Shirley Frey

Painting in 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 ST. Elmira ON N3B 2Y6

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 location: 16 Eby Street, St. Jacobs ON.

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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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: 7135 Side Road 10, Ariss,Ontario N0B1G0

Phone: 519.590.1028

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Christina MacLellan

Drawing/Painting

Christina MacLellan is a prolific artist who typically works in the mediums of drawing and painting. She is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. Christina often works with freehand symmetry either abstractly, including text she has written, or as a portrait. Her work is often vibrant and colourful.

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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.

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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, graduating in 1969. During the time she attended EDSS there weren’t any art classes offered, so she was mainly self-taught. Kathy studied Business and Commerce and worked in several manufacturing offices before she was married and had a family. She continued to work on her art when her girls were toddlers and took some drawing and painting classes in the evening. Kathy has exhibited her work on the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour a few times and now that she is retired, hopes to find other venues to share her work. She 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, Ontario N3B 2W3

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

Carolyn Parks

Wool/Thread

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 St. W. St. Jacobs

Phone: 519.503.1247

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Della vanDokkumburg

Sketching (watercolour, ink, markers)

“…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.

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

Studio: Blue Sky Art Studio, 9 Cedar St. W. St. Jacobs

Phone: 519.591.7565

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Julie Wemp

Painting

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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