Wiarton Library Art News: December Features Miller Lake Artist Cindy Bricker

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Submitted by Michael Piggott

In December the Friends of Wiarton Library are pleased to welcome Cindy Bricker, who is exhibiting her attractive paintings on our walls and Ann Rolfe who is displaying some of her engaging driftwood sculptures in the cabinet.

Originally from Kitchener, Cindy Bricker has lived on the Bruce Peninsula since 1989. She studied oil painting from age 12 through her teens from Adeline Schwartz in Kitchener. She also won the fine arts award in grade 12. After marrying Dave, they settled on the beautiful Bruce. While raising two children, she continued to paint occasionally, as well as running a hair salon business from her home in Miller Lake.

When she had an empty nest, Cindy had time to rekindle her love of art. What better place than the picturesque Bruce with its vivid, rugged beauty? She specially enjoys doing animal and water scenes and has done a number of commissioned paintings for clients, and loves the challenges that brings as well. Her original paintings are all in oil, but some pictures she has had replicated in prints.

She generally displays her art in the waiting area of her salon at 96 Miller Lake Rd. You can find her on Facebook: @artbycindybricker or email her at cbricker34@gmail.com

Ann Rolfe was introduced to Sauble Beach and the Bruce Peninsula as a baby. Her family continues to own one of Sauble’s original “London Colony” cottages on the Sauble River (built 1910), and her mother’s family began their annual Sauble treks early in the 1920s. She and her husband have since purchased another cottage nearby for their own family, happily still on the river.

She was raised within a family of visual artists and, in the summers, she scours the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay for beautiful, unique, sculptured driftwood. She then turns them into whimsical creatures and home decor pieces for both outdoor and indoor display. (During the school year she visits Lake Erie instead – she lives near Port Stanley with its nearby beaches.)

Having spent all her summer vacations and many weekends year-round on the Bruce, she developed a love for our natural environment. Whether hiking, swimming, fishing, sailing or kayaking, she fell in love with the water and the shorelines, so it was an obvious choice to use objects from nature in her art. She loves working by hand or with woodworking tools to create unique sculptured birds, fish, and trees. This year she has also branched into lamps, candlesticks and other décor items.

In the summer months her workshop is relocated to her cottage by the Sauble River. She can be reached by email at annrolfe@gmail.com, and you can also follow “STIX and a few stones” on Facebook for information on upcoming shows and sales in SW Ontario throughout the year. Commissions are happily accepted on some items.