Kids come out for downtown ‘pARTy’
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.