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Arthur White prepares some of his paintings for the upcoming Sackville Art Association Annual Member’s Exhibition at Owen’s Art Gallery. White is this year’s featured artist for the exhibit.
AMHERST – Amherst’s own Arthur White is this year’s featured artist at the Sackville Art Association Annual Member’s Exhibition coming up on Nov. 18 at Owen’s Art Gallery in Sackville N.B.
White’s fascination with the arts started when he was younger, just out of high school, about to head to university. But his love of painting had yet to begin.
“I did a lot of newspaper photography before I went to university,” said the 84 year-old painter. “When I went on to university, I went on and did some work for the university and sold photographs to the newspaper (the Gleaner) and it helped support me during those years.”
White said he was always interested in getting into painting but as a student, he didn’t have the time or the money. The opportunity for him to take up what he would soon be recognized for at the upcoming member’s exhibition on Nov. 18, didn’t happen until after a health scare.
“In the early 1990s, I had prostate cancer and I was pretty upset because of it,” he said. “I started reading everything in the library and I started getting into the art books down there.”
Once he started reading about art, White said he quickly went through some of the art supplies his daughters had left behind when they moved out and took to painting. He even took an art class about the use of watercolours.
“I started playing with it,” he said.
One of his earliest paintings was one he did of his own daughter, picking Black-eyed Susans. He said the new hobby was therapeutic when dealing with his new health problems.
“I lost a kidney to cancer on 2007,” he said. “But I continued to paint. I was verge of a nervous breakdown with the cancer and the scares and the painting kept me busy.”
During his experimentation with his new hobby, White became involved with the Art Society and eventually moved on to become president in 2000. Now, he’s being honoured by having his work on display at their upcoming exhibition at Owen’s Art Gallery.
“It’s awe-inspiring. But I think they’re doing it because I’m getting old,” he said with a laugh.
The association, who’s on it’s 77th year, will have White’s work on display starting on the 18th until Dec. 16. The opening reception for the exhibition begins at 3 p.m. at the gallery in Sackville.