October 25, 2017

Miel and D'Ari of the musical duo VILLAS invited us into their Prince Edward County farmhouse to discuss their music, their transition out of the city, and their non-profit program Dark Spark.  

How did you guys meet?

M: Long answer. I was travelling in Northern Africa and I had a one-way ticket to a placement in Rwanda after graduating from school. I had basically written a couple of songs on my guitar. This was years ag...

July 12, 2017

During our week long residency at Spark Box Studio we met fellow resident, Amanda Rataj, Toronto based textile artist and educator. She shared with us her journey into textiles from photography, her current project for Canada's 150th Anniversary and her dream collaborator.

You went to OCAD for photography, can you tell us a little bit about your transition from photography to textiles after you graduated?

A: When I was at OCAD...

July 5, 2017

Can you tell us how your gallery all began?

S: Well we've had a gallery here in the County for seven years now, but we had it up in Westport for two years before moving here. I've been working the gallery full time for about four, five years now. I was a graphic designer before that. I am a painter and Guy was a painter but now he is doing more 3D sculptural work. We show Guy's brothers work, Toller Cranston, who passed away a...

June 14, 2017

Joanna McFarland invited us into her studio and gallery in the Prince Edward County, and told us how she started creating art, the tools she uses to create her large, energetic paintings, and some exciting things 2017 has brought for her! 

So did you attend any schooling for visual art?

J: No, my background is in dental hygiene. But I had the opportunity to live in Belgium for five years from 83-89 and  was able to visit lots of...

May 31, 2017

We met Genna while at Sparkbox in Picton Ontario, and were so lucky enough to spend some time learning about her journey as an artist and what inspires her printmaking practice. She shares with us fun biological facts and the true meaning behind fairy tales.

So tell us a little about your work! We noticed you have an interest in children's literature, and expressing those motifs.

G: When I was in Queen's doing my undergrad, arou...

May 24, 2017

Aidan Haley invited us into his studio and spoke to us about his life long painting career and his love of travelling.

Tell us a little bit about your work. It seems that you like to focus on landscape painting?

A: Yes, when I was painting outdoors I was exclusively painting landscapes. Ill be 80 this year and I've come in from the cold. My subject matter has changed a bit but I still love landscape painting.

N: How has your subj...

May 3, 2017

Andrea Piller is a ceramist working in Prince Edward County. She welcomed us into her home and studio and shared with us her journey as a ceramic artist. Andrea spoke with us about her transition from art school, how the space an individual has effects the work they make and what they buy and who inspires her.

We'll just dive right in! We saw from your website that you moved to the county in 2012, is that right? You were living...

March 30, 2017

Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping are the founders of Spark Box Studio, where we were lucky enough to spend a week writing, conducting interviews, and printing a book! They spoke to us about their art school experiences, how they transitioned into the business they run now, and the importance of creating a balanced art practice.

Can you tell us about your art school experience at Queen's University? What is the program like?


February 18, 2017

                                                             Photo by Masha Nazina

This incredible musical duo spoke with us about their current project Villas and we can't wait to share it on the website! They told us about their experience of moving to the county and their non-profit...

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