By Danielle French

Artist: Rita Benson – Fibre Artist

I must admit that I am a bit of a sucker for art that is beautiful to look at, yes, but that also makes me smile. That is definitely the case with much of the work of Rita Benson.


She uses felting, beading, painting and knitting to create truly striking fibre art, such as these witty little nests containing prettily decorated eggs or surprising creatures. She says she sees nests as representing everything from rest and transformation to home, love and the Divine Feminine.

Rita describes her work as “Art that honours life’s moments,” which I think is a wonderful sentiment and a great description of what she does.

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.[vc_row][vc_column][mk_fullwidth_slideshow images=”11207,11208,11209,11210″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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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