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Library Link: Three artists, three visions on display

Public art gallery at the APL offers a great viewing experience for everyone

Did you know the walls of Airdrie Public Library (APL) serve as a public art gallery?

We have space for 60 or so art pieces, though where artwork hangs on our walls is not optimal for viewing, you must look to see them.

According to people who mount exhibits for a living, fifty-seven inches (145 centimetres) from the centre of a picture to the floor seems best for standard viewing height. 

Still, until Airdrie has a truly public space for art (coming in the City’s new multi-use and library facility!), our walls will have to do.

This March and April we are excited to announce that we have three local artists with three different visions.

Laurel Satter has lived in Airdrie since 1978 and was determined to learn to paint and draw after she retired from a career in human resources in 2016.

Satter likes to paint real life images in watercolour, pastel, or pencils. 

Her pieces are bright and cheerful involving a kaleidoscope of colors and textures that invites the viewer to pause, take a second look and study the image that meets their eye.

Keith Gorham, a well-known and respected tile setter for his entire working career, made the natural transition into mosaic art when he retired.

His body of work is colourful, whimsical, and immaculately crafted using ceramic tile.

His pieces require from two months to over a year to complete due to the highly intricate nature of his process. 

Jerry Loran is a multimedia artist, working in various paint mediums, sculpting in clay, and assorted wood, metal or found objects.

His subjects usually take the form of landscapes, both realistic and impressionistic and he has been experimenting with the addition of animals, buildings, and 3D texturing.

Stop by the library and enjoy this trio of great Airdrie artists and join us for a meet the artists event on Friday, March 22.


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