Contrasting mediums focus of art show

Local artists Ann Evans and Cheryl Westover will join forces later this week when they host a two-day show of their unique collections of artwork.
Dubbed “Elegant Glass and Wonderful Wood,” the show will run Friday from 4-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The exhibit will feature Evans’ handcrafted stained glass works including lamps, mirrors, bowls, and candle-holders–the focus of her home business “Glass Art.”
Westover, known in decorating circles for her home business “Cheryl Westover (Interiors),” will feature hand-painted wooden benches, crates, vine works, and bird and butterfly houses.
This will be the first time Westover has ventured into an art show from a painter’s perspective–a medium she recently revived after many years.
“My art is something I did over 20 years ago. I had put it on the backburner after [establishing] my interior design business,” she said last week.
“My art accidentally started up again with last year’s trade show,” she added, noting she painted a birdhouse to enhance the “garden” theme of the booth she had set up there.
She sold the birdhouse almost immediately and took the idea further.
“I sold and repeated . . . and since then, I’ve painted 132 birdhouses–and it’s been so much fun doing it!” she enthused.
Even though their artwork is very different, Evans and Westover have noted a “colour” connection between their pieces even though neither one knew beforehand what colour scheme the other was using.
“Our art contrasts are so significant it’s quite surprising how it works out,” Westover said.
“We both use a lot of colours so it stands to reason that we will click at some point,” echoed Evans. “We’ve done that quite often.”
Samples of “Elegant Glass and Wonderful Wood” are on display at McTaggarts, the Fort Frances Public Library, and the Rendez-Vous.