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Do I Really Have to Write a Bio? Christine Armstrong



You have met Amanda McNeely, Tiffany Nixon, Jennifer Fenwick Irwin, Lisa Strangway and Teri White who are part of our working team for your Ladies Who Lunch date on June 6th. Here is another one of our members ready to put this shindig all together.

Christine is one of our planning ladies for Ladies Who Lunch June 6th in Carleton Place. I had asked her to write a bio, but she was hesitant. Of course any bio is easier said then done. Where do you start? Where do you end? Like me she thinks everything happens for a reason and we are supposed to learn something from it all. Does it really shape us into the person we end up being?

Christine came from a wicked combination of ancestral roots. Family gatherings were quite the event coming from German, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and French Canadian descendants. Everyone expressed their opinion the way it is, they it was, and the way it will be–and none of them ever backed down from what they believed in.

Her love of art blossomed as a child when they headed up to the family’s ancestral home in beautiful Wiarton, Ontario. Everyone in the family, and she means all the generations, spent their summers at Great-Grandma’s boarding house. The entire family spent a couple of weeks living under the same roof, and as Christine said, “If that doesn’t bring a family close, she doesn’t know what will”.

In High School she had her own style and was different from the norm. She was an outspoken member of her student council and collaborated pairing a Pink Floyd prism on the council door. Christine believed in free speech and always stood up for what she believed in. Summers and weekends were spent hanging out in downtown Ottawa shopping at Flash Cadilac and Rock Junction. She met the love of her life in High School, and they have been together ever since.

Like she said earlier, everything happens for a reason, and at the age of 16 she became a Mother. Driven, she received her High School diploma with everyone else. She studied Child Youth Work at Algonquin and worked at McArthur High School and the Robert Smart Centre at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Work became hard to come by at that time, so she went back to school and studied accounting. By that time the recession of the 80’s hit so she took whatever work was offered. Christine worked a dictionary of jobs from: taxi dispatch, receptionist, waitress, special event server at the Prime Ministers house and finally executive assistant for GTIS.

Once she had her second child she decided to stay at home with her young children. But, she still had an art space overflowing with projects, lobbied the City of Ottawa, and was a vocal member of NO DUMP, and even worked the back war room of a political campaign for a Mayor of Ottawa candidate. Of course local residents of Carleton Place will remember Christine’s store C Style Fashions on Bridge Street where she dared to sell the eclectic in a rural town.

Christine said life is too short to dwell on what you could have done, or should have done, so she has had no regrets. She is following her heart and is most happiest when she does art and finally wants to write that book she has dreamed of since High School.

What you might not know about Christine is that in 2005 she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Walt Disney once said all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. I have no doubt nothing will ever slow Christine down. Ever.. because she is no vanishing act.

Light on Broken Glass at the MacArthur Mill


Thanks to Christine Armstrong for letting us print her stories about her finds in Carleton Place. Any stories you might have please send them to me and I will put them together for you. I cannot do this myself  and want everyone to be involved. That is what makes our town great. We blend in as one. Thank you for the story!  If it were not for Christine, few of us would have ever known about Jennifer at our historic MacArthur Mill.

Jennifer Anne Kelly

“In the spring of 2015 Jennifer moved her studio to the McArthur Island Mill at 100 Mill Street in Carleton Place, Ont. This incredible light filled space is the perfect place to be inspired and have fun”.

Today I have come across a studio and artist that will make one feel that they are Alice who has gone through The Looking-Glass.

Current works of Glass is the teaching studio of Jennifer Anne Kelly, a glass artist at the McArthur Island Mill at 100 Mill Street in Carleton Place. Enter a fantastical world, where Jennifer twists reality and imagination by creating new interpretations of what is naturally found. This body of work is the result of intense passion and dreams, overcoming fear, and delighting in the mystical. Her work can be found at Cirque Du Soleil boutiques, Montreal Musee des Beaux Arts boutique, and select exhibits and galleries in Ontario.

Jennifer offers classes in glass fusing and kiln. Small class sizes and customized themes offer students a fun and interesting experience. On special occasions guest instructors also offer new skills in a wide range of mediums. She also offers customized classes for a party night, bridal shower of office party. If you are looking for a fun and different night out that leaves you with a wonderful souvenir of a special moment in time, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with her.

For those of you who just want to buy a piece of beautiful art, please stop by and take a look. You are sure to find a one of a kind piece to take home or give as a gift. Remember the world without any piece of art or creation is just eh…

Take a look at her information at http://www.currentworksofglass.com/ or you can contact her directly for a fusing party or custom class at jenniferkelly@rogers.com 613-859-0100

By Christine Armstrong

Edited and files by Linda Seccaspina