How to un­lock a puz­zle

Kids par­tic­i­pate in live art per­for­mance

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - sshar­ratt@the­guardian.pe.ca

Some­times the best way to un­lock a puz­zle is to make one.

And that’s ex­actly what hap­pened dur­ing a live per­for­mance paint­ing ex­trav­a­ganza for kids held re­cently.

There were splotches of blue and yel­low, pud­dles of red and green, and no short­age of spills and chills as the artists, some as young as four years old, got down to work.

“The idea is for each artist to paint one or two pieces of the puz­zle,’’ says artist David Trim­ble, who staged the event. “And then we put all the painted squares to­gether for the fi­nal paint­ing.”

The two hour event acted as the of­fi­cial open­ing of the kids’ art show now on dis­play at the Juice Box Café on Main Street through­out the month of Jan­uary.

“Any child can paint and the idea is to let them learn the sci­ence so they can un­lock the cre­ativ­ity,’’ said Trim­ble as he hands out small squares that act as the puz­zle pieces.

Along with the squares, Trim­ble dis­trib­utes cut out pieces of pa­per, like a puz­zle, that con­tain sec­tions of a larger im­age. It’s not paint by num­bers, its paint by “grids” and when com­pleted, the puz­zle pieces are fit­ted to­gether and be­come the paint­ing.

Kirsten Kouwen­berg of Ver­non River has been tak­ing Trim­ble’s classes at his Cam­bridge stu­dio for a num­ber of years.

“I just love us­ing colours to cre­ate some­thing,’’ says the 13year-old.

Trim­ble says he’s al­ways in­trigued how chil­dren be­come ab­sorbed in paint­ing with­out hav­ing any idea of what the fi­nal im­age will be.

En­nis Jamieson is only four years old and has more paint on her face and hands than on her grid.

But, it’s truly hard to be­lieve the level of tal­ent ex­hib­ited in her paint­ing of horses in a field that is part of the art show.

“It’s a great way to spice up Jan­uary,’’ says Juice Box owner Jana Fur­ness. “We’ve got the whole place filled with chil­dren’s paint­ings and peo­ple are re­ally sur­prised at the colours and im­ages.”

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Seven-year-old Delilah Jamieson with her art show ex­hibit fea­tur­ing a grasshop­per play­ing a fid­dle.

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Bud­ding artists dis­play their col­lab­o­ra­tive work fol­low­ing a two-hour live per­for­mance art show at the Juice Box in Mon­tague. From left are Madeline Trim­ble, En­nis Jamieson, top, Delilah Jamieson, Kirsten Kouwen­berg and Kais­lyn Da­ley. The event kicked off the of­fi­cial open­ing of a chil­dren’s art show on dis­play in the Main Street café for the rest of this month.

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