Exceptional Beauty in Metal and Concrete
You might say that Maggie Phillips and Peter Langes are living the dream. Together, this couple has been creating beautiful metal sculptures and concrete creations as their main source of income, reflective of the natural surroundings where they live, out in the rural countryside of Nolalu. But it’s clear that Maggie and Peter are just two determined and hard-working individuals who decided to take a leap when they got the chance. And they’ve thoroughly enjoyed their lives ever since!
Maggie and Peter have become passionate about their love and interest for art. Both have extensive training and over 20 years of experience in the world of visual craftsmanship. But it was Maggie who encouraged her husband, Peter, to follow their passion for art. And so they took up the challenge, moved out into the countryside, and began dabbling and creating many one-of-a-kind creations. These creations now primarily include metal sculptures based on sketches that Maggie derives of their natural surroundings, and concrete creations made of cast molds of varying shapes and sizes. However, Maggie continues to keep the creative juices flowing through painting, sketching, and some jewellery-making. This has proven to be a great source of many new ideas they think up for their sculptures. Tasked with the ongoing push to remain creative, Maggie and Peter seem to thrive off of this type of work. And it’s apparent in the beautiful and wondrous variety of creations they take to the market with them each week!
Maggie and Peter have been with us at the market since March 2016. In speaking with Peter, it’s clear that he has grown to love this space, as a way to get closer to the community while allowing him to showcase their work to a unique audience, the shoppers of the market. Both Maggie and Peter enjoy the convenience of having a stationary booth on the 2nd floor, along the west wall, every Wednesday evening from 3:30 to 6:30pm and again on Saturday morning from 8:00am to 1:00pm. It’s become a comfortable place for them to show their work. And, since its a bit of a trek into town for them, this limits driving into town to two trips per week, where they can plan other errands around such as picking up supplies.
Coming to the market has become beneficial for their business, which means they are busier than ever to keep up with the demand for their unique creations. Since all of their art is one-of-a-kind, original and based on their own ideas and sketches, it’s become quite popular around the community, both for indoor and outdoor use. While some of their customers choose to purchase to dress-up their yard or gardens, others enjoy some extra artwork for the interior of their home. From birdbaths sculptures, mushroom lawn ornaments and concrete mice, to metal tree wall hangings and practical candleholders, Maggie and Peter have come up with a large assortment of appealing and ornamental pieces.
Besides the market, you can also find Maggie and Peter’s work showcased in the Baggage Building Arts Centre along Sleeping Giant Parkway, as well as the occasional seasonal art show around town. And when they’re not busy showing their works, you can be sure that they are chipping away at new ideas, constantly providing their customers with fresh and unique options for interior or exterior home decor.
Maggie and Peter warmly invite you to come view their work or stop by for a chat. These two have proven that the option of following a dream really is a possibility. All it takes is a little creativity, some hard work and a lot of passion!