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Artists association hold sale to show appreciation

Cathy Leeming of the Friends by the Sea Artists Association, shown with her Fortress of Louisburg-themed painting.
Cathy Leeming of the Friends by the Sea Artists Association, shown with her Fortress of Louisburg-themed painting.

NEW GLASGOW – Like anyone who has a passion for teaching, Cathy Leeming gets jazzed when a student improves slowly but steadily.

“I think sometimes I get more excited than they do when they sell something,” says the painting instructor with the Friends by the Sea Artists Association, the 10-year-old organization that held its annual sale on Saturday at the New Glasgow library.

The group holds an art sale every year, with a portion of proceeds from door sales and art sales donated back to the library, a show of appreciation for the library allowing the artists to hold their weekly sessions free of charge.

“It’s a thank you to the library,” Leeming says.

Fidelia MacDonald of McCaras Brook has been with the group almost since its inception, when a family member convinced her to try it.

“I went in to draw, to do some sketching, but I went to oil paint in no time,” says MacDonald.

“It’s because of this group that I am painting. Small birds and flowers are my favourites.”

During their three-hour sessions every Friday, the students will bring in pictures of subject matter, something they think they’d like to reproduce with paint.

“I help them go through the process of painting that picture,” says Leeming.

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