Monday, May 27, 2013

Anatomy of a folk art board

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

The third annual Kingsbrae Garden Folk Art Festival is scheduled to open on June 13th, as part of the Artrageous celebrations. The brainchild of our Jantje, this summer-long exhibit showcases the creations of folk artists from across the Maritimes.

In addition to volunteering to gather artists, create the brochures and hang the show in the Kingsbrae gallery, Jantje also creates her own work for the show.

A folk artist in her own right - Jan has been making and creating art for nearly 50 years.  Using a combination of objects found and made, she assembles delightful relief sculptures that tell a story as wooden spools become lighthouse tops, driftwood is transformed into boats and wine corks get a new lease on life as buoys...

These days, wood and paint have been flying in the studio as she prepares  for the Folk Art Festival -- and for a show taking place later this summer at the all-new Algonquin Resort.

Here's a sneak peek at the making of one of her folk art boards.

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