Lo­cal paint­ings, Bruce County museum sneak peek at Wiar­ton Library in Septem­ber

Wiarton Echo - - PAST AND PRESENT -

MICHAEL PIG­GOTT

Art News

In Septem­ber the Friends of Wiar­ton Library wel­come Kevin Couch who is dis­play­ing his imag­i­na­tive and amus­ing ab­stract paint­ings on the library walls. Also, in the cabinet, you can see some in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive ob­jects from the Bruce County museum, se­lected by the museum staff.

Kevin Couch was born and grew up in Toronto. His grand­par­ents lived in Colpoy’s Bay and he has vis­ited this area through­out his life. He moved to Colpoy’s Bay in 2002, lived in a house with friends, and be­gan work­ing for the Bruce Penin­sula As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing. He joined the Wiar­ton Artists Group be­cause he was mak­ing vis­ual art and had no place to keep the pieces. He en­joyed his time with the group and sold most of the art that he made.

The op­por­tu­nity to dis­play at the Wiar­ton Library (as well as the need for some ac­tiv­ity to lighten the dark days of win­ter) in­spired him to cre­ate th­ese pieces.

If any­one is in­ter­ested in hav­ing any of Couch’s art, please con­tact him at kr­rrrrb­bii@hot­mail.com

The cabinet dis­play is a pre­view of what’s in store at the Bruce County museum and its new ac­qui­si­tion. The “Bruce County Museum Rail­way” is the museum’s most re­cent ad­di­tion to its per­ma­nent gal­leries. It is now open to ex­plore the “Rid­ing the Rails” ex­hibit. The model train ex­hibit in the museum shows some of the towns in Bruce County in minia­ture. The cabinet dis­play con­sists of a model steam en­gine tow­ing a pas­sen­ger car, an en­gi­neer’s cap and train spot­ter’s binoc­u­lars and lots of in­for­ma­tion about the museum’s hands-on dis­play.

Mem­bers of the library can ob­tain a spe­cial “Museum Ex­plorer Pass” at the library and visit the museum for free. The pass al­lows you to ex­plore the long and proud his­tory of the County in­clud­ing pioneer times to present day.

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