Frank Parparcen is an artist with a degree in visual arts, specializing in the art of fire. In the last 16 years he has made glass his main material of expression, and teaching the means of sharing his experience.
My work as a whole is reflective of my journey through life. Each piece tells its part of the story. Driven by emotion, my work expresses feelings of ambition, hope, fear, exhilaration and determination. Bold colors and strong lines represent power and strength, while blended, textured areas speak more to personal growth, passion and the pursuit of happiness.
In my opinion, art is a very personal experience. To be viewed from ones own perspective. Not necessarily to be understood, but instead to be felt, and inspire a reaction in the viewer. It’s a love affair.
Lauren Judge was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. With over 22 years experience in hand knitting, Lauren has experimented with many different kinds of fibres and designs. In 2007, she started her own business creating and knitting original designs for accessories and garments made exclusively from natural fibres. Over the years, Lauren has developed as an abstract painter in fluid acrylics. She also has a fulfilling career in not-for-profit administration.
Stayce is a pen & ink and watercolour artist whose themes run toward the tribal and mythological, strongly influenced by an academic background in anthropology and an appreciation of the fantastic. An east-coast American now nesting in a home & studio called AEcern in Kitchener, Ontario, Stayce creates works of art that are small, jewel-like windows into other worlds. She is also a loud librarian, quiet drummer, mystified mother, and wondering woman.
My art started practically: my dry skin needed better bath and body products, something with high quality nutrient-rich ingredients. After making one batch of soap using the traditional cold process method, I embraced the creative possibilities of essential oils and other natural additives. Freshly ground oats speckle Oatmeal Scrub, delicate blue clouds enhance Serenity, the lack of scent highlights the purity and decadence of Hazelnut Cream.
I have been working in the Stained Glass field for 10 years now, learning the art of Lead Came and the Foil application. I have enjoyed constructing original pieces for homes and businesses in our local area. I have made many friends over the years teaching Stained Glass and Glass Fusing to people of all ages.
I am now working out of my home studio, creating one of kind Fused Glass bowls, trays, candle holders as well as Stained Glass Lanterns and Lamps.
I’ve recently combined Glass Carving into my art, giving a new dimension and endless possibilities to my creations. I am looking forward to the fall with new work offered for the Central Art Walk in Kitchener/Waterloo and the Rural Routes Studio Tour in Wilmot Township.
Hailing from Milton, Ontario, Kristen Antaya has called Kitchener-Waterloo her home since relocating to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. While she focuses primarily on traditional techniques, the images she creates are far more than the simple black and white images they appear to be. Her creations extend from paintings and drawings, to bracelets and one-off handiworks.
Sewing was always a passion of mine right from the age of 8 years old. From simple projects to ones that really challenged me further. I studied Fashion and Arts in Collage. As an artist I started looking into art with fabric. With my love of sewing and love to create, I began exploring new techniques with stitching, threads, and unique fabrics. As you will see I am inspired by nature with stones in the sand, trees, or with flowers. With on line research, my ideas were encouraged by many different contemporary artists. In short my goal is the bring nature with a new look into homes with my work.
Colour and Light features unique, abstract glass art by Erin Moffat. A former research chemist, Erin enjoys the fusion of science and art. She draws inspiration from nature for much of her work, and also likes to geek out a bit with her fun molecule-themed pieces. Erin’s fascination with Celtic imagery also shines through in her intricate knotwork in glass, and she is trying to save the environment one bottle at a time with beautiful, functional items made from recycled bottles.