Works by artists in­flu­enced by wa­ter, skies and fields at Wiarton li­brary

Wiarton Echo - - PAST AND PRESENT -

MICHAEL PIG­GOTT

Art News

In July the Friends of the Wiarton li­brary are de­lighted to wel­come Tjalling Buwe Hal­bertsma, of Colling­wood, who is dis­play­ing some of his wide range of pho­to­graphs – from por­traits, through sports, to cre­ative im­agery. We are also en­chanted to wel­come Louise Jarvis again. She is ex­hibit­ing ex­am­ples of her ex­quis­ite jew­ellery in the li­brary cabi­net.

Tjalling was born and raised in the Nether­lands, where he spent most of his youth among the end­less green fields and wide skies of the prov­ince Fries­land. With his wife and two sons, he lived and worked for 14 years on a Caribbean is­land. Then in the win­ter of 2015, the fam­ily moved to Canada and made a com­plete change of life. In this new ad­ven­ture in a new coun­try, he took up the cam­era. This gave him a burst of in­spi­ra­tion and he fi­nally gave in to the artist in him, al­low­ing him to tell his sto­ries through this fas­ci­nat­ing form of art. Since he is pas­sion­ate about so many things, he is work­ing in mul­ti­ple sub­ject ar­eas. At his web­site www.tjalling­pho­tog­ra­phy. com this love affair with peo­ple, dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, ath­letes, colours, na­ture and what he en­coun­ters on his per­sonal jour­ney can be seen through his photos. Tjalling has also put great amount of ef­fort in ed­u­ca­tion of tech­ni­cal skills and equip­ment, but his main fo­cus is art: the cre­ative process through pho­tog­ra­phy.

To ar­range an ap­point­ment to see more of his work email pho­tog­ra­pher22@me.com or call (705) 441-3924.

Louise Jarvis was brought up in South­ern On­tario, has an Hon­ours BA in English/Fine Art from Guelph Univer­sity and a B.Ed. from On­tario Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion in 1972. But it all re­ally be­gan for her in 1977 with an evening course at Mo­hawk Col­lege in Hamil­ton, and the rear wheel of a 10-speed bi­cy­cle.

There was no elec­tric­ity in the Bentinck County farm­house where she lived with her hus­band, so her brother-in-law com­bined a bi­cy­cle wheel with a se­ries of pul­leys so she could pedal and pol­ish jew­ellery. Her de­signs and tech­niques have evolved over the last 40 years but she’s al­ways been af­fected by sky and wa­ter and nat­u­ral beauty. Af­ter work­ing and teach­ing jew­ellery classes in On­tario for 20 years, she moved out to Hornby Is­land in BC and the ef­fect of those el­e­ments on her work in­ten­si­fied.

“In 2008, I had a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Har­bin­ger Gallery in Water­loo, On­tario. I called that body of work For Love of Wa­ter,” Jarvis said.

“The theme evolved from a Dharma class (Bud­dhist teach­ing) that I was tak­ing, where I be­came even more deeply aware of the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of all things. The next day, I was pic­tur­ing my favourite im­age of light on wa­ter as I worked and lovely ideas emerged. All the pieces in that show re­flected the beauty and emo­tion of wa­ter.”

Liv­ing on Hornby Is­land for 10 years cer­tainly deep­ened her love of wa­ter, and now, back in On­tario, she lives be­side the Sy­den­ham River on the south side of Owen Sound. Her list of hon­ours for her jew­ellery is im­pres­sive – see her web­site www.louiseo­jarvis.com. Jarvis can be reached at (519) 3718227 or (519) 270-9660 (cell) or by email at lo­jarvis@gmail.com

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