Top News

‘Gratitude’ group show marks the 100th exhibition at Cornwall Library Art Gallery

Chris Marshall stands next to his photo entry, “My Own”. It depicts everything he’s thankful for and is one of the pieces in “Gratitude”, the group show at the Cornwall Library Art Gallery.  SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN
Chris Marshall stands next to his photo entry, “My Own”. It depicts everything he’s thankful for and is one of the pieces in “Gratitude”, the group show at the Cornwall Library Art Gallery. SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN - The Guardian

If walls could talk, the walls of the Cornwall Library Art Gallery would have plenty to say.

These pristine panels have showcased paintings by Cornwall-and-area artists for over a decade.

They’ve not only witnessed the work, they’ve welcomed the artists and their families and friends and community members who have come to come to see them.

Artist Millie Kikkert shows her entry, “Rainy Day”. She created it from a new art medium, Diamond Dotz. SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN
Artist Millie Kikkert shows her entry, “Rainy Day”. She created it from a new art medium, Diamond Dotz. SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN

Over the years, these golden walls have showcased the work of Marion Copleston, Alyse Nicholson, Paul Price, Daphne Butler Irving and many others too numerous to mention.

“We are grateful that all these artists are willing to come, bring their works and show them,” says Giselle Déziel, volunteer organizer.

This winter, the walls are marking a major milestone with the 100th exhibition now on display at the gallery.

And to celebrate, artists were asked to use “Gratitude” as the theme for the group show.

Ruth Cassidy shows her creation, “RSVP” at the Cornwall Library Art Gallery. She’s one of the founding members of the gallery that is celebrating its 100th show this month. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Ruth Cassidy shows her creation, “RSVP” at the Cornwall Library Art Gallery. She’s one of the founding members of the gallery that is celebrating its 100th show this month. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Their response has been amazing, both in the variety of media used and the theme interpretation.

For instance, artist Pam Bissonette created a tree from pieces of sea glass. 

“I’m truly grateful to enjoy all of nature’s bounty,” says the Rice Point artist.

Artist Millie Kikkert is grateful to her doctors for restoring her sight.

Artist Pam Bissonette created a tree from pieces of sea glass. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Artist Pam Bissonette created a tree from pieces of sea glass. SUBMITTED PHOTO

“It allows me to do this work,” says the New Haven artist, who has painted Rainy Day, a colourful painting using a new medium called Diamond Dotz.

On another wall, Ruth Cassidy has created a beautiful watercolour and ink painting called RSVP. And it comes with a story. 

“This particular piece may be a metaphor for relationships among people that may have hardened edges. They are invited to meet and reveal their hidden treasures. Hopefully, there will be returned riches in their coming together. We can only invite others. They must respond,” says Cassidy.

In a similar way, Kevin Gauthier responded to the call by creating “Dream”, a wood wall hanging with inspirational words printed on it. 

“I’m inspired by the idea that people take for granted what others most want from life,” says the Cornwall artist.

Kevin Gauthier shows his wood creation. It’s his entry in “Gratitude”, the group show at the Cornwall Library Art Gallery.  SAQLLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN
Kevin Gauthier shows his wood creation. It’s his entry in “Gratitude”, the group show at the Cornwall Library Art Gallery. SAQLLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN

The theme also resonates with photographer Chris Marshall. His entry, “My Own”, depicts four things that he is grateful for: his family, his health, the sunrise and the simple life in Thailand. He also shares the secret of his success.

“I write a gratitude list for five to seven minutes then go out for my daily walk before sunrise which starts the day perfectly for me,” says the Cornwall resident.

Looking around the gallery, Déziel says there’s a lot for which to be thankful.

“We are grateful that we have this space,” says Déziel, a member of the volunteer organizing group that also includes Pam Wheatley, Fred Gills and Chris Marshall.

The gallery started in 2007 when the town of Cornwall set aside a space for local artists to display their works.

Turns out, it was a good decision.

“Judging by the fact that the gallery has bookings up to and including the year 2020, it's clear that there is no shortage of talent in the Cornwall area.”

sally.cole@TheGuardian.pe.ca

Giselle Déziel shows a photo of Le Mont Saint-Michel in France. She says she’s grateful for her imagination because it fuels her creativity. SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN
Giselle Déziel shows a photo of Le Mont Saint-Michel in France. She says she’s grateful for her imagination because it fuels her creativity. SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN

If you are going

- What: “Gratitude”.

- When and where: At Cornwall Library Art Gallery, 39 Lowther Dr., Cornwall until March 30.

- More information: Call Giselle Déziel at 902-566-3347.

Twitter.com/SallyForth57

Recent Stories