Blue Belldon’s “Wrangler”


artist in attic painting

Having personally hand-picked and invited  over 100 artists to take part in both the annual Carlisle Country Craft and Old-fashioned Market Mercantile as well as the Rural Creators’ Collective (the 1st and premiere Artists in the Attic!) I feel as though I want to keep up the momentum of promoting others who have a passion for the rural traditions and spirit of our ancestors as I do…


update on Friday the 13th of May.  Special DAY today for our Animal Wrangler – Kat turns 25!  Happy Trails!  Here’s Kat with one final animal we haven’t shown her holding yet!


kat, donkey


Katherine Kociolek, or “Kat” is a former riding student of mine who is a wonder with all animals and a great folk artist as well.  For three years in a row, she helped run the Carlisle Country Craft and Old-fashioned Market Mercantile with me, (where most of the above photos were taken, including the one with our old lab, Clark)  while attending Sheridan College’s Animal Care program. She is a fabulous natural rider of both English and Western disciplines and for several years now has been working as a trail guide at Claireville Ranch in Brampton, Ontario, as well as at Heart Lake Veterinary Hospital.  She has agreed to be our official “Animal Wrangler”, as I don’t know anyone better!  Below are some of her great folk pieces, sold under the Young Artist Program by my Rustic Revivals.