Artists pre­par­ing for Stems and Stuff show

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JOANNE CUL­LEY Joanne.cul­[email protected]­pa­tico.ca

The open­ing re­cep­tion for the “Stems and Stuff” show and sale takes place on Aug. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Stu­dio, 420 O’Con­nell Rd., with re­fresh­ments and artists present. The show fea­tures flo­rals, still lifes, ob­jects, and “bits and pieces” by a va­ri­ety of mem­bers of the gallery.

Kathryn White, whose work will be on dis­play, has been cre­at­ing art since she was about five years old.

“My grand­fa­ther was an artist who was in art school with A.Y. Jack­son in New York City, and my fa­ther took art lessons in Toronto from Lawren Har­ris, I be­lieve,” says White. “So, there was an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of art in my fam­ily — and es­pe­cially the im­pres­sion­is­tic Group of Seven style. Plus, I was a very emo­tional child (and adult) and art was a way to ex­press that.”

White did pen­cil and fig­ure draw­ing in her early years, but when she took art up again about nine years ago, she be­gan paint­ing in oils us­ing bright, bold colours.

“When I started paint­ing again it was at the Hal­ibur­ton School of Art + De­sign (Flem­ing Col­lege), where I worked pri­mar­ily with John An­der­son, who is a fan­tas­tic im­pres­sion­ist plein air artist from Stayner,” she says. “I re­ally like go­ing out­side and paint­ing from life, whether it’s land­scapes, build­ings, or flow­ers — my goal is to cap­ture the move­ment of light on ob­jects and to cap­ture the feel­ing or mood of a place. The side ben­e­fit is get­ting to spend qual­ity time out­side in na­ture. I grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., and now live in Lake­field, so I have a life­time of be­ing sur­rounded by ex­cep­tion­ally beau­ti­ful na­ture.”

White says cre­at­ing art is “the most pos­i­tive way I have of ex­press­ing my emo­tions. Plus, I love any­thing that can com­pletely ab­sorb my at­ten­tion for long pe­ri­ods of time. Be­ing out­side, fo­cus­ing in­tensely on cap­tur­ing what I see does that.”

White’s ad­vice for bud­ding artists is to “just go for it. Great teach­ers can be very in­spir­ing, and it’s ob­vi­ously good to know the ba­sic prin­ci­ples and tech­niques. But try not to fol­low the rules too closely. Just do what you feel. One of the most ex­cit­ing shows at KAGS each year is the Best of High School Art — the work is so in­no­va­tive and fresh be­cause young peo­ple seem to get this in­tu­itively.”

The show runs un­til Sept. 22 at the gallery, which is open Wed­nes­days to Sun­days from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 705-741-2817, visit www.kawarthaar­tists.org or like them on Face­book.

Voyageur Ca­noe Tours

This sum­mer there is lots go­ing on at the Cana­dian Ca­noe Mu­seum, both on-site and off­site. The Voyageur Ca­noe Tour ex­pe­ri­ence at the Peter­bor­ough Lift Lock of­fers sched­uled rides, along with cus­tom­ized tours, for groups. Par­tic­i­pants pad­dle a 36-foot voyageur ca­noe up and over the Lift Lock on a fun 90minute guided tour, of­fered in part­ner­ship with Parks Canada, to ex­plore this Na­tional His­toric Site, along with the role of the voyageur in early trade net­works. Tours can be ar­ranged at ca­noe­mu­seum.ca.

SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

“Peonies” by Kathryn White will be on dis­play at the up­com­ing “Stems and Stuff” show at the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Stu­dio.

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