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Minto Arts Council exhibit features gourds and blacksmithing

HARRISTON - The Minto Arts Council is pleased to exhibit unique art works by Karen Cheeseman, who makes use of hard shell gourds for some of her creations, as well as artisan blacksmith Anthony Moore.

The show runs from Sept. 7 to Oct. 28. An artists’ reception will be held during Minto’s Culture Days on Oct. 1 from 11am to 1pm.

The show will take place at the top floor of the Harriston Public Library.

Karen Cheeseman

For Cheeseman, architecture, rural surroundings, a fascination with lines, shapes and positive/negative spaces combined with her graphic arts background are continuous influences in all of her work.

Gourds fascinate Cheeseman with their organic qualities and beautiful simple lines. The gourds she uses are all grown on her farm located just outside of Dromore. After drying and cleaning, images and designs are added using many different techniques.

Over the years Cheeseman has used the burning technique of pyrography, various carving methods or original resist techniques based on the ancient art of batik. She also creates fabric art and wall pieces using original hand dyed, hand painted and silk-screened fabrics that reveal architecture from a different perspective and the raw beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Cheeseman’s barn images are all based on the working barn located on her property.

Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore is an artisan blacksmith who has been blacksmithing full time for the past 15 years.  

A trained sheet metal journeyman, Moore found his true inspiration in manipulating hot metal into custom creations. The name of his business, Live Iron Forge was born from the feeling of hot metal coming alive in the forge and under the hammer.  Moore has had a wide range of clients over the years from local farmers, to interior designers, landscape architects, boutique hotels, a Disney cruise ship and even Macy’s in New York City.  

Moore will meet a client’s metal needs and will happily make anything including custom fireplace accessories, railings, lighting, furniture, sculptures, gates ... the list is endless. He works in many metals including iron, copper, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze - whatever suits the project and the client.    

For information email info@mintoartscouncil.ca or visit mintoartscouncil.ca.

September 1, 2017

 
 

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