Sculptor and painter says area has vibrant art community

Amy MacKenzie
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Editor’s Note: The News will be profiling the 10 artists who will have art showcased in an upcoming exhibit at New Glasgow’s new art gallery at The Celtic Circle on Forbes Street. The opening exhibition will be April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

GREEN HILL – Walking through Carolyn Bedford’s home is more like walking through an art gallery than a house. On each wall hangs Bedford’s paintings of figures, still-life and landscapes. Some of her paintings are subtle commentaries such as one on the cod moratorium in Newfoundland, others are beauty paintings inspired by something that caught her eye.

Bedford has been painting since childhood and recently moved from Port Hawkesbury with her husband to settle down in their newly built home at the foot of Green Hill.

Bedford, a sculptor and painter, is one of 10 artists who will have their art showcased in an upcoming opening exhibit at New Glasgow’s new art gallery in The Celtic Circle on Forbes Street.

“I’ll paint anything that catches my attention. I paint a lot from what I read, what I hear, personal experience and I do a lot of subtle commentary I mix in with my art,” she said. “And for beauty art, scenery and that, I have to be drawn to something. I just finished a couple of watercolours of the West River because as soon as I saw the river down there from Durham bridge I said, ‘I have to get down there.’ What caught my attention was the crazy current, the lines in the water.”

Bedford and her husband moved to Pictou County last year and Bedford said she is finding the art community here very active.

“I’m feeling much more of an interest here in art,” she said, adding that since her move, she’s done demonstrations at Carver’s Coffee House and Studio in Pictou and has her art exhibited there. She also teaches painting lessons, will have art in the upcoming St. FX Art Auction Gala on April 6, will perform a live art demonstration during the auction and is involved in the paints program at West Pictou Consolidated this year.

“So I did find it much more active, much more vibrant than Port Hawkesbury. That’s my comparison right now because I was feeling isolated up there,” she said. “I’m attached to Visual Arts Nova Scotia, but with the travel it was difficult for me to access a lot of resources up there.”

At the moment, Bedford is working on a collection of marine-themed paintings. She said her process is usually to spend two years working on an exhibit with a cohesive theme.

“I work majorly on an exhibition and then I do some paintings on the side and sculpture as well,’ she said, adding that she’s also working with digital photography and graphic design.

For more information on Bedford’s art, go to: bedfordart.ca

Organizations: Coffee House, West Pictou Consolidated

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Forbes Street, Port Hawkesbury GREEN HILL Newfoundland Pictou County West River Durham

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