Shirley Frey

Oils/Acrylic

Shirley paints in oils and acrylics. Her subjects include scenery, florals, and still life. She likes to use her own photos from local scenes and still life groupings that she sets up. Shirley paints on canvas as well as wood or metal such as saw blades or milk cans. She has been painting for many years and is mostly self-taught. Shirley welcomes commissions and is looking forward to being on the studio tour again.

Studio: 6A George Street, Elmira

Phone: 519.669.5750

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Frances Gregory

Acrylic/Mixed Media/Watercolour/Printmaking

Frances’ art is fully rooted in the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Her watercolours, often depicting her love of the local landscape, are planned and deliberate. Her acrylic paintings balance on the edge of abstraction and develop intuitively through layering marks and textures. She also expresses herself with an array of printmaking techniques.

Painting has always been her passion. Her life informs her art and her art enlarges her perspectives and nudges her imagination.

Frances studied at Doon School of Fine Art, Sheridan College, and at various workshops by well-known artists.

She is a member of the KW Society of Artists and has opened her studio to the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour since its inception in 2003.

Studio: 16 Eby Street, St. Jacobs

Phone: 519.664.3525

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Jennifer Horst

Acrylic

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” – Edgar Degas

Jennifer paints mostly with acrylics on canvas, but making old things new is also a part of her portfolio. Her subject matter, while diverse, often includes objects such as feathers, landscapes, and flowers.

Painting has been a way for Jennifer to express her emotions, relax, and get lost in the colour and texture of the paint. Her inspiration comes from her love of nature and Indigenous roots.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Physical Education and a minor in Mathematics. She also has a Bachelor of Education and works as a teacher guidance counsellor at Elmira District Secondary School. Jennifer is working on completing her Professional Masters of Education.

She is a member of the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour committee and participating artist in the annual October studio tour. Paintings available for purchase can be found at the Local Renaissance Cafe in Elmira, Ontario, and on her Instagram.

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Kelly Houghland

Watercolour/Acrylic/Ink

Canadian-based artist, Kelly Houghland, has been honing her skills in abstract painting since 2014. Originally a singer-songwriter, Kelly found a new avenue for expressing her feelings when words and song escaped her. Kelly's evolution into painting was a self-taught adventure. Her experience of freedom in this discovered medium has expanded her range of skills, utilizing her ability to connect with people. Many of Kelly's original canvases are born out of the heart work of self-reflection, movement, and meditation. Kelly’s love of water, nature, earth, and sky are reflected in her pieces. Kelly has experience with installations in galleries, restaurants, and studios. Her works have been shown and sold in studios in Bayfield, Grand Bend, Collingwood, and Exeter. She had her first solo showing at Artistic Inklings in Picton, Ontario for the month of June 2019. Her commissioned work has created unique pieces for birthdays, weddings, memorials, or healing milestones. Kelly uses the mediums of watercolour, acrylics, and ink. Kelly has always believed that art is a way to bring more healing, vitality, and love into our lives.

Phone: 226.678.4345

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Kristina Howitt

Watercolour/Gouache/Ink/Acrylic

In 2019, mother, wife, and clinical nutrition professional Kristina Howitt awoke a long-dormant passion for fine arts. Working in healthcare for over 10 years, she sought solace in her evenings through vibrant colours. Painting nearly every day, her drive, talent, curiosity, and success has continued to grow. Predominantly a watercolour enthusiast, she finds her inspiration in the world around her, from local landmarks to neighbourhood florals to home-cooked meals. Commissions are always welcome. This is Kristina’s first year with the KBTST and she is thrilled to share the beauty in her paintings.

Phone: 519.722.9047

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Melissa Kristensen Smith

Photography on Reclaimed Wood

KRISTENSEN SMITH is an artistic endeavour started by Melissa Kristensen and Andre Smith. It combines their two loves-photography and wood design.

Melissa has been a photographer for over 30 years. She inherited her passion for photography from her mother, who generously passed down cameras over the years. Where ever her travel adventures take her Melissa tries to stop time and then tell the story to those who view her work.

The past 8 years have brought new exciting changes to her images; this has a lot to do with Andre Smith!

Andre, a designer and woodworker, just loves the textures and grains found in Ontario hardwoods. His mind is always creating and when technology was advancing he saw the opportunity to combine his love of wood with Melissa's photography. So with a lot of trial and error they began, photographic art on reclaimed wood!

Their work has been featured at the Abozzo Gallery in Toronto, The Arta Gallery (Distillery District), and The Button Factory Arts Centre in Waterloo. Also, they have been long-time participants in the Artfest Series of shows in the Distillery District Toronto, The One of a Kind Shows, both spring and winter, The Kissing Bridge Studio Tour, Parry Sound Art in the Park, Beaches Arts and Crafts Show, and The Cabbagetown Festival.

Studio: Log Cabin at St.Jacobs Farmers Market, 878 Weber Street North, Woolwich

Phone: 519.590.1028

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Gord Maier

Recycled Wood / Steel

Gord founded Wine Diversions as a small Elmira, Ontario based family business that handcrafts one of a kind home decor items from reclaimed wine barrels. Each item is completely unique and displays striking colouration and texture acquired from years of use in the production of fine wine.

Lazy-susans, a variety of candle holders, clocks, charcuterie platters, stave and hoop bud vases, yard art and centrepieces are just some of the items crafted as we endeavour to recycle 100% of every barrel. All barrels are solid oak, some left untouched for a natural look, others are finished with natural oils to enhance their colours and tones. All finishes are environmentally friendly and food safe.

Find that unique piece to compliment your home decor or that one of a kind gift for a special friend. Drop us an email or come visit us at our next show.

Phone: 226.789.9253

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Tami Martin

Photography

Though Tami dabbles in portraiture, her true passion lies in wildlife, nature, and landscape photography. Together, her compositions and editing serve to highlight the romantic simplicity of the natural world in which we live. Most of her photos are created while hiking and camping throughout the province.

Tami lives in Elmira and has called it home for most of her life. She completed the Digital Photography program at Georgian College in Barrie.

This is Tami’s first year on the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour.

Phone: 519.591.4347

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Kathy Mckee-Beisel

Acrylic/Oils/Sketching

Kathy has resided in Woolwich Township all of her life. Her hometown is Elmira where she attended elementary and secondary school. She initially worked as a bookkeeper until her children were born. After they were off to school, Kathy worked for a publishing company. There she learned graphic design, working with several newspapers and printing companies. She also worked in sales and did some drawings and photography when needed.

Kathy strives to create an emotional response through her paintings. Children, nature and global issues inspire her art. She paints mainly in oils and acrylics and uses both realism and abstract forms to express her ideas.

Studio: 2 Duke Street, Elmira

Phone: 519.669.9627

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Marlen Moggach

Clay/Pottery

Marlen works in clay creating unique raku-fired sculptural pieces. She also creates functional stoneware pottery to enhance your daily routines and entertaining needs.

Marlen’s interest in pottery was long-standing but an opportunity to develop did not present itself until 1991 when she took a course in ceramics at the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop. Then clay took over her life!

The rural village that is her home usually exerts an influence on her work in some way. It may be subject matter, surface treatment, or form. The pieces make a connection to “our common ground” this “earth garden” that we all share.

Marlen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal. She has participated in many ceramics workshops and conferences over the years as well as juried exhibitions.

Marlen is a member of the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop and the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour.

Studio: 12 Mill Run Lane, Winterbourne

Phone: 519.664.3841

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Kristin Moore

Jewellery/Silversmith

Kristin has lived in Elmira since 2005. She had a lifelong dream of going to art school and learning how to make jewelry; in 2017, that dream became reality when she took her first metalsmithing class at The Studio KW. Later that same year, she had a stall at her children’s school’s holiday market and decided that she wanted to continue this as a business. Buy Moore Jewelry was born.

Kristin finds the transformation from a sheet of silver to a beautiful piece of jewelry so satisfying. She is inspired by nature and different textures. She believes that every piece of jewelry has a story, and by wearing it, we share that with others. Kristin creates custom designs, working with her customers to create a piece of jewelry that they will treasure and wear with pride.

Kristin currently specializes in rings, earrings, bracelets, and pendants in sterling silver, while also combining semi-precious stones, leather, wood, and dried flowers in resin.

Studio: 243 Park Avenue West, Elmira

Phone: 519.580.3681

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Carolyn Parks

Wool Painting

Carolyn Parks is a fibre artist living and art-making in St. Jacobs.

With wool as her medium, Carolyn uses the process of wet felting to create paintings with this sumptuous and vibrant fibre. Most of her pieces are inspired by nature, the most beautiful art medium of all.

Carolyn also teaches wet felting and needle felting workshops out of her village studio - Blue Sky Art Studio - which she shares with artist Della vanDokkumburg.

Studio: Blue Sky Art Studio, 9 Cedar Street West, St. Jacobs

Phone: 519.503.1247

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Robbin Pulver-Andrews

Acrylic/Encaustic/Mixed Media

Robbin is a local Acrylic-Encaustic-Mixed Media Artist living in Simcoe Ontario. She has been painting and showing her work at various shows and galleries since 2008, and she loves to teach art as well. Robbin is very much inspired by old buildings, everyday items, and natural settings, and she loves bringing them to life in her paintings.

Studio: Inner Spirit Artworks, 10 Adams Lane, Simcoe

Phone: 905.746.1364

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Della vanDokkumburg

Watercolour/Ink/Marker

“…it is the nature of love to create…” Madeleine L’Engle

Della’s theme word is create. She has spent a lifetime creating things with her hands and her mind… from sewing, knitting, and crocheting, to shaping objects from plasticine and polymer clay; from writing and illustrating books to photographing and sketching the world around her.

Della has resided in the quirky town of Conestogo for the past 15 years; she finds inspiration in the rural and historic setting of Woolwich Township. Recently, she has compiled collections of her sketches into two books; one contains sketches of Conestogo and the other of West Montrose.

This is Della’s second year on the tour and she is excited to share her whimsical sketches with you.

Studio: Blue Sky Art Studio, 9 Cedar Street West, St. Jacobs

Phone: 519.591.7565

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Julie Wemp

Fluid Acrylic/Watercolour

Art has always been one of Julie’s passions and in 2018 she started creating on a regular basis. She is inspired by the way colours mix on the canvas through movement and seeks to explore a balance between control and spontaneity in her fluid acrylic and watercolour pieces.

Julie is thrilled to be on the KBTST for her second year.

Studio: 15 Industrial Drive, Elmira

Phone: 519.635.4675

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