Fine Line sees two new members Lovisa leaving in New Year

The membership of the Fine Line Art Gallery co-op here continues to grow, with two new members recently added to its ranks.
Joan Maunsell of Dryden and former Fort Frances resident Irene MacKenzie both have prints and cards featuring their artwork. And in MacKenzie’s case, a calendar also is for sale at the gallery (located on Mowat Avenue across from Green’s Countrywide).
Both artists will be in the community once in a while to drop by the gallery and perhaps add to their works on display there.
MacKenzie, who now lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, still visits Fort Frances a few times a year to spend time with mother, Sophie Gushulak.
Meanwhile, a founding member of the gallery will be leaving it, and Fort Frances, early next year.
Linda Lovisa, who helped former the Fine Line co-op 10 years ago, will be moving with her husband, David, to Kelowna, B.C. in February, where she will continue to be an active artist and a teacher in the “Learning Through the Arts” program.
Lovisa spoke highly of the Fine Line Art Gallery and the artistic community that’s grown around it. “It’s been fun, and I’m going to miss it,” she remarked.
“It’s a great place to be involved in,” Lovisa added. “And it’s great for the different opportunities it gives people. There’s a lot of talented people out there.”
Lovisa noted the gallery, over the years, also has become a bit of a hang-out for people who may be more admirers than creators of art. But they’re always welcome to get involved in the gallery—and even can volunteer to work shifts there.
“She’ll be sadly missed,” co-op member Jean Richards said of Lovisa.
Open house
In related news, the Fine Line Art Gallery will be holding an open house this Friday from 6-9 p.m. and this Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Being the 10th anniversary, the first 10 people through the door will receive unique handmade gifts each day. There also will be refreshments and door prizes.
“We just want to thank everyone who supported us for the last 10 years, and hope they continue to do so,” said Richards.
“It’s been a great 10 years. There’s been a few ups and downs, but nothing major. We’re still going,” she added.
The gallery will continue to hold workshops until the end of the year. The next one is a painted floor mat workshop slated for Sunday, Nov. 20, conducted by Darlene Mitchell.
This one already is fully booked, but spaces still are left for a Christmas card-making workshop, led by Pam Hawley, on Wednesday, Dec. 7. To register, just drop by the gallery or call 274-1269.
Richards noted there was at least one workshop held the first Wednesday of every month this past year, with lots to do for budding artists or accomplished ones wanting to try new things.
“Our 10th year was a good one, and a very busy one,” she noted, adding that trend will continue in 2006.
She said people can look forward to seeing some different artists heading up these new workshops.
And finally, with the Christmas season coming up, co-op member Vi Plumridge said downtown shoppers should remember the Fine Line Art Gallery is the place for unique gifts made by local artists, including pottery, stained glass, paintings, cards, jewellery, and much more.

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