Art that brings a smile to your face

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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 ronchristie2016@gmail.com to ar­range to see more of his work.

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