Amber Salach: Intern Architect at Yallowega Bélanger Architecture (February 3rd, 2012)

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To find out more about architecture, the field I am planning to pursue in my post-secondary studies, I had the insight to contact a prominent architecture firm here in Sudbury (Yallowega Bélanger Architecture) to see if they had any architects who would be willing to participate in an interview. I was then referred to Amber Salach who has received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Carleton University and now works as an intern with the firm. She has taken on key roles in a number of projects such as leading the renewal of the Sudbury Secondary Building, as well as working on the new South End Public Library and the Librairie du Nouvel Ontario. Amber, who is quite young in her career offers a fresh perspective on the field of architecture, from what it involves for the individual architect to how it relates to the area and its social context. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about what this profession entails or is considering architecture as a career path will definitely want to listen to this interview.

Download: Amber Salach: Intern Architect at Yallowega Bélanger Architecture (February 3rd, 2012)


Christy A. Smith (October 1st, 2011)

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While visiting areas across the region as part of my trip to the 2011 Sudbury Studio Tour, organized by the Sudbury Crafts and Arts Foundation (SCARF), I came across nature enthusiast and artist Christy A. Smith, who was showing her work the Kinsmen Hall alongside a number of other SCARF members.
Christy’s work is done in her own personalized impressionistic art style with influences from The Group of Seven as well as Emily Carr. Doing her work largely “plein air”, out in the elements where she finds her subjects, the driving force of her work appears to be sharing with viewers the deep connection she feels with nature and the landscape so particular to Northern Ontario . She works mainly in watercolour pastel and pencil.
To f ind out more about Christy A. Smith visit

Download: Christy A. Smith (October 1st, 2011)

Note from Christy:

Saturday Dec 3rd (10:00am – 4:00pm), At Fielding Memorial Park, Lively
Elizabeth Irvine and I are having a Christmas ART EXHIBITION/SALE and a Christmas Tea Party. We will have over 200 pieces of original art…..So come enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas. Free parking. Free admission and free refreshments and baking!!
Come visit and meet the artists too. We look forward to seeing you there.
For more info call 705 694-5874

Tyler Fauvelle Interview (October 1st, 2011)

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While visiting areas across the region as part of my trip to the 2011 Sudbury Studio Tour, organized by the Sudbury Crafts and Arts Foundation (SCARF), I visited the new studio of Lively Sculptor Tyler Fauvelle. Tyler’s work takes inspiration from his Canadian heritage, specializing in sculptures that reflect and pay tribute to the people of the north and to the rich wildlife of Canada. His sculptures are cast in a variety of different materials such as bronze and kiln-fired clay, many of which are made for the commissions that support much of his work. We discuss Tyler’s path to sculpting, his perspectives surrounding such an art form, and much more. We also speak about his most recent series of bronze sculptures titled “Vanishing Worlds”, calling attention to, and attempting to capture something of, the wildlife and cultural traditions that, in our rush to modernize and expand, we may very well be losing.

Sculpture by Tyler Fauvelle, a business launched in 2008 by Tyler and his partner Jana, can be found at

Download: Tyler Fauvelle Interview (October 1st, 2011)

Paddy O’Sullivan Interview (October 1st, 2011)

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While visiting areas across the region as part of my visit to the 2011 Sudbury Studio Tour, organized by the Sudbury Crafts and Arts Foundation, I came across local abstract painter Paddy O’Sullivan. He gives us a background on what defines his body of work along with his creative philosophy. This interview was recorded at the Anderson Farm Museum, where a variety of Paddy’s paintings were on display. As well as being a painter and musician, Paddy is also the founder of The Creative Moment, a company which works to facilitate and coach creative expression within organizations.

To Find out more about Paddy O’Sullivan and see some of his work visit:

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Tim Haats Interview (September 23rd, 2011)


















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With me in this interview, by phone from Ottawa Ontario, is industrial designer Tim Haats. Having received his Bachelor of Industrial Design in 2010 with a minor in psychology at Carleton University’s school of industrial design, Tim is currently hard at work to complete a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Design Research, also at Carleton. Tim brings with his work a strong sense of design and purpose which has guided him through his years of training and through the projects he has taken on as a designer. Tim shares his insights on his own personal philosophy about industrial design as well his experiences with the Education he has pursued at Carleton.

To find out more about Tim and to see some examples of his work as well as to contact him check out his portfolio; Tim Haats Industrial Design Portfolio.

To learn more about Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design visit

Download: Tim Haats Interview (September 23rd, 2011)

Michele Provost Interview (April 13th, 2011)

Listen Online: Michele Provost is a bilingual French-Canadian fine artist who’s work has been exhibited across Canada. Through meticulous textiles, sculpture, and a great deal of experimentation in a variety of other mediums, Michele’s work comments on our society’s changing view of the individual. In this interview Michele lends her insights on her path to becoming a full-time artist, the creative process behind her work, her sources of inspiration, and her overall philosophy as a person and as an artist.

The core of the interview focuses on her exhibit “Selling Out”, composed of a series of “product lines” (hand sculpted action figures, quilted comic book covers, sliding block puzzles, trading cards, bottle caps, etc), all based on the works and personalities of individuals who have contributed greatly to the history of art, from the most classical to the most modern. All packaged and arranged in the fashion of a store (with re-stocks close-by), the pieces behind “selling out” exist as both fabricated products and as individual works of art each in their own right.

With a playful eye and a complete lack of pretention, “Selling Out” delivers a pertinent message on our society’s shifting views and habits toward Art and the conflict that lies between the original and the mass-produced, both for the creator and the consumer.

“Selling Out” will be on display at the Art Gallery of Sudbury from April 14th to June 12th 2011. To find out more about the exhibit, visit and to learn more about Michele and her work go to

Download: Michele Provost Interview (April 13th, 2011)

Sami Suomalainen Interview (March 11th, 2011)

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Note: The audio quality is only poor for the first minute or so. Immediately after the brief introduction the audio quality picks up to a good quality which lasts the entire interview.

Joining me in this interview, by phone from Toronto Ontario, is well-known freelance illustrator Sami Suomalainen. From a young age Sami was recognized for his incredible talent for illustration and having worked as a freelance illustrator full-time for over 30 years he continues to create fantastic work in the form of editorial cartoons, illustrations for children’s books, and commissions for portraits and landscapes. Coming to Canada, Sami used his commercial art as means of supporting his fine art which he devotes much of his time to today. Sami’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Canada, Finland, and the United States. You can find out more about Sami and his extremely expressive and vibrant work by visiting his website at

Download: Sami Suomalainen Interview (March 11th, 2011)