Violet Stock (left) and Alaynah Buurmeester in front of one of Stock’s works. Barb Brown photo.

Parkside features two young artists

‘There’s a lot of talent in the younger art community’

The Parkside Art Gallery has a new exhibit up featuring the works of Alaynah Buurmeester and Violet Stock.

It’s titled In the Body of the World and has a mix of Stock’s portrait paintings and Buurmeester’s more architectural works.

Buurmeester calls it a wonderful collaboration between two young artists.

“From Violet’s end extremely beautiful portraits and stuff and from my end lots of architectural building and such.”

Her works include a lot of watercolour and acrylic.

“Just because it’s a lot of fun and it’s very calming for me and it’s nice to watch the colours move about the page. It’s very relaxing.”

The architectural works she chooses to draw are catching to her eye, she says.

“My mom was born in Germany where there’s a lot of amazing architecture and I like to kind of put my own culture into my paintings. So my cousin, who is in Germany, is a photographer and I use a lot of her photos for reference for this show.”

Buurmeester describes her style as that of more of a traditional painter but with modern aspects thrown into it.

“I hope that people will take away that youth are very involved as well and that it’s not just old people painting and stuff. There’s a lot of talent in the younger art community.”

She feels very honoured and excited to have her work displayed for everyone to see and especially working with Stock who she says is an amazing artist.

Stock says she likes to do figurative drawings and paintings.

“A lot of them are like hands and about emotions, and often like negative emotions.”

Stock mostly works in ink and acrylic paint.

“I like ink best but acrylic seems like a good way to counteract all the black. So there’s light colour and black.”

The pieces are about what she’s thinking about, especially trying to grow up, she says.

“It’s just the things that I’m thinking about that I turn into ideas.”

Stock says she really liked Buurmeester’s art when they were both in school.

“I wanted to do something together with her.

“I hope that people will question how they feel about things that they’ve experienced, not necessarily my story but how they connect the pieces to what happened to them.”


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