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Library displays local artist’s “A Creative Life” art exhibit

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 12:18 pm

One of the brightly coloured city scenes by local artist Tami Hort on display at the Airdrie Public Library until Feb. 28. This piece is entitled New York NY, and the collection includes other New York landmarks such as a view from the Empire State Building. Some of the other pieces on display include landscapes, portraits and more.
One of the brightly coloured city scenes by local artist Tami Hort on display at the Airdrie Public Library until Feb. 28. This piece is entitled New York NY, and the collection includes other New York landmarks such as a view from the Empire State Building. Some of the other pieces on display include landscapes, portraits and more.
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The Airdrie Public Library is presenting its first art exhibit for 2014 with A Creative Life featuring the paintings of local artist Tami Hort.

“I hope the art on display will relate to people on many levels,” Hort said.

The art captures a range of things from beautiful landscapes, to animals and flowers, to a busy city scene captured in bright colours that portrays a moment in time.

“The landscapes are from places people in the community will recognize; Big Hill Springs, the Bow River, the Okanagan, the Dean House Shack in Calgary, the red sands of PEI,” she said.

She also has a lovely collection of city scenes of destinations such as New York, New Orleans and Venice.

Though Hort prefers to create using oil paints, the exhibit includes a series of cat portraits done in pastels, as well as paintings done using acrylic and watercolour.

“I chose to display an array of paintings – including animals, figures, portraits, still life, landscapes and flowers – to showcase a small selection of the variety of my artwork,” the self taught artist said.

The art in the collection is not only of different things but illustrates Hort’s ability to adapt to many artistic styles such as the realistic portraits of Ukrainian dancers to the romantic, almost dreamy piece entitled Window To My Soul, which captures a beautiful woman in an extravagant dress in contrast to the simplistic almost muted background. Her New York scenes are brightly coloured in a way that speaks to the busy, in your face perception of the city.

“I see everything as a painting so sometimes it is difficult to choose what to create on canvas,” she said.

“Despite some people thinking I should have a ‘style,’ I’ve decided to paint everything. I love that versatility.”

“This is Tami’s first solo exhibit at the library and the library was so happy to share her work with the public as she has been a committed artist and teacher in the community for many years,” said Veronica Funk, art program co-ordinator for the library.

Hort has volunteered at the library as an instructor for children’s art classes, teaches four classes of home school art lessons for Grades 1 to 12 and provides adult art enrichment as well as art therapy for an assisted living centre.

She is afflilated with the Calgary Sketch Club, Airdrie ARTS, The Ukrainian Arts Council, Scottsdale Artists’ School, the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver and holds the position of the second vice president and fundraising chair for the Calgary chapter.

“Airdrie has many remarkable artists. It’s not often the community gets to know who these individuals are or has the opportunity to see their bodies of work,” Hort said.

“It’s my pleasure to present my gift and I encourage everyone to take the time to view the art display and please leave a comment.”


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