Meet Melanie Wasylyshen & Sandy Fontaine
Melanie and Sandy went in to business together as a flexible means of supporting their families, and their combined talents are gaining them recognition in the arts community. When she’s not working or creating, Sandy enjoys cooking, reading, travelling and spending time with family and friends. Melanie, who spends half of her year working the gold claim she and her husband own as well as running other small businesses, laughs at the idea of “spare time,” though she does try to get outside as much as possible. She likes taking pictures and also studying and collecting plants for medicinal use.
Creativity. Personality. Imagination.
Mother and daughter business and creative team Melanie Wasylyshen and Sandy Fontaine are forces to be reckoned with. Designers and creators of original stained hand-made soy candles, the two had their own shop and studio in Saskatchewan for several years before relocating their business to Quesnel in 2009. Sandy’s specialty is copper foil stained glass panels as well as smaller giftware pieces. Melanie designs and creates fused glass pieces, handmade wire jewellery and soy candles. Melanie and her husband are also gold miners and Melanie incorporates some of the gold they harvest into her various designs. In fact, gold mining and the strong local arts community drew Melanie and Sandy to the area, and their works are displayed and sold in a number of local venues including the Quesnel Art Gallery, Cariboo Keepsakes, the Quesnel Museum, the Breeze Gold and Gallery, Two Rivers Art Gallery and Island Mountain Arts in Wells.
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