Julia Veenstra – featured artist
Julia Veenstra is a Canadian artist who has lived in four different countries. Her work is found in collections around the world. She is an impressionistic representational, lively artist. Her work reflects her surroundings and translates how she sees the world. Julia’s medium of choice is acrylic as she enjoys the immediacy and the bright colors. You can find her most days in her studio at 167 James St. N., Hamilton
Robert Fennell – featured artist
Robert Fennell is constantly experimenting with new concepts, methods and media. His concepts are well grounded in his old school training. These practical learning experiences have only served to enhance the visual ideas and techniques. His years of experience and just plain love of what he does, allow for a constant relaxed flow of ideas from mind to eye to hand and eventually to the finished piece. You can find his works in private collections around the world. He also has had the great honour of presenting Pavarotti with one of his works.
Valerio Racca – featured artist
Valerio has been painting , sculpting, printing, sketching, and building with one form of art or another, for as long as he can remember. He is an adventurer and explorer in the art world, always enjoying the challenge of self discovery through the use of new materials and techniques. He has won numerous awards, but no longer enters juried exhibitions, merely working for self satisfaction.
James Tughan – featured artist
James Tughan – B.Th, Hon B.A.(fine art), M.T.S.(cand) – is primarily known for being a visual artist working in Visual mapping with chalk pastels, as a cartographic realist. His work has been commissioned by major corporations throughout North America and such magazines as Rolling Stones, Esquire, GQ, Saturday Night. He is founder of the Arts Educational Group, the Semaphore Fellowship and co-founder of the Flagship Gallery in Hamilton, and principal of Pedigree Designs.
Paul Elia – featured artist
Paul Elia is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he began integrating drawing and painting with digital media. In 2007, Paul moved back to his hometown of Hamilton and began creating his large format cityscapes. The work has grabbed the hearts and imaginations of the Hamilton community. This year Paul is taking on an ambitious project and is converting a large industrial style building in Hamiltons east end, into an incredible new gallery for his work.
David Krysko – featured artist
A classically trained fine artist producing masterful and gorgeous portraits, figures and landscapes in oil, watercolor, pencil and pastel. David is currently working on several portraits and a series of paintings set in Cairo, Egypt. David is a member of the Portrait Society of Canada, and will be on site at ArtsFest painting portraits.
Jeanette Obbink – featured artist
Jeanette Obbink specializes in oil and Watercolor paintings. Jeanette’s work is figurative with compositions, shapes and colors that reflect her love for nature and the environment. “I am to create a point of harmony and peace, breathing space in our busy lives”.
Dr Jane Coryell – Featured Artist
Since 1979, Set Designer Dr. Jane Coryell has designed 144 productions for schools and community theatre groups. Set design perfectly balances her solo and collaborative creativity. She loves seeing the completed set under stage lights, looking even better than first imagined, thanks to dedicated crew. Nine Theatre Ontario awards plus two celebrated Oakville awards acknowledge Jane’s theatre and community involvement. Jane will be onhand to demonstrate the art of miniature furniture model making.
Joan Kirby – Featured Artist
Specialising in one-of-a-kind jewellery designs, repairs and creative workshops, lead by award winning principal goldsmith Joan Kirby, whose designs are both technical and creative. Waterdown Goldsmith Studio on Mill Street is a favourite destination for Waterdown residents. Visit Joan on the Festival site with the featured artists inside 23 Main Street, or at her permanent studio on Mill.
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My passion for painting is born from a need to express what I feel about myself and the world around me. Being
fortunate enough to live in a thriving arts community in Muskoka fuels my inspiration. I’m grateful for the support
I receive from family and friends and that I finally listened to the voice in my heart rather than my head and started
Sheldon Spithoff is a hamilton artist who works in oil. He has explored various subject matter ranging from portraits, animals, nature, and into the surreal.
Ranging from picturesque landscapes to non-objective pieces, I am excited to create it all. This time showcasing
my latest mixed media collections.
TruForm Jewelry Design
Fretwood Mack – Scroll Saw Art & Sign
Artworks that connect with the story of our lives, fostering nostalgia, care, and well being. I paint and photograph
the people, places, and things around me. Something always strikes me, makes me look longer, or feel nostalgic. Walks
in nature. Daily culture. Fleeting impressions from experiences. Our heritage. Expressionistic representation to
Sweetie Box Jewellery
Unique sustainable jewellery, made from the highest quality materials and toxin free finishes. All Sweetie Box
creations are designed to outlive trends, are one of a kind or made in limited runs and provide relevant, original
pieces to wear in good health for a lifetime.
JudyBlue Anderson paints colour. Her latest work combines patterns shapes and the vibrant colours of gardens.
She hopes to convey the mood of place and make you smile. She lives and paints in Hamilton and has participated
in over 90 juried, group, solo, outdoor shows and studio tours.
Les Ducak – Watercolour Paintings
My watercolours are inspired by variety of subject matter: landscapes, streetscapes, and many are from my travels. My style is representational, meaning that I try to represent my experience with watercolour in a way that will draw the viewer into a painting. I hope that I have succeeded to some degree in this effort.
Sue B Designs – Sue Board
A Law Clerk by day… and aspiring artist by night. Sue has always loved to paint and over the past year she has been able to combine her love of painting and jewelry designing together.Through this combination she has created a unique line of wearable art work.
Sue uses a number of different mediums but she tends to favor painting with Alcohol Inks. Alcohol Inks have a wide variety of amazing vibrant colours.
She paints on a number of different types of metals, including copper, sterling silver, aluminum and steel, but she tends to paints more on copper, as she loves the way the paint takes to the copper.
Vicky Harrison Designs
Vicky Harrison has been the designer and producer of a line of crystal jewellery and accessories since 1987. She produces unique pieces using sculpted silver, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski Pearls, and Sterling silver, inspired by the beautifully coloured crystal formations found in nature.
After earning a BA at McMaster, a BSc at Waterloo and a BEd at Brock, Vicky spent much of her career as a teacher. During that time she cultivated her interest in jewellery design taking additional courses in fashion design and wire sculpting jewellery courses at Mohawk College. During this time her style began to emerge and she had the opportunity to observe the effect her pieces had on the wearer, particularly colour choices.
Vicky has participated in numerous craft shows in Ontario and the Prairie provinces during which time she was able to develop her ideas about colour: how colours evoke an emotional response and how the colours we choose reflect our emotional state.
Vicky Harrison’s Designs have been the recipient of several awards:
Best Overall Exhibit – Marshville Heritage Festival,
Honourable Mention for Giftware of the Year – Handcrafted Division – CGTA,
Second Place Ribbon in Jewellery Category – Barrie Kempenfest
Diana Raponi Art
Diana Raponi is an artist living and painting out of her home studio in Guelph, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of
Fine Arts at York University, where she gained much experience in her diverse studio classes. Oil painting
brought her the most satisfactions so she majored in this discipline. Her focus and inspiration comes
from nature. She aims to evoke and emotional experience with her painting technique and style.
Susan Powell – Artist/Painter
Sue paints pure, watercolour landscapes. Her watercolour landscapes capture the rolling rhythms and changing light upon Ontario’s most beautiful geological landform, the Niagara Escarpment. Sue’s current inspirations include drawing and painting the human form, big skies, from travels to Newfoundland and sketching/journaling her visits to her local farm.
Flowers Recreated – The Art of Pressed Flowers
Jane Warner uses her experience from many years of floral design to create beautiful and colourful greeting cards,
landscapes, wall art and jewellery made from pressed flowers, photos and prints that originally start from the
use of real flowers and hand made paper. Jane is originally from the Niagara area and now resides in Waterdown,
Angelic Stones – Handcrafted
Angels made from natural stones. Cutlery Art -Birds, Motorbikes and many more creations.
Northern Embers – Wood Burning Art
I enjoy exploring mixed media: acrylic, encaustics, and alcohol inks.
All my creative works come from within and are the abstraction of memories and feelings created within my
inner world. Nature is my greatest teacher. My creativity is my unique form of expression as how I experience
and process my sense of the world. Art has supported me through the difficult experiences in life.
I currently enjoy studying fine arts and encaustic painting at local art studios; the Creative Works in
Waterdown, and Dundas Valley school of Art. I am grateful for the local arts community.
Ingrid works with acrylic on wood. Studying fine arts at CreativWorks in Waterdown.
Kiss My Glass – Stained Glass Artist
Susan Watson has been doing stained glass for over 20 years and enjoy commissions for creating panels as well as
smaller gift size items.
Argent Whimsy Jewellery
Argent Whimsy Jewellery is playful, simple, and uniquely different, contrasting textured surfaces with polished metal.
Angela uses sterling silver or gold as the base to showcase precious and semi-percious gemstones, while the
choice of texture, patina, and colour are deliberate in every piece, adding emotion and movement to her designs.
Purple Paisley Soapery
Northern Woodlore makes bowls and platters from naturally sourced wood. Each bowl or platter is handmade;
from chainsaw to the final finish. I take exceptional pride in the work and each bowl takes up to 1 year to complete.
M and N Art Worx
Nancy and Marg are artists who enjoy using a variety of techniques and mediums. Enjoy M and N Art Worx painted creations that include landscapes, canvases, glassware, garden items, and painted products. Marg and Nancy include a sense of humour and fun by completing playful designs on aprons, totebags, and purses for all ages.
Handmade products, panama hats, and wooden sculptures.
Tamar Swartz & Creative Spirit Services
Looking for a new perspective, something that resonates with you now? Check out our prints, greeting cards, alchemy boxes, or get inspired and dive in to your own journey in expressive and contemplative arts. Make a Mandala, sign up for a Mari reading or learn about upcoming workshops!
Sunstone Jewels featuring Manipura
Michelle Bosveld Glass
Michelle Bosveld is a local glass artist, born, raised, and currently working and residing in Waterdown. She is a graduate of Sheridan College and creates one of a kind hand-made jewelry as well as decorative and functional art that combines glass with natural found objects.
“Functional & decorative ceramics”
Pebbles and More
Framed Pebble Art
Clear Eyes Collective
Rock Maple Lodge
Live edge lumber slabs. Ready to create furniture and artwork, as well as finished products including cutting boards, boxes, wedding center pieces, and maple syrup.
John Layton – glass animal creations- artists in action
Handmade by the artist himself in person, miniature glass animals. 60+ critters.