Local artists will share their craft with members of the public at the Londonderry Arts Council’s annual Art in Action event.
Held at Mack’s Apple Farmstand, 230 Mammoth Road on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the spring show and demonstrations bring the community together to celebrate art and learn more about what goes into the various artists’ works. No admission is charged.
“Not only is it interesting to watch the artists and talk to the artists and get a sense of what the art process entails, but art enriches,” said Arts Council member Barbara Scott, who is co-chairing the event with Steve Sullivan. “It is a family day and it’s nice to expose the younger generation to art. They can ask questions and I think that’s the most key part of it: not only showing, but explaining why. For example, people think pastel is chalk, but it’s actually pigment.”
This year’s show expands the types of artists participating to include more crafters, such as jewelers, woodworkers, weavers and potters.
Additionally, two-dimensional artists specializing in oil, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink, collage and colored pencil will provide live demonstrations.
“It’s a huge investment for artists for their materials. This event is just to offer the idea of being exposed to seeing original art as it’s being created,” Scott said. “Original art will hold its value and last as long as you know how to care for it properly.”
Scott noted many artists follow a process to complete their pieces. “Many of us work in layers, bringing a subject matter to life,” she said. “That’s what’s so exciting about it.”
Scott said Mack’s ice cream stand will open in time for the show, offering families the chance to enjoy a treat as they visit with local artists.
For more information about Art in Action, contact Scott at 434-4788 or Steve Sullivan at 867-4597; or email them at events@LondonderryArtsCouncil.org.