Making art matter in Carbonear
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.