Kids come out for down­town ‘pARTy’

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Chil­dren and teens of all ages had a great time cre­at­ing a won­der­ful work of art with paint and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, last Fri­day out­side of the Stanstead Cen­tre des Arts, with help from lo­cal artists Brigitte Mit­tel­ham­mer and Lizabeth Laroche, seen in the mid­dle photo.

In Stanstead, last Fri­day, cre­ativ­ity was cer­tainly in the air. A ‘pARTy’, which in­cluded a chil­dren’s art cre­at­ing ac­tiv­ity and the open­ing of three new art ex­hibits, took place in the Rock Is­land sec­tor. Two new art spa­ces, the Cen­tre des Arts at the cor­ner of Duf­ferin and Notre Dame, and the Tanya Mcin­tyre stu­dio just across the street on Duf­ferin, have re­cently opened, join­ing the Ye Olde Black­smith Art Gallery, also lo­cated in the area.

The ‘pARTy’ be­gan at 2:00 as chil­dren ar­rived to take part in cre­at­ing a mu­ral from re­cy­cled ob­jects with Gypsy Art cre­ators Brigitte Mit­tel­ham­mer and Lizabeth Laroche. Be­gin­ning with a huge blank can­vas that cov­ered a wall out­side of the Cen­tre des Arts, the chil­dren and teens first added colour then started in­cor­po­rat­ing re­cy­cled and found ob­jects into the art­work. Even some young vis­i­tors from Haiti, who have just re­cently be­gun liv­ing in Stanstead, joined in the fun. The fi­nal cre­ation was a won­der­fully colour­ful and imag­i­na­tive piece.

The Cen­tre des Arts is ex­hibit­ing the works of seven lo­cal artists: Sylvia Ber­tolini, Carolyne Har­ri­son, Mair Vaughan Milling­ton, Se­bastien Leblanc, Chris­tine Pelzer, Knut Pelzer and Libbey Grif­fith. The new ex­hibit at Ye Olde Black­smith Art Gallery fea­tures the work of artists Miriam Som­mer­burg, In­grid Ni­co­lai, and Jac­ques Racine. A sneak preview re­vealed that the two ex­hibits con­sisted of both beauti- ful and chal­leng­ing works. Vernissages at all three gal­leries took place si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­tween 5:00 and 7:00 in the evening.

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