The Art of Craft­ing & the Piper Cub

Arabella - - FRONT PAGE - Writ­ten by Na­dia Ter­signi

Sur­rounded by the tran­quil­ity of na­ture and in­her­ent beauty of an­i­mals, Donna An­dr­ey­chuk spent much of her child­hood out­doors on a dairy farm in Ke­nil­worth, On­tario, her birth­place. The youngest of four chil­dren, and the only girl seven years younger than her older brother, Donna shares that life of­ten felt as though she was an only child. With many days en­thu­si­as­ti­cally spent im­mersed in her par­ents’ lives, Donna ad­mirably de­scribes her mother as a "cre­ative and in­dus­tri­ous per­son", ex­hibit­ing a pas­sion for the art of craft­ing. "I re­mem­ber fill­ing the kitchen sink with beet juice and dy­ing skeins of wool. Didn't ev­ery child make string art in their drive­way? I helped my mother with so many cre­ative projects. I was taught to be fear­less in cre­ativ­ity." "I re­mem­ber sit­ting for hours at our kitchen ta­ble drawing peo­ple and faces, houses and lit­tle an­i­mals. Dur­ing my teenage years, my mother owned and op­er­ated her own wool shop called the Yarn Bou­tique. It was a lovely lit­tle shop filled to the ceil­ing with beau­ti­ful yarn from all over the world. She of­fered spin­ning classes and taught so many women how to knit and cro­chet. We proudly dis­play the iconic paint­ings from The Group of Seven that she re­worked into needle­point." Mem­o­ries of her fa­ther as a pi­lot also per­me­ate her thoughts. With an airstrip on the fam­ily farm

pre­vi­ous spread, Na­ture's Wis­dom, acrylic on can­vas, 48" x 60" above, Har­bour Road, oil on can­vas, 30" x 40"

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