PHOTOS: Live art on display at Maple Ridge Public Library

Rob Egan is a local painter who belongs to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)Rob Egan is a local painter who belongs to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)
Nicole Okin (left) and Gloria Stanley (right) are two local spinners who belong to the Whonnock Weavers & Spinners. (Brandon Tucker/The News)Nicole Okin (left) and Gloria Stanley (right) are two local spinners who belong to the Whonnock Weavers & Spinners. (Brandon Tucker/The News)
Valerie Wheater (left) is a local painter who belongs to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)Valerie Wheater (left) is a local painter who belongs to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)
Tracy Quinsey (right) is a local artist who belongs to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)Tracy Quinsey (right) is a local artist who belongs to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)
Brigitta Schneiter (left) and Tracy Quinsey (centre) are two local artists who who belong to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)Brigitta Schneiter (left) and Tracy Quinsey (centre) are two local artists who who belong to the Arts Studio Tour in Maple Ridge. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Maple Ridge Public Library was filled with 11 artists doing live demonstrations of their artwork creation process as part of the Artists in the Library event for Culture Days 2022.

Liza Morris, community librarian for the Maple Ridge Public Library, explained that there was a wide variety of artists in attendance, including painters, weavers, carvers, and potters.

“We have 2 local art groups taking part in the Artists in the Library event – the Arts Studio Tour and Whonnock Weavers & Spinners,” said Morris.

“They will be displaying their completed art, as well as working on new projects. People can stop by to talk to the artists about their craft and watch them work.”

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While this event is free, and therefore not generating any money for the library, Morris still enjoys having activities like this at the library.

“It is lovely to see customers come into the library for other reasons and happening upon the artists,” she said.

“People of all ages enjoy engaging with the artists, be it painters, potters or spinners. If they are extra lucky, they may be invited to try out some of the activities.”

The full list of artists that participated in this event includes:

• Kerry McLaren (pottery)

• Tracy Quinsey (painting)

• Jack Prasad (painting)

• Rob Egan (painting)

• Freda Jackson (rug hooking)

• Gord Hart (wood working)

• Brigitta Schneiter (pottery)

• Valerie Wheater (painting)

• Val Black (organizer – kids projects)

• Gloria Stanley (spinning and basketry)

• Nicole Okun (spinning)

The event ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Maple Ridge Public Library, with more information being available at https://fvrl.bibliocommons.com/events/.

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