Conscious Creations Art / Colt's Chainsaw Art - The Cowboy Carver
The corner of Campbell and Inglis, on Lucknow’s main drag, is one bustling hive of creative activity. Home of Conscious Creations Art in the front and Colt’s Chainsaw Art - The Cowboy Carver in the back, the studio is a place for those who like to create, and those who prefer others to do the creating for them.
Colt and Cindy Pearce are the creative duo behind the hub in downtown Lucknow, having moved to town during the pandemic. “I absolutely love living here. Both Colt and I are from the area, but we were living in the city and I’d become ‘citified’,” Cindy said.
Through Conscious Creations Art, Cindy teaches over 30 art classes. “I’m a stained glass artist so that’s a big part of what I do. But I dabble in a bit of everything – macramé, acrylic pour-painting with other art in it.”
In light of the pandemic, she’s switched her teaching from in-studio to online via Facebook Live, which has resulted in a reduction of class offerings, but the demand for those classes she offers – the macramé plant hanger workshop and burlap flower classes – is high.
She will return with her stained glass workshop, a class that must be done in a studio, and her mosaic window class, in which creative students use an old barn window as the starting point, when restrictions are lifted.
From the shop, she also sells art and craft supplies geared toward kids, including wooden cut-outs, canvases, acrylic paints and she also teaches kids’ classes on Thursday mornings when local health regulations allow.
But it’s not all arts and crafts. Within the Conscious Creations Art, Cindy operates Crystal Rainbows, which she says “is the spiritual side” of her. It’s a space where she sells crystals, oils and self-healing books, and even meets clients for life coaching, reiki and readings, and even organizes popular spiritual groups.
Around the back of the building, you’ll find Colt’s Chainsaw Art, where Colt is at work creating sculptures using one tool: his chainsaw. Cindy says he sources his wood either while out walking locally or from the nearby Mennonite community. His benches are popular items as are carvings featuring dragonflies. If he’s not in his studio, he may be out on location, as Colt is often called to carve a tree on a local homestead. 579 Campbell St, Lucknow. www.consciouscreationsart.ca