The Paintbrush BLOG
Embracing diversity in visual arts and crafts

The Paintbrush BLOG

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Check out the stories below about our local artists who
exhibit their creative work in 
The Guelph Artisans store,
or other
stories on topics of interest to GCAA members.

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John Root

Incorporating the skills he learned in both the jewelry business and in teaching stage lighting, John Root paints with acrylics and soft pastels. He is particularly known for his use of light and his paintings can be seen in the Rockwood area and beyond.  What "jewels" does John pass on?  Well, he says that the most important part of painting is...well click on his name above and find out!


Irene Kunhegyi

Local artist Irene Kunhegyi has won awards for her work at several Ontario competitions by “doing her thing”.  In fact, she acknowledges something that most artists know, that sometimes paintings do what they want and not what we want them to do. So just what inspires this Hungarian-Canadian woman?


Heather Nagel 

The felting of wool is a practice that has existed in Central Asia and parts of Europe for thousands of years.  Flashing forward, anyone who has ventured into the Guelph Artisans in the Old Quebec Street Shoppes has seen the beautiful fabric pieces and felt work of local award-winning fabric artist Heather Nagel.  Heather’s panels, felt pieces and felted jewelry are popular items in the store – but what is Heather’s trick to working this ancient art?


Chris Nasager

Chris Nasager is a local master cabinet maker who trained in a small village in Denmark.  Among many projects, Chris has been involved in a number of community-based events and wood turning competitions, producing skillfully produced works of art that are functional and beautiful.  But did you know that Chris and his work has even been celebrated in an Alberta museum?


Liz Hansen 

Painting with other local artists has always been a pleasure for Guelph artist Liz Hansen. You will see Liz’s paintings at local exhibitions from time to time and her work displayed at the Guelph Artisans is very popular. But wait… Liz has begun to explore a new and exciting creative style! 


Celia Britt

A first-place award in the Overzealous Art Exhibition in Toronto for a painting of her brother standing by a fire underscored to Celia Britt that she was back where she needed to be.  Using a representational approach, Celia’s art aims to suspend the viewer in a moment of time; to be able to put themselves in that space that she has painted and to be drawn to it – to experience it.



Linda Johnson

From Brockville to Barbados this busy artisan took a while to find her niche.  Now Linda Johnson's popular stuffed animals tell the tale of how success came through being a generous friend.