We also wanted to share the below note from Margie Ziedler, the force behind the 401 Richmond building where CARFAC Ontario has its office and where Kristen had a studio:
A year after we started 401, a very special person, Kristen Fahrig, set up her artistic practice in the building. For these last 22 years she has practiced her craft here and made us all the richer for it. Kirsten had a love of learning, observing and seeking out new ideas. A chat with her was always fascinating, finding out about what her latest projects and travels entailed. She worked in many different media over the course of her career but the common theme was the exploration of the world around her and creating community through her art. (Please read the obituary below – it will give you a sense of what this wonderful person was up to.)
She died a few weeks ago. We did not have that information when we went to press on our latest newsletter. Kristen had cancer and knew she was dying. She therefore ceased her practice in the fall, so the newsletter said that she had moved out. Her studio-mate will stay in studio 394. There will be an exhibition of her most recent work at Loop Gallery in February.
We will miss her beautiful smile, her warmth and positive spirit and the wonderful interactions we’ve had with her over the past two decades! I will personally miss her terribly, but I do believe her spirit will live on in this place. She, and some of the others who have formerly inhabited this old factory building are the reason people feel good as soon as they walk through the front door – I’m convinced of that.
I’m sure you will join me in extending condolences to Kristen's family.http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=kristen-fahrig&pid=187340594
With great sadness,