From fish to florals, seascapes to landscapes, a small group of local artists is presenting their view of the natural world with an exhibit at the Masonic Temple opening Sunday.
"Beginnings" is the aptly-titled debut exhibition of Arts Northeast, a visual arts group recently formed by Randy Blundon, Jeanette Jobson, Brenda Rowe and Michelle Whitten LaCour. Rather than an arts group with the goal of benefitting the public at large, the four artists started Arts Northeast as a way to benefit each other.
"We decided to form a group that would allow us to provide support and networking and opportunities to grow as artists by using the expertise of each other," Jobson explained.
"We're there to feed off each other to some degree, and to be able to form more of a close-knit group that can critique each others' paintings and provide opportunities to draw and sketch and paint together."
Each of the artists is at a different point in their career, and has their own unique style and medium. Jobson paints and does photography, but also does gyotaku, traditional Japanese fish printing, using local fish.
The process involves applying an oil-based ink to a fresh or frozen whole fish, covering it with a lightweight Japanese paper and rubbing it to make an imprint. The print is then enhanced with paint and finished with the creation of the eye in ink or watercolour.
"The process is very interesting and the prints you get are all individual prints," Jobson explained.
"It seemed like a logical fit in Newfoundland."
The "Beginnings" exhibit and sale consists of 10 pieces of mainly representational art by each of the four artists, from Jobson's gyotaku to watercolours, acrylics, oils and mixed media pieces, offering viewers a broad range of the group's capabilities.
Arts Northeast is planning a second exhibit for the fall.
"Beginnings" opens this Sunday with a public reception from 2-5 p.m., and continues until Aug. 13. Viewing hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.