Buckhorn: Artists share their work at annual festival

As I walked into Buckhorn Festival of the Arts 2022, I turned the corner and saw Christy Haldane’s designs. How to stick rock on glass? And where does the rock come from?

Haldane, now from Harcourt, once lived on Stoney Lake and saw stones everywhere. And then there was the glass. Glass is an ancient medium with a history of over 3,000 years. While attending Sheridan College, she wanted to develop her own voice. It was glass and rock.

Glass tools could be used with stone. Flowing water is important when working with glass so that the glass stays cool. Rocks were readily available, but what about glass? Well, she found old windows, shelves and tables. She worked with a kiln to layer the glass and melt it.

She uses ultraviolet glue to glue rock and glass together and make her memory stones which can be used as pendants. Beautiful bowls are made with squares of glass again using a kiln to bring it back to the right temperature to work with, cut it and put it in a ceramic mold and melt it or melt it in the mold and it becomes an object again .

And you can keep talking to artists at the Buckhorn Festival of the Arts. All the artists are more than available to talk to you about their medium, their creations and how they got started in this particular genre of expression.

There was Brenda Little who first exhibited at the festival in 2001 with her photos driven by scenes from her various family travels.

Cheryl Ann Hills breaking down details into larger shapes after following art through school starting in elementary school. His graphic design skills are closely related to his painting skills.

Thornhill’s Gou Yue Dou mainly deals with two subjects: the cityscapes of downtown Toronto and the daily situations of people’s lives. He works in oil and publishes in magazines.

There was the amateur art contest which had stunning entries.

Marg Lake received first place in the open division where any average sized kid could be used. Jesse Strong took first place in the dry. She used acrylic.

Nicola Moss won first place in the Hobby and Best in Show categories with her composition titled Batman – a black kitten staring at a glass of wine. The novice winner was the watercolor by Joanne Burns. The Future Promise award went to Lela Thompson and her composition featuring an ostrich pillow. First place in watercolor in the open class went to Lorraine Wagner with Almost Spring.

The public prize was awarded to the exceptional pencil drawing by Paul Markowitz. Check the festival website for the names of the second and third place winners.

And tucked away in the Hummingbird Cabin, Ellen Dumas and her volunteers worked with children and families with watercolors, acrylics, magic models for sculpting, drawing, cut and glue, and oil pastels for two days. And after experimenting with artistic mediums, they could hop in for lunch and listen to live music featured on both days.

Two groups of painters were also present. Lakefield Creative Arts Group exhibited some of its creations. Meeting beginner painters and professionals in their group twice a month Cindy Allan described it as a fun way to get together. Everyone is inspired. Bobcaygeon’s brushstrokes have artists using a variety of mediums and also meeting twice a month to paint.

The whole Buckhorn Arts Festival has been a great way to get together with neighbours, friends and artists, to draw on their knowledge and creativity and maybe spend some money. See you next year!

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