2019 PRIZE WINNERS
Sculpture and Turnings
Susan V. Corrigan
My sculptures are based on form, more importantly on the simplification of form. Every piece of stone, wood is uniquely distinct and therefore I approach it in a manner of humility, respect, and with reverence. Every carving stone is a piece of Planet Earth and is at least a million years old and then some. I cannot impose my will on it. The wood on the other hand is alive and even when the tree dies, it is a source of existence for other creatures that live off it.
So, in the back of my mind, I remind myself that the wood I am working with, is a haven of life even as it decays and rots in the open environment. Hence, I owe it an obligation, to honour it and portray it in all its glory.
I mostly use decaying wood which I harden with a vacuum infused, oven cured, water based nontoxic resin. I further combine it with coloured resin and light, using various techniques and tools.
Being a multi-facet artist, I also express in verse and have put together a handmade book of my poems.
Egg Tempra Paintings and Watercolours
Debra Tate-Sears is a Kingston area artist whose unique approach to watercolour and to egg tempera is influenced by early 19th century British landscape painters and the cultural history of Canadian architecture.
Debra uses a precise, stylized examination of architectural elements in the landscape, and combines this with the principles of the "Romantic" composition. The result is often brooding and dark, but at the same time still inviting.
Debra employs a dry brush approach to watercolour that also translates well to painting with the ancient medium of egg tempera and is also incorporated into paintings done on old weathered slate roof tiles. The natural staining and weathering of the stone comes through the transparent layers of India ink and watercolour and dictates the composition.
After graduating from a vocational High School Arts program where I found my curiosity for materials, colour, form, and function I went on to the Ontario College of Art and Design. There I progressively expanded my creative expression though exploring many different materials and techniques. This wide exposure lead me to a professional career of 22 years in woodworking and prop building. All my creative past experience converged into one medium, clay, when I joined Gladstone Clayworks Co-op in 2010.
MONTCREST SCHOOL AWARD
Gogo • Martin
Imagination Outfitters for Children
As a designer and educator, I was fairly certain of the importance of imagination in being able to think your way out of a problem. It wasn’t until I began to watch the way my son would engage with this kind of imaginative play that I started to understand just how critical this piece of the puzzle is to the way kids begin to understand and learn about the world around them. I decided to try and help foster this natural curiosity about the world by designing toys and accessories that encourage imaginative play.
Gogo and Martin is a new brand for kids. We are imagination outfitters. Everything we make is designed to invite children to tell their own stories about what they see. Stories are the way we understand and explain what we see around us. For children, stories shape their world. Imagine how powerful you can be if you can tell that story yourself...
Andrée Weisman is a designer, maker, educator, entrepreneur and mom living in Toronto, Ontario. Following an award-winning practice in goldsmithing and sculpture and years of teaching art and design at OCAD University, she fell down a lovely rabbit hole to a whole new world of childhood magic where she makes sure to dress-up and play every day.
VIRGINIA HAMARA LAW OFFICE AWARD
Period Furniture Ltd.
Virginia Hamara Law Officehamaralaw.com
Bruce Chambers is an artisan cabinetmaker who makes furniture the traditional way: one piece at a time according to tried and true craftsman techniques. He works with cherry, maple, and other fine woods to create Windsor chairs, harvest tables, beds, and case goods. Bruce applies his talents to designing and creating detailed custom architectural woodwork to reflect the needs of the homeowner while respecting the heritage value of the home. People often refer to Bruce as their personal cabinetmaker.
Bruce’s passion for traditional woodworking was influenced by growing up in a heritage home furnished with heritage furniture. As a teenager, he gained a deep respect for historic preservation while assisting with the restoration of several heritage buildings.
CAROLYN MCINTIRE SMYTH AWARD
Carolyn McIntire Smythchestnutpark.com
First there’s the craft of leather belt making. It demands a discipline and style and determination to do things in my own individual way. Then there’s the client connection of bespoke fashion – each one is a unique relationship unto itself. Independently, both elements drive me. Combined, they are my sweet spot. That opportunity to work with people one-to-one and provide a perfect look and fit fuels me every day. Call it a business if you like, but Solid Leather is nothing less than a lifelong passion.
With Solid Leather I’m not just building a business around belt making. This is about pursuing that passion and developing my craft. And that demands I forge my own path. I believe a belt is the most practical and essential piece of fashion in a wardrobe. For me it’s something that perfectly represents the principles that drive me: Endurance, integrity, effortless style and craftsmanship. I take those ideas seriously. To guarantee my belts for life, I have to.
Start with the promise: this belt is going to last you a lifetime. That notion should entice you at any age. We back that guarantee with 15 years of experience in leather work, a commitment to excellent materials and an eye for design. As the workhorse of anyone’s wardrobe we expect belts to perform far more than any other piece of fashion. They have to complement your day-to-day living while easily adapting to those occasions when dressing up calls for a subtle accent of individual style. Fashionable and functional, what you order here now is going to be forever yours. Guaranteed.
RICHARD SILVER AWARD
Contemporary Figurative Painting
Vanessa McKernan’s gestural narratives explore the breadth of the human experience. The figures—often in pairs, trios, or large groups—navigate the complexity and fragility of their surroundings while a whimsical use of color and decorative patterning balance the painting’s tension. McKernan received an honours BFA from Concordia University in 2006 and currently works out of a studio located in Toronto's historic Distillery District.
PATTIE WALKER MEMORIAL AWARD
Tania Love is a Toronto based artist who draws inspiration for her work from the natural and cultural environment. With a keen interest in materials, she creates tactile pieces that invite slower rhythms and relationship to natural cycles.
Exploring the intersection between traditional methods and innovative expressions, she creates textile pieces using plant based inks and dyes. On foraging walks in and around Toronto, Love collects plants that are abundantly available to make small batch inks and dyes. Her hand screen printed images are based on her drawings of botanical and architectural references. She values nuance and variation that result from the hand made process.
Recipient of numerous international residencies, grants, and exhibitions, her work has been seen in public and commercial galleries, pop-up vitrines, design projects, and galleries across the globe from her native Toronto and Ontario surrounds, to New York City, Lauris, France, Bialystok, Poland, Tokyo, Japan, and Baroda, India. Most recently her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario.
EXCELLENCE IN WOOD AWARD
After a background in trades, fine art, and jewelry, Brett Lundy began designing furniture in 1999. The first decade was spent making bespoke commissions for a few clients. Afterwards he branched out into selling repeat designs, including vases and mirrors. The goal has always been to design and build compelling items that will be cherishes by those who buy them. Brett and has been a recipient of The Volunteer Award from Craft Ontario and has won a spot at the New York City Furniture Show with The Furniture Society.
CA&C SALE PRESIDENT'S AWARD
Born in 1973, Sandra Tarantino is a resident of Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a Bachelor of Fine Arts through Ontario College of Art and Design. She is a visual arts teacher to all ages at Avenue Road Arts School. Sandra is also a member of AWOL Collective, having run AWOL Gallery and Studios Co-operative from 1996-2012. As a past recipient of the Visual Artist Grant, Exhibition Assistance Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, her works are in private and corporate collections across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her art practice includes ceramic sculpture, shaped canvas paintings and mixed media works.
The ceramic Catharsis Series is a continuing body of work from recent years of ceramic birds and sculptural wall pieces that hold metaphorical symbolism. The series looks at both personal and others narratives with themes revolving around release and liberation, nurturing versus confinement, and movement beyond restrictions of expectations towards paths that are free.