The Murchison Place Park Clean Up is this Saturday, October 15th, 9:00 to 12:00 noon. We invite volunteers to join us to help out and enjoy a beautiful fall day in Clyde River. Feel free to take along some bulbs for planting. We suggest you wear work gloves. Refreshments will be served. If it is raining, the clean up will be the following Saturday at the same time.
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Clyde River artist Julia Purcell made the front page of the Journal Pioneer on Monday and we want to say how proud we are of her and her work. The following is a reprint of the article that appeared.
Nature of Painting
“I started this landscape painting this morning and kept going until mid-afternoon once the paint was starting to set,” said Purcell. “Then I took a break.”
Painting is one of Purcell’s greatest pleasures in life, and it brings out a world of creativity.
“I don’t want to give away my age, but I’ve been painting for 40 years. It started with my parents who are well-known painters (Joseph and Tela Purcell of Nova Scotia), and it was something I eventually got the courage to try. And with lots of practice I got better,” she added.
“It’s definitely a shortcut if you have an instructor to guide you.”
Purcell instructs many on how to paint picture perfect images of P.E.I.
Unlike watercolours or acrylics, oil paints are complicated and take a long time to dry. Knowing the chemistry of this paint is almost essential to achieving the proper effect, she said.
“Oil painting, you do in stages,” explained Purcell. “First, you do a drawing then an under painting and keep going for a few hours until the paint starts to set. Then you would generally lay aside the painting for that day and, hopefully, get back to it the next because otherwise the paint doesn’t go on as layers the way it should.”
Several people came to see the artist transform a blank canvas into a stunning landscape painting full of blended brushstrokes with vibrant colours.
“There’s nothing I would rather be doing then to paint or talk about painting. I had several lovely people spend quite a few hours with me actually. It was great,” said Purcell. “One of the ladies that came to visit me today wants to learn how to paint, and she actually commissioned me to go out and take a look at a certain area.”
The daylong oil painting demonstration coincided with Purcell’s ongoing exhibition and sale, “Finding My Voice,” which features landscapes, townscapes, portraits and flowers of P.E.I.
“The owners of Gallery 18, Aubrey Bell and Patricia Bennett, saw my posts online and asked what I was going to do with all my work and if I would like to have a show, and, of course I said yes,” stated Purcell. “That was last fall and I have been working on it all winter, through the spring and summer.”
For more information visit www.Gallery18.com.
Editor’s note: Julia leads an art demonstration at our Annual Art in the Park event held each July at Murchison Place Park. Many of her paintings feature the beauty of Clyde River.
Clyde River artist Julia Purcell has an exhibit and sale of her original works at Gallery 18 in New London. The show is called Finding My Voice and features new paintings of Island views. The show continues through until Sunday, August 28th. Gallery 18 website here.
Doreen Pound attended the opening of the exhibit on August 7th. She says there are both watercolour and oil paintings. Her favourite was a landscape view of Clyde River from the vantage point of Jo-Ann MacPhail’s. Almost half of the paintings are of Clyde River.
We are having a lovely summer, so make sure to take a drive up to New London with your friends, neighbours or off-Island guests.
Julia leads the Art in the Park event at Murchison Place Park each summer.
The Friends of Clyde River invites everyone to our annual Art in the Park event on Saturday, July 16, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Murchison Place Park. Guest artist Julia Purcell will lead an art demonstration. All are welcome to take along their art supplies to paint/sketch or, if you just want to relax and listen, that is great as well. We offer a special invitation to families to come out and paint together.
Take this opportunity to stroll through the park to see the many recent improvements that have been made which include new play and swing sets, areas landscaped and new trees added.
Art in the Park will take place in fair weather or light rain. Please check this website for details if the weather is uncertain.
Murchison Park is located on the corner of the TransCanada Hwy and the Clyde River Rd. Coffee and treats will be provided in the early morning but feel free to take along a lunch.
The Murchison Place Park Cleanup is on this morning. Come in as early as you can. Many hands make light work.
Good News! We are excited to say that Murchison Place Park is getting a bit of a refresh. Soon after the cleanup this Saturday there will be ongoing work in the Park for two weeks.
- Brand new playground equipment is being constructed.
- Some older or damaged trees will be trimmed or taken down.
- Many new trees and shrubs are being planted.
It is important to note that during the entire work period it will not be safe for visitors to be in the Park. Once all this work is completed, Murchison Place Park will be a better and safer place for this summer and beyond.
Murchison Place Park will be closed to all visitors from Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 27. Check here for updates or changes to these dates.
Take along a rake, shovel and work gloves to help make the park beautiful. Refreshments provided.
This is a great chance to reconnect with friends and neighbours and bring a little colour back into your cheeks.