Trenton-based artist to be featured in upcoming exhibit

Amy MacKenzie
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Editor’s Note: The News is profiling the 10 artists who will have art showcased in an upcoming exhibit at New Glasgow’s new art gallery at The Celtic Circle. The inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery will open April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

TRENTON – K.A. MacDonald has been painting his whole life and recently made the jump from small scale to large scale art. He is one of the 10 artists who will be showcased in Sunday’s inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery, a new art venue opening at the Celtic Circle.

“My art is mostly altered in some way unless I’m doing a duplicate of a photograph or scenery as I see it,” he said. “For original art, I usually take different elements and different scenes of skies or water or boats and put that composed picture on the canvas then I start painting that and what comes out in the end is what you see. It’s a process that’s really exciting for me and to see that I did achieve something that I like to look at.”

MacDonald recently started painting in local artist Joan Krawczyk’s church studio in Trenton, so he could have the space to paint large-scale images.

“I like the larger scale because when you stand in front of it, it takes up more of your vision and that way it draws you in more,” he said.

His paintings are generally of buildings and outdoor scenes including water scenes. Sometimes he paints true to how it would look in a photograph, other times he alters the image before him, such as tilted houses so they look like they’re blowing in the wind.

MacDonald was born in Pictou County. He grew up in Green Hill, eventually moved to Trenton, lived in Toronto for a time as a framer and moved back to Trenton in the 1980s where he still is painting today. He said he’s being making art since he was young.

“Pretty much all my life I was encouraged in that direction, but you have to look after yourself too and you have a roof over your head and food on your table of course. So, I took on a job as a framer, which was related to my interest in painting.”

MacDonald said he’s shown his art in Pictou County at various shows and is glad to see a new art gallery open where locals can have their art shown for extended periods of time.

“It’s a great boon for the art community around here,” he said.

In the inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery, MacDonald will show three two- by four-foot paintings that are night scenes of boats by water in summertime with the moon shining down on it.

The Margaret George Gallery’s inaugural exhibition will open April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Celtic Circle on Forbes Street in New Glasgow.

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Organizations: The Celtic Circle

Geographic location: TRENTON, New Glasgow, Pictou County Green Hill Toronto Forbes Street

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