Doors Open Huron County – Local Artists & Musicians (alphabetical order by artist’s first name)

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Digital Media Artist: Adam Sipione, Masonic Lodge #303, 199 Dinsley St – Upper, Blyth

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“I started off shooting tourism and promotional videos on smaller format cameras like the Canon t2i. It was a perfect opportunity for a recent film school graduate to gain valuable hands on experience. It was not long after that I decided to upgrade my equipment and take the plunge into the fast paced world of full time video production.” 


Visual Artist: Barry Cleave, Seaforth Golf & Country CLub, 1A Doig Drive, Seaforth 

Barry Cleave

Barry Cleave has had a passion for poultry since he was old enough to carry a feed pail to the hen house on the Huron county farm where he was raised. His true to type paintings of poultry are a result of judging and raising poultry in the county. Barry currently resides in Varna.



Visual Artist: Becca Marshall, Van Amersfoort House, 692 Queen St, Blyth


Becca Marshall is a 2nd year student currently attending Brock University where she studies Concurrent Education – with her first teachable in fine arts. In summer 2014 she was accepted into the Student Summer Company Program where the Government provides start-up grants to young entrepreneurs. “Reckless Creations” was launched in June 2014 offering custom commission work while also featuring a line of hand-made wooden signs, jewelry boxes, paintings, drawings, and art-print cards. The products vary from seascapes to whimsical subjects inspired by fairytales and folklore.  More of her work can be found at the “Maple and Moose” in Blyth or online at her site



Visual Artist: Bev KellerThe Commercial Hotel Suites, 84 Main St South, Seaforth

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“Hello everyone my name is Bev Keller  I’m a self taught artist and I love to paint pet portraits to landscapes. I also like to paint on unusual things such as rocks,  tobacco slats , barn board, old door panels and even conveyor belts . Right now most of my work consists of custom pet portraits from your own photos of cats, dogs, horses and even bunnies. Follow my link below to see more of my work. 


Musician: Bob Heywood, Hensall Town Hall, 108 King St, Hensall (Saturday)

Bob Heywood has been a lifelong resident of the South Huron Community where his family first settled in 1850,coming from Devonshire England. Bob grew up on the family farm with 9 siblings who attended the same one room school as their great grandfather. Bob has been involved in the community serving 9 years on school board and township council. For 30 years he has been the local auctioneer in the South Huron Community, also  launching a successful real estate career 22 years ago. Bob married a Hensall girl, Martha Roosenboom, and they are very involved in their local church and lay ministry. He presently is CoChair of the Exeter Heritage Foundation.



Potter: Cat O’Donnell & Visual Artist: Scott Ramsay, Wonky Frog Studio, 197 Westmoreland Street, Blyth

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Nestled in the little town of Blyth, the newly opened Wonky Frog Studio creates a wide variety or pottery and fine art for you to choose from.  Scott Ramsay & Cat O’Donnell welcome you to their little piece of paradise. Stroll the gardens, take a studio tour, or just be greeted by their Greyhound, Grant; there’s plenty to see and do at Wonky Frog Studio…so come join the fun!

Visual Artist: Catherine Weber, Huron Historic Gaol, 181 Victoria St N, Goderich


After immigrating to Canada in 1992, she started the journey of fine art. Catherine paints on a regular basis in addition to sewing costumes for the theater in Stratford (spring only) and working on the family operated dairy farm near Exeter, Ontario.  Inspired by French Impressionists (Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrac), Catherine Weber finds portraiture and figure-drawing the most fascinating subjects. She enjoys to work in different mediums, but favors pastel.   She enthusiastically shares her love of art through teaching others in various art groups, schools or private lessons.  Exhibiting since 1995 Catherine is a frequent award winner and has exhibited in over 50 invitational and juried shows.



Musician: Celtae Baxter, Coastal Coffee Company, 17 Goshen St N – Unit B, Zurich 

Celtae Baxter

Celtae is a singer songwriter, who originates from the Huron Perth area. She is studying music at the University of Western Ontario and is currently working on her first solo EP, which will be coming out in the fall. Celtae was greatly influenced by the music that she grew up on – folk, rock, and soul. 


Musician: Charlie Weber, The Livery, 35 South St, Goderich

Charlie Weber

Major/Minor is the Acoustic Punk Rock project of Huron County Native Charlie Weber. Playing songs with the force of a full band, but with the delicate nature of a singer songwriter. Originals and covers. Free album download:


Visual Artist: Colleen RanneyCanadianBreed Custom Electrics, 515 Turnberry Street, Brussels

Colleen Ranney

Colleen Ranney was born in Wingham Ontario Canada in 1973. Colleen Ranney’s works include a variety of Paintings and Poetic Art. Paintings Include= 7 Sins Collection- displayed in Yorkshire England, Meadow drops ,as well as many other paintings. Colleen Ranney is also the author of 4 published books, “Entangled Within the Nature of Things,” its sequel, “Ancient Mirrored Dreams,” theInspirational book “One Prayer” and the Sensual Romance poetry of “Second Skin”.


Musician: Dan Pavkeje, St. Paul’s Trinity Anglican Church, 19 John St, Wingham

Dan Pavkeje is a local musician who has performed at various venues in Huron county playing drums and guitar/vocals. Dan plays a selection of acoustic and singer/songwriter music, as well as blues/rock music when playing solo performances. Local coffee houses are the most common type of venue that Dan plays at, varying from Habitat for Humanity run events, to Arts Cafe coffee houses. Currently attending South Huron District High School, Dan also participates in many bands and ensembles including the Percussion Ensemble, Senior Concert Band, Senior Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo.


Musician: David McKee, Bainton’s Old Mill, 206 Westmoreland, Blyth


David McKee is a lifelong, multi-instrumental musician and piano technician.  He started piano at age six, and today is featuring the harp, his latest musical adventure.  David is studying with Sharon Johnston of Goderich, and as well as playing harps is now constructing harps!  He plays with the Huron Harp School, as well as the band “The Sideliners”.


Visual Artist: Devon McCallum, Zurich Library, 10 Goshen Street, Zurich

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Devon McCallum is a painter inspired by the shores of Lake Huron and landscapes from across Ontario. Her approach to painting is explorative through the use of textured paints with items, such as rocks and paper.


Visual Artist: Elizabeth Van den Broeck


Elizabeth van Den Broeck studied Art History at the University of Toronto and Art at Sheridan College.  In 1992 she returned to her native Huron County to work as a landscape artist and open her gallery in Goderich.  She credits the success of her gallery to the unwavering support of her family.  But, as the gallery and her growing family claimed more of her attention, time for in situ painting disappeared.  She turned to photography to preserve the scenes that inspired her.  It was the beginning of a journey.  Over the years, she has experimented with other media and other techniques, moving from photography to pastels, from oils to acrylics, and delving into encaustic techniques and printmaking. Her diverse body of work is unified by a recognizable style and palette that capture her home landscape with lightness and radiance, conveying a sense of simultaneous tranquillity and vitality.  She has won numerous awards for her paintings, prints and multimedia works.


Musician: Eric Robertson, Seaforth Round House, 140 Duke St, Seaforth


Eric Robertson was born in St. Josephs hospital in London, ON, in 1991. Raised in Grand Bend, ON, Eric enjoyed and was exposed to music of many variations, attaching himself particularly to the blues and classic/psychadelic rock in early life, and later involving himself deeply in acoustic music, particularly the singer/songwriter stylings of people like Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley and Tom Waits. After high school Eric spent a year saving money to move to Montreal, where he spent the subsequent three and a half years working in the kitchen of an Irish Pub and gaining some much desired real world experience. Eric now resides again in Grand Bend, until further notice.


Musicians: Huron Harp School with Founder/Director, Sharon Johnston, The Johnston House, 54 Nelson St W, Goderich

Huron Harp School

Huron Harp School is based at the studio of its founder and director, Sharon Johnston.  Founded in 2006, HHS has 15 student members and is growing all the time.  All students regardless of age or experience have opportunities to play together in a casual setting, as well as to perform together. Some of the events HHS has performed at are: Goderich Place Retirement Residence concerts, 2009 Earth Hour at the Livery in Goderich, Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. George’s Anglican Church Goderich, the Bayfield Sale and Canvas Festival, and the Sounds of Goderich Christmas Concert.  In 2007, HHS produced their first student CD Hearts, Hands and Harps with 5 harps, and the second CD Hearts, Hands and Harps at Christmas, released in 2009, has 12 student harpists. 


Woodworker: John Looser – Extreme Birdhouses, Willis-Perrier Residence, 58 Dunedin Dr, Brussels

Extreme Birdhouses

Ranging in many styles and sizes these beautiful structures created by John Looser of Belgrave, ON are recognized as some of the best birdhouses in the world, placing in every contest that they’ve entered. Most of John’s projects are created using reclaimed wood.  A lot of this wood is not only decades old but in many cases centuries old!


Luthier: Josh House – House Guitars, Huron County Museum, 110 North Street Goderich

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Since founding House Guitars in 2003, Josh House has been custom-building guitars for musicians around the world. Each year, he hand-crafts a limited number of instruments from his workshop in Goderich. “Quite simply, I’ve never had a guitar of this class before, and I’m very much in awe of the talent that built it. I’m convinced that Josh House is one of great luthiers of the next generation.” Brian McNeill – Scotland.
Author: Judy Keightley, Bayfield International Croquet Club, 100 David Street, Bayfield

Judy Keightley, Bayfield’s own playwright and author, has written and directed over a dozen plays, penned twenty novellas, written an anthology of poems and published two novels. She is currently writing the third in her series of Rose Blair murder mysteries; ‘Murder at the Town Hall’. Judy’s latest venture in writing is a novel for a younger audience; ‘The Adventures of Captain Bayfield’.


Musicians: Kate Milner & Andrew Petrasiunas, Hensall Town Hall, 108 King St, Hensall (Sunday)

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Kate Milner and Andrew Petrasiunas are professional musicians who have made their home in North Middlesex. Since Kate has sung everything from Brahms to The Beatles, and Andrew has played everything from Beethoven to the B52’s, together they like to bring a variety of music to their audiences. Recently, they have spent more time behind the footlights instead of in front of them as they each musical directed a production of Grease and Hairspray respectively.  


Artist: Karen Melady, Linda Wiebe’s Backyard Studio, 89 Brittania Road West, Goderich

 Karen Melady

Community artist, dreamworker, educator.  Creates and facilitates projects. Makes art! Partner in Worth Their Salt.


Visual Artist: Kelly Stevenson, North Huron Museum 273 Josephine Street, Wingham

 Kelly Stevenson





A graduate of OCADU’s Drawing & Painting program in 2012, Stevenson’s work embraces the use of non-linear narratives and a naïve aesthetic. She views the work as a by-product of the process; Attempting to understand the world we live in, and how the proliferation of black and white viewpoints has led to the increasing dehumanization of those whose faces do not directly reflect our own.



Visual Artist: Linda Wiebe, Linda Wiebe’s Backyard Studio, 89 Brittania Road West, Goderich

 Linda Wiebe

Linda Wiebe makes art in mixed media and encaustic paint at her studio, one of this year’s Doors Open sites, in Goderich.  She is also a teacher and a partner in Worth Their Salt.



Visual Artist: Lynn Haygarth, Bayfield Archives, 20 Main Street Bayfield

 Lynn Haygarth





Lynn Haygarth and her family farm in Bluewater. Art is a passionate hobby for her. Having struggled in the past finding high quality local art teachers, Lynn was determined to change this problem by teaching outstanding beginner classes right here at home and at creative painting conventions. Her choice of mediums are watercolour, liquid acrylic, and wool. To book a home painting party contact Lynn at lahaygarth@gmailcom  or visit the website at to see more of her work.



Visual Artist: Madeleine Roske, Holmesville Church Gallery, 500 Holmes St, Holmesville (Saturday)

Madeleine Roske

When I paint I try to reflect the complexity, exuberance and joy of what I see in nature.  The viewer must do the rest.”



Quilters: Michele Haberer & Diane Carson, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 22 Goshen St S, Zurich


“My name is Michele Haberer and have lived in Zurich for 34 years. I began sewing as a child.  My mom helped me make clothes for by Barbies and other dolls.  I took the sewing 4-H clubs and took sewing Home Ec throughout high school.  I sewed most of my clothes. Then later I was introduced to quilting.  Now I sew very few articles of clothing!  I belong to 2 quilting guilds, Zurich and Huron Perth. I enjoy making small quilts as I think they are more of a challenge for me than large pieces.  I am a fairly new hand quilter, and do enjoy this art that takes practice to perfect….not there yet.  In recent years I have had the privilege of working with Diane Carson in co coordinating a Heritage Quilt show  in Exeter.  I have learned a great deal and have enjoyed all of it.  We work well together and have different strengths. I am looking forward to being a part of the “Doors Open”.
Diana Carson

Diane Carson began Longarm Quilting in 1999, mostly self taught as she was one of the first ‘longarmers ‘ in Ontario. Within a year she was a founding member of the Canadian Machine Quilters Association & a member of the International Machine Quilters Assoc. Since then she has quilted approx. 2500 quilts for clients and patrons.  She has received several awards dating back to the early 2000s.  In 2012 she received first place in the First-time Machine Quilting Category at the Canadian Quilters Association National Juried Show in Halifax, NS.  In 2014 she received a ribbon at MQX in Manchester, NH and a Best Machine Workmanship ribbon in the World Quilt Competition.


Visual Artist: Michele Miller, Blyth Centre for the Arts/Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 423 Queen St, Blyth (Sunday)

Michele Miller

“My passion for painting is driven by a desire to both record and look more deeply at the world around me. Mood and light are strong elements that influence my work. I paint a large variety of subject matter. Anything that grabs me, is potential inspiration for a painting. I work primarily in oil and watercolours.”


Musician: Patrick Main & students, Wingham Town Hall, 274 Josephine St, Wingham


Patrick Main has been teaching for the past five years and has played live shows all across Canada and the USA. He is passionate about music and helping others develop their skills. Having grown up in Wingham, Patrick is particularly invested in Southwestern Ontario and is excited to serve the Kincardine community. He has released four records and been involved in bands and projects such as: Bookends, The Phil Main Band, Pe-Ro and Pat the Kat. 


Visual Artist: Paula Letheren, Clinton School on Wheels Museum, 76 Victoria Terrace, Clinton

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Paula Letheren is a painter, potter and printmaker living and working from her studio in beautiful Bayfield. Hand built colourful clay bowls, landscape watercolours and ready to hang collage prints are featured in galleries and stores in Stratford, London and Bayfield.


Sculptor/Visual Artist: Randy Jones, Emergency Training Services Centre, 40193 Blyth Road, Blyth

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Randy Jones was born in ExeterOntario. When not in school, or working on his father ‘sand grandfather’s farm, he was off drawing pictures. His early influences were comic books, Disney and Max Fliesher animations, particularly Ko-Ko the clown. Randy’s work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal,and Barron’s as well as National Lampoon and many others.  In addition, his artwork has been used by publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, St Marten’s Press and Cambridge University Press.  His figurative sculptures have very stern and authoritarian expressions.  Randy’s work is in the National Archives of Canada at Gatineau. 



Mosaics: Roslyn Cook, Linda Wiebe’s Backyard Studio, 89 Brittania Road West, Goderich

 Roslyn Cook

Roslyn Cook is a multi-talented artist with a passion for mosaic. She incorporates materials such as stained glass, broken china, pottery, jewellery, and beach glass, on both flat and 3-dimensional surfaces.


Mosaics/Jeweller: Ruth Anne Merner, Van Egmond House, 80 Kippen Rd, Egmondville

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“Following an honors degree in Fine Art from the University of Toronto I taught in the Secondary School Visual Arts program in London for 32 Years.  Since I love a sharing creative atmoshere I continue to teach and am active in art activities in our area.  Old dishes and glass have always been a fascination to me so in the past few years I have concentrated on mosaics and jewelry. I love to find vintage china and old bottles headed for the trash and give them a new life to be treasured once again and therefore comes my tag name ‘Yesterday Today’.”



Woodworker: Tony Omahen, Blyth Farm Cheese, 82521 Allboro Line, Blyth

 Tony Omahen





 Tony immigrated to Canada in 1958 from Slovenia where he became a Cabinet Maker, but unable to secure a job in cabinet making he apprenticed to become a Pattern Maker. Upon retiring in 1998 he obtained a wood lather and has been turning ever since. He was chosen to hand-craft the bowls for the Huron Culture Awards in 2013.


Community Artists: Worth Their Salt,  Linda Wiebe’s Backyard Studio, 89 Brittania Road West, Goderich

 Worth Their Salt

Worth Their Salt – Karen Melady and Linda Wiebe – a community arts collective celebrating community through collaborative arts processes.  Create with us at Doors Open! Learn about encaustic and make your very own “Encaustick!”


Huron County Museum Speaker Series


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Paul Carroll is an accomplished marine historian with several published books and dozens of marine heritage articles to his credit.

He grew up as a “wharf rat”!  He had the privilege of gamming with the last of the “old salts” from GoderichHarbour. His first part-time job was working on the fishing tug Larry John. He ventured by rowboat to explore ShipIsland at the back end of GoderichHarbour — the home of shipyards & ship chandlers for more than a hundred years.

His interest in the waterfront has persisted. As a member of Town Council & Reeve for the Port of Goderich in the early 1970s, he brought forward the first comprehensive Waterfront Development Plan. He has written & edited marine heritage notes for the Huron County Historical Society & devised some 40 heritage plaques for a marine heritage walkway along the Goderich waterfront. Paul was involved in the side-scan sonar search for the long missing shipwreck, the Wexford He has acted as collaborator & co-author/editor for two marine books: Freshwater Heritage: A History of Sailing on the Great Lakes, 1670–1918; &, Four Years on the Great Lakes: The Journal of Lieutenant David Wingfield, RN.

Paul’s first contact with a shipwreck was in the 1950s; on a primitive depth sounder on the fish tug Larry John, while setting nets somewhere southwest of Goderich. Only the memory of that graven shipwreck image — not the location — was burned into Paul’s mind.

Is it possible that early passage over a shipwreck was his first encounter with the Wexford – the subject of his third-most recent book: followed by and 1812 Commemorative book about LT. Dr. William Tiger Dunlop – and the just-released tribute to the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. He is currently writing A Pocket Guide to the Goderich Harbour & Waterfront, which is expected to be released in June of 2015.

Paul, a retired educator and Director of Education, is an honorary life-member of the Huron County Historical Society.




Sinead Cox is a life-long Goderich Township resident and a recent graduate of the Public History Master’s Program at Carleton University in Ottawa.  She completed her Honours B.A. at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and Leeds University in the United Kingdom.  Sinead currently works at UnLondon Digital Media in London, and continues to be involved in various public history projects, including developing a new event celebrating history and performance with colleagues from Carleton in Ottawa.  You can follow her on Twitter @fcox2



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Jim Rutledge is a local historian who resides in Goderich, Ontario. Much of the past six years has been spent researching all of the 700+ men and women from HuronCounty who paid the supreme sacrifice during World Wars I and II. He has always been interested in the World Wars as his father was in Group 6 Bomber Command during World War II and a number of his close friends are veterans.  He has researched and published The Men of Huron (1939-1946). This project began in late 2005 and was published in mid-summer of 2009 and to date he has had three printings and is very close to a fourth printing. This book gives you the stories of 204 men.  Presently, he and his research assistant are researching The Heroes of Huron County (1914-1921). This book will cover 480 men and women. Each person will have their own story to tell.  These books when they are completed will honour and remember all of the men and women who called HuronCounty home or were born in the county and paid the supreme sacrifice.  Both Jim and Jeanette feel that this is the very least they can do and it is their way of thanking these men and women for all they gave us so we could live in peace, freedom and democracy.



Jeanette Elliott joined Jim as Research Assistant for the “Heroes of Huron County” in the Fall of 2009. Born and raised in Blyth, she currently resides in Lucan but will always consider herself a HuronCounty native.  Jeanette and her husband Rob are big history buffs, but a trip to the ClintonCemetery some years ago to do some genealogy research revealed a family mystery and renewed a passion for Canadian military history. A headstone marked the resting place of Rob’s great uncle Frank, and noted he was killed in 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium. This started a quest for more information, not only about Frank, but about many other relatives that served in WW1.  After three trips (so far!) to the Canadian battlefields and cemeteries in Belgium and France, visits to numerous museums, libraries and archives, and constant reading and collecting on the subject, Jeanette’s interest in the Canadians in WW1 just continues to grow. Her goal in doing research for the book is to use a variety of resources to gather as much information as she can about each man or women on the list – both their military career and their life before enlisting – in order to bring their personal stories to light.  Jeanette’s background includes historical research and interpretation, project management, customer service, and retail office management. She holds a Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museum Association, works at FanshawePioneerVillage, and is a volunteer wish grantor for Make-a-Wish Southwestern Ontario.


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Brock Vodden was born and raised in Huron County’s village of Blyth. Educated in Blyth Public School, the Clinton District Collegiate Institute, and the University of Toronto. He holds three degrees from U of T: Bachelor of Arts (History), Bachelor of Education, and Master of Education.  He and Janis raised six children.  Almost all of his working career has been dedicated to helping people at all ages and stages to learn what they need for a rich and satisfying life. He taught in elementary and secondary schools and community colleges. He was District Superintendent of  First Nation Northern Ontario Schools, Administrator for Confederation College in Thunder Bay. In 1977 he formed his own consulting practice for Human Resource Development and Organization Renewal in public and private sector organizations.  Brock and Janis have developed and manage the Repository of Blyth History as a gift to the community and its descendants.  He retired several years ago, but continues to serve on several county boards, has been a municipal councillor for North Huron for the past five years, and is running for re-election this fall.