Anne Martin at the Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery Mar. 1 - Apr. 15
The Douro-Dummer Library Board is happy to announce Anne Martin’s show will be featured in the Douro-Dummer Public Library’s Art Gallery during the months of March and April.
Come visit the gallery and join Anne in her spiritual connection with the subjects she paints as she captures their lives in her wonderful works of art.
Anne Martin’s show begins March 1 and ends the end of April. Come to the library and enjoy this fine exhibition of art.
The opening of the show is Thursday, March 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. Library hours are: Tues. 9-1, Wed. 3-8, Thurs. 9-1, Fri. 3-7 and Sat. 10-1
Anne, a Warsaw resident for 22 years, has always been an artist.
When she was young she went to her grandparents’ home and there spent a lot of time drawing flowers and birds from her grandmother’s calendars and pictures.
Being a perfectionist, this child artist spent hours and hours at home drawing outside buildings, for example the fire hall on the 7th line of Smith Township, over and over again until she got it ‘right’.
She used materials she had at hand, so mostly drew in pencil. Perhaps she was an offshoot of her uncle, an artist, who painted landscapes and buildings in acrylics.
Anne continued her journey in art. In the ’80s she was introduced to folk art and experimented with brushes, paints and acrylics.
By the ’90s she was looking to increase her skills, hence began attending art classes. Terry Andrews was instrumental in significantly helping her increase her drawing skills and painting in watercolours.
Fortunately, Johannus Boots accepted Anne as a student and expertly moved her forward in composition – telling a story through painting in acrylics.
Continually, she sought opportunities for private lessons, seminars, workshops, etc., from artists she admired, for example Gene Canning, and through them gained enough guidance to expand her knowledge and skills and experiment independently on her own. Presently her journey, particularly in colour, continues with pastels.
For Anne art has always and continues to be a passion. Nothing has deterred her drive to learn and create a story in visual art through a variety of media.
Her husband, Mayor and Warden Jim Jones, has always been supportive of all her ventures and encourages her to keep going wherever this journey leads.
Anne says, “It’s fun and fills a need. I am absorbed in art. I can’t just paint an animal. I have to establish a connection to capture its spirit and life.” She now has her own art studio in the spare room of their house in Warsaw.
A huge thank you to watercolourist, Norma Payne, for displaying her beautiful works of art during January and February.
Her show was the third in our rejuvenated art gallery at the library.
Another huge thank you to all our previous artists – Bernard Leahy, the art students of Lakefield District Secondary School and their teacher, Debra O’Grady.
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