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Yvonne Gibson is Hooked on Santa (Posted On: Tuesday, November 21, 2006)

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When Yvonne Gibson was a child her Aunt gave her a kit to make a Santa and she was hooked. Over the years she has experimented with numerous mediums in order to produce something unique. Her elegant Father Christmas' and Whimsical Santas' have become well known in the Georgian Bay Area but have also found homes throughout the world from the British Isles, Europe, United States to Australia and across Canada.

Although most of the faces are hand sculpted or moulded and tweaked using Femo and/or Sculpy clay, she does have some porcelain ones that were produced and hand painted together with a friend who owned a kiln and made porcelain dolls. Other faces have been produced with the help of Dr David Ripley(dentist) using dental plaster and moulds from dental compound. The beard and hair of choice is lambs wool. The stands are made from wood and the bodies have a wire base wrapped in batting to produce their “underwear” and give them free movement in arms and legs.

Each Santa is one of a kind and takes on a life of it's own as it is finished. Santa is very active and likes all winter sports and some summer ones as well. He enjoys paddling a canoe as well as riding on his Harley motorcycle. Custom orders are taken and if someone has an idea they wish their particular Santa to partake in Yvonne is willing to see what she can come up with. The sizes range all the way from six inches to six feet.

This year her Santas' can be found at the YMCA Craft Show on December 2, 2006 from 10a.m.to 3p.m., “The BMFA Art Gallery” and at the Collingwood Library. In one of the photo's in this article Yvonne is holding the Santa which has been donated to the YMCA for a draw which will take place on December 16, 2006. Tickets can be purchased at the “Y” or from Yvonne.

She can be found working on her Santas' year round but has also expanded her love of art in the past ten years to include painting mostly landscapes, in oils and watercolours of our beautiful Georgian Bay Area where she has lived most of her life. She lives in Collingwood with her husband Garry and they have one son “Greg” whose passion is music. She has been fortunate to have had a painting chosen for the Rotary Charity Calendar both last year and this year. Yvonne is the current President of Georgian Bay Arts and Crafts Association and a member of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts. Her work can be seen by appointment and she can be contacted at gygibson@bmts.com , 705 445 2729. www.greggibson.org

Submitted by Julie Card

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