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Deep River artists showcase their talent

By Celina Ip

'Olga and Anne' opened on Nov. 13 at the Deep River Library. Pictured here at the reception, Anne Seck (left) holds her painting Misty Evening while Olga Nazarkina stands beside her painting 'Roses in the Evening'.

'Olga and Anne' opened on Nov. 13 at the Deep River Library. Pictured here at the reception, Anne Seck (left) holds her painting Misty Evening while Olga Nazarkina stands beside her painting 'Roses in the Evening'.

DEEP RIVER – Since leaving England exactly 50 years ago to move to Canada, Deep River artist Anne Seck has developed an immense love and appreciation for the country she now fondly calls her home.

 

In honour of Canada 150th and to mark her 50th year as a Canadian resident, Seck decided to team up with fellow Deep River artist Olga Nazarkina to put on a special art show through the Deep River Gallery and Library Arts Committee (LAC).

“I came over 50 years ago, in 1967, and I felt that I needed a way of celebrating because it was a really good move. love being in Canada, I like the four seasons here and I've landed in a really good community,” said Seck. “So I thought I’d have an art show and I’ve spent the year painting what I love about Canada which is mainly landscape.”

Dubbed ‘Olga and Anne’, the art show officially opened on Nov. 13 at the Deep River Library, welcoming dozens of local art enthusiasts who were eager to congratulate Seck and Nazarkina while perusing a number of the artists’ recent pieces.

One side of the room featured a couple dozen of Seck’s watercolour pieces – along with a few mixed media pieces – that featured Canadian landscape themes from across the four seasons as well as a unique Canadiana piece that paid tribute to Seck’s 50 years in this country.

Seck expressed that she loves the translucent nature of watercolour and through her paintings she hopes to inspire people to appreciate the natural beauty of Canada and take care of the landscape around them.

“There are always surprises in watercolour painting and it also has a translucence and a lightness that you don’t get in acrylics or oils in the same way,” said Seck. “By looking at my art, I hope that people gain a greater appreciation for the wilderness that we're losing and to take care of it.”

Originally a full-time potter, it was eight years ago that Seck met Nazarkina who introduced her to watercolour painting and became the teacher who supported her on her new artistic journey.

Along with Seck, Nazarkina has taught many students through her home art studio in Deep River, since leaving the Ukraine to move to Canada in 2009. When not working with her students, Nazarkina continues to develop her own artistic practice by delving into new mediums and using art to express her thoughts and emotions.

“I've been painting since I was a baby – I started before I actually learned to read or write,” said Nazarkina. “I have an unconditional love for art and it’s as important to me as sleeping and eating.”

On display at the ‘Olga and Anne’ show, Nakarina’s paintings explore the beauty in the mundane of everyday life, while also revealing the darkness below the bright colours & freedom of form, especially in her floral paintings.

“Through my art, I hope that people will find themselves in these paintings and that they'll find some meaning and something that will touch them,” said Nazarkina.

For those interested in viewing Seck and Nazarkina’s art pieces, ‘Olga and Anne’ will be showcased at the Deep River Library until Dec. 2.

For any Ottawa Valley artists interested in exhibiting their artwork through the Deep River Gallery and Library Arts Committee, artists can apply by visiting www.drlac.ca

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