Ralf Wall (Raflar)
My name is Ralf Wall, artistically I go by Raflar (the Wanderer). I am an artist and I love the great outdoors. Painting landscapes out in the wild is one of the greatest pleasures I have. Most of my watercolours are painted on location (en plein aire) and I rarely use photographs.
I love to capture the ruggedness of the trees and rocks, the moodiness of the clouds and water, the energy felt from the warmth of the summer sun or the biting winter cold wind. These are the elements I try to show in my paintings. My goal is to bring back a little bit of the outdoors so that people can share my connection with nature in their homes and work.
Albert is a professional artist with over 35 years of experience as a fine artist and 20 years teaching and painting. Albert has designed, administered and taught numerous individual and group art courses across the Region. He was also commissioned to produce artwork for Kodak Canada, Panasonic, The Vancouver Aquarium, The Calgary Zoo, Molson Indy & Royal City Real Estate.
Atena is an artist and educator who resides in Kitchener. She has a degree in Fine Arts and has taken courses at both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier.
In her work, Atena incorporates a blend of traditional European style and contemporary North American modernisnism.
Fabio started painting and drawing at an early age. A graduate of the Central Technological School in Hamilton, Ontario, Fabio has kept up his studio practice for over 30 years and has an extensive exhibition history including in countries such as Spain and Cyprus.
L.T. has been working actively as an artist since she graduated from the Sculpture/Installation Program at OCAD in 1992. During those nearly twenty years her work has spanned numerous mediums including sculpture, painting and mixed media. Her work is in many permanent and private collections internationally.
Sheila MacDonald Roberts
Sheila took informal painting lessons as a child from artist Adrian Dingle.She attended the Doon Schoolof Art and was taught by F.H. Varley, A. J. Casson and others. Sheila was the first female student to win the T.Eaton Scholarship. She then spent a season at the Stratford Festival as a costume painter and won the Guthrie Award for costume break-down.
Robert is a Master Printmaker educated in Canada (McMaster University, BA) and the United Kingdom (Edinburgh College of Art, MFA). He has exhibited world-wide for over 30 years and is included in many private and public collections in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. His primary focus is a humanist-expressionist technique involving the figure in various environments and modes of interpretation. He also held the Senior Artist- In-Residence at Button Factory Arts.
Allie is an artist and arts educator working in Waterloo. A BFA graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a major in Sculpture and Installation; she focuses within a conceptual practice spanning a
variety of media including clay, fibre, plaster, plastics, found objects, video and projection.
Amy achieved a degree in product design, which has provided her with a unique and solid foundation for later pursuing a career in art. During 20 years of painting, the remainder of her art education has been self-taught, allowing her to develop an intuitive, transformative technique with a distinct, organic style.
Crystal is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and passionate about the natural environment, youth and community. Crystal enjoys engaging others in the use of recycled materials to create works of art. Crystal Bradford and her partner Liam Kijewski own ‘Wildlife Gardening’ a landscaping, restoration and native plant nursery.
George Wale is an artist, educator and curator. He studied visual art, philosophy (BA) and adult education (MEd). Currently George is teaching art workshops and courses for OntarioLearn, Mohawk College and art galleries in the region. He is also developing a new body of artwork for exhibition. George was the Director of Programs at the Burlington Art Centre 1997 – 2013.
Liam is working as an eco-arts instructor with WCAC, Liam co-ordinates the K-W Procession of the Species Celebration with partner, Crystal Bradford. Graduate of OIART, Liam is also a musician, playing bass, drums and rapping in several different groups in the Region.
Nathan is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama program at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. He plays guitar
in local band The Bosswich and teaches Lego classes and birthday parties at Toy Building Zone in St. Jacobs.
Like many of us Anne's mom taught her to knit as a child and in the years following she knit a few boyfriend scarfs. But when they moved to KW in 1992 and she joined the KW Knitters Guild, a whole new knitting world opened up for her. She has been knitting and designing knitwear ever since.
By virtue of my on-going, life long interest in nature, studies in Zoology - many of my personal works reflect that love. Textures, shapes and forms, especially sea-life and fish, mingle in my imagination and are reproducible in silver clay forms.Metal clay is such a healing, engrossing process that captures me every time I pick it up! Although I enjoy making my own work to sell and fabricating commissions for special clients, my first love is sharing this medium with others in classes! Teaching silver clay, to beginners and more advanced students is my favorite aspect of this medium. Introducing complete newbies, who swear they haven't a creative bone in their bodies, is the best! Seeing their work, when their imaginations break free, as the clay beacons and enchants them, is so exciting and positive for all involved!
Aside from helping people discover their inner artist, demonstrating safe and reproducible techniques is my primary focus. Helping people find their own voice and style is an amazing process!
Nancy is a visual artist from Waterloo. She is a watercolour instructor at Button Factory Arts and is exploring the various printmaking methods studying under Master printmaker Robert Creighton. She also designs and creates jewellery using precious metals at Connie Godwin Jewellery Studio. Her art is inspired by her community and travels.
Robert was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and currently lives in Kitchener, Ontario. His undergraduatedegree from the University of Manitoba focused on printmaking, and he has studied in France, Mexico and Toronto.