Blacksmithing demo adds to first vernissage
Visitors to the Olde Blacksmith/Vieux Forgeron art gallery’s first vernissage of the season, on June 17th, were treated to an appropriate old skills demonstration. Phil Desormeaux, of Stanstead, put on a blacksmithing demonstration outside of the gallery, creating hooks, bottle openers and other small metal tools. Mr. Desormeaux, who blacksmiths for a hobby, will appear at the gallery occasionally throughout the summer. His next demonstration will take place on July 9th.
The gallery’s first exhibit, “Response to the Land” featuring the artwork of Linda and Charles Peacock, and “Response to Humans”, photographs and texts that tell the stories of some of the refugees in Greece, by Jackie Heim, has received a lot of good feedback. “People really appreciate Linda’s work, so creative and delicate, and Charles’ landscapes. They are also interested in Jackie’s experience on the island of Lesvos; they take a lot of time to look at her exhibit. It’s important to have current issues that touch us; they’re sometimes sad but important to know about,” commented Eva Juul, the owner of the gallery.
Phil Desormeaux does some old-fashioned blacksmithing in front of the Olde Blacksmith art gallery, in Stanstead, at the vernissage in June.