Penny Knapp divides her time between working full time, renovating a cottage and running Cornerstone Canadian Art & Craft (mainly ordering, advertising & coming up with event ideas). In her spare time, she can be found out and about with a camera. Penny's photographic interests include architectural details on buildings, sculpture, landscapes and moments of "Joie de Vivre". Photography became an interest after spending time "on set" with many of Toronto's best photographers while at Style At Home magazine. On her first trip to Italy she realized that there was going to be more to this photography thing after friends and family kept repeating "You took this?"
Penny is hoping that you see an image that evokes a memory or that connects with your spirit in such a way as to stir the heart or bring you peace and joy.
Her other passion is Zentangle, a meditative art form. She is a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and has taught several classes at the store with more to come in the near future. Zentangle is a way to calm the mind and be expressive and creative without having to know how to draw. If you are able to make a line, a sphere, an "S", a dot and a "C" you can give Zentangle a go!
Past Featured Artists
Fabric Sculpture is new interest and medium for Barbara. Each fabric sculpture is unique and starts with wire to create a frame that is covered with fabric. A fabric hardener is used to harden the fabric. The sculpture can then be highlighted with paint. Sculptures can be placed indoors or weatherproofed for placement in your garden or patio. Sculptures vary in size and custom orders are welcome.
Fabric wall art is very much like doing a puzzle except that it's being done with fabric. Using scissors, toothpicks, tweezers and non-toxic glue, the scene is assembled and layered. Some scenes have hundreds of pieces of fabric by the time she is finished. She can also paint the scene with water-based sealer allowing the scene to be framed without glass covering. Non-toxic substances are used in the creation of this art.
Batik is a very ancient form of fabric decoration, originating in the Far East, where it is used for making both clothing and wall hangings. It is a "wax resist" process; the designs are created with alternative applications of hot wax and dye.
Sarah Hale's original batiks are drawn freehand with melted wax on cotton, silk, hemp or wool fabric.
Sarah is one of the few North American artists specializing in batik as a landscape medium, and has found the process uniquely suited to capturing the colours and textures of the Canadian Shield.
Bruce Sherman The Paintbox Gallery
Bruce was born, raised and educated in Brockville, Ontario. It was there that he began a successful elementary teaching career that spanned twenty-seven years. He holds a Bachelor of Art History degree from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.
He was able to simultaneously combine his passion for art, the outdoors and teaching to sustain the continuous development of his painting skills and to enter the commercial gallery market. This fact proved to be of great advantage to his sales opportunities and reputation and quickly ushered his way into important galleries across Canada. As well, his work has found its way into personal and private collections, both nationally and internationally.
Bruce prefers to word en plein air with his oils. They permit him to paint outdoors in all seasons. The resulting canvases and panels, with their truth and freshness... reflect his deep love of landscape, historic buildings and rural subjects.
However, his artistic curiosity, energy and willingness to grow new skills have led him to experiment comfortably and capably with water color, pen with ink and acrylic mediums. Perhaps the greatest goal Bruce seeks to achieve in his work is to attain a spiritual connection that enjoins his subject... his own inner vision and that of the viewer.
"Art is the Garden of Humanity. And we, as artists... are its constant Gardeners."
Robert Knox is a Kingston Ontario resident. He considers the beauty of natural wood to be a gift to mankind and over the past 28 years has developed a passion for fine woodworking.
The particular format he works with is called fretwork. Fretwork is a woodworking technique that involves using a scroll saw and other specialty tools to cut intricate designs in wood.
Robert works with both domestic and imported woods from around the world as he crafts works of art depicting various subjects that include animals, nature scenes and people.
Franc Van Oort
Franc van Oort was born in Soest, Holland, in 1953, into a long line of artists. Among his forefathers are a master printer, a political cartoonist, and his father, an author and illustrator of children’s books. As a boy, he had a fascination for illustrations and prints, which were abundant in his environment. He was especially inspired by a large retrospective exhibition of M.C. Escher’s work, and amazed at the effect these pictures had on him. As young man, Franc was encouraged by his family and his highschool art teacher to pursue his artistic inclinations.
From 1972-1975 Franc attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he earned a teaching degree. Shortly afterwards, Franc met his future wife Sylvia, whom he followed to Canada, taking printmaking courses at Concordia in Montreal, and depicting new and interesting scenery.
Returning to Holland he took a job teaching art at his old high school. After two years however, he decided that teaching was not his calling, and turned his attention to illustrating, watercolour painting, and etching. After a few years of frequent exhibitions and appearances at art and craft shows around Holland, Franc and his family, meanwhile augmented with daughter Linda and son Marcel, emigrated to Canada in 1985. Happy in his newly adopted country, Franc enjoyed the open spaces, relaxed atmosphere, and ready subject matter. Continuing to establish himself as an artist, Franc spent many years attending craft shows in Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto, and exhibiting his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries across Ontario. Far from slowing down, Franc continues to add to his oeuvre of over three hundred etchings, remaining as enthusiastic as ever about his art.
We are happy and grateful to have this very talented artist at Cornerstone.
Sable Dog Paddles
Veronica Lloyd is a local to Kingston ArtistGrowing up on the water, Veronica started restoring old paddles for friends and family. As she evolved, she began salvaging paddles from nearby marinas, canoe clubs and antique shops to paint and restore. New paddles were soon sourced from local makers using Ontario Poplar for use in the water.
Each paddle is hand painted and designed with practical use in mind. Sealed with marine spar varnish to maintain its integrity throughout canoeing adventures, these paddles may be torched or stained to bring out the natural grain of the wood.
Born in Alberta, I spent a great deal of my childhood engaged in creative pursuits, often deriving inspiration from the prairie landscapes that I spent countless hours exploring. Wandering through the fields and forest, I loved to create art from the tall prairie grasses and whatever other materials I found.
In 2009, I fortuitously sat in on a felting workshop renewing my interest in playing with fibre and fibre techniques. Felt making seemed like pure magic. An ancient craft, it has been used by many cultures throughout the world for functional items and art. Embracing this art with great excitement and curiosity, I continued to fearlessly explore the medium on my own. In 2014, I completed studies in fibre arts to further develop my skills as an artist and expand my media repertoire.
This month we have two feature artists. Ruth Pugh & Deborah Macnab. One is a glass artist while the other is a mixed media artist. They will be our featured artists for September.
Glass Artist: Ruth Pugh I grew up in Markham, Ontario when it was a very small town in the 50ties. However, most of my life has been spent in the Kingston area. My interest in the art of stained glass began when I was at home with young children. At that time I was using the copper foil technique. For many years I was unable to find time to continue this hobby. Upon retirement as a registered nurse I became interested in learning a new art form called glass mosaic. I found this to be a very exciting medium. I was particularly glad to stop using lead and solder since ventilation is extremely important for safety reasons. Our family lived on a lake for many years and that experience may be reflected in many of my windows with cabins on lakefront. Mixed Media Artist: Deborah Macnab My training started at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, under the direction of Dr.Arthur Lismer. My tutelage was cut short due to the rapid illness and passing of Dr Lismer. I quickly found another art school, the Canadian Art Academy, still located in Montreal. I attended classes for approximately 2 years learning the basics in line drawing, prospective and art history. At the time a great opportunity presented itself in a way of a permanent position as an electrical draftsman with Bell Canada. I continued on my journey of learning for the next 11 years and completed my career as a Senior Graphic Artist. Primarily completing assignments for 35mm slide presentation to be used as internal training and as a communication tool. Most of the artwork consisted of cartooning, illustrations and graphics on art board. After making a decision to find new challenges I decided to move to Calgary, Alberta. I then found a similar position as a Senior Graphic Artist at Alberta Gas Trunk line, later known as Nova Corporation. As I continued in my technical on the job training I found opportunities in management. To keep my hand in the graphic art world I started my own contract company, (9th Hour Graphics). Many of the contracts included business logos, brochures, 35 mm slide presentation, illustrations for internal advertising. After completing 23 years with Nova (later merged with Trans Canada Pipeline) as a Human Resource leader. Now in retirement, I decided to move to Kingston which I call home. To continue in the graphic design/drafting discipline, I needed a new method to tie the two together. I found the right fit in the Mixed-Media program at StLawrence College. In the last few years, I have showcased my work at several venues and art shows. I am now having a wonderful time discovering new art techniques. I am available to work on special requests, personalized artwork showcasing loved ones. The painting would consist of keepsake items, historical photographs which would capture their life story. I can be reached by: Phone: 613-544-1463 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org