The fo­cus on artist Linda Bar­ber

Quinte Arts Coun­cil: A col­umn fea­tur­ing arts and cul­ture in the Quinte re­gion

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY JANET JAR­RELL

Lo­cal artist, Linda Bar­ber of Prince Ed­ward County de­scribes the work she does as painterly re­al­ism. Linda orig­i­nally hails from the pretty lit­tle town of Marmora, On­tario. Her post- sec­ondary stud­ies took her to the east coast where she stud­ied Fine Art at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity in Sackville, NB, grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in print­mak­ing.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, she moved to the County and has made it her home for more than 30 years now. Vis­it­ing Linda at her stu­dio in her beau­ti­ful old Colo­nial home, you are greeted with the charm of this his­tor­i­cal place ( her hus­band is the fifth gen­er­a­tion on this farm), the beauty in this ru­ral set­ting and the wel­com­ing bark of their fam­ily dog, Benny.

It is here at her home stu­dio that she first be­gan her paint­ing and her fram­ing busi­ness; both of which are still in op­er­a­tion. Al­though Linda has painted many works with wa­ter­colour; her medium of choice is now acrylic paints and work­ing with a pal­ette knife for added depth and tex­ture. She de­scribes acrylics as ver­sa­tile and bold with colour. Her sub­jects con­sist of land­scapes, wa­ter­scapes and she also en­joys do­ing com­mis­sioned pieces.

Her land and wa­ter­scapes de­pict scenes from Al­go­nquin Park ( there is lit­er­ally a paint­ing every­where you look), Coe Hill and Ban­croft ar­eas, Presquile Pro­vin­cial Park and, of course, all over the County. The County re­ally has a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing for an artist. The rolling hills, the vast farm­ers’ fields, the vine­yards and the dra­matic shore­line of Lake On­tario. You have ev­ery­thing from the ap­ple blos­soms in spring, the sail boats in the sum­mer to the bright yel­low glow of soy­beans in the fall. One of her noted favourite spots is catch­ing a fan­tas­tic sun­set at Huy­cks Point in PEC.

When­ever she can, Linda packs up her por­ta­ble easel with art sup­plies, grabs a can­vas and heads out­side to paint en plein air ( out­doors on lo­ca­tion). She en­joys the chal­lenges work­ing on site presents, in­clud­ing the weather, the chang­ing con­di­tions, and the quickly chang­ing light. When de­scrib­ing her work out­doors, she notes that the eye picks up much more com­plex de­tail than a cam­era ever seems to repli­cate. The real chal­lenge here is cap­tur­ing in the paint that chang­ing light of the day.

Linda has been ex­per­i­ment­ing with her pal­ette, work­ing on colour the­ory. Ever learn­ing as an artist, she has shared her ex­pe­ri­ence through work­shops and teach­ing art classes at the lo­cal col­lege.

Teach­ing gives back to her as she says she learns from ev­ery stu­dent and fur­ther, it is a real exercise in or­ga­niz­ing her artis­tic process. Through that process, she says she re­ally pushes the colour, tex­ture and com­po­si­tion of each piece. This is what she de­scribes as painterly re­al­ism.

Linda’s de­vo­tion to her art has her paint­ing ev­ery­day ei­ther in stu­dio or on lo­ca­tion. Her com- mis­sioned work in­cludes ev­ery­thing from his­tor­i­cal pho­tographs of the County, to por­traits of your fam­ily pet. She has a won­der­ful gift of bring­ing some­thing to life on can­vas for peo­ple. “I in­vite the viewer to en­ter into the paint­ing and make their own emo­tional con­nec­tion or evoke some per­sonal mem­ory.”

Linda’s work can be seen on her web­site lind­abar­ber­art. com, in the Light­house Gallery at Presquile Pro­vin­cial Park and at The Lo­cal Store in Bloom­field. You can find lind­abar­ber­art on In­sta­gram, and for fun fol­low the fam­ily dog Ben­nie at bagel­benny.

Call for QAC Mem­ber Artists to sub­mit work for Men­tal Health themed show

We are seek­ing your work on the theme of “men­tal health.” We are look­ing for a di­ver­sity of works from artist mem­bers that touch on is­sues sur­round­ing this theme. The show will run from Jan­uary 30 - March 22, 2019. Please send pho­tos of the pieces you would like for us to con­sider for this show and a short bio to com­mu­ni­ca­[email protected]­teartscoun­cil.org. You may call us at 613- 962- 1232 if you have any fur­ther ques­tions. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions has been ex­tended to Jan­uary 22, 2019 and se­lected artists will be asked to bring their works to the gallery on Jan­uary 25, 2019 for in­stal­la­tion. Only mem­bers of the Quinte Arts Coun­cil are eligible for in­clu­sion in this show. There is no fee to sub­mit your works. Se­lec­tion will be made by Quinte Arts Coun­cil staff and, while we can’t guar­an­tee that all sub­mis­sions will be in­cluded in the show, we do strive to be in­clu­sive and to rep­re­sent the di­verse voices of our com­mu­nity.

Belleville From Zwicks by Linda Bar­ber

Snowy Owl by Linda Bar­ber

Can­vas Birch by Linda Bar­ber

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