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Siciliano folding new techniques into artwork

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Above: Dryden artist Anne Siciliano chats with art lover Ruth Jacklin during Siciliano’s show ‘A Splash of Bold’, held over the weekend at the Best Western.
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By Chris Marchand

Ever pushing the boundaries of her art with a constantly evolving array of mediums and materials, local artist Anne Siciliano gave Dryden a taste of what she’s been up to over the past year in a weekend show.

Dubbed ‘A Splash of Bold’, Siciliano’s show drew a steady stream of local fans through a makeshift gallery setup in a conference room at Dryden’s Best Western, Nov. 27-28.

Well known for her skills in watercolours, the artist showed approximately 100 pieces including a wide variety of large format acrylic and mixed media. She says she makes a concerted effort to try new techniques and processes from year to year.

“I try to attend about two or three workshops from professional artists from around the world per year,” she said. “Of course I teach it as well, but I’m always looking for new techniques and incorporating new mediums into stuff that I already do. I’m inspired by a lot of different things and people.”

Some of Siciliano’s newest works were smaller acrylic ‘jelly plate’ collages that combine a variety of textural elements.

“It’s another technique that I learned this fall on one of the many retreats that I go to,” she said. “I love learning, I love teaching and I love painting.”

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