There is nothing I like more then spending the afternoon (or the day if I can) at an art or craft fair. There were so many things happening this weekend it was really hard to choose as the Etsy – Made in Canada craft fair and 613 Flea was happening at Landsdowne but I decided to go to The New Art Festival since I hadn’t been in a couple years.
I can’t believe how quickly I got this post up (thank goodness for sleepovers to keep the little one busy) but for those of you who catch it today, it might entice you to head down there tomorrow because as usual, it did not disappoint and I am all about promoting creatives.
This was the first artist to catch my eye as her stuff is so different. Her name is Nicole Laurin and I believe she is from the Gatineau area. I loved the painting directly to the right of her.
Another booth that drew me in was Teresa Wingar’s because it was filled with slip trailed stoneware pottery. I used to do pottery when I lived up in Yellowknife and I was completely in awe of the amount of work that has gone into these as she colours slip (which is basically a watered down clay) and then paints her pieces with it before firing it in the kiln.
Helene Lacelle was there as usual and aside from her bright and cheerful mixed media pieces that she always brings, she made these cool garden mushrooms this year. I am really regretting not having picked some up.
Rosbilt Metal Stringed Instruments certainly were original. He makes ukeleles and banjos out of tin cans.
I had to take a close-up of his olive oil tin banjo and wished I was able to an string instrument to see how it sounded.
These ceramic sculptures just blew me away. All of the texture was just delicious and I desperately wanted to touch them but I couldn’t see Lauren Blakey, the artist, to ask.
I always have a soft spot for butterflies and with this floral background, this one was literally jumping off the canvas. The very talented Catherine Mills made this and many others.
The Romanian artist Maria Moldovan does both painting and ceramics. Her colour combinations and characters were whimsical and gorgeous.
Look at this one… if I didn’t have a couple kids with me that were dying to leave and had of spent any more time in her booth, I would have walked away with a piece.
The last place we stopped was at McCormick Wands. Brendan hand carves these out of different types of wood.
He also carved this sculpture that turned out amazing.
I would have stopped at a ton more booths but the kids were over it and wanted to leave but it was still enough time to get some fresh air and fill my soul cup which was just what I needed.