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Art on the Shelf features a variety of local works – until May 26

BlackPrincePutmanLabelLocal artists are highlighted as the  Art on the Shelf exhibition and sale of original work  opened Thursday, May 9th.

The show runs for the next three weekends [Friday, Saturday & Sunday] from 11am-5pm, and also on Monday, May 20th of the long weekend at Black Prince Winery, 13370 Loyalist Parkway, Picton. Admission is free of charge.

Visitors to the show are invited to enjoy a glass of  wine while viewing the art in the ‘Art Cellar’. This large, brightly lit room will house approximately 60 pieces of original art representing a variety of mediums including watercolour, oil, acrylic, photography, fibre and encaustic to name but a few. The diversity of the art work provides an interesting mix for every buyer and every budget.

Artists were asked to paint, sculpt, or photograph a book title . Each artist will also give a brief outline of why their particular book was chosen. Martha Ippersiel chose Tracy Chevalier’s novel – ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ which is based on the enigmatic painting of the same name by the Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. Chevalier’s painstakingly observed novel, narrated by Griet, the 16 year_old servant girl, is an homage to the painter and his creative process. Vermeer’s preoccupation with interior domestic scenes is echoed by Chevalier’s own detailed description of ordinary life in the painter’s household. Martha goes on to describe her own acrylic painting. ‘Within my contemporary interior are found references to traditional elements of 17th century Dutch painting: the everyday domestic scene, the window as a strong source of light, the door as a perhaps symbolic passageway, the painting within a painting and the use of the rare lapis lazuli (ultramarine today). I have tried to combine all these elements in this painting based on a novel based on a painting.’

Funds raised from this show will be used to further improve landscaping at the front of the library. To date the Friends of the Picton Library have raised in excess of $150,000. Through donations, grants, book sales and the support of the community we have installed an elevator, built a Teen Room, made improvements to the Children’s Library, installed a front door and started the landscaping project.

For more information please contact Doug & Evelyn Sloane at 613-476-3277.

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