50 artists at Col­lec­tive show

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No less than 50 artists show at lo­cal fu­neral home: proof art is not dead.

With that in­tro, the Col­lec­tif d’artistes de Glen­garry Artists’ Col­lec­tive re­turns with an eclec­tic ex­hibit, “The Show At Brent’s Place,” Fe­bru­ary 22 and 23 at the Glen­garry Fu­neral Home, 580 Main St., Alexan­dria.

“It prom­ises to be an amaz­ing dis­play of tal­ent from all over Glen­garry, from pain­ters and pho­tog­ra­phers, to sculp­tors and writ­ers. On the Fri­day evening, Gra­cie Gra­ham will be en­ter­tain­ing us with her skilled gui­tar play­ing and her beau­ti­ful voice,” says col­lec­tive pres­i­dent Bobi Leutschaft Poitras.

The third an­nual show be­gins Fe­bru­ary 22 with a wine and cheese from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Satur­day, cof­fee with the artists is on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with 46 vis­ual artists and a num­ber of writ­ers.

Writ­ers will be ac­corded some space as well this year, with orig­i­nal one-page sto­ries or po­ems be­ing dis­trib­uted through­out the venue. “Drab­bles” will test writ­ers’ abil­i­ties to ex­press ideas in a very con­fined space.

Seven guest artists, stu­dents tak­ing part in Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry pro­grams, will also be ex­hibit­ing.

A col­lec­tive mem­ber is their in­struc­tor. Also ten per cent of col­lec­tive sales go to Com­mu­nity Liv­ing. Founded in Oc­to­ber, 2016, the col­lec­tive con­sists of 94 mem­bers. Its third mu­ral, fêt­ing Alexan­dria’s 200th an­niver­sary, will be in­stalled in spring. Two mu­seum shows are sched­uled in Wil­liamstown and Dun­ve­gan while other com­mu­nity projects will be un­veiled shortly. “Cre­ative use of re­sources is one of our mantras,” says the group.

John McAl­lis­ter

John Dana­her

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