2022 Artist Roster
*Studio is Wheelchair friendly
Acrylic / Dot - Painting
Roxana Bahrami is a self-taught artist based in Guelph Ontario who is using pointillism in her work. She is a member of Guelph Arts Council, Guelph Studio Tour and the Kissing Bridget Trail Studio Tour. She is an advocate of using art as a form of mindfulness activity. Roxana believes that this integration is important for the wellbeing of individuals on a personal level, as well as for businesses, triggering creativity, productivity, and innovative thinking in the workplace. She is a certified Knowledge Management professional and tries to depict fluidity in her pieces. She runs mindfulness through art workshops/virtual workshops for local organizations.
Studio: Dots to Mindfulness - 63 Woodborough Rd. Guelph
Phone: 416 618 9622 (Guelph)
Re-interpreted Textiles and Ephemera
Carol is fascinated with detail. She loves the colours and textures in textiles and the stories hidden in scraps, natural materials, and discarded items. Her aim is to highlight their intrinsic value while exploring their damages for new possibilities. Carol’s favourite question is “What if...?” When she was six, Carol was introduced to hand-sewing. At eight, she was taught to use a sewing machine and given access to the rag bag. She’s been experimenting with scraps ever since. In 2010, Carol started using the name SeeingSquared for her creative activities because there were too many other Carol Campbells out there. It started as a play on her initials (CC... C2..Seeing Squared) but it also highlights her goal of looking beyond first impressions. Carol recently started a blog so she can freely share her expertise with others. In her words, “I can't possibly re-purpose everything. I can't even remove much from landfills on my own, but if I can pull others along with me, and give them the tools to do their own work, significant change could happen.”
Studio: SeeingSquared, 1 Union St. (3rd floor), Elmira
Frances Gregory *
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
Jennifer Horst *
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” – Edgar Degas
Jennifer Horst 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. She spent many years away from the art studio but in 2014 was called back to the canvas and ever since she has been working to rekindle her first love of artistic expression through paintings. She has been on her own journey of Truth & Reconciliation, learning from her mother’s childhood experiences and understanding more intimately the effects of intergenerational trauma. Jennifer is an Acadian First Nations Band Member. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degree majoring in Physical Education and a minor in Mathematics. She works as a teacher guidance counsellor and is working to complete her Professional Masters of Education with a concentration in Indigenous 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. Commission work is welcome, please email for consultations.
Kristina Howitt *
Watercolour, Acrylic, Plaster, Mixed Media
Kristina Howitt is a Kitchener-based artist. She is self-taught, exploring colour and form through different mediums, including but not limited to, watercolour, acrylic and plaster.
She is inspired by the gifted artists within her family and has a passion for florals. Her body of work is bold, colourful and whimsical.
Her outdoor installation piece "Carriage Ride Home" can be seen in the Elmira Art Exhibit. She is the illustrator for the published children's book "I Love You, For You" and has been a member of the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour since 2021. She has completed over 40 commissions in the last 3 years and is happy to discuss custom pieces with clients.
"My intention is to see the world through the eyes of a child. Every leaf, petal, cloud, has beauty and movement. My work is often spontaneous. I let the brush guide me, my hand moving faster than my thoughts. The end result is organic, an extension of how the subject matter makes me feel. I hope the viewer is able to connect to my pieces and fall involve with nature the way I have."
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
Painting and Drawing, acrylic, oil, marker and pencil
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.
Tami Martin *
Tami is a photographer. While she 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 we live in. Most of her photos are created while hiking and camping throughout the province.
Tami lives in Elmira and has called it home the majority of her life. She completed the Digital Photography program at Georgian College in Barrie.
This is Tami’s second year on the Kissing Bridge Studio Tour.
Studio: Riversong Banquet Studio
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
My name is Kristin Moore and I’ve lived in Elmira since 2005. I have had a lifelong dream of going to art school and learning how to make jewelry. In 2017, that dream became reality when I took my first metal smithing class at The Studio KW. Later that same year, I had a stall at my children’s school’s holiday market, and decided that I wanted to continue this as a business. Buy Moore Jewelry was born.
I love meeting people at local markets and sharing about my design process. The transformation from a sheet of silver to a beautiful piece of jewelry is so satisfying. I am a walking billboard of my collection. I’m inspired by nature and different textures. I believe that every piece of jewelry has a story, and by wearing it, we share that with others. I do custom designs, working with my customers to create a piece of jewelry that they will treasure and wear with pride.
At this time, I am specializing 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
Carolyn Parks *
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.
Besides making art for tours and shows, Carolyn teaches wet felting workshops out of her studio in the village - Carolyn J. Parks Studio & Gallery.
Studio: Blue Sky Art Studio, 9 Cedar Street West, St. Jacobs
Melissa Passmore *
Elmira based artist Melissa Passmore uses the power of colour in nature to invoke emotion and reflection of the moment at hand. Melissa has always enjoyed painting since childhood, creating watercolour renditions of every Disney character she came across. Her love for creativity continues today as she paints bright florals in her home studio. Melissa has been able to serve her community through a lengthy career in healthcare, and that experience informs her artistic journey. Her pieces can be found in private collection, galleries and shows throughout North America.
I create close-up bright floral paintings with the hope that it will entice the viewer to stop and appreciate the moment of beauty before them. A lack of background removes additional distraction and places the focus on the movement and light of the petals. I hope that it highlights the beauty of a single moment in time that is there for us all, if we endeavor to look for it.
Ann Plotkin *
Wearable Felting, nuno, wet and needle felting
Ann is a wet felting artist living and working in St. Jacobs. Her interest in this medium began after taking several courses, which developed her love of Felting. She continues to explore different techniques, textures and patterns in her felting activities. Most of her artwork includes wet and Nuno felted wearable art.
Studio: Carolyn J. Parks Studio & Gallery, 9 Cedar St. W., St. Jacobs
Robbin Pulver-Andrews *
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
Della vanDokkumburg *
“…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 writing and illustrating stories 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 third year on the tour and is excited to share with you her whimsical sketches.
Studio: Carolyn J. Parks Studio and Gallery 9 Cedar St. W. St. Jacobs
Julie Wemp *
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 third year.
Studio for the tour: Rural Roots Brewery, 21B Industrial Dr., Elmira
Fine Art and Nature Photography
Adrienne Zoe is a fine art and nature photographer based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She has developed her own unique style of creative photography which she called Photo Fantasia. Adrienne finds meaning in her photography by promoting appreciation of nature, bringing awareness to and supporting conservation. Adrienne is committed to donating a percentage of nature sales proceeds to conservation charities such as Waterloo Region Nature, and the Owl Foundation.
A self-taught photographer, Adrienne is proud to have won awards at national and international juried photography exhibitions. She received the Best Photographer Platinum Award via the 2021 Record Readers’ Choice Awards. Her images have gone to new homes within Canada and around the globe (as Canadian gifts), and have been purchased as corporate art.
Adrienne exhibits year-round at Uptown Gallery Waterloo. She also participates in studio tours and local art
“Born an artist, my joy in photography is to explore it as an art-form, to not simply shoot
beautiful photographs, but to create art. As a creative photographer, my goal is to
engage my audience with images that demand reflection and contemplation. It is my
passion to capture the beauty of the world and nature in a way that is different and
Studio: Neruda Arts Studio, 8 Spring Street, St. Jacobs