Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Art in the Library features 3 new artists

Judy Trafford, Nancy Tripp and Janet Barkwith
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library was the site of a grand opening for artists Janet Barkwith, Nancy Tripp, and Judy Trafford on Wednesday, May 5.  Library Community Outreach Coordinator Sahra Hancock was on site with members of the library and the Allied Art Council for the opening. "What we want to do with this is have another space in Pincher Creek where local artists and creators can share their talent with the community and give us a reason for coming together and mingle and meet in celebration of each others work that is out there," said Hancock.  This is the second collection of the series.

Hancock explained that people who are interested in showing their art at the Pincher Creek Municipal Library can be considered by filling out forms obtained from the library or the Pincher Creek Allied Arts Council.

Library Board Chair Sandra Baker said, "I think it's wonderful to have our local artists exposed in another way. Lebel isn't always open."

Barkwith liked the informal feel of showing in the  library setting.  She is featuring a number of her watercolor paintings.  "I like watercolors, it can be dangerous, it can be risky," she said, explaining watercolors can blend in unexpected ways.  She likes the experimentation of the medium.  She  finds watercolor painting a sharp contrast to her jewelry making, sold under the Smiling Fox Studio brand.

"I was part of  'Accidental Artists'," said Nancy Tripp, who was showing a number of pieces she has started with that group, mainly in watercolors.

Judy Trafford has been painting for over 15 years and was inspired by bird-watcher friends who showed her their photos.  "I wanted to put them in different situations, but still try and keep them in character," she said of her paintings.  "The whole idea of Art in the Library has been wonderful."

This collection will be shown until August 28, 2015.

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