A re­ally cool cat

The story of a new ex­hi­bi­tion in Belle River and one opin­ion­ated fe­line

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Belle River artist Wendy Jones is host­ing an open­ing re­cep­tion for her lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion Eclec­tic on Aug. 5.

The re­cep­tion runs from 2-8 p.m. and will also kick off the open­ing of WMJ Cool Cat Stu­dios to the pub­lic.

Eclec­tic will fea­ture paint­ings in a wide ar­ray of styles from land and seascapes to ab­stract im­pres­sions of blue­berry and canola fields. There are even a few ex­trater­res­trial pieces that make the viewer feel like they are look­ing at the view out a space­craft win­dow.

Jones uses var­i­ous medi­ums, mostly oil on board but also acrylics as well as wa­ter­colours with pen and ink. Though she has worked on some very large pieces this year, the paint­ings in Eclec­tic will be a bit smaller.

“I’ve come to feel like a three by four foot paint­ing is fairly small af­ter work­ing on such huge pieces,’’ says Jones.

WMJ Cool Cat Stu­dios’ name is in­spired by her cat, Mika, who is well known to Is­land mu­sic lovers at­tend­ing the con­certs Jones has hosted in her home/ stu­dio. She lives in the old Belle River church.

“Mika’s long been my song­writ­ing muse and an out­spo­ken critic of the songs I write. If I’m making a YouTube or Soundcloud record­ing, I have to put her out of the room be­cause she likes to sing along. She of­ten jumps up to kiss and hug me when I’m singing. If she’s out­side and won’t come when I call, I sing a few bars of her favourites.’’

Jones said Mika hated one song so much she ac­tu­ally pre­tended she was go­ing to bite her neck.

“Her opin­ion of my vis­ual arts isn’t as ap­par­ent but she cer­tainly makes her pres­ence known when I am paint­ing.’’

The stu­dios will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is lo­cated at 1828 Trans-Canada High­way in Belle River.

As there may be oc­ca­sions when Jones has to step out, she sug­gests peo­ple making s spe­cial trip to call in ad­vance for an ap­point­ment.

Her num­ber is 902-962-4131 and she can also be reached by email at peis­landwendy@gmail. com.

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