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Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery to host open house on Saturday

TIDNISH - Bob Morouney’s life changed when he came across a form of art that captured his imagination.

In 1969, Morouney met American painter, Gina Knee who introduced him to copperplate etching.

“I fell in love with etching at that moment,” he said.

For a period of time Morouney pushed this new found interest aside.

“I had no hope in doing this,” he often said to himself.

By 1999 an opportunity presented itself. He decided to go to Mount Allison University for academic upgrading. While attending the school he decided to take a fine arts course in hopes of rediscovering his passion for etching.

“I had dreams of etching,” he said.

In 2004 he began the process of opening up his own art studio in Port Elgin, N.B. and by 2005, Hidden House Press, which grew around a half ton etching press he built himself, was established.

Morouney is also part of a partnership of eight local artists who established the Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery.

Already in it’s fourth season the gallery will host an open house celebration this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. co-ordinated by photographer and painter, Cathy Thurston.

There, people will be able to come in and socialize with other art enthusiasts and experience culture through art. For those also interested will be given an opportunity to purchase work that these eight individuals have created.

“People have a creative side they want to explore,” Morouney said.

On display are original works in many media - acrylics, oils, pastels, water colours, ink, and clay. Also on display are matted prints, ceramics, a collection of fine cards and books.

People are becoming more culturally aware and there’s a general move toward cultural interests. It’s often a journey for some, Morouney said.

“People want to come in and find art that reflects their own personality. They want to put something up on their wall that makes them feel better.”

Thurston expects over 100 people to attend the event.

“Over the years it’s been very receptive.”

Throughout the summer the gallery hosts various classes, workshops and events to teach people about different methods of art creation. In the past, as many as 1,500 people from across the world have found an interest in the small gallery.

“It’s amazing where they come from just to see little Tidnish,” she said.


Organizations: Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Hidden House Press

Geographic location: Port Elgin

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