Looking for a unique Christmas gift?
Start with local artists.
The ARTS Project is featuring some of the region’s most exciting and eclectic artists in a show titled “CRAFTED.”
“Crafted” features a wide range of handmade wares from 12 artists across London and area.
I dropped by the show and took a few shots to share with you.
Don’t miss my story about the vernissage with photos of the artists.
Textile artist Jessie Gussack creates spectacular pillows and quilts.
Jessie’s appreciation of art was inspired by her parents, who were both artists. Jessie’s quilts have been sold worldwide, from New York City and the Dominican Republic to Vancouver, B.C. and California.
Jessie lives in London with her husband and two children.
Angie is an artist in residence at The ARTS Project, where she has had three solo shows. Born in Calgary, Angie moved to Ontario in 2007. In 2010, Angie studied glass at the Haliburton School of Arts, Fleming College.
Angie creates large oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, and painted vessels. A central subject in her art is religiosity and ecstasy.
Nic likes to explore what the materials do naturally; when paint scumbles over a broken surface, how unmixed colours blend in the eye, or the way different viscosities of paint flow and scrape over gesso.
After ten years of full-time work as a graphic designer in Toronto’s fashion industry, Nic was seeking a change. He now lives with his partner Jen in Wortley Village, where he paints, performs and teaches.
Nic is an occasional instructor at “Possibilities in Paint,” where he works with promising artists with disabilities.
Sarah specializes in illustration, animation (stop-motion and 2D,) doll making, painting, as well as curating large multi-media shows.
Sarah’s short film “Dear Love” won the Best Animated Short award at the 2014 Toronto Indie Film Festival.
As well as directing films, Sarah has won 10 awards for her unique custom motorcycle paint work.
Kristi Ann Holt
Kristi studied floral design at Seneca College and received the People’s Choice Award at Canada Blooms for her work “Framing Tulips.”
Kristi received her first puppets, Kermit and Grover, as Christmas gifts in her youth.
She cites Jim Henson as an inspiration, and like Henson’s early work, Kristi’s puppets project a simple innocence and joy.
Gabrielle was born in Enfield, UK, and raised in London, Ontario. She earned her BFA at Western University.
Her approach is decidedly low-tech, making things that are reminiscent of something you swear you might have seen many years ago.
At last year’s “CRAFTED” show, Gabrielle’s toys sold out within the first few days.
The ARTS Project is open Tuesday to Saturday, from noon until 5:00
203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario
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By Keith Tomasek