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'Nostalgia' Art Exhibit Brings To Life Visual Representations Of The Past

Wednesday 25 November 2015


From Canadian newspaper The Journal Pioneer:


Eddy Schwartz and Bernadette Kernaghan
Eddy Schwartz (left), an artist himself, was the inspiration
for the oil painting, “The Captain,” which was done by
his wife Bernadette Kernaghan (right).
(© Desiree Anstey/Journal Pioneer)

'Nostalgia' art exhibit brings to life visual representations of the past

Desiree Anstey
Published on November 22, 2015

The Summerside Art Club has taken over the Eptek Centre with an all-new show, entitled “Nostalgia,” bringing to life memories and interpretations of artists in a dazzling display.

Liana Brittain, a member of the club, suffers from Fibromyalgia, a complex chronic pain disorder that affects her physically, mentally and socially.

She discovered “zentangle” as a therapeutic way to relax and intentionally facilitate a shift in focus and perspective.

“Zentangle was formed when a yoga instructor and artist combined their abilities to create a healing experience,” explained Brittain. “So I adopted this style of artwork in order to help maintain my Fibromyalgia (at a lower level) and how much chronic pain I experience at a time.”

Intricate patterns are drawn by Brittain and then coloured and shaded to create a three-dimensional effect. Her watercolour painting, entitled “Once Upon a Time,” represents a page in a child’s fairy-tale book.

“It’s a good therapeutic experience,” she added. “And it took me around two or three weeks to complete.”

Brittain also recently published a book, “A Gentle Warrior,” which chronicles her 18-year journey with fibromyalgia.

She hopes her work and paintings will bring hope to those suffering with chronic pain, and a deeper understanding to family, friends, and health care professionals.

The art exhibit runs through the month of December, and is an opportunity for viewers to come face-to-face with fascinating stories, and captivating results.

Bernadette Kernaghan, a retired high school teacher, weaves the past with the present in her artwork.

“My oil painting, ‘One Cat Leads to Another,’ is a masterpiece that’s been altered,” she said. “It’s a combination of my love of history, and cats.”

Kernaghan and her husband, Eddie Schwartz, are both members of the Summerside Art Club, as well as professional painters. They have a few projects on display at the exhibition.

“I got my husband to pose for as this one, ‘The Captain,’ a realistic oil painting,” said Kernaghan. “Although it was mostly painted using a photograph because it took me about a month to complete.”

Vivian Aho interpreted the theme with a painting of the fiery-red cliffs of P.E.I. that overshadow a horse and plough harvesting moss.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for horses and on my first trip to the North Cape (a few years ago), it was the day after a storm and I saw Irish moss harvesting,” said Aho. “I was thrilled to be able to watch them collecting the moss along the shore.”

“Nostalgia” will be on display at Eptek Art and Culture Centre throughout December.

Copyright TC Media © 2015


The above originally appeared here.


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