, Ontario. He tells me if there’s work out in front of the workshop on the lawn, it’s for sale, so be sure to stop by and have a look at his metal artwork if you’re on the island.
Paul and Ben will be selling their original artwork at the Spring Blossom Craft Show at the Picton Arena/Community Centre on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:30am-4:30pm, and at Art Among the Ruins at 27 Earl St. in Newburgh on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10am-5pm.
For the April 6, 2018 episode of Studio Stories (1pm), we head over to the mainland to Portsmouth Village and visit Annette Willis, rogue quilt builder of Chasing Lightning Bugs.
In this episode we discuss a many things, including a few quilts, like this one from her early era, similar to the one she saw in the film that spurred on this creative endeavour, and below that, a new one.
We also discussed the Miss Havisham quilt, one of which you can find here, and her song/poetry/quote quilts, which you can see here and here and here.
Mayo’s functional ceramics can be found seasonally at The Weasel & Easel on Amherst Island (at 5220 Front Road in Stella), and year-round at The Piggery Gallery at 53 Hartman Road just north of Newburgh, ON.