Wiar­ton Li­brary Art News

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - Michael Pig­gott

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 di­vadig­i­ta­lart@gmail.com 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 dtri­ach@eastlink.ca or phone (519) 592-5780 if you would like to visit and see more of their work.

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