Art at Hooper Studios encompasses working studios, art school and Gallery and is located in the Kennebecasis Valley in Hampton, New Brunswick. From April to December, Hooper Studios offers classes and workshops in visual arts and crafts, for adults, teens and children. Children’s programs are designed to provide young people, ages 5 through 14, with an opportunity for creative exploration and experience in a non-competitive, friendly atmosphere. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of fine art and craft media including clay, paint, metals, paper, printmaking, woodworking and more. Programs range from evening classes, one day workshops to one-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.
Hooper Studios is located in a stunning natural setting and provides a community of support for focused creative energy and work. We are surrounded by forty acres of beautiful woodlands, fields and gardens and just below us the amazingly beautiful Kennebecasis river winds through islands and marshland, a paradise of birds and wildlife.
Workshops and classes take place in a large, sunny studio with good working areas, a small library of art books, and homemade cookies and tea to enjoy. The emphasis of all the instruction is on the process rather then the finished product, and students learn to explore the important connections between art and nature.
Proposed exhibitions for 2014
First a word or two about our Gallery and our hopes and expectations for it for the coming year. The gallery is the space in which my husband John Hooper, and Sue’s father carved his sculptures. He designed the building and with much help from family and friends built it. It is a lovely space with good natural lighting and windows that overlook the beautiful valley of the Kennebecasis river. After John’s death in 2006 it remained empty and a rather sad space for the next few years and then in 2009 after some renovations we opened it as a gallery.
Our idea was, and still is, that we would show the work of artists of the area of which there are so many and we have had some wonderful exhibitions. Paintings, sculpture, mixed media, pottery and clay sculptures, fabric art, photography and handmade books, we have had great support from the community of Hampton and other parts of New Brunswick for which we are very grateful.
Throughout the 2014 season we are delighted to show and sell, pottery by Helen Stanley and jewellery by Joe and Gudi Pach. Great shopping every Saturday for special, unique gifts.
Ghita Levin/ Potter and Peter Manchester/Painter
Hooper Studios Gallery Exhibition Opening
Sunday, September 14th from 2 to 5pm and runs until October 11th.
177 Kennebecasis River Road, Hampton.
This exhibition brings together two very fine artists, Ghita Levin has been working in the province for many years. Always provocative, her work is often based on natural forms. Raku firing the pieces creates the beautiful finishes she obtains. She says of her work,” It’s always exciting to encounter something out in nature. I think it has a profound effect on ones psyche – a small connection to the larger whole.”
“Clay and Brush” July 27th to Aug 23rd
HEATHER MCTIERNAN, CHRIS DOIRON and FRED HARRISON.
We are very pleased to welcome back Heather with her beautiful, classic pieces of Raku fired pottery; and Fred who is so well known for his bold, imaginative murals in Sussex & for his strong use of colour & emotion in his painting. Chris Doiron teaches Raku workshops at the NB CRAFTS COLLEGE & we are delighted he will also be exhibiting his Raku and stoneware pieces.