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Cate Webb and Black Cat Tattoo

>> Ross Currie

Have you seen the Black Cat around Fernwood?

Have you seen the Black Cat around Fernwood? It takes the form of a hand-poke tattoo studio and community art space opened up in August, owned and operated by Cate Webb.

Webb got into hand poke tattooing by way of stick and poke. “I got into stick […]

By |January 15th, 2017|Artist's Aside, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Tony Sprackett: Art activist advocate

Photographer Tony Sprackett has been around the ­neighbourhood for a very long time

›› Jillian Player

In the early 80s, he worked at the ­Prancing Pony Restaurant before ­becoming ­part-owner, turning it into the Soho ­Village Bistro. Additionally, he is a long-time ­resident at Spring Ridge Housing Co-op, the president of the Fernwood ­Community Association (a position […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Artist's Aside, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Fernwood Art Stroll – June 11 & 12, 2016

Take a stroll through Fernwoodian art studios

>> Jillian Player

In 2007, an idea was hatched by a few local artists to open their studios to the public. Using their own funds (and with lots of support from both Fernwood NRG and the Fernwood Inn) the first Fernwood Art Stroll was born. Along with the creation of […]

By |June 5th, 2016|Artist's Aside, Events, News, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Changing the world through art

>> Jillian Player

Visual artist Deryk Houston and his wife, glass artist Elizabeth Wellburn, live just outside the border of Fernwood. I want to include them as Fernwood artists because Deryk has done so much for this community. He was one of the early art contributors to the Cornerstone Cafe, painting some of his large canvasses […]

By |April 12th, 2016|Artist's Aside, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Artist CarolAnn Smedley

Sometimes, you just need to go to France.

>> Jillian Player

I was surprised to find CarrolAnn Smedley living across the street from me in the sweet little grey house on Fernwood Road, close to the village centre. She has been living in this tidy house, converted into two suites, for twenty years. When walking up to […]

By |February 9th, 2016|Artist's Aside, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Jeremy Herndl: Day to Night

>> Jillian Player

Jeremy Herndl likes to remind himself of a quote by drawing master William Kentridge, “Resist the attempt to construct an argument.” Looking at Herndl’s work, one can see why this quote would be important. His large paintings, busy with thick strokes of oil paint, capture the fleeting moments of humanity and light as […]

By |December 9th, 2015|Artist's Aside, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Jane Francis, Fernwood-based artist

›› Jillian Player

Gazing at the large abstract paintings that recline against Jane Francis’s studio walls, I am intrigued by the tender graphite marks that reside in the spaces between an explosion of paint strokes. Her inspiration from nature, and her walks around our Fernwood neighbourhood, trigger Jane’s imagination to produce complex yet pleasing abstracts. Layers […]

By |October 9th, 2015|Artist's Aside, News|0 Comments
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