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Art in the library

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September comes with showers – or so they say – but here at Airdrie Public Library (APL), the beginning of the meteorological autumn also comes with art.

As a cultural hub for Airdrie, APL has a rich history of showcasing original works from local artists – around 300 pieces every year. This fall, APL is featuring three art exhibitions, and we think they will inspire you, with or without the showers.

In the main space, we have the colourful and thought-provoking impressionism of Shreba Quach. Quach grew up in the north end of Halifax, but has lived in Airdrie for many years.

She runs her own studio, Healing Ground Studio, which “provides a safe place for people to discover their own creative voice – and perhaps find wholeness, as well.”

Her art demands attention, not just because of her extravagant use of colour and free-flowing dark lines, but because many of her pieces are whimsical, swirling with movement and emotion, and are surprisingly reflective.

The Rebirth, for instance, is an impressionistic image of what appears to be a mother and child rendered in dark tones, in stark contrast to the wing-like form of black lines and vibrant fuchsia that embraces them and the ever-expanding halos of translucent light that crown their heads.

However, as the title suggests, this is a portrait of a rebirth, not necessarily a mother and child – the emotional impact of the piece is left up to how it speaks to the viewer.

Quach’s exhibit is worth seeing and will be up until the end of October.

Also on our walls is the Voice & Vision 2019: A Collaborative Project – Inspirations, an annual project in which local visual artists and writers exchange work in the name of inspiration.

And once again, Bert Church High School students are filling the walls of The Makerspace with amazing works of art.

For more information on any of the library’s programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca, call 403-948-0600 or drop by the library.




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