Work of Association of Representational Artists now on exhibit at Gibson Gallery

 

Robert Stanek of Emeryville looks at some of the works of artist Trudy Dempsey during the opening reception of the Association of Representational Artists' “Positively Essex County” exhibit. At right is a portrait of local cadet and Amherstburg resident Alex Turner.

Robert Stanek of Emeryville looks at some of the works of artist Trudy Dempsey during the opening reception of the Association of Representational Artists’ “Positively Essex County” exhibit. At right is a portrait of local cadet and Amherstburg resident Alex Turner.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Association of Representational Artists (ARA) are back again this year at the Gibson Gallery and are trying to stay positive about Essex County.

The ARA’s “Positively Essex County” exhibit runs at the Gibson Gallery through Aug. 31 and Trudy Dempsey, one of the area artists that comprise the ARA, said they have 35 paintings from 23 artists as part of the exhibit.

“It’s about anything positive in our beautiful county of Essex,” said Dempsey. “That’s why we have a various array of subject matter. Everyone has their own ideas of what is positive about Essex County.”

Dempsey said the current exhibit is the fourth one the ARA has done at the Gibson Gallery, but pointed out there will not be one in 2015. She added the ARA hopes to return in future years, though.

“The Gibson Gallery has been a great place to show and exhibit our work,” said Dempsey.

By not having an exhibit next year, Dempsey said it gives their members a break and noted the Gibson Gallery has other exhibits it can show.

“We’re taking a bit of a hiatus and we’ll come back the following year if they’ll have us,” said Dempsey.

ARA members come from all over the area, including Amherstburg, and she hoped the community would come out and view the current exhibit.

“We invite everyone to come in and view the work of local artists,” said Dempsey.

Robert Stanek of Emeryville attended the opening exhibit last Friday night as his wife has a painting in the “Positively Essex County” exhibit.

“Some of this work is very, very nice,” said Stanek, as he looked at portraits that are part of the exhibit. “To think it’s actually painted, it’s done so well.”

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. For more information, call 519-736-2826 or visit www.gibsonartgallery.com.

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