Local artist displays talent in Gibson Gallery

By Joel Charron

Amherstburg native Margaret Walschots has put her talents on display at the Gibson Gallery for all to see.

The Gibson Gallery’s newest exhibit “Pysanky & Palette- A Celebration of Nature” is Walschots’ first show after being a member of the gallery for the past eight years.

There are 47 watercolour painting to go along with over 70 painted eggs, which is the art of pysanky.

Pysanky painting was passed down through Walschots’ family and then self taught. She was introduced to watercolours, oils and acrylics in high school.

Margaret Walschots demostrates how she applies the wax using a kitska at the Gibson Gallery Saturday afternoon

Her watercolour styles includes the Chinese brush painting technique. Her knowledge of pysanky comes from her Russian and Ukrainian roots.

“I feel the need to carry this tradition on and as I told the Ontario Arts Council it is a reflection of the multiculturalism within this area,” said Walschots. “The paintings that I create are out of my love for nature primarily in the Amherstburg area.  My husband and I go for long walks every morning and then when I come home, I feel that I have to capture something that I saw.”

The art of Pysanky is a wax resist method, similar to Batik. The wax blocks the absorption of the dyes. Waxing and dyeing are alternated, working from light to dark. A kitska is used to apply the wax.

“No two eggs are alike,” said Walschots.

Walschots said she does not know what colour she will paint and dye the eggs until she sits down to begin her work.

“It all depends what kind of mood I’m in,” she said. “Sometimes they can be red and orange other days blue and green.”

Public Relations director of the Gibson Gallery Bonnie Deslippe called Walchots’ work “the perfect exhibit with Easter just around the corner.”

Deslippe added that she was happy that Walschots was able to get funding from the Ontario Art Council, which helped with the frame of the paintings.

“Artists spend a lot of money on framing their work. So it’s nice that she was able to receive help with that,” said Deslippe.

Walschots has held pysanky workshops at the Gallery, which Deslippe has attended.

“You really appreciate what’s involved in creating the eggs,” said Deslippe

There will be an opening reception April 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Gibson Gallery. The exhibit runs until May 1. The Gibson Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call 519-736-2826 or visit www.gibsonartgallery.com.

One response to “Local artist displays talent in Gibson Gallery”

  1. Hazel Regan says:

    What exquisite work!