Port Perry PROBUS Creates
We have so much creative talent in Port Perry PROBUS! From woodworking to quilting, crafts, jewellery making and painting in various mediums, sculpting and more, we've got it all.
Message from the Co-ordinator of the Open Art Studio Group
Whether dealing with the stresses of COVID isolation or simply looking for something relaxing and interesting to do, creating arts or crafts is a wonderful escape. More than just a hobby, they can enhance your imagination, exercise the mind, improve dexterity, and enrich the soul. We have no shortage of artists in the club and presently have three interest groups dedicated to arts or crafts activities. Margaret Adamson, the coordinator of the Art - PROBUS Open Studio interest group, will periodically be providing some contributions in this section of the website along with some of her fellow interest group members. And you’ll have the opportunity to see just how talented this group of artists are as photos of some of their works are published here.
July Featured Artist
Peter is a polychromatic, segmented woodturner, designing and making wooden bowls of all sizes and shapes, containers with lids, cutting and charcuterie boards, and beautiful segmented rolling pins. During his working years in the Boston, Massachusetts area, Peter worked in several wood shops before starting his own business as a small general contractor, which he managed for almost 30 years. His experience includes cabinet making, designing and building spiral and circular stairs, building furniture, and of course, carpentry, roofing and painting in the construction industry.`
As he approached retirement, he started turning wood on a lathe and greatly enjoyed the challenges and the almost limitless possibilities that segmented woodturning provided. Segmenting is starting with a board and carefully and meticulously cutting it into small pieces and gluing the pieces together to form the desired size and shape and then turning the piece on a wood lathe to achieve the final appearance. Relying on exact cutting, Peter uses very little fillers and completes all of his pieces with food safe oil and wax finishes. With work on display in Canada and the US, Peter is a resident artist at Scugog Council for the Arts in Port Perry.
Peter and Marilyn, his wife of almost 54 years, immigrated to Canada 13 years ago to be a bigger part of their grandchildrens’ lives. Peter and Marilyn are now Canadian citizens.