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Stone School Gallery
Stone School Gallery
28, rue Mill St.
Portage-du-Fort (Québec)

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Friday night vernissages: 6-8pm

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August 15 – September 7 : : Vernissage: August 15, 6-8 pm
May 10 to June 2, 2013

Synthesis II
A mixed media textile arts group show exhibited across Canada

Vernissage: August 15, 6-8 pm
Website: Synthesis II

Pamela Allen, Penny Berens, Ann Bird, Robynne Cole, Sharon Collins, Heather Dubreuil, Margaret Dunnsmore, Robin Laws Field, Marie-France Gosselin, Catharina Breedeyk Law, Lynne Morin, Elaine Quehl, Mardell Rampton, B.J. Reid, Helena Sheffer, Catherine Timm.

Synthesis II, a unified and yet dynamically diverse show, is a travelling exhibition that combines the work of 16 Canadian members of Studio Art Quilt Associates. SAQA is an international organization of artists, curators, gallery owners and collectors with over 2,000 members.

Each of the twenty pieces that make up Synthesis II stands on its own as an art work and as a synthesis of the materials and ideas of each artist. The juried works are chosen to reflect a skillful integration of diverse concepts into a fusion of colours, textures and energy.

Penny Berens, Sandbank, 24” x 20”

Catharina Breedyk Law, Newton's Law, 20” x 24”

Mardell Rampton, Connections: bruised...battered...broken

June 24-July 14, 2013

Copper: From the Earth to Art and Body
Tanya McCormick & Sayward Johnson

Vernissage: August 15, 6-8 pm

Tanya McCormick: Copper wire and semi-precious stones. Sayward Johnson: Hand-woven and hand-knitted copper wire.

Sayward Johnson
Hand-woven and hand-knitted copper wire

In 2004, Sayward decided to follow a dream inspired by her adventures in hand knitting and went to study art at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was there that she discovered her love of textile techniques and metal.

Since then, she has exhibited across North America and has sold her work to private collectors in the US and Canada. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mary Robertson Textile Scholarship by the Ontario Craft Council. In 2013 she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Ontario Art Council and an ARTicipate Project Grant from OAE Arts Council.

Interview with Sayward Johnson,
World of Threads Festival


Tanya McCormick  
Copper wire and semi-precious stones

Tanya is a self-taught jewellery maker who has been crafting wire jewellery for over 20 years. She has developed a passion for semi-precious stones and copper wire. In 2013, Tanya participated in her first Art Show/Sale “Salon Mega Art” in Gatineau and is now bridging from artisan to artist in her jewellery creations. An active member of the Pontiac Artists Association, Aylmer Arts Council and the Coopérative des arts visuels et métiers d'art Outaouais. (CAVMA) Tanya also sits on the organizing committee for the Pontiac School of the Arts in Portage-Du-Fort (Qc), where she also teaches.

Tanya’s jewellery is made from untreated copper wire and is shaped, hammered, and polished by hand. Some pieces have been left to patina naturally while others have been treated with liver of sulphur to create an antique look. She rarely works from a design or drawn template when creating. She is inspired by her mood and the feel of the wire and gemstones in her hands. Some of her best works come from moments of serendipity.