Weyburn area artists anticipate upcoming Art Farm

Weyburn This Week
May 23, 2014 01:00 AM

Photographer John Woodward is one of 30 local artists who will be taking part in the Art Farm experience on June 14 at the van der Breggen acreage.

Celebrating the art world in Weyburn, Art Farm is a family event that will include food, live music, face painting, horse drawn wagon rides as well as art in many mediums.

Terry Creuer is a clay artist who will be one of the 30 artists to display and sell their artwork at Art Farm on Saturday, June 14.

"After the kids were off to university, we needed something to do, so my husband and I took a pottery class at Signal Hill. I got hooked," said Creurer.

She has taken her clay works from functional pottery to works of art for the garden and the home.

"I love how you can change a lump of clay into just about anything," she said. "Clay, when it is soft and moist will take on anything. As I'm sculpting, everything keeps leading to something new."

Creurer has been teaching the kids pottery classes in the spring and fall at Signal Hill Arts Centre and has also instructed the May Clay program which sends school children through the pottery experience in the month of May.

One of her favourite pieces is a sculpture inspired by Saskatchewan Roughriders guard Brendon LaBatte which is currently on display at the Allie Griffin Art Gallery, along with other pieces from her collection including a tile wall hanging which was done in raku, which is a reduction oxidization technique used in pottery.

"Raku is neat. It's a really interesting process because it's totally different. The tile wall hanging was a rewarding experience. I had an idea in my mind, and to watch that materialize is beautiful," she said.

Art Farm is a fun experience for Creurer as she enjoys the festival atmosphere, seeing all the different art and talking to people who are interested in either her work or getting involved in pottery.

"Art Farm is a venue to display and sell my art and to generate public interest," she said.

Along with Creurer, photographer John Woodward will also be displaying and selling his photographs.

Woodward has been through technological advances in his photographic career as he started taking pictures in high school in 1965.

"Years ago my dad gave me a German camera he got in the Second World War," said Woodward.

From then on he dabbled in photography on the west coast where he went to university for his education degree.

"Photography was always a hobby. When I settled in Stoughton, I made a darkroom in the basement," he said.

Mostly minimalistic type of photography with lots of white space, Woodward takes the pictures of things that catch his eye, and most of the time, its right in his backyard.

"You don't have to go far to get good pictures. If I get up at 5 a.m. and see a beautiful sunrise, that's what I'll take a picture of, and it's right off my back deck."

Painters, potters, photographers, musicians, performing artists come together to give a market type experience in a casual country atmosphere at Art Farm on Saturday, June 14 at the van der Breggen acreage.

Admission to Art Farm is $2 and children under 12 get in free.

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