Lo­cal artists dis­play tal­ent

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

Lo­cal artists John Miller and An­to­nia Mitchell cur­rently have their work on dis­play at Ye Olde Black­smith Gallery in Stanstead. Mitchell is grown up in the East­ern Town­ships and Mon­treal. She has stud­ied art

here and in New York City and has cre­ated an ex­ten­sive body of renowned works, both here and in the United States. Her work on dis­play at the lo­cal gallery con­sists of art in boxes. The small, carved fig­ures in­side boxes with painted back­grounds are very whim­si­cal. Sev­eral of her works have sold al­ready. Even more orig­i­nal is her life size sculp­ture of Potato Peo­ple. This is a fun sculp­ture and de­serves a look if you are in the area.

John Miller, who now lives in Stanstead, was born in Eng­land and im­mi­grated to Canada in 1951. Af­ter teach­ing in nu­mer­ous Cana­dian schools, he even­tu­ally be­came Head of the Art Depart­ment at Con­cor­dia Univer­sity in Mon­treal. His art­work cur­rently on dis­play con­sists of colour­ful ab­stracts, most of which of­fer fine at­ten­tion to colour and de­tail. The busy can­vasses in­te­grate their bright colours suc­cess­fully, of­fer­ing an over­all im­pres­sion of sooth­ing har­mony.

Both artists have sub­mit­ted some fine works that de­serve a look. The cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion runs at the gallery un­til Sun­day, Au­gust 21st. To the Edi­tor, In re­sponse to a cit­i­zen,

I’ve been com­ing to Stanstead for years with my trailer and have al­ways been amazed at small town poli­cies. I go to ev­ery event at the Haskell and love the place. Yes some peo­ple have bad taste but the town al­lows it to go on.

The more tourists that come here may help the town to mod­ern­ize it­self and ap­ply stricter by­laws.

Large items are put out for the trash sev­eral days be­fore pickup, is not ac­cepted by most towns, cars left for months in the same spot, we don’t have much mu­nic­i­pal park­ing but some seem to us what we have for garbage or even per­ma­nent liv­ing and no town of­fi­cials check it out or emit fines.

Hope­fully our small town will grow with time and the tourists will be­come fu­ture res­i­dents and help bring about the changes needed.

L. Robb To the Edi­tor,

I live on a cul d sac. Thats Dead End road to all you folks out there that don’t know what that means in English. Some­one thought cul de sac had a new mean­ing. They dropped off their cat. It took a cou­ple days for it to come to the house. Tired, dirty and hun­gry it tried to make friends just the same. I saw Joyce Dekker (spca) and she is send­ing a vol­un­teer to come get it in the morn­ing. In the mean time she gave me a small con­tainer of cat food. The cat ate and ate. Thank good­ness for the work the SPCA does.

On the other hand, how sad there are peo­ple who can be so cruel as to just leave an an­i­mal alone like that. You know who you are and all I can say is ‘’Shame on you!’’ I re­main,

Pa­tri­cia Keane

Photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

An­to­nia Mitchell’s life-sized sculp­ture of Potato Peo­ple is worth a look.

Photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

Renowned artist John Miller is dis­play­ing sev­eral of his col­or­ful ab­stracts.

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