Middle Stewiacke woman's artwork added to town's permanent collection

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Redden uses multi-coloured zippers to create old Truro train station

TRURO - Diane Redden said she is "extremely honoured and flattered" to have her artwork selected to be added to the Town of Truro's permanent art collection.

Diane Redden, an artist living in Middle Stewiacke, used multi-coloured zippers to create this depiction of the Truro train station (circa 1928). The artwork will have a permanent place in the Town of Truro's art collection.

"I love the fact that they realized I was trying to depict the town's old train station with the zippers and that they were flexible enough to appreciate that," said Redden, who lives in Middle Stewiacke. "That really impressed me."

The town announced its selection on Tuesday and the multi-coloured train station, circa 1928, will be on display during the month-long Art Acquisition Show at the McCarthy Gallery at the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.

"I've been working with a variety of upcycled materials for a number of years now. For years and years, I painted with watercolours. I had some artwork on display at the Swoon Gallery in Bedford - I had taken albums and melted them down and made shoes. And then something just hit me."

Redden, who is 43 and painting for most of her adult life, said she saw a bunch of colourful zippers at Frenchys, the used clothing store, and wanted to create some artwork out of them.

All the zippers in the train station are re-used, except for one, which Redden had to purchase to have the right shade of green.

"I don't live in Truro, but I think Truro is such a beautiful place," said the artist. "Every time I drive into Truro, I love to see the old buildings and my parents live in a Victorian house. I find Truro has maintained such beautiful aspects."

The art acquisition program calls for submissions each year and the chairwoman of the collection committee was impressed with the number of entries.

"It was great to see the diversity of media represented in the show," said chairwoman Cheryl Fritz, a town councilor, in a press release. "It made it very difficult for the judges to come to a decision."

The show, co-hosted by the Town of Truro Art Collection Committee and the Truro Art Society, features 30 artists showing 66 works. This is the largest show in recent years. The entries are a variety of sizes and mediums, including paintings, pottery, hooked rugs, woodturning, woodwork, sculpture, paper maché, felting and more.

The show runs until March 28 at the Gallery.

The three-member judging panel gave honourable mentions to an aboriginal drum entitled ‘Family' by Lorne Julien, an acrylic painting of Truro's First United Church entitled ‘Tranquility' by Marilyn Whalen, and Carol Morrison's oil painting entitled ‘Green Fields Near Shubenacadie.'

Redden was born and raised in Toronto and moved to central Nova Scotia in 1990. She's worked with painting, drawing, jewelry making, website design, outdoor sign production, photography, paper maché, derivative artwork, fashioning sculptures from upcycled materials, and spinning and knitting custom-made fiber products.

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Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Swoon Gallery, Victorian house Truro Art Collection Committee Truro Art Society First United Church

Geographic location: Truro, Stewiacke, Bedford Toronto Nova Scotia

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  • Nancy Crowe Samson
    March 08, 2014 - 10:40

    This event is such a great opportunity to bring art to the people and the people to art. Congratulations to Diane and also the town of Truro for hosting such a fine event and ultimately acquiring such a unique art piece..