Black­smithing demo adds to first vernissage

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Stanstead

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.

Photo courtesy

Phil De­sormeaux does some old-fash­ioned black­smithing in front of the Olde Black­smith art gallery, in Stanstead, at the vernissage in June.

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