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Friday, February 3, 2023
Contrasting art styles exhibited at NOTL library

NOTL artist Janet Newey and Hamilton artist Julia van der Laan de Vries have come together to put their contrasting artwork on display at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library.

The Moments in Time Part 2 show will be exhibited in the library’s Rotary Room until Nov. 30. The opening reception for the show was held last Saturday, Nov. 16.

Newey’s subtle and calm paintings are hung across from van der Laan de Vries’ bold colourful pieces, but their artwork doesn’t “conflict,” said van der Laan de Vries.

“They’re not the same but they get along,” she told The Lake Report.

“It’s completely different feelings,” Newey added. “They go well together because they don’t compete.”

Newey’s first part of the show was held in August when she had 30 paintings on display.

“I couldn’t believe it but less is more, I’ve learned. Because (it’s) confusing to look at 30 (paintings) and understand them,” Newey said.

She said her style evolves every time she paints. Using oil, acrylic or a mix of media in her work, Newey said she met van der Laan de Vries at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre where Newey was taking a course.

A landscape and urban designer, Van der Laan de Vries’ describes her style as abstract with bold colours and bold shapes with a theme of landscape and waterscape interweaved through her paintings.

It’s also the first time she has had a show with another artist.

“It’s been well-attended and we’ve received a lot of support,” she said.

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