Last Saturday on July 28th we built a labyrinth of lights for Nuit Blanche North. At the centre of the labyrinth there was a bowl where people could put an answer to the theme of So What Now? and exchange it for someone else's answer. At times the labyrinth was very busy but near the end of the night people could walk the whole thing alone. People often exclaimed how meaningful the answer they got was and a couple of times how silly. I've posted a picture of the leftover answers so you can get an idea of what the responses were. This was the 7th Nuit Blanche North that Elise has had an interactive activity for people of all ages.
Elise Muller is thrilled to announce that she won First Place in a national sculpture competition and was presented with a prize of $20,000. Her St. George Red Granite sculpture "Attunement" will now be a permanent fixture in the Sculpture Garden in beautiful Kingsbrae Gardens in the Historic Resort town of St. Andrews By-the-Sea, New Brunswick. Special thanks to Robert Bartlett for supplying the local granite boulder that was then shipped from NB to Muskoka for Elise to carve it and then brought back in Cirvan's truck for the installation when it was finished after Elise removed about half of the stones weight.
Inspired by Cirvan's original Mantis chair design, his clients requested barstools in the same style. The result was outstanding. With coopered backs and seats these Walnut and Maple barstools are really beautiful as well as comfortable.
Elise has been carving "Attunement" in Red Granite from New Brunswick. She is one of 12 finalists in the Kingsbrae Garden Sculpture Competition in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, NB. The sculpture will be installed by May 11th, 2018. The stone was quarried in the mid 1800s by the St. George Red Granite Company. It was among other boulders left in a pile when the quarry stopped functioning. Another sculptor, Rob Bartlett, gave Elise the boulder that she chose in June when she was in St. Andrews for KIRA, Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts. After her maquette for Attunement was chosen for the competition, the boulder was transported to Muskoka for carving. Elise is excited to finish the piece and return to Kingsbrae Gardens for the installation in their sculpture garden. It will be displayed for 2 years.
Cirvan Hamilton has been busy designing and building 3 custom table bases with Compass Rose inlay to go under glass tops and a large order of cherry chairs to go with them. The chairs were adapted from his original award-winning "Mantis" design so that they are the right height to be used as dining chairs. The coopered backs and seats are very comfortable.
Elise displayed her newest work from her Artist Residency in St. Andrews By The Sea along with paintings by Ruby Allan, encaustics by Anne Wright, a Poetry Reading by Roger Moore, and Live Music by Carlos Carty. The Opening was June 26, 2017.
Elise is one of five artists chosen for the residency for the month of June, the others being Carlos Carty, Ruby Allan, Anne Wright, and Roger Moore. Pictured here is KIRA the residence where the artists are staying and Elise's studio (one of five on the property). Right next door is the lovely Kingsbrae Gardens which is full of inspiration and beauty. Please check back to see photos of the sculptures Elise has been creating during her stay.
Looking for a Valentines Day gift for your loved one? We have lovely amulets and small sculptures at Stone Tree Studio! We are open by appointment so please call or text 705 783-0547. If you are in Bracebridge, please check out Let The Cat Go Gallery on Manitoba Street, where some of Elise's stone carvings will be displayed. Elise will also be teaching stone carving workshops there at Let The Cat Go Art Studio.
On Friday of the May long weekend, Cirvan Hamilton, Gary Mitchell and I installed my sculpture "Connections" in front of the Dorset Health Hub. It depicts an Autumnal family stroll in Dorset with the Fall leaves around the base. The young child at the back of the sculpture lifts up a large leaf in delight. The family has a strong connection with the environment and with eachother. Following is a slideshow of the installation process!
Cirvan was honoured to receive the Craft Ontario Affiliate Award at the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Members Show on Friday night. This includes a year long membership to the Ontario Craft Council.
The fir cabinet is adorned with beautiful exotic wood inlay and carburetor parts. The judges were impressed with Cirvan's fine craftsmanship on all sides and inside of the cabinet.
Cirvan Hamilton & Elise Muller
Using a variety of domestic hardwoods, Cirvan designs and builds contemporary pieces of fine furniture. Elise's stylized figurative sculpture is carved in a variety of stone like marble, alabaster, limestone and local dolomite.