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It was a spectacular day for a plein air or “paint out” event in and around Murchison Place Park. About 20 artists and onlookers enjoyed the light, warmth and inspiration that a summer morning in July can deliver. Two artists arrived along with Julia Purcell at 6:30 a.m. and set up their easels on opposite sides of the park. Other artists arrived throughout the morning, with baskets, easels and chairs in hand, and set up around the boardwalk and gazebo. Clyde River Artist Julia Purcell spent time with each artist, answering questions and offering tips.

The first thing Julia suggests when painting outside is to set up your easel so you are facing the sun. Then when you attach your umbrella, you and your canvas will be in the shade. The canvas should be upright, not leaning back, to ensure that the lines in your painting are correct. Never place the focal point in the centre of a painting; it should be off-centred to create more interest and proper movement of the eye as one views it. Use a warm colour as a base. Julia used a yellow ochre, diluted with water to create a warm background to her scene. Add the main lines of the painting e.g. buildings and fences, to establish its overall composition and then add colour.

Julia said it is important to not waste time driving around all day in a car looking for a special location, but just pick a spot and enjoy the full experience of painting outside within a landscape.

In the middle of the Fitzgerald’s field of clover overlooking the Clyde River, Julia painted and taught her admiring audience. Julia didn’t get a chance to finish her painting at the event, but she has promised to send us a photo of her work.

Thank you to the artists and onlookers who came out on such a beautiful day. Thanks to the Friends of Clyde River for providing the beverages, Jo-Ann MacPhail for providing freshly baked muffins and Erica and Lisa Ross for set up. A big thank you to Julia for leading this artistic expedition that we all enjoyed so much.

Julia Purcell watercolour of Clyde River

Julia Purcell watercolour of Clyde River

Clyde River artist Julia Purcell is leading a Plein Air event on Saturday, July 19th, 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The early bird artists will start at 6:30 a.m. but we welcome artists and those who want to watch art being created to drop by at any point during the morning. Coffee and muffins will be provided compliments of the Friends of Clyde River.

The Island Plein Air Group of painters will join Julia. Whether you are a seasoned painter or a beginner, this “Paint Out at Art in the Park” adventure is for you. Photographers, poets, writers and other creative people are also welcome.

The plan is to spread out around the fields and vistas surrounding Murchison Place Park to find the perfect scene. Painting demonstrations will be available with special tips on how to deal with wind, sun and rain when painting outdoors.

Bring along your art supplies, easel, hat, sunscreen and lunch.

We live in a lush and picturesque corner of the Island and we want to see it painted!

The event will take place in sunshine or light rain. If there is heavy rain, then we will hold the event the next morning, July 20th, 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Meet at Murchison Place Park at the Corner of Clyde River Road and the Trans Canada Highway at 6:30 a.m. Parking is available across the road at the Clyde River Presbyterian Church.

For more information, you can call Julia Purcell at 368-7526.

What is Plein Air painting?

For most painters, painting is a solitary activity; the fewer the distractions or interruptions, the better. But, once in a while, it’s fun to plan a “Paint Out” with fellow painting enthusiasts. “En plein air” was a term the French Impressionist painters used in the late 1800s to denote the then revolutionary idea of getting out of their studios and parlours to paint outdoors.

Clyde River Women’s Institute welcomes you to attend their annual Strawberry Social is tonight (Wednesday), 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. You can enjoy the flavour of strawberries and ice cream. There will also be a bake table where you can take home some Clyde River treats.

Enjoy the succulent sweet taste of the season and a stunning view of the river. You can un-wind and re-connect with friends, relatives and neighbours. There’s bound to be a few folks home from away.

Clyde River will host a 2014 Celebration Garden Party in Murchison Place Park on Sunday, August 3rd, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Rain location will be Burnside Presbyterian Church, across the road. Stay tuned for further details on the program on this site as the time gets closer.

After the park event, refreshments, fresh-baked biscuits and jam and other goodies will be served just a short walk down the road at the Riverview Community Centre. Prizes will be awarded.

This event is made possible by the PEI 2014 Fund.


Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 4.01.04 PMClyde River’s Renee Dahn will perform at the Indian River Festival on Saturday, June 28th at 3:00 p.m. The concert entitled a “Celebration of Island Musical Talent…Tomorrow’s Stars Today” will highlight the Singing Strings Orchestra and winners of the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival with solos from vocalist Melissa MacKenzie, Sanu Lawt on piano and Renee Dahn playing violin. The Purcell Dahn family invites friends and neighbours to come out to the concert and support our young musicians. It’s going to be a grand Saturday afternoon on the Island. Click here for more details.

The Indian River Church is located on Route 104 in Indian River, near Kensington.

2014 Trail Run Poster 2_1

The run has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 6th and all other details are the same.

Neighbours and friends of Nancy Jenkins who lives on the Upper Meadowbank Road are organizing a fundraiser 10K run for her. Nancy has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive breast cancer. All are welcome to participate in the fundraising run. Please find details on the poster.

As an alternative, they suggest food or financial donations. Nancy Jenkins’ address is 468 Upper Meadowbank Road, Cornwall, PE, C0A 1H0.



Seniors from Clyde River and surrounding communities and those seniors who have connections to the community are invited to attend the Capturing Collective Memories Event at Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River on Saturday, June 21st, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

This event is the launch of the 2014-2015 Project entitled “Capturing Collective Memories from Seniors” which is funded by New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada.

The primary objective for this project is to invite seniors to share memories and/or materials of key events, community life and scenes in our history. Throughout the project, events will be held at the Riverview Community Centre and will include discussion of special memories/items we would like to preserve, and an invitation for donations of artifacts that would be presented in display cabinets in the Emily Bryant Room. As well, historical stories or photos could be featured on this community website.

A Steering Committee has been formed to manage this exciting project. Committee members include Hilda Colodey, Sandra Cameron and Bruce Brine.

The June 21st event will include:

  • An introduction to the New Horizon’s Project – “Capturing Collective Memories”
  • Discussion on what activities seniors would like to see happen in the upcoming year
  • Sharing stories and ideas of historical materials that represent key events, community life and scenes/photos that highlight the history of our community and area
  • A chance to view the new display cabinets we have acquired to present historical materials in the Emily Bryant Room of the Riverview Community Centre
  • Ideas from Jack Sorensen of the Tryon & Area Historical Society of materials they have collected and activities that they have carried out which will help to give us some ideas about what we could do
  • Refreshments and conversation

We look forward to you attending this upcoming event. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Vivian Beer at 569-8665 or email vivian@eastlink.ca.


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