Ully Bleil

Ully Bleil is a Professional Photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Born in Germany in 1952 (fluent in German) and came to Canada in 1958. He has a background as an Architectural Technologist and has Twenty five years experience as a Photographer specializing in: Commercial, Industrial (Architectural), Editorial and Stock Photography for clients such as:
  • The Halifax Chronicle Herald (Special Features)
  • The Halifax Daily News (Specialty Publications)
  • Sport Report Magazine
  • Atlantic Progress Magazine
  • Macleans Magazine
  • Canadian Geographic Magazine
  • Canadian Architect Magazine
  • The New York Times
  • Corbis Images New York

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell works in clay and leather, and has a studio in the Pier 21 Arts Annex. He's a juried member of the NS Designer Craft Council, has participated in many craft markets, and exhibits regularly in various galleries. A graduate of NSCAD in ceramics, he studied with Alice Hagen, Homer Lord, and Walter Ostrom. Recent notable commissions include a leather presentation from Parks Canada for Prince William and Kate, and a leather binder for the captain of HMCS Halifax.

Nancy Chesworth

The instructor for this workshop, Nancy Chesworth, has studied Japanese and Chinese brush painting off and on for over 20 years. Most recently she took classes in China in 2011 and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for this ancient art form.

Dianne Crockard

Dianne began working with metal in 1989 as a technical welder trained in all metals as well as robotic welding, which lead to blacksmithing and construction of forms. An apprenticeship with artist and conservationist William Lishman opened up the world of sculpture, flight, and migrating geese. Intrigued by the art world, she studied at NSCAD University earning a BFA in 2007. Since then, Dianne continues to work at NSCAD, as well as in her home-based studio with an expanded palette of materials that now includes; fabric, glass, and found objects.

Janet Doble

After 30 plus years of working with clay Janet is still thrilled by the prospect of going into the studio. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1995 and from John Abbott College in 1984. Since graduating from NSCAD she has lived and worked in Halifax, N.S.. In 1990 she did a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
She has exhibited her work mainly in Nova Scotia, through exhibitions sponsored by the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council and the Nova Scotia Potter Guild. Exhibitions in other parts of the country include Celebrate Craft, 2007 in St. John’s, NL and Fireworks 2003 in Ontario.
Over the years Janet has received grants and awards for her work, most notably the Ottawa Guild of Potters, Popular Choice Award, Fireworks 2003 Exhibition, Best Body of Work, NSDCC Show of Hands Summer Craft Market, and Best Booth Award, Atlantic Craft Trade Show.
She currently works from her home studio in Halifax. She also works as advertising manager for Visual Arts News and is the coordinator for the NSCCD Guide to Craft and Arts in Nova Scotia. She teaches pottery classes through the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and gives private lessons in her studio and through the public school system.

Sarah Irwin

Sarah Irwin is an object maker based in Hacketts Cove, Nova Scotia. Described as a multifarious artist Irwin has produced various bodies of work including: stone sculpture, paintings, drawings, and assemblage. A graduate of Georgian College’s fine art program she also holds an Interdisciplinary Fine Art degree from NSCAD University. In 2010 she created a mural for Kejimakujik National Park and has recently collaborated with Camerata Xara on sets and costumes. Irwin has taught art to both children and adults through the continuing education program at NSCAD. In 2012 she started The Wee Gallery at The Finer Diner where an ongoing display of her own work can also be found.

Edie Orenstein

Originally from Halifax, and part of a respected Canadian theatrical family, Edie was one of the first students of the Dalhousie Costume Studies Program in the mid seventies. In 1978, she worked her way across the country via the costume shops of Neptune Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, and finally the Vancouver Playhouse and The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. She based herself in the heart of Vancouver for 35 years, creating a famous retail hat store that converted into a theatre at night, producing music and dance events, and she ran the daily operations “like a show”. Edie took part in the international revival of the hat industry over those years. Back home in Nova Scotia, Edie has returned to her theatrical roots, love of teaching, mentoring and the traditional art of hat making. She intends to inspire and nurture the love of hats in Nova Scotia through her own passion.

Jane Richards

Jane is a semi-retired office manager, mother of four and grandmother of two wee girls. She has been actively quilting for the last two decades. Her many projects include traditional patchwork and creative art quilts. As a member of the Mayflower Quilt Guild, she has had quilts displayed in the “Comfort and Joy” annual Christmas shows and in Mahone Bay’s “Art Hits the Wall” shows. Her pictorial wall quilt titled “The Girls Go Sailing” was accepted into the 2011 national juried show by the Canadian Quilters Association.

Lynette Richards

Lynette Richards has owned and operated Rose Window Stained Glass, a full service professional studio for 20 years. She has taught hundreds of students; restored hundreds of heritage windows in churches and homes, and created many original custom designed stained glass windows for her customers. Visit her website and facebook page to view her work.

Bunk Trinacty

Bunk - “ the clay carver…sought after since antiquity” Bunk is a local sculptor, in clay, who has been involved in the St. Margaret’s Bay arts community since moving to Boutilier’s Point 18 years ago. He is involved with the N.S. Pottery Guild, and the Aspotogon Arts group. He has provided workshops at St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary, A.A.&C May Show, and the Hubbard’s Barn.
Bunk created Hub-Arts 2005 ; Hants County Arts Show in 2006 ; and Bay Days Art Show 2007,2008. He co- ordinated many artists of various mediums to exhibit at these local art shows.
Bunk has an extensive personal inventory of self made molds, of various items, that he will offer in this CLAY 101 course. The full gamet of creating a cast flower on a tile, as well as various combinations of handbuilts, will be explored during his 7 evening program. Students will finish with at least 2 involved personal creations, and a fundamental understanding of clay processes.

Peter Walker

Peter studied at the Alberta College of Art 1963 to 1968 and subsequently at the Vancouver School of Art 1968 to 1970. He taught at Memorial from 1970 to 1972 and NSCAD from 1990 to present day and has shown extensively. Peter is a painter, sculptor and print maker.

Teresa Young

Teresa Young started painting in oils at the age of eight and expanded her skills with a
strict discipline of drawing. Moving from realism into abstraction and from oils to
acrylics enabled her to develop techniques which created a vivid style that is detailed,
visually appealing and technically disciplined.
In her teens, she learned portraiture in multiple mediums from an artist who was
initially trained in Germany in classic techniques. She spent many years doing portraits
At malls and outside fairs, fine tuning her techniques and improving her skills. Moving
on to more advanced techniques, she integrated her figurative skills into her painting
techniques to evolve a mature style that includes abstraction and surrealism.

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