“Three Sisters”, opening Sunday, August 7 at Winding River Gallery

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Three Sisters present group art show

The “Wall” at Winding River Gallery in Stewiacke, NS will feature a multi-media group art show called “Three Sisters”, opening Sunday, August 7 from 2-4.

The group really is three sisters: Margaret A. MacDonald Trites, photographer; Christine Heggelin, painter; and Jan Hull, sculptor.

Having retired early from their various careers, they gradually found themselves quietly exploring their chosen artistic expression, as pastime or avocation, not an uncommon development with today’s young seniors.

When we were working, we had little time or energy for other pursuits,” says Hull. “But after retirement, there is still that energy, and unused mental capacity, that wants to be put to use. The skill? Who knows where that came from?”

As children in Moser River, NS, the girls had little exposure to the arts other than singing in the annual music festival. Decades later, their latent artistic interests have blossomed.

What is remarkable is the quality of the work each has achieved as a relative late-comer to artistic expression.

MacDonald Trites describes her photography as “by chance”, scenes and objects seen on a country stroll, but where she has strolled and what attracts her lens is dramatic. Rocky beaches and boulders are a favourite subject.

Whether clouds are in a bright sky over water or hanging low over hills as fog, Heggelin’s acrylic paintings draw the viewer into the familiar-feeling Maritime landscapes. They are finished in fine detail.

Hull’s soapstone sculptures are carved in shapes of birds or fish with minimal detail, allowing the variegated colours and patterns of seams in the soapstone to be the real attraction. All are polished and mounted to show off the stone’s own story.

Light refreshments will be offered at the opening. Winding River Gallery, at Exit 11 off Highway 102, is open daily 10-5. “Three Sisters” show ends at noon on Sunday, August 14.

For further information, contact: stoneist@live.ca or Winding River Gallery on Facebook.

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