Life’s many shapes inspires artist

My Abstraction, an exhibition of acrylic works by Jeanette Ardern, opens at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 West Seymour St., on Friday, Nov. 29.

Ardern draws her inspiration from her years of work designing cross-stitch patterns — and wondering if she could create the same image with a paintbrush that she had been doing with a needle and floss.

“I got a book out of the library, some basic painting supplies and spent the next 10 years as a decorative artist, painting floors, wall murals, furniture,” Ardern said.

She finds shapes that inspire her almost anywhere she looks, she said.

The show continues in the main gallery until Dec. 21.

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