Meet Our Artisans

What better way to learn about Cape Breton Island than through the lives and work of its artisans.

Grab a copy of our Artisan Trail Map and begin exploring. You will find fascinating blends of traditional and cutting edge, functional and aesthetic, simple and sophisticated craft – from pottery to leather, metal to textiles, and everything in between.

Harold & Donna Frizzell

Piper Pewter

Harold and Donna Frizzell returned to their Cape Breton roots in 2000 and met Jim and Lorna Tompkins whose business, Piper Pewter, had grown to include a successful wholesale business with customers across Canada and the USA. When the Tompkins opened a workshop and shop in 2003, Donna worked as their retail manager and learned to cast, finish, and mould pewter. Harold and Donna are now the new owners of Piper Pewter and enjoy creating new and exciting products, along with classic pieces. They produce a variety of Celtic & Scottish jewellery and other items. Each piece is skilfully cast and finished by hand. |

Leona Graham

Big Red Art and Design

Leona moved from Indiana to Cape Breton in 1980, finished a BA degree, then studied and worked in graphic
design. A semester studying art therapy sparked the decision to complete a BA in studio art at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She there, worked in art and design there until 2010 when she returned to Cape Breton, completing a B.Ed. in adult education and teaching art and design. She currently works as a freelance graphic designer and visual artist. Her art spans detailed nature themes to surreal-like figurative dreamscapes. Leona’s art has been published in Canada and the U.S.A. |

Brent Harding

Metal Glass Media

Brent has been painting in watercolours and acrylics for almost 25 years. More recently, he began designing and assembling one-of-a-kind glass creations combining organic and linear forms. For many years, Brent lived in Ontario where he exhibited in several galleries and shows. He also taught classes and was artist-in-residence in the Kor Gallery in Kitchener. Brent’s paintings and glass pieces hang in private and corporate collections across North America. He now lives in Catalone where he has a studio and welcomes visitors. |

Gordon Kennedy

Iron Art & Photographs

“With different shapes, forms and colours, I try to express ideas and emotions. My intention is to touch and excite the imagination.” Gordon attended Vancouver Art School in the early 1970s, where he studied painting and metal sculpture. He had studios in Vancouver and Toronto before settling in Cape Breton with his wife, Carol. Several years ago, he began to experiment and study three-dimensional forms which has led to his most recent work, sculptures of metal, fiberglass and cement. |

Lola LeLievre

Proud to be Hookers

Lola LeLievre has been hooking since the age of eleven and still remains passionate about the art after 40 years. Using two-ply year, Lola creates and hooks her own designs. She runs Proud to be Hookers in Petit Etang that specializes in hooked rugs and hooking supplies. Blazing with colour, the shop features Lola’s work and that of other Chéticamp hookers. |

Barbara Longva

Sew Inclined

Barbara Longva started designing clothing at the age of five. She sewed doll clothes by hand and by age 10 was using her mother’s Singer treadle machine to make clothing for herself. Over the years, she altered, repaired and made clothes for friends and family. In 1993, Barbara opened Sew Inclined, on the Cabot Trail, where she designs one of a kind clothing and hats as well as historical clothing. She specializes in hats, offering up to 25 different designs. Her contemporary and historical designs are available for men, women and children. |

Satu Kekalainen-Kimbley

The Red Raven Art Studio

Satu Kekalainen-Kimbley revitalizes discarded treasures in her artwork. Raven songs surround the Red Raven Studio from the early waking hours until dusk. Satu, considers herself a member of the raven community. Satu finds the material for her creations from the piles of discarded ‘treasures’ that would otherwise end up in landfill sites. Therefore, the art of The Red Raven Studio, its stained glass mosaics and panel paintings are created in the spirit of the raven. |

Suzanne Chrysler MacDonald

Mabou Village Gallery

Suzanne Chrysler-MacDonald opened her summer art gallery in 1971. Her “in-house”gallery includes oil and mixed media paintings, archival reproductions and prints. She paints in a style well recognized for her controlled use of color and her painterly, poetic impressionist manner. She is inspired by her scenic surroundings, the Cape Breton style music her late husband loved so profoundly and the caring people who inhabit, work and love this land.

Darryl MacLeod

MacLeod of Cape Breton

Darryl is an established, versatile jeweller living and working in Port Hood, Cape Breton. His gold, silver and gemstone creations include wedding rings, earrings, and jewellery with distinctive appeal. Celtic-inspired designs are inherent in Darryl’s work, as well as recurring textural themes found in leaves, shells and fossils that reflect the natural beauty of Cape Breton. He also does custom work. |

Jennifer MacPherson

Two Macs Gifts & Gallery

Jennifer creates beautiful canvas floor coverings in vivid colours and all sizes. Bold designs from fish to flowers will make a statement in any room. One-of-a-kind commissions are welcome. New this year, paper-cut illustrations in regional themes, matted and ready to frame. Also available at Two Macs Gift & Gallery in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, by appointment or any cruise ship day.