Cindy Hagen is the owner operator of Art Studio 138. Cindy has always had an appreciation for art and a passion for creating art. She is a mixed media artist working primarily in glass, fibre & clay. That being said, she is up for experimenting in all other art forms. Cindy loves to create functional pieces of art that bring beauty to your surroundings.
Her other passion in life is teaching. The Kids Art Club that runs after school at the studio is always filled with fun and laughter. It is important to her that kids learn that value of creating and the satisfaction it add to your life. She also loves teaching adults. She believes that creating art helps us all to live a well balanced life in this busy world. She strives to make Art Studio 138 a place that nurtures the artists within and promotes art in the community of Shelburne.
Melissa Strachan-Boutin is an emerging interdisciplinary artist. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, now residing in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia, the artist completed her BFA with distinction from the University of Regina in 2013 and most recently completed a Visual Arts Certificate in Textiles from NSCAD University in 2015. Strachan-Boutin has exhibited work in s multitude of locations throughout Saskatchewan as well as in Calgary, AB, Winnipeg, MB, and Halifax, NS. The artist has worked as a Director at Large on the board of Nocturne: Art at Night 2015 and is currently working as the artist in residence and ceramic studio instructor and technician at Art Studio 138 in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
Strachan-Boutin’s most recent works experiment in the combining of mediums in sculpture. Using ceramic forms made with the pottery wheel and fabric the artist creates work that contemplate place, and nature and the formation of identity.
I am a bit of a chemist when it comes to art. I primarily work in black and white tones using charcoal and graphite, however, I’m fascinated with colored abstract paintings created with movement using fluid acrylics. My toolbox of assets ranges from drawing to painting, printmaking to woodworking, and anything and everything in between.
Growing up in Shelburne, I developed a connection to the water and the land. My inspiration is derived from the tragedies that have happened with and on the water that have affected me personally. My personal works draw from that inspiration and are full of experiences and emotions in regards to place.