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Airdrie Public Library showcases two unique artists’ work

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By: Anne Beaty

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 09:58 am

These handmade dolls created by Katherine Funk, 14, will be on display at the library for July and August. The library will also be showcasing the work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert during the summer.
These handmade dolls created by Katherine Funk, 14, will be on display at the library for July and August. The library will also be showcasing the work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert during the summer.
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This summer, Airdrie Public Library (APL) is pleased to display the artwork of Joane Cardinal-Schubert and Katherine Funk through July and August.

Cardinal-Schubert spent her life addressing issues of racism, poverty, land rights, womenís rights and religious persecution.

Through her art, she gave a voice to the voiceless. But her art is also universal and searches for answers to the questions that plague all of humanity: questions about identity, belonging, unity and tradition.

Born in 1942 in the Crowsnest Pass, Cardinal-Schubertís family moved to Red Deer while she was still in elementary school.

Encouraged by her father to pursue the arts, she enrolled in art school in 1962. Over the next 15 years she studied at Alberta College of Art and Design, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary (U of C) eventually graduating with a bachelor of fine arts from the U of C in 1977. The artist passed away after a second battle with cancer in 2009 at the relatively young age of 67.

The works in this exhibition span Cardinal-Schubertís career from her student days in the 1960s to the years just before her death.

The early works, such as Beyond and The Bride, were created when she was still studying art and show an incohesive and experimental style. She quickly developed her own style, relying on bright colours and traditional Native imagery combined with Christian symbols, Western European artistic techniques, mixed media and text.

Our second guest artist, Funk, began sewing her dolls when she was seven years old and continues creating them at 14, each complete with its own personality and story. As an avid reader, Funk is inspired to capture the essence of the characters of her imagination.

History plays a big role not only in her art but also in her life. Each Ďgirlí in the young artistís repertoire feels real, even before it comes to life with her needle and thread.

For more information on APLís art exhibits and programs, as well as all or our other programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca, call 403-948-0600 or stop by the library.

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