Art that brings a smile to your face
some of her creative paintings in the library in October. We also welcome Ron Christie who is showing some of his attractive pottery in the library display cabinet.
Carol Cloet was born and raised in Simcoe, Ontario. Her early creative interests started in high school focusing on fabric, leading into acrylic painting using wood, metal and eventually onto canvas. This side of her nature grew as she spent the early years in southwestern Ontario as a mother to four children and as a hair stylist and colourist in her early 30’s. The next step was a career change to Registered Nurse, yet always keeping the creative passion alive through workshops and self-educating. She believes she is now nursing the soul through art.
Cloet’s compositions have been described as “vivid colourful details.” Subjects range from nature through still life to whimsical.
“When a viewer looks at art they bring with them all of their life experiences, all of their unique memories, all of their knowledge and understanding of the universe thus far,” she said.
Cloet believes art is meant to be shared as a form of communication.
“Once the brush is put down the story continues.”
She has organized “Aaron’s Smile,” an annual art fundraiser in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Brant County, in memory of Aaron Matthew Cloet who was raised and lived in Brantford.
Recently moving to the Northern Bruce Peninsula has given the artist the opportunity to focus on her studio and organizing workshops and retreats. Contact Cloet at (647) 961-4444 or email carolsartfromtheheart@gmail. com to arrange to see more of her work or visit: www.artfromtheheart.ca/art-works
Ron Christie studied graphic design at Sheridan College from 1972 to 1974. He then worked for 25 years in the newspaper and distribution field. After an arm injury, his physiotherapist suggested he take up the art of clay hand building, as a great way to strengthen his arm. From there he studied with Natalie Prevost of “Barefoot potters” fame.
“The first time I put my hands in clay, I knew it was right for me. I also enjoy the aspect of working in threedimensional forms,” he said.
Christie’s other art loves are doodle/poster design art, wood carving and landscaping.
All his pottery is handmade with cone 6 clay and fired to those specs. He tends to work with #620, Red Sculpture clay. He mixes clays together to give different effects and enjoys trying to achieve certain goals with each piece of work to bring the ball of clay to life; to create moments of time and to bring a smile to people’s faces after seeing his work.
Contact Christie at email@example.com to arrange to see more of his work.