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Artists unveil new works at museum

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Main photo: Artist Suzanne Johnston (far) describes her work to gallery-goer Randi Nielsen at the opening reception of The Dryden Artists Association’s annual exhibition, Sept 11.

By Chris Marchand

Just when you thought the bugs were gone for the season, a new infestation has taken over at Dryden District Museum.

A theme of creepy crawlies heavily influences The Dryden Artists Association’s (TDAA) latest annual exhibition of nearly 50 paintings. Local artists hosted an opening reception for the show on Sept. 11. The paintings will remain on display until Oct. 19.

TDAA president Donna Montague says the show moves back to the museum after having been hosted in The Centre atrium in recent years

“We’re connected with the museum and we like to support them,” she said.

The club has traditionally maintained a focus on painting and seeks to help its members develop their skills through workshops with visiting artists and retreats.

Montague says the ‘bug’ theme running through the show is a result of a group project designed to help members expand their horizons.

“We started doing a theme project,” said Montague. “Last year we did butterflies, this year we did bugs — we had a pretty good turnout I think. It’s fun. It challenges you, takes you out of your element and makes you do something you wouldn’t normally do. I’d never painted a bug before.”

Shirley Franklin, Sharon McGillvray and Randi Nielsen admire some floral-inspired paintings. The exhibition runs until Oct. 19 at the Dryden and District Museum.
Photos by Chris Marchand


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