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With accreditation looming at the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC), Linda Bruner decided to give the building a little aesthetic boost.
Giving three stairwells in the hospital a fresh coat of paint, Bruner also felt a painting in each stairwell would give the facility a little charm and use up some of the blank space.
Bruner created three pieces, all measuring fourby five feet. One painting, done with oil, is a rendition of the well-known Dryden fishing hole, Flat Rock. Another is a replication of Skillen’s Point on Thunder Lake in the winter, and the third is Bear Narrows.
Bruner paints in all mediums, oil, acrylic and watercolor, as well as dabbling in pastels. As a former art teacher, and art store owner, Bruner now works in environmental services at DRHC.
Bruner and husband Don have done renderings for large corporations such as The Bay, Eaton’s and Square One in Toronto. Moving on to art teacher for Upper Grand District School Board, the artist instructed for almost six years, teaching Grade two right through to high school.
Bruner ran an art supply store from her home, as well as a teaching studio and frame shop, while working for the school board and raising four children.
Teaching approximately 30 students per week, Bruner ended up with a waiting list of roughly four years, for new students waiting for her instruction. She found her own painting lacking as she was primarily teaching children, and had to find time to expand her own talent. Since moving to northwestern Ontario, Bruner is not teaching as of yet, but is hoping to in time.
Both husband and wife’s paintings have been represented at Studio 737 in Tweed, Ontario for the past ten years. More of Bruner’s work can be seen at www.studio737.com.
By Ally Dunham