Wiarton Library Art News
In January, the Friends of Wiarton Library welcome Brenda Kirton who is displaying some of her artistic photographs and creative digital art on the library wall and in the corridor. In the cabinet, we are very pleased to display some delightful stained and fused glass art of David and Tamara Riach.
Brenda lives on the beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula. Her house is an old log cabin, one of the originals on the peninsula. She and her family wake up to wonderful sunrises, mists laying over the fields, incredibly photogenic cows and birds and an everexpanding garden. They are minutes away from the soft sandy shores of Lake Huron, the rugged rocks and cliffs of Georgian Bay and the calm waters of inland lakes. What that really means is that there are photo opportunities and art inspiration everywhere she turns.
While she has been taking pictures for years and doodling in business meetings for as long as she can remember, she certainly never considered herself a photographer or artist. Then about five years ago she had breast cancer. Being creative, letting the artist come out of her shell, became part of her cure. She has not looked back.
She is a member of the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists and a juried member of the Gallery Co-operative in Ferndale. Her work is available for viewing and sales at the Gallery and at various events. She lives and has her studio at 528 Forty Hills Rd., a few miles north of Lion’s Head. Phone (519) 281-2888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment to see more of her work. Visit www.brendakerton.wordpress.com for more information.
David and Tamara Riach live by the river in Stokes Bay and now have their Davara Studio there. Just three years ago, during a Sunday afternoon drive to the Bruce, they happened to see a cottage resembling a lighthouse for sale on the Stokes River Road. As fate would have it they owned “the lighthouse” about three weeks later. So they listed their pottery and glass studio in Blyth (just east of Goderich) and moved to Stokes Bay to enjoy semi-retirement.
They have continued to work with stained and fused glass and added wood turning, water colours and paverpol textile sculpture to their artistic interests. Their training is from numerous private lessons and classes from other artists, as well as scouring web sites and gaining expertise through the school of hard knocks and practical experience. It has been a great ride and a lot of fun. Most of the wood used in the turning is from driftwood, old pallets, scavenged wood from hydro trimmings and even plywood.
They welcome visitors to their “lighthouse home” where they are always willing to spend time visiting and sharing experiences. They do commissioned stained glass and repair stained glass art on request, “providing it does not interfere with fishing or walks with Ruby – our English Springer Spaniel.”
Contact them by email at email@example.com or phone (519) 592-5780 if you would like to visit and see more of their work.