As someone who has never done very well following rules or ‘staying within the lines,’ Kim struggled finding an artistic medium that truly allowed her to freely explore and play. She instantly fell in love with encaustics and is always surprised to her to see where her pieces take her. The wax allows her to let go of any intentions and really sink into the moment; and more importantly, to play!
Kim has been an encaustic artist for several years and has successfully run workshops with federally sentenced women, at-risk youth, adults with developmental disabilities, individuals living with addiction and mental health considerations, and many others in the community looking to explore and engage with their creative side. She works at various galleries and spaces in the community with both adults and children. Her work is currently on display at various locations throughout Ontario. Kim is very excited to continue this work and bring this incredible artistic medium to as many people as she can. She is also always looking for unique and exciting partnership opportunities with anyone else willing to 'look outside the box'. Kim’s roots are in the charitable sector and she has a passion for looking at innovative ways in which she can help her community. Please don’t hesitate to contact her for donations of art work or workshop time for fundraising events.
Kim is also a lover of all things local, handcrafted, and interesting. She loves meeting other artists and craftspeople, sampling local cuisine and craft beer, and exploring breweries, wineries, shops, studio's, and galleries!
Edge of Grey Encaustics is based out of Grey County Ontario. Edge of Grey is a mobile service throughout Grey/Bruce County, Guelph Wellington, and Waterloo Region. Please contact Kim@edgeofgrey.ca if you are interested in services or workshops outside of these areas.
Kim Kool was first introduced to the encaustics medium while working with Federally Sentenced women through Community Justice Initiatives’ Stride program. Kim spent 6 years working with federally sentenced women both in Grand Valley Institution and the community. As a program Coordinator at CJI, she ran social recreational programming inside the federal institution as well as with women post release.
Prior to working with federally sentenced women, Kim has worked with at-risk youth both in residential programs and in the shelter system. She has expertise in direct client service work, training and facilitation, as well as program development. Kim holds a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and English, with a minor in Psychology from St. Thomas University. She also has a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grabel University College as well as a Certificate in Trauma Counseling for Front Line Workers from the Hinks-Dellcrest Institute.
If you can think of a way in which Edge of Grey can help you or your community, don't hesitate to send a message