By Danielle French

Artist: Jan Anderson – Quilting

Although Jan and her husband moved to Burnt River full-time in 2010, they have been coming up to their haven in the northern Kawartha Lakes for the past 20 years. This special place is surrounded by water, rapids and a wide range of wildlife, all of which feature prominently in her artwork.


Jan describes herself as a diverse textile artist who manipulates wax, rust, paint, dye, pigment and many other techniques to create her pieces. All of her work tells two stories. The first is from a distance, but it’s not distant: It draws the viewer in, where a second and more intimate story begins.

Her grandfather inspires her work, through his gentle teachings and passion for nature, which has resulted in a love for all forms of life.

It is Jan’s hope to inspire others to appreciate, respect and fall in love with our great province and the creatures who reside in this incredibly beautiful area—sentiments I totally agree with!

Art in the Fields runs from July 1 to July 7 at South Pond Farmsfrom 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
except for July 6 10:00 to 1:00. Join us for an opening reception on Sunday, June 30 from 1:00 to 5:00.

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Danielle French - Ash Naylor Photography

About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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