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Local artists find common ground


There was a feeling of community and companionship at the Trinity Conception Square Shopping Mall over the Nov. 8 and 9 weekend, and for good reason.

A boat load of artists attended the first mixed art show held at the Trinity Conception Square Shopping Centre in Carbonear Nov. 8 and 9. Surrounded by some of the artwork are some of those artists. They are, from left, Charlene Sudbrink, Marilyn Hawkes, Tammy Wrice, Peggy Cahill, Michelle Penney-Rowe and Lynette Butt.

Local artist Tammy Wrice organized an art exhibit to allow local talent to display their work and show off their skills.

A total of 28 artists from multiple disciplines took part in the event, with some joining on Sunday after seeing the display on Saturday.

Although it is common to see displays of several painters or photographers in one show, this may be the first of its kind in the region.

Besides painters and photographers, there were potters, authors, poets and those who specialized in glasswork.

Each person brought their own individual talent with them, with two giving demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Demonstrations

Charlene Sudbrink brought a potter's wheel, where she showed groups of people how to create different clay items.

Robert Thornhill gave a photography lesson and shared with local residents some of the tricks of the trade.

Poet Dorothy McIntosh Harvey and writer Pat Collins both read some of their work to the busy afternoon crowd.

"It was very interactive," Wrice explained.

Successful event

She called the weekend a "big success" for the local arts scene because of the positive responses they received from the public.

"That is the biggest thing I'm proud of," she explained. "The people from the community saying it was a great show. Carbonear really needed one of these."

Although many of the artists sold some of their artwork, the event was more about raising awareness of the many skilled and talented individuals from the local area.

A Carbonear native, Wrice moved back from Ontario over a year ago and has been busy painting since she returned. It was working with other artists and seeing how many others were out there that enabled her to make the event happen.

In fact, some artists weren't initially signed up. They approached Wrice on Saturday, and set up some of their artwork on Sunday.

The group is hoping to turn the showcase into an annual event, with even more participants and possibly more specialties.

"Let's bring it all together," Wrice explained. "There is strength in numbers. We are all working together, not competing against each other."

Artist directory

Wrice has been actively working on a project for months that may help link many provincial artists.

A Boat Load of Talent is the name given to an artist directory that is in the works.

The directory will show some of the work of provincial artists and include contact information of those individuals. It will not only promote the work of the artists, but also give recognition to those from different areas.The deadline to apply to be featured in the book is March 31, 2015, with an anticipated release of August 2015.

For details on the art directory, contact Wrice at www.oceanviewartgallery.com.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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