I slipped out for a moment and came back to find that Augustine had arrived, hung up her hat and is recovering from jet-lag in the old hay loft behind Carnforth. When did she arrive? This really is going to be an adventure!

Soul Food Artists

Augustine
Carol Abel
Charity Alva
Natalie d'Arbeloff
Blanche d'Arbeloff
Heather Blakey
Greg Blakey
Leonie Bryant
Sharon Boggon
Joanna Colbert
Lori Gloyd
Edwina Peterson Cross

Trendle Ellwood
Bobbi Fetterly

Irene Fialho
Deanne Fitzpatrick

Gabe Cyr
Stephanie Hansen
Jenny Harris

Kristine Kadlec
Sylvia Kleindinst
Louise Levergneux
Vi Jones
Marianne Mathiasen
Quinn McDonald
Rachel Murphree
Southern Muse
Megan Noel

Linda Plaisted
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Lyndia Radice
Winnie Rose Reyes
Naomi Rifkin
Fran Sbrocchi
Barbara Schaefer
Sharon Shubert
Patricia Stewart
Jane Tilton
Shari Vogt

Winnie Rose Reyes

Winnie Rose Reyes believes that every work is a triumph in itself like life is. She says that it is more the process of creation that is the true meaning of art. Reyes feels that it doesn't much matter whether others react to the end result in a positive or a negative way. What matters to her is that it elicits a reaction from them. Winnie believes that if a person ends up looking at the subject of a piece in a different way because of how she has presented it, then that gives her efforts meaning.

Artistic recycling is the process of using found paper, fabric and objects to create useful and beautiful pieces of art. Even food items, such as seeds, beans, and rice, can be used to create crop art. Recycled brown paper can be turned into life-size figurative sculptures, old hardcover books become bookshelves, and corrugated cardboard transforms into elegant picture frames.

Kristine Kadlec creates representational still life paper-weave collage using ordinary, common paper materials such as candy wrappers, coffee filters, postage stamps, sewing patterns, Christmas cards, shredded money, magazine pages, brown paper grocery bags, old maps, wrapping paper and newspapers which she calls artistic recycling. Artistic recycling is the process of using pieces of found paper to create useful and beautiful pieces of art. Strips of paper are woven together and then incorporated into the collage. "What other people consider garbage, I view as a wonderful medium for my paper-weave collage," Kadlec says.

Sharon Boggon

Fellow Australian, Sharon Boggon runs a project called Shareware. Sharon says that "In the past explorers used beads as a means of exchange in order to open new trading routes just as the development of the silicon chip has opened up a means of exchange in the "information" age." She has devoted a section of her site to providing a dictionary of embroidery stitches. She requested that people who use this resource send her a piece of fabric, or a button, or some lace or ribbon. If items have a story associated with them she wants to know about them. Sharon uses these objects in a work to provoke ideas about the slippery exchange between the virtual and the real. Personally I am intrigued by the stories that can be woven from these artifacts.

Another of Sharon's fascinating and highly innovative projects is Playing False. Playing False was a body of work Sharon produced for an exhibition "Playing False" held at the ACT Craft Gallery, Canberra in September 1997. In this series of panels she explored how women are representing themselves on the World Wide Web and the connection between 'home making' and 'home page'.

Colour your world and make a soulful difference



Being creative extends to brightening dark corners of your world. Stephanie Hansen really has the magic touch when it comes to filling rooms with colour.

Read her Interior Declaration and visit her studio to see the diversity of creatively inspired art that she has on display and then buy some paint pots and bright material and begin to colour your world.

Join the Patrons of Soul Food who, in their time at Soul Food, have found new and exciting forms of self expression.

Gabe Cyr

Gabe Cyr is a soul who teaches, creates, writes, helps people explore the wise messages they have to give themselves, but haven't yet heard…. all with visual arts and words as the journey.

She exhibits in galleries and arts events, has her art published in books, and win awards now and again.

Doing this keeps her juicy. Retirement from it is not an option.

 

 

Meet Quinn McDonald

Raw Art

Quinn McDonald wanted to be an obedient, dutiful wife and patient mother, but she was born at the wrong time. She became a writer—in ad agencies, in corporations, at a newspaper. Traveled all over the world. Took notes. There was always that restlessness, that raised eyebrow that wouldn’t behave. Then one day, during a performance review, her boss said, "You are different, and seem to enjoy it.” It was not a compliment. The clock on Quinn’s job security ticked to an end. From that day on, Quinn listened to her intuition, quit looking for meaning in life and began making meaning. She creates art, writes, teaches and rides her motorcycle in the amazing landscape of the Sonoran desert.

Meet Lori Gloyd

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Equipped with degrees in History and the Humanities, Lori Gloyd journeys on her creative quest through writing, photography, and digital montage art.  Lori's "day job" is as an administrative coordinator at a private university.  

Lori is a fifth-generation Californian and lives atop an ancient sand dune near Los Angeles.

Meet Shari Vogt

Shari Vogt believes that everyone is an artist. Everyone naturally creates. Whether it be a comforting home environment, a delicious batch of cookies, a sculpture, a song, or a gentle caress that communicates compassion, we all create. And it is that essence of creativity that is a form of communication that comes from our souls. When Shari creates, she may not know what she's creating at first. It may not come to her until she's finished, or even days later. Shari sees her art as a communication from her soul, almost like a dream is a communication from the subconsious. And it is through those communications that Shari learns to see the world and the people and nature around her in a whole new light, a warm and loving light that unites us all.

What Shari enjoys doing second to creating is inspiring others to create and to give. Through FoundArt Shari has formed a global community of artists who give without expecting anything in return. Members of the site leave their art in public places for others to find and enjoy. The surprise of finding something and then realizing it was left intensionally often leaves the finder with a sense of connection to others and optimism towards the community. "Others" are no longer nameless people who could care less. There's now at least one person out there that does care, who took time and effort to create something just to make another's day.

Smashing Glass Mosaics - Bobbi Fetterly

Bobbi Fetterly from Smashing Glass Studios joins us at Soul Food. She is evolving her mosiac work into mixed media mosaics and has discovered a liking for working with concrete as well. Bobbi's passion for gardening lends itself well to mosaics and concrete work. When Spring returns you will find herworking on her"whimsy garden", the rose garden, the perrenial garden..and of course, the weed filled vegetable garden.

Rachel Murphree

Rachel Murphree loves to turn found fabrics into finery... She gets a thrill out of making art by taking something that's been used and loved, listening to it speak to her of its potential, and then following its cues.

Rachel is fascinated by the interplay of texture and color, and combining unlike elements to create a coherent whole. She was a quilter before this phase of her artistic life, and then a beader, and comes from a tradition of repairing and reusing.

Naomi Rifkin

Are you a painter looking for new ways of seeing? Or maybe you feel the creative impulse, but stop yourself from painting out of fear of being judged or dread that you have nothing to say. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, twenty-four brightly colored jars of paint invite you to dive into a series of process painting workshops.

If you say yes to even one of these questions then you should come on in and meet Naomi Rifkin , and learn more about Brush Fire Painting. Rifkin will help you encounter your creative self.

Deanne Fitzpatrick

The Lookout courtesy of Deanne Fitzpatrick.

Deanne Fitzpatrick grew up on a hill overlooking the water, and watching it was her pastime. "That is a natural part of life by the water," she explains. "You watch it and plan your day by the rhythms of the tides. The omnipotence of the water is clear and understood by coastal people. It is said that you should never take the water for granted because it can only be counted on to change." Deanne's rug 'The Lookout' captures the essence of what she saw.

Check out Deanne's work and gain inspiration from her ideas. Make a story board of pictures that depict elements of your world and provide a sense of your place and space.

Sylvia Kleindinst

Sylvia Kleindinst talks about the art of making Paper Dolls. Learn to make dolls and use them to enhance your writing.

Natalie d'Arbeloff

Born in Paris, raised (consciousness) in South America, USA and Europe. Was happily married to Argentine-born British/Canadian potter Reg Dixon then I left. Have lived in London ever since and have dual nationality, British/American. My father was Russian, my mother French. You can see my parents' picture and read about my outlook in Natalie's Bike Ride to Clarity. Art education in Paris, New York, San Miguel Allende, Mexico and London. Many part-time jobs including: sales assistant, window-display designer, hotel receptionist, theatre box-office, filmscript writer, editor, fringe theatre performer, co-director of the Centre for the Imagination (London 1980's). But my main self-supporting activity, apart from art, has been teaching in adult education: drawing, painting, printmaking, problem-solving. It's my conviction, supported by experience, that every individual regardless of age, background or education has some unique creative ability which can be encouraged, developed and in some cases become the driving force in their lives. In London I taught at Camden Arts Centre, the City Literary Institute and Stanhope Institute. I was visiting Professor of Art at Colorado College, Colorado Springs and lectured at American and European institutions. I give workshops/talks on aspects of creativity and on my own work

Barbara Schaefer

Barbara Schaefer, University of Arizona BFA, San Francisco State MFA, currently residing in New York, is a painter, exhibiting in the US and in Europe. Having lived in Rome, Italy for 12 years has had a significant impact and influence on her work. She won a Helen Wurlitzer Foundation Award in 1998. Schaefer believes that her work in various art forms - dance, choreography, theater, poetry and music, has informed and enhanced her present work as a visual artist. The inter-relationship of these disciplines continues to develop her awareness of the underlying principles that are essential in all art forms.

Blanche d'Arbeloff

Blanche d'Arbeloff, born April 17, 1904, died August 19, 2001.

Blanche began painting at the age of 94, when people might be excused for staring trancelike at flickering images on their TV sets. In the last three years of her life she produced an extraordinary body of work bursting with vitality, spontaneity and originality.

Her first exhibition was held in May 2000 at the Mary Ward Adult Education Centre in London where she enrolled for painting classes after her husband died in 1996, aged 101. She and Alexander had been together for nearly 80 years.

Blanche's story is a timely reminder of the need for renewal. Her reinvention of self is inspirational.

The Art of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Where does her art come from?

My own Chinese background, through that of Roma, Celtic, Greek, Roman, and Indian to name a few. I have been interested in fantasy since I was eight when a friend introduced me to the world of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and for a long time, my art was just about creatures and figures from fantasy novels. Even now, much of it still comes from these sources, because I still enjoy it. But I slowly found myself moving away from strict fantasy in both literature and my art, and into the realms before and beyond "fantasy", which is mythology and folklore.

Tales in mythology and folklore stem from emotions, needs, desires, hopes, and beliefs that have survived through time, for thousands of years, across hundreds of cultures. These things are part of the essence of being alive, and of being human. There is something in these tales that makes people hold on to them, even without need of words on paper, but simple word of mouth. And so it is these images that I try to capture with my paintings.

In addition to mythology though, the other aspect of my art is the concept of "sacredness". I remember in an art class I once took, the lecturer was telling of a trip of his to Africa. He had stayed among tribes. One day, one of the men took him out and pointed to a lake, far in the distance. "That is a sacred lake," he was told. And he spoke to us in that lecture hall about how little in our world today is truly sacred any longer. The reverence that African held for the lake, the wonder, and absolute belief he held.

It is that sense which I try the most to convey with my work, a sense of wonder for things within the human experience that somehow sit upon the edges of our consciousness. Things that are hoped for, or perhaps only half remembered. Things that could be, if one were to look on the world and think and live with a different mindset that could see all the possibilities and wonders in this life.

I suppose that is why I also get asked quite often whether I am a pagan. The answer to that is no, but there is something on a spiritual level in my mind when I paint. It is something that is independant of religion however.

Aside from all that though...there is the part of me that just loves to draw and paint for its own sake. Forget meanings and high-minded interpretations...when it comes down to it, I just have a need to draw and create.

The Garden of Trendle Ellwood

Trendle Ellwood's enchanting, whimsical garden has been inspired by Lemuria, an oases within the Soul Food Cafe.

Twenty First Century Sun Lover - Edwina Peterson Cross

"May we gaze on the splendour of your guiding power that charges us with light." Edwina Peterson Cross has been working with her Wacom to draw on the power and the magic of the sun. Seeking a new form of expression Edwina became interested in experimenting with colour. Her experimentation revealed that she could use this light of the sun to produce controlled shapes and vibrant patterns of colour. The result is a triumph for art technology and reveals a fascinating blend of imagination and precision. Now that Cross has learned that her Wacom enables her to harness the energy of the sun we can expect to see great splashes of colour emanating from her computer - that magic box which has captivated her and opened a door to a bright new world.