A little slice of heaven

Sue Rumball and Chris Ford, along with Ken Friesen, have set out to add to the cultural element of historical downtown Chatham. The Art and Heirloom Shoppe at 159 King W, will be predominantly an art gallery, with a smattering of antiques for interest. To date, paintings, jewellery, photography, photosculpting, art cards, pottery, candles, pencil work, Zentangle art, body products and more will grace the space.

Sue and Chris have been friends in the arts for several years and chose the culturally rich downtown Chatham as their new business’ home. “The shop may be petite, but the talents within are grand”, says Ford.

creations by our artists

we have over 30 artists who take a chance and bring you their wonderful art through our shoppe…

My name is Madi Aoki, and I am a 19 year old multimedia artist. I’ve been drawing all my life, and took art and crafts all through highschool. My favourite mediums are pen/pencil, acrylic, oil and digital drawing. I’m inspired by diverse and different ethnicities, flowers, galaxies and vibrant colours. Check out some of my artwork below!

Robert Bishop is a wildlife artist and more. Using a self-taught dry-brush technique with acrylic paint, he specializes in realistic portrayals of wildlife, nature scenes and pets. His realism is inviting, peaceful, captivating and powerful. It depicts his appreciation for the magnificence and beauty God has instilled in living things. “My art is all about love. It is an expression of the love I have for nature, but more importantly, an expression of the love and gratitude for the one who made it.”

Coming from a long line of Venetian and Milanese view artists, John M Canal’s works are all original, one-of-a-kind, fine-line, fully cross-hatched drawings often with a touch of watercolor.

They are interpretations of and are inspired by a series of oil paintings done during the Venetian Republic by his great, great, great, great uncle, Giovanni Antonio Canal known as Canaletto.

The works reflect the life and times of Venice in the 18th century, with some depicting scenes of that era in Rome Italy as well as London, England.

Born and raised in Windsor, ON I have always enjoyed trying new activities. I have been making soaps since June 2015. After discovering how much fun I was having, I quickly experimented with lip balms, hand & body lotions, and more. I am always experimenting with new fragrances & products to offer my customers. I currently offer over 15 different products in over 70 fragrances that are 97-100% natural.

100% Natural Soy wax candles, Melts and Accessories.

Mural /Restoration/ Private Art collection/ Illustration.

Candice Emery is a self-taught, multi-media artist based in Chatham, Ontario. Her work incorporates the visceral experience of seeing, feeling and experiencing. She has recently been experimenting with different mediums such as wood, steel, metal, and resin. By incorporating diverse styles of design, she finds her unique perspective is truly showcased. Her paintings and furniture are an eclectic assortment of abstract layered mediums of acrylic paint scraped, dripped and rubbed to a rich texture. Candice’s compelling works engage both viewers and users of her designs. She currently lives and works in Chatham, Ontario and is an exhibiting member of ARTspace and Art & Heirloom Gallery, with several pieces throughout Chatham-Kent.”

Although most of my work concentrates on abstraction, I always like to take a break and go back to the world of realism. When I teach, I draw a lot in realism with my students. But there are times when I just can’t wait to get a subject down in colour pencil, ink or graphite.

Lucy Foglietta may be new to Chatham Kent but not to art. Her career path progressed from interior design to the culinary arts. Studies started at the Dundas Valley School of Arts 1992-97. Exhibiting first in 1998 at the Hamilton Art Gallery, starting with ink, is now primarily painting with watercolour although has not abandoned oils.  After realizing portraits were favoured, she founded S’oil Studios – for bereaved parents. Participated in three group painting for the Artist Workshop Norfolk County, Simcoe Ontario. Inspired, uplifted and deepen by the masters,  attainable quality in the art remains profound, inspiring and beautiful. “A part of me goes into each piece.”
Chris is a published photojournalist and poet, has been honored with nominations for Poet of the Year, Woman of Excellence and shows dynamic entrepreneurial skills in developing art-based businesses. Presently, Chris has co-founded Art and Heirloom Shoppe, a retail space for over 32 artists in Chatham. Her Photosculpting creations are available at Art and Heirloom Shoppe, 159 King St W Chatham

Elizabeth began her professional art career in 1993 showing her original acrylic canvas work in juried shows in the Windsor/Essex County area…In 1996 she began painting on feathers and has painted over 2000 to date…

Elizabeth’s work has been shown in juried shows across Canada and parts of the USA and as far as Singapore …a highlight of her career was submitting an original portrait of Elvis in the International Art Show in Graceland in 1996…Elizabeth has also competed in art competitions and has had her work recognized in these events.

Elizabeth welcomes commissioned pieces and invites you to view her work on Facebook ..

“I enjoy the challenge of the miniature artwork…I see it as pure gift”….

I was born in St. Catherines and moved to Toronto when I was 13.  After receiving my diploma from Ryerson, I came to Windsor to teach at Patterson C. I.  It was here that I met and married my husband, Barry.  Later, I returned to the University of Windsor and received my degree in Social Science.

We have 3 children of whom I am most proud:  Jeff, a professor and head of the Math Dept. at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Steven, head of Guidance at Eastwood Secondary in Kitchener; and Jaye, a lawyer, and owner of the law firm, “Hooper Litigation” in Ottawa.  I am also lucky enough to have 9 grandchildren.

I have always had an interest in art.  After taking courses in Interior Design, and Fashion Merchandising and Design, I became more and more interested in learning more about painting and drawing.  So, after retiring from my career as a high school teacher, I had time to pursue my longtime desire.  I began by taking classes in acrylics and then expanded my interests to watercolour and ink.  I enjoy working with all three mediums.  Thanks to the encouragement of family and friends, I continue to attend classes and workshops to learn more, improve and refine these skills.

Laurel is a relative newcomer to Windsor, having moved across the country in 2011 from Victoria, BC. She is delighted to make a home for herself in a century-old house in the vibrant Walkerville area where she lives, works, and creates.

Laurel fervently believes that everyone is creative in some way or another – we just need to find an outlet (or two, or three!) in which to practice and nurture our creativity. Throughout her own lifelong process of exploration and discovery she has tried a bit of everything from painting to fibre arts to jewellery making, most recently and passionately focusing on Zentangle®.

The Zentangle Method, created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Laurel stumbled across the wonderful world of Zentangle one serendipitous day in June 2013, and it was love at first sight. She was immediately captivated by the simplicity of tangle patterns and complex beauty of completed art pieces, and knew she had to begin learning this creative process herself.

After practicing the art form for several years on her own, Laurel traveled to Providence, RI to complete her training with the Zentangle founders, and became the first CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) in Windsor. She began teaching the Zentangle Method in the summer of 2016, and is now thrilled to offer both public and privately-scheduled classes to the Windsor-Essex community.

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