Kathy Sweetapple (nee Feltham) is an art teacher
in Glovertown where she resides with her husband, Tony and their three sons,
Mark, Jake and John. Leading a busy life has influenced her choice of
subject matter as she tends to paint images of intimate or defining moments
of family and heritage. "Sometimes I feel we do not take, or have, the
time to appreciate those moments that define our lives. In my images I try
to capture those moments that become meaningful memories in an individual's
family's or culture's existance - the moments you wish you could freeze and
keep, like pearls, forever."
Kitchens have always been the heart of the Newfoundland home, a place where
parties, teas, homemade goodies, and memories are made. It has long been a
Newfoundland tradition to preserve and prepare food for Christmas, and many
ladies were known for their family recipes (Aunt Minnie's dark fruit cake,
Sarah's pudding and rum sauce, etc.).
Traditionally, raisin bread and salt fish are served on Christmas Eve. Fruit
cake and syrup are served to visitors and mummers. A common question around
this time of year is: "Do you have your Christmas baking done
yet?" Often cookies, breads, and cakes were, and are still, given as
gifts. For many the smells and tastes of these foods trigger fond Christmas
memories. The colour scheme for "In Nan's Kitchen" is based on the
colours found in the Newfoundland tartan.