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The Sylvan Circle Tour

The Complete List of Artisans

Updated: By Sheri Minardi

The Sylvan Circle Tour artists invite you to spend a glorious fall day exploring the diverse artistry of our region. We welcome visitors to discover what it means for artists and artisans to live and work in their communities. The tour is self guided and absolutely free. Look for the Sylvan Circle signs.

Each year there are over 50 artists and artisans showing in community halls and studios on the 100 km Sylvan Circle Tour, taking in some of our area’s most picturesque scenery.

In addition, a number of the exhibitors demonstrate during the day, and local groups sell food and drink at many of the tour sites.

Check out the SCT website:  www.sylvancircle.ca

For more information contact Skip Bailey at (705) 946-3774 or info@sylvancircle.ca

The following halls and studios exhibit 57 artists and artisans on this year’s Sylvan Circle Tour 2016:

Bruce Mines Community Hall

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Michele Forrester and Hans Wesselius draw inspiration from the unique grains and patterns in wood. Their work includes wall sculptures, plaques and functional wood pieces.
(705) 782-6938
info@itsinthewood.com
www.itsinthewood.com

Sheila Currie’s artwork portrays cultural awareness and global understanding from the artist’s perspective. Come see her world renowned works!
(705) 842-3599
watercoloursbysheila@gmail.com
www.watercoloursbysheila.com

Nancy Sachro creates functional and decorative fabric art using a wide variety of techniques, fabrics, fibres and found objects.
(705) 759-8496
gil.sachro@sympatico.ca
Demonstrator

Gil Sachro unites function and design to create a diverse range of tableware and one-of-a-kind pottery. Pieces are uniquely carved, textured and glazed.
(705) 759-8496
gil.sachro@sympatico.ca

Kim McHale utilizes cheerful colour combinations when creating fused glass items that are nature inspired, yet whimsical.
(705) 782-0164
groovyglassshed@gmail.com

Zoey Wood-Salomon paints in the traditional Woodland style reflecting her Odawa heritage. Zoey has one book published called “Healing Through Art”.
(705) 759-4897
zoeyjimws@shaw.ca

Jude Ortiz is an award winning Goldsmith Silversmith with one-of-a-kind studio designs. She creates fine jewellery for every day pleasure and special occasions.
(705) 942-8283
judeortiz@hotmail.com
www.judeortiz.com

Bruce Station

brucestation

Janice Miller’s hand-stitched English smocked garments, unique fabric snowmen, moose and winter creations are today’s gifts and tomorrow’s treasures.
(705) 942-8051
jan.miller@shaw.ca
Demonstrator

Mike Nebesniuk is a landscape photographer who enjoys the surrealistic look of HDR photography finding beauty where others would not.
(705) 257-1198
nebey@hotmail.com
www.viewbug.com/member/NebeyPhotography

Sarah MacDonald is inspired by local Canadian wildlife when she creates her watercolour animal silhouettes with an array of flowers and foliage.
(705) 248-3163
sarah-macd@hotmail.com
www.intothewilds.etsy.com

Jan Mosher’s unique, one-of-a-kind Fairy and Gnome houses and accessories are made of stoneware, for indoor and outdoor gardens.
(705) 254-7905
ladybugg62@yahoo.com

Gerry Richard designs fine home decor allowing the characteristics of new and reclaimed materials to create unique and functional pieces.
(705) 946-4811
gerry@infinitestyleinc.com
www.etsy.com/ca/shop/InfiniteStyleInc

Desbarats Arena

debaratsarena

Sarah Buckley designs and weaves functional household textiles and personal accessories using natural fibres.
(705) 246-2819
sarahcollena@gmail.com
Demonstrator

Eileen Halfpenny’s paintings maintain their own identity and sense of control, although she is capable of emulating styles like Abstract Expressionism or Impressionism.
(705) 942-4464
info@ehalfpennyart.com
www.ehalfpennyart.com

Bev Hamel is a potter; her goal is to create comfortable, practical high-fired stoneware pieces that serve to enhance decorative elements.
(705) 248-2176
hamelb@hotmail.ca

Bob Hamel uses local and exotic woods and strives to feature their inherent beauty in every piece that he creates.
(705) 248-2176
bobhamel@hotmail.com

Carson Merriefield, a fused glass artist whose work encompasses a wide range of ‘kiln formed’ creations, from jewellery to functional items and art.
(705) 971-9389
carsonmerriefield@gmail.com
www.carsonmerriefield.com

Ralpha Cady’s handcrafted dolls are made of double-knit with embroidered faces. They are dressed in prints and filled with 100% polyester fiberfill.
(705) 549-7945
justfriends@rogers.com
www.justfriendsofjayne.com

Echo Bay Hall

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Suzan Love’s art is inspired by her writing/poetry, created by her imagination and influenced by life and her love of fairytales.
(705) 943-7855
artbysuzan@hotmail.com
www.suzanlove.com

Jim & Joanie Lindamood Jim carves lifelike birds in tupelo or basswood. Joanie then completes each piece with detailed painting before being mounted on driftwood.
(705) 461-1745
jjl1234@eastlink.ca

Tiana Pollari loves to design her individual pieces to create unique jewellery using gemstones, crystal and natural elements.
(705) 942-2807 or cell (705) 206-1793
tianabob@shaw.ca

Leslie Burt carves in soapstone found worldwide. His sculptures come in a variety of colours caused by minerals leaching into the stone.
(705) 942-3777
lesburt@hotmail.com

Lise Portelance weaves colourful traditional blankets known as “catalognes”. Working with modern fibers she creates a variety of sizes that are machine washable.
(705) 843-2789
porteliseleo@xplornet.ca

Marilyn Mill’s paintings of Lake Superior and the surrounding areas are created to express the beauty we have all around us.
(705) 254-7272
millsymf@gmail.com
www.art-by-marilyn.com

Stephanie Andrews is a graphite artist that captures the realism and beauty of wildlife.
(705) 297-1779
steph@stephsgraphite.com
www.stephsgraphite.com

Wanita Barber’s trees are made from wire. They are hand manipulated into a one-of-a-kind design. Custom orders are available.
(705) 782-0436
keepingrooteddesigns@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/Keeping-Rooted-Designs

Laura McRae creates beautifully handcrafted candles. She uses 100% pure Canadian beeswax in a variety of designs and sizes.
(705) 206-9071
lauramcrae62@gmail.com
www.birdsandbeeswax.weebly.com

Elks Hall       

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Jack Dunning creates functional and decorative stoneware pottery, playing with many shapes and glazes. His photography also captures nature’s natural beauty.
(705) 248-2321
jack@echoriver.ca
www.echoriver.ca

Russ Mason has been a weaver and dyer for over 40 years, Russ continues to explore functional woven structures and new colour combinations.
(705) 759-2086
russ.mason@shaw.ca

Pat & Nancy Caldwell’s wood bands are hot water bent around forms and the covers feature fancy woods or watercolour nature art.
(705) 575-2231
wlscp3@gmail.com
Demonstrator

Doug Hook has been a professional watercolour painter for 46 years. His work is in hundreds of collections around the world.
(705) 246-2457
doug.hook@sympatico.ca
www.doughook.com

Lawrence Howard’s unique woodturnings are emphasized by fine finishes.  His award winning pieces are both decorative and functional.
(705) 253-7983
lawdar67@gmail.com

Carmen Sims works with silver, copper and semiprecious stones. Carmen designs and creates jewellery that ranges from fun to classic, to absolutely elegant.
(705) 822-6395
carmensims@xplornet.ca

Cathy Barton’s decorative and functional pieces range from napkin holders and vases to lamps and sun catchers in a rainbow of colours.
(705) 949-4487
b.c.barton@shaw.ca

Laird Hall

lairdhall

David Solomon is an award winning woodworker creating decorative boxes and serving boards from exotic woods and burls with complimentary colours and patterns.
(705) 759-8790
davep.solomon@gmail.com
http://citizensofcraft.ca/profile/david-solomon

Karen Nisbet makes one-of-a-kind earthenware dishes and whimsical sculptures. She uses a wheel and hand building to create her unique creations.
(705) 949-6348
kareniz@hotmail.com
www.hummingbirdstudio.ca

Susan Coventry is a nature and wildlife photographer who finds beauty and inspiration all around her. Photography has been a passion since her teens.
(705) 785-3274
herdingdog@hotmail.com

Lou Lacroix is always original and creative. Her artwork is full of colour, movement. Lou’s recycled wool hats are practical and awesome.
(705) 843-0884
algomamoon@gmail.com
www.sites.google.com/site/algomamoon

Jeanne Dumas was born and raised by the shores of Lake Superior which influences her jewellery creations of stone and natural materials.
(705) 882-2231
jeannesnorthernvision@gmail.com

Leeburn Hall

leeburnhall

Errol Caldwell Errol creates unique and functional woodturnings and wood products from native and exotic woods. He is a licensee with Ontario Wood.
(705) 248-1545
errol.helene@gmail.com
www.theturningpoint.ca

Melanie Springbett works in oil, acrylic, pastel and pencil drawings. She specializes in pet portraits and does commissions.
(705) 943-2592
melspringbett@yahoo.ca
www.melaniespringbett.com
Demonstrator

Phil Jones is a First Nations artist from Garden River, Ontario whose art represents Woodland Legends and Teachings.
(705) 779-3958
rmraud@gardenriver.ca
Demonstrator

MacLennan Hall

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Sheri Minardi Photography captures wildlife, landscapes, still life, portraitures and commercial images in Algoma and area through her lens.
(705) 971-5616
sheri.minardi@shaw.ca
www.sheriminardi.com

Kelly Boyer specializes in all occasion floral design using both fresh and artificial flowers with special attention to Weddings and Sympathy arrangements.
(705) 542-8005
kelly@foreverflowersbydesign.com
www.foreverflowersbydesign.com

Graham Shell is a hobby builder of replica models built to scale with functioning components. Graham also makes many kitchen and household items.
(705) 246-2222
gnhiltonhollow@hotmail.com

Laura Fleming mixes wire work and her love of pets to create one-of-a-kind jewellery for pets and their owners.
(705) 251-4471
laurafleming130@gmail.com
Demonstrator

Rydal Bank Hall

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Skip Bailey uses wheel, hand building techniques and a variety of clay and glaze combinations to create functional, decorative and whimsical pottery.
(705) 946-3774
gump.dot@shaw.ca

Steve Dyni releases the natural beauty of local and exotic woods creating bowls, vessels and decorative items for people to use and enjoy.
(705) 254-6021
steve.dyni@shaw.ca

Debra Morin’s original jewellery designs reflect nature’s colour, sparkle and beauty. Quality stones and crystals combine to create classic and distinctive pieces.
(705) 759-0414
deb.steve@shaw.ca

Hugh Morrow finds watercolour media lends itself well when painting rustic subject matter. His work includes landscapes, marine life, people and floral.
(705) 946-2386
hughmorrow@hotmail.ca

Sylvan Valley Hall

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Lucy Boston is an award winning fabric artist using 100% cotton/batik for her wildlife/country quilt collections and Raggedy Ann/Andy dolls.
(705) 945-9294
wboston7@shaw.ca

Gayanne Bronicheski’s work includes beautiful one-of-a-kind stained glass from small window ledge birds to lamp shades, from full panels to personalized designs.
(705) 842-6994
gayanneb@hotmail.com

Renée Anne Bouffard-McManus creates watercolours that capture cherished moments and treasured memories, turning them into loving reminders of special times.
(705) 253-0137
reneeanne@shaw.ca
www.artbyreneeanne.com

Lynden Pond creates high fired porcelain pottery in pastel coloured celadon glazes that are decorated with local flora and birds.
(705) 949-1057
lyndenpond@gmail.com

Brian Tremblay is a photographer who primarily works in film and creates his black and white prints in a traditional darkroom.
(705) 541-8316
brian@tremblayphoto.com
www.tremblayfinephotography.com

Studios

sylvan circle tour studios

Brander Studio – Hilkka Brander and her sister Lena Skyum, artfully recycle clothing and material by weaving them into beautiful, practical Finnish-style “rag rugs”.
(705) 785-3453 / 3842
finnweavers@gmail.com

S & S Creations – Stephanie Mitchell and Steve Haaksman combine stained glass, local stone and metal to truly create one-of-a kind and unique pieces.
(705) 785-2466
sandscreations@hotmail.ca
www.sandscreations.ca
Demonstrator

About Sheri Minardi

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Sheri Minardi is a retired teacher from the Algoma District School Board. Along with the love of teaching, Sheri has a passion for photography. Sheri Minardi Photography captures the magnificent Algoma region through her lens. She loves to set out on adventures to capture Wildlife, Landscape and Still Life.

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