Come to Westport and envelope yourself in Christmas Magic! The festivities include our Arts and Crafts show, the Santa Claus Parade and the Lighting of the Christmas Tree. With Carolers and Christmas specials throughout the town, come to Westport and find the perfect gift, fill yourself with festive spirit, and kick off the holiday season.
watercolour. mixed media. acrylic. paverpol.
Sharon Benson is a local artist and a member of WAC and the Rideau Lakes Artists Association.
Artist Sharon Benson says she draws inspiration from Westport itself. “Westport is a village filled with a large variety of artisans. The camaraderie among artists is wonderful and inspiring. The lake, Spy Rock and the variety of trees and wildlife that it possesses…the village is an inspiration in itself,” says Benson. That inspiration is channelled into watercolour, acrylic, mixed media and sculpture using Paverpol.
“…the village is an inspiration in itself.”
Paverpol is a non-toxic, environmentally safe, 100% weather proof textile hardener. Using Paverpol, Benson exploits nature’s inspiration, creating a variety of figures including herons, elegant figures of women, and other garden decor. Along with sculpture, Benson’s 6 years of paint work include a variety of subjects but her portfolio is largely comprised of her commissioned work to paint homes, businesses and cottages which paints from photographs.
Benson shares her love of sculpture hosting 1 day Paverpol classes in her home. For small groups of 3-6, Benson provides materials and runs the class from 9:30-4pm. “No experience is necessary and you don’t even have to be artistic,” Benson assures. “At the end of the day you will go home with a beautiful, one of a kind, sculpture that you will be proud to show off. I can guarantee that!”.
Visit Sharon’s street stall at the MUSICwestport festival August 16th. For more information on Sharon, please click here.
Totem Poles at Rideau Vista Public School
464 slabs of clay, 116 young artists, 8 totem poles
There is a new art installation at Rideau Vista Public School, actually there are 7. Guided by local artist Diane Black, the seven totem poles are the collective creativity of all 116 students at Rideau Vista.
Black spent the last week of May working directly with each selected class, from kindergarten all the way to the grade five students. Explaining the importance of the totem pole in Canadian history, the student were then invited to think about what symbols would best represent them on a totem pole.
Each student was then given four slabs of wet clay to carve out their chosen totems. Many students chosen family, sports, and nature symbols. When all four pieces of clay were designed, Black helped the students assemble the individual pieces together to form a box shape with no top or bottom.
Black collected all the carved clay boxes and took them home with her to dry. After firing all 116 pieces in her kiln, Black returned to Rideau Vista to slide each piece on seven 4×4 wooden posts, one post for each class.
Just before the end of the year, Black will return to the school and disassemble the clay totem poles so each student can take their piece home with them.