A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Allison Hamilton
Ottawa ON
(613) 745-3108

In 2002 Allison met and fell in love with soft pastel and is now devoting her life fulltime to soft pastel painting and other artistic pursuits. Animal portraiture and landscape as well as mixed media with soft pastel and wood are her current focus.
Allison’s work is in private collections in England, the United States and Canada. Her painting "A Hole in the Sky" won 2nd place at the 2007 Ottawa Art Association Spring Show.

" Having recently experienced a life-threatening illness, Grave Goods gave me a place to express my thoughts about death and after death. I believe that mortal death is but a stage in our spiritual life and that funeral rites are more for the living than the dying. "

Soft Pastel painting on Blue Canson paper

I believe that death is a transition. To what, I don’t know but in this painting I expressed this belief that death cannot contain my spirit as the funeral urn explodes releasing the ashes. The symbolism of a butterfly, a creature that itself undergoes a transformation was subconscious but appropriate.

‘Wall Urn’
Various woods for box and Intarsia cover(s)

A funeral urn should be a thing of beauty if we wish to display it. Why not make it a piece of art? This urn is a wall hung box which will contain the ashes and have one or more ‘covers’ which will hang over it. These covers could be a representation of the dead ones face, something that they loved or simply a work of shape and movement. Since the cover is for the living, anything that would bring that person joy and good memories would qualify as a subject.


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