Art on display

Sam McNeish
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A nervous Jackie Verge adjusts a piece of art. She then checks the lighting, all the while trying to get the correct angle to view her work, all of which will be on display during her first-ever solo exhibit that opens on Oct. 11.

The exhibit will run through Oct. 31. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Focal Point Photography in downtown Amherst.

Im really thrilled, and nervous, to be hosting my first show here in my hometown, Verge said. Ive had a lot of support over the past few years to get me to this point including Joan (Focal Point owner Cameron), who asked me to do this right from the beginning.

Verge received praise for her work this year earning the Mayors Award (Peter Kelly of Halifax) in the Contemporary Art Society of Nova Scotias juried show and for three consecutive years (2005-07), she has been awarded honourable mention for another of her pieces.

Her love of wildlife has allowed her to study with Robert Bateman, a world-renowned wildlife artist, at Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, and with John Seery-Lester in Florida.

The day after her exhibit opens, she is off to Florida to study additional wildlife and work with an artist that has a unique lighting style that interests her.

Im ready to start this leg of the journey. It has been great so far and Im still excited about it, she said.

It has been a little bit tough getting enough work ready for a show as Ive been fortunate with the number of pieces people have purchased over the past several years.

Verge is not only an artist but is a naturalist and wildlife photographer.

Se is currently the vice-president of the Contemporary Art Society of Nova Scotia and volunteers at the Hope for Wildlife shelter near Halifax caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.

Two of the pieces that will be featured in the show are The Lynx and September Morning. The Lynx is of a cat she followed around for two years at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park until she got the perfect pose she sought.

September Morning is of a wood duck, also captured at the Shubenacadie Park. She took a background from a local setting she found just outside of Amherst and melded the two into the award-winning piece.

Its hard to get a Lynx in that pose, with his paws in that direction. Their paws are usually tucked under them so you cant normally seeing their big mitten paws, she said.

The wood duck is currently Verges favourite and hangs in her living room. She likes how the contrast between the green moss and burgundy, yellow and gold lend to the overall depth and beauty of the painting.

Organizations: Contemporary Art Society of Nova Scotias, Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, Hope for Wildlife

Geographic location: Amherst, Florida, Shubenacadie Park Nova Scotia

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