By Danielle French

Artist: Susan Rankin – Glass and Garden Art

While I feel that flowers, herbs, shrubs and even vegetables have their own beauty, I am always interested in seeing the work of artists who love to create pieces specifically for the garden. While Susan Rankin fashions many stunning creations out of glass, I’m especially interested in what she calls her garden columns.

Susan lives in a forest near Apsley, which is just on the edge of the Canadian Shield—a place of granite and water, cedar and maple. The changing seasons inspire her to evoke the feeling of trees and nature in her soaring glass columns. Both natural and abstract forms turn up in her work—they remind me of birds and leaves, or even tall spikes of wildflowers.

As you can see, these sculptures are very striking, and they will make an amazing addition to Art in the Fields. I’m especially interested in seeing how Susan’s dramatic glass garden columns change throughout the day, from dawn through to twilight.

Art in the Fields runs from July 1 to July 7 at South Pond Farms from 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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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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