Art for Lunch: Meet the Gallery Shop Artisans

Admission free

Meet the Gallery Shop Artisans
Friday, November 25, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Please welcome Gallery Shop artisans Sue Barker, Jamie Hanson and Doug Symes to the MacLaren’s Art for Lunch series. Each unique in their craft and their journey, these artisans will share on their individual process and inspiration and give attendees a sneak peek at their newest treasures.

Sue Barker is a retired marketing professional, angler, grandma to (almost) five beautiful grandchildren, and she is a weaver. Barker makes gorgeous traditional, colourful and cozy tea towels, as well as wraps and scarves. She studied with celebrated local weaver Jette Vandermeiden, and she is an active member of the Huronia Handweavers Guild. When not weaving, Barker designs frame-worthy greeting cards using watercolours, beads, and recycled wool.

Jamie Hanson is a twenty-year-old jewellery artist from Barrie, Ontario. You’d think this newlywed and first-time mom would be just starting her career, but she’s been peddling her wares since she was 12. Her whimsical and nature-inspired line of jewellery offers a delightful array of hammered, stamped and moulded metal designs, with stones and handmade leather accents. 

Doug Symes is a self-taught woodcarver who turned a 30-year-long hobby into a full-time enterprise. The Orillia-based artist uses mostly local woods and traditional techniques in his one-of-a-kind designs. The inspiration for each piece comes from the uniqueness of each piece of wood, with all of its knots and irregularities.