St. Marys Journal Argus
There will be some magic in the storefront windows and on the display shelves of the former Stewart Books (153 Queen Street East) later this month. But if your vision isn’t 20/20 or better, you might need to bring along a magnifying glass to get the full experience.
Stonetown Arts, the newly-renamed collective of artists and supporters of the arts in St. Marys, hosts a Show and Sale of various types of artwork at the former bookstore from Nov. 22-24. The title of the show, curated by Stonetown Arts (formerly Art Salon Group) member Anna Koot, is “Magic in Miniatures.”
“There will be about a dozen artists involved, including painters, potters, jewellers, somebody working in fused glass,” explained Stonetown Arts co-chair Cathy Atwell, who added the collective is excited that it has continually — over the past few years — been able to broaden its membership to include more than just artists working in traditional media.
The Show and Sale won’t only feature small-sized works. There will be other, more conventially-sized pieces on display as well, with all works for sale from the show. But to suit the theme, the call has gone for artists to submit some creatively-envisioned “miniature” expressions of artistic flair.
“We’ve got a bunch of people working on 4’x4’ miniature canvasses, the majority painted, but also some who are working in fabric,” Atwell reported. Small-size works of other types will also be featured.
Atwell says the group’s membership recently approved the name change, partly in an effort to simplify how the collective is perceived by members and by the public at large. She added, “the name sort of goes with the town . . . and we wanted it to feel and sound like it’s an inclusive group.”
The name Stonetown Arts, she said, “more or less evokes who we are as a artists and people who support the arts.”
The Magic in Miniatures Show and Sale will kick off with an Opening Reception from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Everyone is welcome to attend. It will then be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.