Mak­ing art mat­ter in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - ORTHTE - — Submitted by Florence But­ton

The Town of Car­bon­ear has al­ways been a proud spon­sor of the arts and this year’s Win­ter Car­ni­val up­held and con­tin­ued that tra­di­tion.

On March 2, those who de­light in all things artis­tic were pro­vided with an op­por­tu­nity to view work by the stu­dents of Michelle’s Fine Art and Stu­dio, Car­bon­ear, and th­ese ranged in age from three years to the mid80s.

Michelle Pen­ney-Rowe, artist and owner has been paint­ing for clients for more than 15 years and although she has taught art classes for four years, it was just two years ago that she opened her home stu­dio.

An en­er­getic mom of three chil­dren, she has worked with no less than 250 stu­dents at lo­cal schools in 2012 as part of an Arts Smarts pro­gram, holds two evening classes, one in Bay Roberts and an­other in Car­bon­ear, as well as op­er­at­ing her home stu­dio, wel­com­ing bud­ding artists as young as three years to adult.

Since mid-Fe­bru­ary Michelle has been spend­ing her Tues­day morn­ings in the com­pany of a group of older adults as they en­joy the at­mos­phere of her pa­tient and en­cour­ag­ing class in­struc­tion.

Last fall the Car­bon­ear Parks and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion that their pro­posal for fund­ing un­der Tourism, Cul­ture and Recre­ation for a vis­ual art class for older adults had been suc­cess­ful. This idea came from a work­shop con­cern­ing vis­ual art for se­niors which was of­fered by CPRC un­der a Healthy Ag­ing ini­tia­tive dur­ing the win­ter of 2011, which saw a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tive work­shops pre­sented to se­niors.

In­ter­est was so high and re­quests for more than a work­shop re­sulted in the pro­posal called Artis­tic En­deav­ours be­ing submitted.

“We were so pleased to re­ceive the fund­ing,” said recre­ation di­rec­tor Rob But­ton. “See­ing the en­joy­ment on the faces of the par­tic­i­pants, hear­ing the en­thu­si­asm in their voices and see­ing their art­work on dis­play at the Car­bon­ear Win­ter Car­ni­val ex­hibit is very grat­i­fy­ing for the CPRC.”

Pride was ev­i­dent at the art ex­hibit — staged in the multi-pur­pose room at the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool — on Satur­day morn­ing. The weather out­side was def­i­nitely fright­ful, with wet snow and rain but cer­tainly was no de­ter­rent to friends and fam­ily mem­bers of the artists.

“I’m so proud of each and ev­ery par­tic­i­pant for their work and shar­ing their tal­ents with all the great peo­ple who came to the Ex­hibit, “said Michelle. “I know how I first felt when I dis­played my own work and wanted to share that beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence with ev­ery one of my stu­dents who will­ingly ex­hib­ited their work in our show to­day.

“It places great value on some­thing so per­sonal that you cre­ated and the pride you feel in your ac­com­plish­ment is some­thing you never for­get.”

On dis­play at the Car­bon­ear Win­ter Car­ni­val art ex­hibit also were the var­ied and unique works of the win­ners of the youth, ju­nior and se­nior art com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by the Town of Car­bon­ear. Th­ese win­ners were: • ju­nior di­vi­sion — Kayla Ge­orge ( first), Brittany Pike and Ni­cole Thoms (sec­ond), and Devon Ni­chola­son (third);

• se­nior di­vi­sion — Kris­tian Butt ( first), Abi­gail Ball (sec­ond), and Anna Finn (third).

Th­ese artis­tic creations are cur­rently avail­able for pub­lic view­ing in the lobby of the Con­cep­tion Bay Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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