‘Doodling’ pays off

Arts in Mo­tion Chau­tauqua con­tin­ues with suc­cess­ful day three

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY - mil­li­cent.mckay@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY

Ap­prox­i­mately 20 artists rang­ing from painters, po­ets and mu­si­cians lined Down­town Wa­ter Street in Summerside Wed­nes­day cel­e­brat­ing the third day of Arts in Mo­tion Chau­tauqua.

Doreen Huestis, a pop­u­lar Summerside artist, took back her spot on the street af­ter tak­ing a break from the fes­ti­val last year.

“It feels great to be back. It’s a re­ally great time,” said the 82-year-old.

Huestis be­gan paint­ing when she was a teenager. She re­mem­bers the con­stant doodling that filled pa­per.

“Fi­nally I bought my first set of paints. But it would take un­til I was 30 to be­come a se­ri­ous painter.”

Huestis says paint­ing is re­lax­ing, but more im­por­tantly, sat­is­fy­ing.

“It’s nice to have some­thing that you’re self sat­is­fied in. I’ve had pieces that peo­ple will love and I’ll add it to the pile in the at­tic be­cause it’s not some­thing I feel I did well on.”

With a rep­u­ta­tion for her oil paint­ing, Huestis is de­scribed as a pro­lific artist in the com­mu­nity.

“It’s a great feel­ing to know that peo­ple think of me like that. It took many years, shows, and ex­hibits to raise my pro­file.”

Huestis’ ad­vice to as­pir­ing painters and artists is to never give up.

“Stick with it. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. They’re worth it. It’s in­cred­i­ble what you can do with a brush.”

Down the street, a white fluffy round mass sat on top of a crate as its owner, Melvin Gal­lant, held a clump of white wool that was be­ing fed into a spin­ning wheel.

“His name is Ge­orge. He’s an English An­gora rab­bit. I use his woolly fur and com­bine it with alpaca and merino sheep wools to make yarn and hats or mit­tens,” said Gal­lant.

Gal­lant and his wife breed An­go­ras. Cur­rently they have 33 rab­bits. He said it’s harder to work rab­bit wool in com­par­i­son alpaca or sheep.

“It’s very fine. But rab­bit wool is seven times warmer than the other two. The only is­sue with ei­ther alpaca or rab­bit is that it has no hold, that’s where the sheep wool comes in.”

Lori El­lis, the site man­ager of Wy­att Her­itage Prop­er­ties Inc. said it’s ev­i­dent the con­fi­dence of the artists has risen since it’s in­au­gu­ral year.

“We’ve got more artists than ever this year. We started with five and there’s about four times that out here to­day.”

This is the 11th year for the Arts in Mo­tion event.

“It’s a proud feel­ing to see all the work the or­ga­ni­za­tion has done come to fruition.”

Heidi FitzGer­ald, vis­it­ing from New Brunswick, said it’s nice to see com­mu­nity cel­e­brate their lo­cal artists.

“It’s es­sen­tial for small com­mu­ni­ties and ar­eas to show­case their tal­ents. Es­pe­cially since it gives chil­dren the chance to see artists at work, maybe it will in­spire them to be­come an artist them­selves.”

MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Doreen Huestis and her paint­ing of a golden re­triever she was work­ing dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Arts in Mo­tion event on Wa­ter Street.

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