Monday, 8 May 2017

Eden Mills Arts Festival

During May, we will post updates to tell you about the Eden Mills Arts Festival the last weekend of May.
At least ten members of the Bridges Communication Group will be showing their art and often their words as well. These are some of the artists' profiles:
Kevin Vasey: “Painting is a wonderful means of expressing thoughts, feelings, emotions and creativity. Working with colours and textures is calming and satisfying. I also enjoy writing, music, books, gardening and camping.” I appreciate Heidi and the Bloomfields for arranging and setting up the art display at Eden Mills.
Sara Lyne: “I live in Simcoe, Ontario. I enjoy music a lot and especially dancing! I go to Haldimand Abilities Centre very week to participate in the Canvas and Mocktails painting class. I have been doing this for a couple of years and have accumulated a gallery of my paintings. I enjoy using a lot of colour and different flowers are my favourite things to paint. I love to paint and find it relaxing and it makes me smile! I need colour in my life. I hope you enjoy my creations and find it a pleasure to look at!“
Isaac Wong has made a painting of a flower entitled I Love You, showing his colour and autistic love; had painted in the past but in an inclusive arts group for past 5 weeks. 
Christopher:. “My name is Christopher Wrigley and I am grateful to be sharing my writing with you. I have never been a creative visual artist but I enjoy art is in all of its magnificence. Nature is our ultimate inspiration; is it not? I have chosen a rainbow for my work here today because it is a fleeting wonder just as human lives on this our glorious planet. I am now losing my sight. I thank my friend Sophia for her assistance in making adaptations and spending her precious time in working with me. I also wish to thank my friend Andrew for arranging this show of work by individuals who must depend upon the dedication of loving friends to be heard. I give you my heart in peace and greater understanding for all those of differences.”
Jillian Mothersell: expresses herself very eloquently in words. She likes colours, especially light blue, and looking at the sky when the sun is shining. 
Joey Umbrico has been painting mainly in oils in his Toronto studio for 3-4 years with his teacher Gary. 
Matt (Matthew Macdonald): “I paint because it helps me to be free. It is a freeing thing to do.”
Tim Marmura has sent an abstract painting from Antigonish NS. Tim says: I enjoy painting. I prefer making large pieces over which I have more control. Music is very important in my life. It helps me relax. It pleases me that my artwork appears on L’Arche cards.
John Morris-Dadson: “I do artwork at the SEA (Community Services Sensory Exploration Arts) Program using paint and other things like sand, seashells, stones, glass and even eggshells and seeds. I like making art that is surprising and fun to see and touch.”
Andrew Bloomfield: “My words are a painting and my paintings show my words in colour and form. As I cannot speak with my voice, I use computers to express my thoughts and feelings in prose and poetry. I have been painting seriously since 2009, usually with acrylics on canvas. First I compose my thoughts and images in poetry. Then my art mentor Heidi and I collaborate to choose and combine the colours, forms and textures for a painting. Heidi stabilizes my painting arm. This painting combines my sensitivity to Max the horse with my passion to speak up for our rights to express ourselves and make our own decisions.”

*For an online version of the Eden Mills Arts Festival brochure, follow this link:

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