Meet Our Artisans
What better way to learn about Cape Breton Island than through the lives and work of its artisans.
The Centre is proud to represent hundreds of professional Cape Breton craft producers. Over 100 are featured in our Gallery Shop in Downtown Sydney, or grab a copy of our Artisan Trail Map and visit their studio yourself!
Jane Alderdice is a watercolour painter and weaver who works out of Meadowbrook Studio on beautiful Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Jane was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec and grew up on the south shore of Montreal. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985, specializing in textile design. In addition to weaving one-of-a-kind clothing, scarves, bags and throws, she creates two and three-dimensional artworks using textiles, Japanese paper and mixed media.
Jane participates in the annual Celtic Colours Fibre Festival, and holds regular shows and sales in her studio.
Silversmith Peter Bauer’s limitless imagination and innate curiosity drive his compelling designs and sensuous textures. In today’s world, when even the most expensive jewellery is mass produced, Bauer’s hand-wrought jewellery is prized for its refreshing individuality and superb handcrafting. Each piece bears his Registered Trademark and he’s authorized to use the Canadian National Mark.
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Carol has been involved in the craft sector for over 30 years. She operated a craft business for 13 years before becoming an arts administrator where she was inspired daily by the creativity of Cape Breton artisans. Following her retirement, Carol returned to her passion for fabric arts. Having nurtured her creative soul as a weaver and quilter, Carol is now fascinated by the creative possibilities that rug hooking presents. Interested in abstract and contemporary design, she is inspired by the Island landscapes and the work of the Impressionists.
The daughter of a British Columbia potter, Sarah has been exposed to the trends, styles and techniques of contemporary ceramics since early childhood. Her one-of-a-kind pieces take their inspiration from the natural world and her work has been described by customers as being “like nature, only better!” The majority of her creations are hand-built and raku fired and visitors can see them being made in her studio/shop on the Cabot Trail, located on the North Shore.
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Michele Bénac Nicholson
Michele Bénac Nicholson
Michele is a wire jewellery artist living by the ocean with her husband and three children. “The beach and ocean inspire me daily. Wrapping nature in style, I use ocean polished stones and beach glass to create elegant jewellery, making one of a kind pieces. My Mom says I’ve been dragging rocks home since I was two years old. I like to think of my jewellery as a happy family: lots of twists and turns and ups and downs but bound together with love!”
Nova Scotia textile artist, Hélène Blanchet is a self-taught folk artist who specializes in colourful art quilts made by hand. A natural storyteller, Hélène brings her stories to life in the minutia of detail featured in every piece. The more one looks, the more the story unfolds to reveal delightful scenes of the everyday. The people, the sights, the colours are all captured in her signature folk art style. Fabric, needle and thread are Hélène’s first love and traditional textiles of all kinds inform her work. She draws inspiration from these traditions, the natural world, and her beloved Nova Scotia. Her unique award-winning quilts have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are represented in several galleries in Nova Scotia.
Victoria Bonin MacKenzie
V Pottery is the studio of Victoria Bonin-MacKenzie who lives and works on beautiful Isle Madame. Having grown up on the northside of the island in Poirierville and D’Escousse, her love of home has never left her heart. Victoria celebrates colour and images in her work which reflect the local history and culture. She makes functional red earthenware pottery mugs, bowls, serving dishes and platters. Stop by the studio and take home a piece of Isle Madame that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
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Kenny Boone Gallery & Studio
Well-known local artist Kenny Boone was born and raised in Cape Breton. Painting professionally since the early 1990s, he quickly gained recognition for his striking watercolour images of the Island. In recent years, his creative curiousity has spurred exploration into many other areas. From a more traditional approach, his painting has evolved into a fluid and sensual form of self-expression. Kenny has exhibited extensively in private and public galleries and his paintings can be found in numerous private collections throughout North America, Australia and Europe.
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Richard Bourdreau is a native of Cape Breton Island., where he uses metal to preserve nature and create new and unusual objects d’art. Self-taught, he has developed the ability to give fluid shapes to solid metal. In 2009 he had the opportunity to volunteer as a blacksmith for the Isle Madame Historical Society in Arichat. This relationship inspired Richard to create Ruff Metalworks in 2016. Richard continues his relationship with the Isle Madame Historical Society. He utilizes their 17th century forge at LeNoir Landing for part of the creative process. Richard’s pieces are made with a mix of ancient and modern technology. Richard lives in Arichat with his wife, Arlene, courthouse cat Justice, and schnoodle, Mimi.
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Gerd Bruckschwaiger was born in Austria and immigrated to Cape Breton in 1960. Gerd is a self-taught artist and many do believe that he was born with a paintbrush in his hands. He started painting at the age of 8. Once seeing Cape Breton’s scenery, he tried to capture the beauty on canvas. Most of his paintings are available as high-class reproductions.
Being a young artist, Toni’s experience is limited in years, but he has the freedom to think without boundaries. Toni is a self-taught artist and the most important thing for Toni is the joy that comes with working on his art, on something that belongs to him. Toni is very much interested in Norse mythology, symbolism, ancient cultures and gemstones. His love for these things shows in all of his work. Through his family background, Toni is also familiar with wood construction and loves the possibilities of the material. Although his roots are in Germany, Toni finds a lot of inspiration while travelling the world, but feels the most at home in Cape Breton; it inspires and influences him to put his ideas and impressions into his carvings.
Kathleen creates one of a kind ecological prints. Her technique includes pressing plants between watercolour paper, boiling in water with iron bits and a mordant, and sometimes a natural colourant like logwood. Each print of Kathleen’s is an original and unique piece of art.
Richard and Virginnia Butts
Twishaboo walking sticks and canes are one of a kind, handcrafted Cape Breton treasures. To date, we have created items from white spruce, black spruce, red maple, striped maple, wild apple, red oak, willow, large-toothed aspen, balsam poplar, amelanchier (serviceberry), and speckled alder. We hand select each branch, trunk or root for its unique shape, strength and quality. The rough sticks are cut to the appropriate length and then dried slowly and naturally. Next, the bark is removed and the sanding process begins. It takes hours to turn the rough wood into a finished cane or walking stick that feels smooth and almost soft to the touch. All our crafts are sealed with five or more coats of tung oil as a natural finish that protects the wood beautifully and is easy for you to refinish in the future to cover natural wear and tear.
Covered by Hope
Covered by Hope
Covered By Hope started as a dream to share life-changing stories. Stories of everyday women who have found hope and inspiration. To help tell that story, we sell hand-poured goat milked soaps, soy candles, and other unique products that are made by our Covered by Hope team – graduates of the Hope House, a home and place of healing for women survivors of trauma and addiction. These amazing women also manage the marketing, sales, and product development of Covered by Hope – building skills and learning the value of entrepreneurialism every day.
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Cabot & Rose
Cabot & Rose
Cabot and Rose is a collaboration of two artists, Teena Marie Fancey, a mixed media painter and printmaker, and Shari MacLeod, basket weaving and textile artist. Each bring their specific talents and skills into the mix to produce handmade products that reflect their combined design sense, talents, and love of things vintage and of the great outdoors. Both Teena and Shari live and work in Sydney.
Rob Calabrese is a cidermaker and woodworkier living in Cape Breton. He spent much of his career working in radio in Atlantic Canada and Ontario. His work involves pieces that mainly help to make our interactions with our high tech devices more comfortable and beautiful. Rob lives in the tiny seaside community of Mira Gut with his partner and children where he spends time tending the vegetable garden and small gaggle of hens.
Lesley has been quilting since the early 80s. While embracing traditional patterns, her work has evolved over the years to include modern methods of quilting. A member of Ocean Waves Quilt Society and Tea Thyme Quilters, Lesley has participated in several exhibits, shows, and sales. Her Dresden Plate quilt was an award winner in the “Quilts of the Island” travelling in 1994. This quilt also travelled to the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax. In 2004, she participated in the Inverness County Centre for the Arts Textile Festival. A resident of Port Hawkesbury, Lesley’s work is featured in the Artisans Collective shop at the Port Hastings Museum.
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.
Ryan & Shannon Costelo
Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company
At Groovy Goat, owners Ryan & Shannon Costelo takes pride in handcrafting natural, luxurious soaps and lotions. The secret ingredient? Fresh goat milk from the well-loved goats on the family farm! Goat milk contains natural moisturizing, cleansing, and soothing properties making it ideal for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive skin. Situated in Ingonish on the Cabot Trail, Groovy Goat is a great place to visit for a farm experience the whole family will enjoy.
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Leather Works by Jolene
Jolene Dauphney has spent her life on the North Shore of Cape Breton and almost her entire working life in the business of crafting leather. She spent several years apprenticed to master leatherworker John Roberts of Leather Works. In 2014 Jolene took over ownership of the store from the Roberts family, renaming it Leather Works by Jolene.
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Greg’s work is focused on oil painting and drawing. He references historic styles and past modes of representation as a means of presenting and interpreting contemporary subject matter. This impulse stems, in part, from a belief in the sustainability of old styles. Greg’s miniature landscapes and clouds are inspired by the scenery and skies of Cape Breton. The miniatures are painted on paper tags to reflect the ephemeral nature of the subjects represented: small fleeting moments captured in oils.
The Loop Maker
Paula has lived and worked in Port Hawkesbury since 1970 and has been involved with fibre arts since graduating from university. Most recently, primitive rug hooking is her “fibre of choice”. This has provided a great outlet for her love of colour and texture, producing pieces that are both functional and decorative.
Virginia is a self-taught artist those paintings and greeting card designs originate mostly from imagination focusing on colour, pattern and good cheer. As well as acrylic paintings on wood and canvas, Virginia has also created murals for various elementary schools and businesses in the local area. Along with fairytales and old illustrations, the surrounding countryside of the rural community of Leitches Creek has always been an influence for Virginia.
Island born and raised, Claire Drinnan is so grateful to her mother for always finding a way to get her to the Gaelic College each summer. There Claire experienced many Scottish traditions but Weaving and Spinning really resonated with her! Instilling in her a deep love and appreciation for wool and its incredible versatility.
Barry & Isabel Eisenhauer
The Opulent Alpaca
At the Opulent Alpaca studio and boutique, you will find Isabel and Barry Eisenhauer working with their alpaca fiber from their 60+ alpacas that they have been raising for more than 25 years. You will have the opportunity to visualize the process of producing our luxurious felted products and one-of-a-kind knit or woven products. You can purchase many luxurious items made from our Cape Breton raised alpacas. Some of the products include insoles, felting kits, yarns, capes, toques and scarves.
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North Shore Woodsmiths
The son of a master cabinetmaker, Bob began training at a very young age. By his mid-thirties he had considerable experience in construction, interior finish, cabinetmaking, and furniture manufacturing and design. He was an instructor of technical education for 17 years. Many of the unique products created at Woodsmiths were designed, tested and refined in those years. Bob’s products are made primarily from hardwoods harvested in the Highlands of Cape Breton: yellow birch, beech, oak, ash, maple, birdseye maple, spalted woods, cherry, apple, and walnut. Finishes are non-toxic.
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Teena Marie Fancey
Teena Marie Fancey
Teena Marie is a painter and printmaker working in both acrylics and relief printmaking methods. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows and is held in private collections throughout North America and beyond. Nova Scotia Art Bank also purchased one of her works. Primarily self-taught, Teena Marie successfully helped found, then owned and operated Ross House Studio (est.1996), a co-operative printmaking/art studio in Margaree Harbour. She continues to work there during the summer months as well as from her home in Sydney.
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Flying Finch Studio
With an inspiring view of the Cape Breton Highlands and the Bras d’Or Lake, Kristi creates exciting contemporary textile art pieces working with thread, fabric, paints and dyes. When not working in textiles, Kristi brings to life traditional hand papermaking techniques to create unique and beautiful papers from locally grown plants and recycled textiles. Kristi also works with contemporary techniques to create paper sculptures and pulp paintings.
Whitney Fawn MacEachern
Whitney Fawn MacEachern is a self-taught independent artist living on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia with her husband and their Maine Coon cat. Whitney calls her drawings Soulprints, a term based on her process. With each line she draws, Whitney pours her emotions and soul onto the paper. Once she’s finished, her soul returns to her and what’s left behind looks like a fingerprint of her soul.
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Jacqueline Finn always had a passion for making jewellery, but when she turned her hobby to a career and started Jac-out-of-the-box Jewellery it didn’t take long for the world to take notice. Her unique pieces: wired and beaded rings, bronze and silver bracelets and earrings are based around an ancient technique that involves carving designs into cuttlefish bones, a plentiful product on the Cape Breton shoreline.
Lisa Finney Photography
Lisa is originally from Canberra, Australia, and she moved to Cape Breton in 2002. Lisa likes to be out and about, and she is rarely without her camera. Lisa captures high-quality photographs, mostly of nature, which she creates prints, calendars, cards and magnets.
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Joanne Fitzgerald & Linda Doyon
Joanne and Linda produce high-fired stoneware pottery in themes inspired by northern Cape Breton’s pristine environment: moose, whales, shorebirds and flowers. Joanne and Linda’s work and that of more than 20 other juried Cape Breton artists are retailed at Arts North, the Cape Breton only gallery in Cape North, designed by Joanne and Linda. 100% Cape Breton arts and crafts.
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James Forsey is a nature photographer who first learned digital photography from a workshop he took at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. James turned to exploring Cape Breton’s pristine wilderness as means of coping with the vicarious trauma he endured from a lengthy career working in Corrections. It was only fitting he learned to capture the beauty of this island through photography. James enjoys showcasing some of the “hidden gems” and “off-the-beaten-path” views and vistas Cape Breton has to offer. James’ work has been featured by several prestigious publications from across Nova Scotia and beyond. (Bio Photo Credit: Adam Hill)
Cape Breton Clay
Bell was born and raised in Margaree Valley, Cape Breton and has been working with clay since 1986. After studying painting and ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990, Bell came back home to continue working. Transforming a simple thrown form into an elaborate container, with crabs, lobsters or mussels added to it, is both a challenge and a reward. Bell wants to make new things that feel good to hold.
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Celeste’s award-winning works are in acrylic and mixed media, and reflect a wide variety of techniques, materials and improvisations. She loves to explore colours, forms, and textures. Her diverse collections present a range of exciting expressionistic/abstract styles inspired primarily from the natural world, and in particular, the wild and magnificent scenery of northern Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
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Harold & Donna Frizzell
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.
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Carmel Gallant was born and raised in Cape Breton and has always been interested in the fibre arts. Carmel learned to knit and crochet at a young age, and took her first weaving class in 1985 at the Cape Breton School for Crafts.
Carmel continues to share her talent by working as an assistant to the Weaving Instructor at the Gaelic College during the summers, and also instructs in her own studio. As part of her craft, Carmel loves playing with structure and colour and works mainly with natural fibre cottons and wool.
Christopher Gorey graduated with an Art Education degree from Massachusetts College of Art. For many summers, he had painted and vacationed in Atlantic Canada and eventually gave up his teaching career to take up painting full time in Cape Breton. Interest in his work took off with sales and exhibitions occurring throughout North America. Chris paints in oil as well as watercolour; his works reflect a feeling of light and texture and include landscapes and people of Cape Breton and other areas of Eastern Canada.
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A lifelong resident of Cape Breton, Karen is a retired educator who has always had an interest in arts and crafts of all kinds. She is also long time member of the Centre for Craft and Design and has enjoyed learning under many wonderful instructors there. Her current passion is jewellery making, especially sterling silver. Karen thinks jewellery should be fun and enjoys seeing people wearing her work.
Big Red Art & Design
Leona moved from Indiana to Cape Breton in 1980, finished a B.A. degree, then studied and worked in graphic design. A semester studying art therapy sparked the decision to complete a B.A. in studio art at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She 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.
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Larysa started felting in 2012 on a trip to Vancouver where she accidently discovered a little shop with wool. Larysa immediately fell in love with all of the colours and textures. She started experimenting and learning mostly on her own or through online masterclasses. Wool is a very flexible material that can be shaped into anything your imagination desires, and the only tools you need are water, soap, wool and your hands. There are many benefits to using such a natural material. Larysa does commission work and enjoys sharing its gifts with people.
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.
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Mervi is a Finnish glass and textile artist. After graduating from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland she was accepted as an artist in residence at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre glass studio for three years. She is also one of the founding members of Geisterblitz Glass Studio which operated in Toronto for 10 years from 1997 – 2007. Mervi is an avid creator in multiple media. Her whimsical driftwood pieces are well balanced and playfully East Coast inspired. Her textiles are joyful, practical and well made. Mervi is happy to call Cape Breton home.
Phil and Deb Jones
The Bowl Guy
Phil and Deb Jones ended many years of offshore sailing by retiring in Cape Breton. They set up a complete machine shop and wood shop to help rebuild their home and then used the shops to do hobby projects. Over the years, they have developed very efficient methods of producing wooden bowls and other products from rescued firewood. All their products are made on site by Phil and hand finished by Deb. Their years sailing to many countries have given them a different perspective of functional art.
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Bee Happy Farm
Iris moved from Israel in 1998, relocating to Cape Breton in 2003. She holds a university degree in Business and Marketing, but her real passion is beekeeping and finding new uses for the local wild native plants that can be found growing in Cape Breton. In 2013, Iris founded Bee Happy Farm, hand harvesting, drying, infusing or distilling the plants she finds growing on her organic farm in Big Baddeck, and manufacturing health and body care products from native plants and the by-products of bees.
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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.
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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.
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Dominique de Rouin Kennedy
Madame Mouton founder, Dominique de Rouin Kennedy, was raised in Quebec City. During her studies at Penninghen, l’école de direction artistique et d’architecture intérieure (ESAG) in Paris, Dominique was inspired by the amazing work of one of her teachers whom used wool as a medium. Throughout the years, Dominique has studied various techniques that have helped her cultivate her singular style. Dominique moved to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in September 2018. She is now devoted to her art full time. For the love of the wool.
L’Arche Cape Breton
L'Arche Cape Breton
L’Arche Cape Breton is a rural community of people with and without intellectual disabilities, valuing a simple life, authentic relationships, and solidarity. At L’Arche’s craft studio, artists with disabilities engage in diverse media including papier mache, weaving, paper making and painting. Each product is a genuine source of pride for the producer and allows a unique glimpse into the perspective of that individual.
The Larch Wood manufacturing plant is located in on the banks of the world-renowned Margaree River in Victoria County. Established as a manufacturer of floors, the owners of Larch Wood Enterprises decided to create cutting boards that would take advantage of the striking pattern of the end cuts of the larch tree. Over a year was spent designing and testing boards rendering a product that is beautiful, functional and durable. Since their introduction, Larch Wood Heritage Cutting Boards have become best sellers across Canada and the U.S.
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Mary Larade is a painter and muralist working mainly in acrylic. She is a graduate of NSCAD University’s BFA program and Mount Saint Vincent University’s B.Ed. Visual Arts program. Mary’s work has been exhibited at Anna Leonowen’s Gallery in Halifax and Cape Breton University’s Art Gallery in Sydney. Several pieces of her work have been acquired or commissioned by private collectors throughout Nova Scotia. Mary is currently producing work from her home studio in Westmount, Cape Breton.
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.
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Melinda MacDonald makes contemporary cold wax paintings that are guided by intuition and inspired by her life in rural Cape Breton. Cold wax allows her to merge the visual aspects of painting with the tactility of sculpting. Melinda is a full-time artist and seasonal gallery owner in Creignish, a picturesque corner of Cape Breton Island. Melinda is inspired by the epic views of the sea, sky and fields around her historic home overlooking St. George’s Bay. Her vibrant oil, acrylic and cold wax paintings capture the energy and beauty of her surroundings and her delight in her life there. In 2018, she opened Melinda By the Sea, a studio and shop housed in a historic barn on her oceanfront property. Along with her own original artwork, which is available in giclée and studio prints, Melinda sells a curated collection of fine craft from Cape Breton, including jewelry, bags and works in wood, glass and metal.
Hunky Dunky Dory Paper Art
Library technician by day, bartender by night, shop clerk by weekend and artist by spare time… Merrideth lives in beautiful Cape Breton and she is very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and creative people. Growing up, Merrideth tried her hand at a variety of different artistic endeavours and the paper collage is the one that she truly enjoys. Merrideth creates paper art collages using exclusively paper from magazines (yeah, recycling!), and all pieces are inspired by nature.
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Barb is a second-generation quilter with her quilts displayed on beds and walls worldwide: England, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, USA and Canada. She will customize your quilt or you can select one of her traditional or contemporary quilts. All her quilts are 100% cotton. Barb enjoys sharing her knowledge of quilt making, teaching for the Port Hawkesbury Recreation & Tourism Department, Antigonish, Inverness, Richmond Counties and local guilds. She is a founding member of the Ocean Waves Quilt Society of Cape Breton. She lives and quilts in Port Hawkesbury.
Lynda Lou MacIntyre
Lynda Lou MacIntyre
Lynda Lou is a Sydney native and graduate of NSCAD (BFA Ed.) She studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. Her goal was to teach art which she did in Cape Breton for many years. Lynda Lou works in several media including visual art, metal smithing, silk painting and printmaking. Her work is inspired by travel and nature and has been exhibited in group and solo shows. Her paintings have appeared in Nashwaak Review. Lynda Lou has given many workshops including two in Italy. She is a regular instructor at the Centre. Her work can be found across the globe!
We all have a story, and a purpose. Having grown up in a woodworking shop, it didn’t take long for Eric to find his own passion for it. Born & raised in Brantford, Ontario, Eric MacKeigan relocated to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia in May 2021. Fretwood Mack is the avenue I have been given, as the product of my story, to execute my purpose.
Curly Girl Designs
Irene grew up in Sydney and received her BFA from Mount Allison University. She has done everything from colourizing old movies and TV shows (Gilligan’s Island), working in a photo library in London, to teaching English and Art in a private school in Greece. Working with polymer clay and making jewellery is her latest artistic passion. She loves experimenting with new techniques and working with this medium.
Highlighting Patsy’s achievements is her 2006 election to membership in the prestigious Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Her creative diversity is evident by a national award for her 60′ mural design at Cape Breton Regional Hospital and national nomination for her work as an illustrator of children’s books. Patsy’s watercolours have been selected for the CSPWC Diploma Collection, Nova Scotia Art Bank and Cape Breton University. Her paintings have been shown in provincial, regional, national and international juried shows.
Caper Chris Creations
Christina began cross stitching as a hobby over 30 years ago. She would often create her own designs to suit her own interests. She began selling her designs online in 2010. Christina creates easy cross stitch patterns for beginners, as well as more complicated designs for advanced stitchers. She often incorporates scenes from nature and the sea in her work. She is a member of the Embroiderers Association of Canada.
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Jim & Judy MacLean
Findings for Friends
Jim and Judy MacLean have been involved in the craft business for about 30 years. They started with woodworking and tole painting and in more recent years, they have been creating silver jewellery. Starting with sheets of sterling silver or wire, they make pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings and other items, often incorporating stones into the designs. Jim has been also been doing lapidary work, starting from the rough rock and ending with a polished stone to add to any piece of jewellery.
Jim and Judy live and create in Sydney.
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. Darryl also does custom work.
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Shari has worked in the medium of basketry since 1999. Since then, her body of work has expanded to included woven sculpture and multiple forms of fibre art. Each medium challenges her as an artist to strike a balance between form and functionality. Along with reflecting the simplistic beauty of organic patterns and designs, her pieces flirt with the whimsical. Shari is as much inspired by the craftsmanship, practicality, and humour of her Maritime family and friends, as she is the natural, breathtaking landscapes that pervade Island life.
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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.
Born and raised in Cape Breton, Donna MacRury is an artist and crafter who works primarily with fibre and textiles. Since her childhood, Donna has been creating works of art, wearables and other items of utility using a variety of materials. She occasionally combines methods and techniques to produce unique results. Over the past number of years rug hooking has been her passion in addition to other traditional work such as felting, knitting, crocheting and slow stitching. Donna works from her home in Boisdale where she lives with her husband on the shores of the beautiful Bras d’Or lakes.
Tasha Grace Designs
Natasha Matthews (Tasha Grace Designs) is a jewellery artist whose work is evocative of an enchanted forest, with pieces often having a whimsical, ethereal feel reminiscent of the Unseen World. She excels at wire weaving which is an unusual technique that produces beautiful, delicate and complex patterns with very thin wire, and lends itself well to the Art Nouveau forms she often incorporates into her work. While studying Graphic Design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, she discovered silversmithing at this world-class institution. By the end of her first class, she was hooked forever, and considered herself to be a silversmith at heart from that day forward. It was to be her niche, her passion, and her destiny.
Nancy McLean Watercolours
Nancy McLean is a watercolour artist inspired by the creative energy that surrounds one when living on Cape Breton Island. Throughout her work, she uses fine detail to bring out the contrast of light. Nancy grew up in Sydney, has Bachelor of Fine Art from NSCAD, and has enjoyed teaching art in many schools throughout Cape Breton. In 2013, Nancy participated in The Sketchbook Project based in the Brooklyn Art Library, New York.
Scrub Inspired is a small budding business in Cape Breton. Two young entrepreneurs – Jessica McNeil and Kiersten Hanly – are hand-making all natural body scrubs, using only the finest natural ingredients. All scrubs are made fresh to order and are free of parabens, SLS, chemicals and anything artificial. Scrub Inspired’s vision is to see change in the way products are manufactured and the way they treat our skin. They take pride in knowing that Scrub Inspired is so wholesome. Their products are so natural, some are hard not to eat! But don’t let your face, hands and feet miss out!
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Phee's Original Goods
Kyle McPhee (Phee’s Original Goods), also known as Phee, designs and creates custom leather goods right here in Cape Breton. Each item is made to serve a purpose in everyday life and stand the test of time. Having travelled far and wide for work in various trades has informed every design and ensured that the methods and materials used are road tested and tough as nails. Born and raised here, Phee is back at home in Cape Breton accepting custom commissions and offering a line of leather accessories at the Customs House Artisan Incubator in Port Hawkesbury.
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Catherine Moir is an experienced landscape artist part of the art community in Cape Breton. Born in Halifax, Catherine attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she learned drawing and painting. She also studied figure drawing at St. Mary’s University and the University of Alberta. Catherine moved from Halifax in 1984 to live in Cape Breton permanently, painting the landscape, buildings and figures. She works en plein air and then in her own studio outside her home on the Morley Rd. in Eastern Cape Breton. For the past eight years, Catherine has been the coordinator for the Art of Living program which has an exhibition every summer at the Centre with established artists and cancer patients.
Kautzi is the creative outlet of Patrizia, a graphic designer based in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton. Born and raised in Germany, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, in 2005. For more than 10 years, Patrizia has been working as a self-employed graphic designer. In 2019, she emigrated to Canada with her husband Linus. She brought her graphic design business along and continues to work for clients near and far.
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Anne Morrell Robinson
Kingross Quilts & Fibre Art
Anne Morrell Robinson has fibre in her genes. Her ancestors were quilt makers, weavers, embroiders, knitters and seamstresses. She started sewing as a child, making doll clothes and then moved on to making her own one-of-a-kind garments. The revival of quilt making in the 1970’s inspired her to start designing and stitching her own quilts. With almost 600 quilts to her credit she still finds great joy in the whole process. With what seems like an endless supply of fabric and ideas waiting to be turned into quilts and rugs the journey continues.
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Oakleaves Native Creations
Nancy Oakley is a First Nations artist of Mi’kmaq and Wampanoag descent. She was raised in Massachusetts where her father was the grand chief of Wampanoag Nation. She decided to move to her mother’s reserve in Eskasoni First Nation to better understand her heritage. She has been involved in art all her life, attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico and NSCAD. Nancy has had her own craft business for the last 20 years, focusing on pottery and beadwork. Her pottery is stone polished and smoke fired and incorporates sweetgrass used for purification in First Nation cultures. Nancy lives and works in Eskasoni.
Anita Ouellette was born in New Waterford but lived in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg before returning to Cape Breton 47 years later. Self-taught, she began painting in oils as a means of expression, capturing the beauty of the Quebec countryside and its many different lifestyles. Painting portraits came naturally and, in 1985, she painted Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, which was presented to him by Rock Lasalle. Returning to the Island that she loves so dearly, Anita settled in the historical village of Louisbourg where her passion for painting continues.
Betty began her love of crafting over 40 years ago. After trying everything from crocheting and knitting to quilting and lampshade making, she began rug hooking. Betty has attended many rug workshops and schools and has studied with a variety of teachers. She is a member of the Down East Rug Hooking Guild and Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia and has taught at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Her most recent venture in craft is needle felting, creating whimsical ornaments.
Lynne Pascoe & Lester Wood
Located in the beautiful Margaree Valley in Cape Breton, Sheep’s Clothing was established in 2002 by Lynne Pascoe and Lester Wood. This cottage-based knitwear business produces quality knitwear with an emphasis on classical design, quality materials made by hand in the cultural traditions of Cape Breton. Sheep’s Clothing has a reputation of being one of Nova Scotia’s premier knitwear producers, being recognized by product quality and distinctive classical design.
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Tat’s Lace is a company located in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia that produces and sells tatted lace items. Each piece is entirely hand made by the shuttle method of tatting. The lace itself is made with mercerized cotton with the addition of beads at times to accentuate the particular piece. We have various product lines available: jewellery, hair accessories, bookmarks, Christmas ornaments, and art deco that would appeal to any customer. So if you are looking for a unique, one of a kind item for a special occasion or to just treat yourself then come visit us to see what a ‘lost art’ can offer you!
Salty Rose's & The Periwinkle Cafe
Caitlyn Rose is a jeweller inspired by the sea, shore, rocks, sticks and mountains of her birthplace, Cape Breton. Her work intends to share the energy and magic ignited by this place. Caitlyn graduated from NSCAD in 2009 with a passionate desire to make a career of jewellery design and creation. She was the Centre’s first Artist in Residence and followed that with two solo shows in Halifax. Now she can add entrepreneur to her CV, having opened her own shop, Salty Rose’s and the Periwinkle Café, in Ingonish.
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Connie has been crafting since she was five years old, knitting children’s clothing with her mother. Sixty years later, she is a prolific creator of knitted, sewn, and crocheted pieces of her own designs. Find her felted hats and more at the Centre’s Gallery Shop, and local craft markets.
Molly makes knitted and crocheted fantasy creatures including fairies, unicorns, dragons and mermaids. She also makes seahorses, crabs, fish and flying pig fridge magnets, as well as crocheted dreamcatchers, mandalas and bracelets. Molly is a member of the Baddeck Quilters Guild and her creations have appeared in their two shows, the first midsummer in Baddeck and the second at the Baddeck Fibre Festival. Molly enjoys working with unusual and hand-dyed yarns.
Sunset Art Gallery
William is a French Acadian born and raised in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. He is completely self-taught and has done woodcarvings and paintings since he was a child. He has been very fortunate to have been able to make his living at what he loves to do for the last 26 years. Many pieces of his work are very colourful and whimsical and all of his woodcarvings are made of pine and then painted. A number of his pieces are commissioned and the rest is left up to his creative imagination. He has work worldwide and some have also gone as far as Switzerland.
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Josephine Clarke Textiles
Josie Robinson is a textile artist and surface designer. Growing up in the Robson Valley in BC, Josie was always surrounded by a community of makers. She accredits her creative spirit to her childhood in a small town. Her expertise lies in the use of plant based dyes and pigments. She uses plants that grow locally as well as sought after plants from around the world to create colour on cloth. Specifically, her work specializes in Japanese shibori, where patterns are created in the cloth by tying or by geometric woodblock clamped folding. As an artist, she sees value in use. She aims to create pieces that her customers can both use in their daily lives and cherish for their unique beauty.
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Bill is an accomplished artist who has had many exhibitions and awards in Canada and USA, and signature memberships in three watercolour societies: Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Transparent Watercolour Society of America and Societé Canadienne de l’Aquarelle. Most of his work is done from life, figures, and landscapes. Bill’s dominant medium is watercolour although he also works in oils in which he plays up the richness and intensity of colour. Etchings and monoprints are also a part of his repertoire. In May 2014, Bill served as the Royal Tour Artist for the 2014 Royal Tour of Canada by HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
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Krista Rose, owner of Blissful Rose, creates all-natural soy candles that are hand-poured and scented with 100% pure essential oils. Blissful Rose candles are plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable, and feature clean burning wax.
Hugh attended the University of New Brunswick, completing a degree in forestry, then moved to Port Hawkesbury to pursue a career in Industrial Forestry in which he had the opportunity to work in all aspects of forestry. Taking up woodworking as a hobby was a natural thing to do and Hugh discovered wood turning which has become his passion. It is very rewarding to start with a raw piece of wood and see it transformed into something beautiful and/or useful. Now retired, Hugh has time to devote to wood turning and to make his work available to those who enjoy turned objects.
Joanne & Ron Schmidt
Joanne and Ron Schmidt turned their dreams into reality in 1994 when they founded Galloping Cows Fine Foods. They started small, selling their delightful sauces and preserves around their home base in Port Hood. Years of hard work and dedication have transformed Galloping Cows into producers for fine foods retailers across the country. From their home kitchen, the Schmidts have perfected their unique and delicious flavours. And, true to their farming roots, they use only the freshest, ripest fruits.
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Ann Schroeder Studio
Ann has been making quilts for over 30 years. She took art classes in college and continued to learn through reading, workshops and experimentation. She began dyeing fabric to have a better range of colours and patterns and has branched out into dyeing silk scarves. Her work has been displayed in Mary Black Gallery and Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, and featured in Fiberarts Design Book Six, and Art Quilts: A Celebration, both published by Lark Books. One of Ann’s quilts was purchased by Nova Scotia Art Bank. Ann lives and works in Mabou.
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bernard siller is conceived of stardust and dreams his own quantum existence. Educated at Sydney Academy, McGill and Concordia, the poet who once battled ignorance recognizes no limits to knowledge and the multiples of relative truth to now create surreal beauty in unique objects of pure imagination contributing mixed media visual art to collections sprinkled over this continent. bernard works and lives in Sydney.
Dawn’s creative side goes back to her childhood. She explored art and craft especially enjoying needlework and painting. She’s taken classes and workshops along the way and discovered new materials and techniques and learned more and more about ‘form’. Dawn’s interest in making beautiful things from ‘experienced’ instrument strings is a way to relate her love of form with music. Dawn also likes the idea of recycling these shiny, durable, and well- made metal objects, saving them from going into the landfill—giving them an Encore.
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Artisan, Courtney Smith, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2014. She has since returned to her Cape Breton home and manages a local art & craft gallery in the Village of Baddeck called Victoria County Creates. Courtney’s original paintings are created using highly pigmented, crushed glass powder called enamel, mixed with water and layered on top of sheet glass. When the painting is dry it goes through fusing process in a glass kiln at a temperature of 1485°F. Commissions welcome!
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Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery
Wendy Smith is a stained glass artist and owner of Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery located on the Cabot Trail. She is a self-taught artist with a love for glass that fueled the creation of the gallery and studios. Over 25 glass artists come and create in the studios and the gallery features their work. Falling love with Cape Breton as a visitor, then moving here in 1996 with three children and a dog, Wendy finds the Island brings out the artist and helps inspire new creations.
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Colouratura Art Gallery & Cabotto Chocolates
Chocolate maker and gallery owner, Penny Steele runs the Colouratura Fine Art Gallery which is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction so visitors can enjoy your time in the Gallery. Colouratura features 30 Cape Breton artists. Cabotto Chocolates are hand crafted with fine quality calebault Belgium chocolate, liquors, nuts and flavourings. Penny makes them in small batches so they are fresh and delicious.
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Leona Marie Designs
Leona is an artist and retired teacher living in Sydney. After many years of teaching she decided to continue her education in art education. Her other professional training includes many and varied art courses: stone sculpture, paper making, painting, life drawing. For the last 10 years, Leona main study and practice has been in the creation of distinctive, hand crafted, one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewellery in a mix of classic, modernist and contemporary designs.
Mel combines her life-long fibre arts studies and academic studies in biology to explore and teach a vast array of plant-based mordants and dyes, and an ecological stewardship approach to all fibre arts. Mamie’s Schoolhouse was founded by ecological fibre artist Mel Sweetnam, a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design and the Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild, founder of the Unama’ki/Cape Breton Fibre Trail, and President of the Victoria County Arts Council. Mamie was Mel’s Mother and her first fibre arts and conservation teacher.
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Teddy has always been drawn to beauty whether in nature, people or art. After retirement, Teddy returned home to Sydney and began attending classes at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. Teddy has taken many jewellery classes and workshops and also participated in the Metal Arts Guild of Nova Scotia annual competition, winning Best Piece Open. Teddy loves creating unique pieces, especially with unusual stones and settings. She enjoys taking raw materials and melting or moulding them into one of a kind designs.
Born in Ontario, Eleanor Thomas has lived the majority of her life on the east coast, more specifically, Cape Breton, and has spent just as many of those years working on different craft media – knitting, crocheting, quilting, weaving, leather work, painting and wood work. In 2001, she was introduced to Bunka and since then has completed over 80 pictures of birds, flowers, scenery and animals. A large majority of these pictures have won awards and red ribbons at a provincial fair level.
Wood provides Andrew with a medium to express himself and to share with others the beauty found within each piece. Using Cape Breton wood as the starting point, he shapes each piece to take advantage of the natural features present. From these, Andrew creates a one-of-a-kind work of art. He takes inspiration from the natural elements of Cape Breton, (wind, water and forests) to guide him as he creates functional art.
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Kris Tynski is a nature photographer on Cape Breton Island. His passion for the outdoors started at an early age, and through his work, he highlights Cape Breton to the world, bringing those from the Island closer to nature and home. Kris has been published in Canadian and European wildlife magazines, and various local newspapers.
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Alison Uhma is an illustrator and comic book maker living in Cape Breton. Born in the village of Neil’s Harbour, she travelled through the US and Canada playing tennis in her youth. Today she creates illustrations and sequential art, both fun and cerebral in a shared artist space in the historic north end of Sydney. In her downtown, she enjoys reading, rug hooking and canoeing with her husband and children.
Gundi is a glass artist who was born in Germany and lived several years in Chile before moving to Canada in 1973. Gundi’s studio is beautifully situated in a pretty Cape Breton cove overlooking the open north Atlantic Ocean. The ever-changing nature and weather provide much of the inspiration for her unique sculptures, in particular the bright light and ice formations of the Canadian winter. Each of Gundi’s pieces is painstakingly created. Plate glass is cut into small pieces, then tumbled to remove sharp edges and bonded with an ultra-strong UV-activated adhesive into a multi-faceted sculpture. Art pieces can be made to order, including large-scale sculptures up to six feet tall.
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Ann Marie Wall
Ann Marie Wall
Ann Marie Wall was born and raised in Sydney. Mainly self-taught artist, painting has been a passion of hers since a young age. She enjoys exploring the mediums of watercolour, acrylic and oil. “The world around me influences what I choose to paint. I love the challenge of trying to put on a canvas what I see in my head and feel in my heart. People, animals and moments of life that affect me emotionally eventually find their way to my canvas. I never have to wander far on Cape Breton Island to find inspiration for new creations.”
Karen Wawer Jewellery Design
Self-taught; Karen lives by the adage, “see one, do one, teach one” and rose from student to teacher in two years. She loves the process of creation, the attention to detail and the joy of seeing the final result. Her pieces are handcrafted in North Sydney and are inspired by the metal she creates. Forging, fusing, reticulation, and metal clay are used to make one-of-a-kind pieces in both silver and gold.
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Kyla Dunphy Williams
Night Owl Coffee Roasters
Meet Kyla. She is a creative and oh so passionate about all things coffee. From the bean to the grind to how it’s brewed, it’s all relative. At her private roasting studio in Ingonish, Cape Breton, she handcrafts artisanal, small batch roasted, single origin and specialty blends of coffee beans ethically sourced from cooperative free & fair trade farmers from all over the globe. And when she isn’t working on sourcing beans and roasting delicious coffee, you’ll find her grinding and brewing at her family’s café, the Bean Barn in Ingonish.
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La Bella Mona Lisa
Born in Montreal, Michel left home when he was 20 to travel the world. Many years later, he decided to explore the Maritimes with the idea of fulfilling one of his dreams of living by the sea. In 1989, he discovered and moved to St. Joseph du Moine on the western side of Cape Breton. In 1990, Michel opened a gallery La Bella Mona Lisa. Michel has been described as a “primitive and colourist like Rousseau, his work combines the naive with the surreal.” Michel’s paintings are explorations of everyday life filled with humour and passion.
Big Hill Pottery
Linda is a potter and visual artist who immigrated from Scotland in 1974. After graduating from Sheridan School of Craft & Design in 1985, she started her first studio in Hamilton, Ontario, then moved to Muskoka where she operated Northshore Pottery for almost 20 years. In 2009, Linda moved to Cape Breton and opened Big Hill Pottery near Baddeck. Linda loves to create with texture and form, putting much emphasis on the function of the item. A great deal of consideration is given to the total integration of each piece. All pottery can be used in the oven, microwave and dishwasher.
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Jitka spent many years as an occupational therapist consulting about care for persons with Alzheimer’s and is still invited to speak and present workshops throughout North America. Pottery is now a passion that she indulges, constantly experimenting and exploring new techniques to produce one-of-a-kind functional pieces – art that can be used every day. Most production takes place in the serene wintry months in her studio in Wreck Cove. True to its functional nature, Jitka’s stoneware is food, oven and microwave safe.