A MATTER OF TASTES ART STUDIO & CUSTOM FRAMING is a small business operated by Claire MacLean located in beautiful Ashdale along Hwy #7. My art studio features work by myself and Vicki Maclean. Artworks in the studio can be purchased framed, unframed or custom framed to the customer’s tastes.
In the frame shop, I can frame artworks, posters, needleworks, photos, canvas and recently I have framed war medals, puzzles, clay tiles from Holland and record covers. I use only conservation materials with acid free matting and backing and three types of glass including conservation glass, all at reasonable prices.
Come in for a visit and view the selection of frames and our original artworks.
There is something new at A MATTER OF TASTES. It is highly addictive and perhaps dangerous. You have enjoyed it with almonds. You embraced it topped with buttery cashews. But no longer will its chocolaty toffee goodness restrict itself to just one nut. Buttercrunch has broken out of its shell (so to speak) and now comes topped with a crazy variety of mixed nuts! I still offer the Toasted Almond and Buttery Cashew Buttercrunch varieties with the same crunchy blend covered in chocolate.
I have small batches available. But to ensure freshness, call ahead and a
Special batch will be made just for you.
~Great for bridal showers, hostess gifts or gifts for someone special~
Now on the Shelves!
TEQUILIA SUNSET PEPPER JELLY
This sweet & dazzling jelly is a blend of brightly coloured peppers with REAL tequila. All you need is just one taste and you will simply want more. Tequila Sunset Pepper Jelly is a warm & cool refreshing taste all in one.
150ml-$2.50/ 250 ml-$4.50
CONGRATULATIONS TO RAFFLE WINNERS
BRIAN & RITA MURRAY of the watercolour painting,
“St. Andrew’s, Antigonish County”
Next Raffle…”Ohio Farmhouse” watercolour by V.L. Maclean
*Entry with any purchase.*
Mail: A Matter of Tastes Custom Framing & Art Studio, 3931 Ashdale HWY #7, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2L3
In an effort to be more efficient and use less paper, I encourage those on my mailing list to send me their email addresses. The emailed version of this flyer looks much better in colour and has more tidbits that can’t be fit on a two page flyer. And those NOT interested in receiving my flyer, please let me know too. Thanks!
The Bio of Me
A few months ago I had a customer that suggested I write a bio about myself for my newsletter. Unfortunately, my life is about as interesting as paint drying on a wet day. I decided against it, until the other day, when a customer asked to speak to the owner. I said she was speaking to the owner. She seemed puzzled and didn’t believe that I was old enough to run a business, let alone know anything about art or framing. Interesting problem? Do I bask in the glow of this nice lady’s compliment, with an obvious vision problem, or reveal that I have owned my own business for nearly fifteen years. I guess it is time to inflict you with the story of my business career journey to this point. Pull up a comfy chair and watch the paint dry.
My introduction into the art world probably started before I was even born, seeing that my mother was a professional artist. But without deep hypnotism and a rebirthing session with Shirley Mclean (not a relative), even I can’t go back that far.
My first memory with art would be drawing on the new 1970’s paisley yellow and white Simpson Sears wall paper or finger painting my sister’s white cat. Both were unacceptable artistic ventures. The critics can be so cruel! If I wasn’t creating new art at home, I was being dragged to half of the galleries in Halifax where I whined endlessly that I was bored. Though, I was mildly cheered to go to Zwicker’s Galley where I planted myself on the gray carpeted stair landing, with my Snoopy bag, a cookie and juice from Mrs. Muncaster and joyously petted the gallery cats.
Fast forward through eight years of school art classes and community art lessons, my mother tells me we are making a trip to Montreal to visit her gallery. Perhaps this is where I first started to acquire skills as my mother’s agent. I have a distinct memory of entertaining a tall gentleman in a blue suit that smelled of cigars and cherry Halls, with my vast knowledge of how to paint in a dry brush technique or how to prepare a masonite board or explaining how to mix oil for the perfect blue sky. While in Montreal, my mother took me to see the Impressionists and the accompanying exhibition of Picasso. The Impressionists had always been my favourite art form and until then, their art had only been a flat page in a book or a poster on the wall. It was now in front of me, with the pastel colours and textured swirl of paint and expression. I had spent been interested in this art form for years, but never until this moment did I realize the feeling that can be produced through a line and a colour. It was amazing.
It was three years later that I discovered my true interest. After spending a Saturday afternoon with my friends, I was looking for a ride home. My mother was taking a etching workshop and after not being able to get the car, I stayed and spent the rest of the day discovering mysteries of copper and inking plates. After that I spent my weekends printing my mother’s prints. I was much more interested in the printing technique than they actually carving of the plate. My first plate only contained one colour and was very simple to print. Today, I have ability to colour a large single plate with many colours. In my second year of college I took a credit course in intaglio to make it official
During this time, I continued to work as a figure drawing model and assistant at the St.F. X. University Art Gallery. At the Art Gallery, I learned the ins and outs of the other side of the art industry. I discovered many things about how a gallery functions,. I met a multitude of artists trained in various disciplines and learned the process of a presenting an exhibition from start to finish.
In 1994, I started my own business as a printer for printmakers. Most printmakers find the creating and carving the plate the most interesting part. The hand printing of a plate can be the most tedious part because each print has to be hand printed over and over again and each one has to be as more or less identical. I had a few clients but my very prolific mother was my biggest client and still is today. Because my mother was also a wood block printmaker, I learned how to hand carve a wood block and print it. This allowed me to expand my business to include relief block printing. One of my most interesting clients was Dr. Paul Price. Together we explored other avenues of printing that lead me to learn about Canadian artist Walter J. Phillip’s method of printmaking.
In 1996, I was asked to be a teaching assistant at the Etching Course at the St.F.X. University. I enjoyed helping the students new to this form of art acquire an appreciation for printmaking. For the more curious students, we worked in other techniques such as chine-collée, viscosity, mono prints, one plate colouring, sugar lifts and relief blocking printing.
There had been a small group of etchers, Antigonish Etching Society that began in 1990 with the assistance of then Fine Art Department head, Tom Roach and Continuing Education administrator Angus Braid. It had eventually expanded to include many interested printers from the various intaglio courses put on by the university. After becoming a member, I acquired the position of secretary/treasurer, which included me writing the monthly newsletter. Then I moved on to become President for a couple of years, during which time we had three exhibitions. Because of the interest in other forms of printmaking, we decided to open up the society to other artists and changed the name to the Society of Antigonish Printmakers and we acquired the highest membership up to that point.
In 1999, I left the university Art Gallery and Fine Arts Department to pursue my own business. On December 3, 2000 I opened up Wild Rose Studio & Gallery. I set up a small gallery to display mine and mother’s work. The gallery was also a working studio and I spent many an afternoon doing demonstrations for customer on how to print.
A few years later, in an effort to expand my knowledge further, I took a part time job as a rookie picture framer with Don Rockwell at Pastimes Custom Picture Framing. Under Mr. Rockwell’s skilled teaching and framing knowledge, I was taught a great deal about framing and as well as business practices from this long time business owner and entrepreneur. In 2006, Mr. Rockwell, decided to retire and convinced me that he had the confidence that I would be a good candidate to take over his business.
In October 2006, I moved my expanded business to my new location, in the beautiful area of Ashdale, only an 8 minute drive away from town. I renamed my business, A Matter of Tastes to reflect my multiple interests and another works I offer to my customers such as: hand painted glass balls, homemade Christmas treat baskets including my infamous Buttercrunch or my fiery Tequila Pepper Jelly, and soon will offer original handmade silk screened bags and silk screened artworks.
I hope it hasn’t been too boring. Though it would be nice to be thought of as twenty again, but I’m not. And with age, I have acquired the knowledge and experience to not only offer wonderful art but have the expertise to professionally frame your art works and offer advice on colour choices that complements your home and lifestyle.
I guess the paint must be dry now.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!