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New exhibit opens at Minto Art Gallery

Art exhibit - Harriston artist Dana Savard’s exhibit Return of Innocence opened Sept. 6 and runs until Sept. 29 at the Minto Art Gallery in Harriston.  Photo by Patrick Raftis

New exhibit opens at Minto Art Gallery

by Patrick Raftis

HARRISTON - While she utilizes a wide range of styles and mediums in her work Dana Savard says she’s best described as “a spiritual artist” because “I allow my higher self to lead me and my inner child to play.”

Savard, who’s exhibit titled Return of Innocence opened at the Minto Art Gallery with a reception on Sept. 6, says she’s been an artist all her life, beginning as a child in her native country Czech Republic.

While she studied at the National School for Art and Music, Savard said “you don’t get rich” working as an artist in her homeland, so she went into nursing.

After coming to Canada on a work visa in 1996, Savard returned to school for nursing and paramedic training, planning someday to open her own art studio when she retired.

That day came quicker than she planned when she was involved in a serious accident, which left her with brain and spinal injuries.

“I was kind of forced through my injury to really focus on my art and art really saved my life,” she said.

Now working from a private studio in Harriston, Savard said she plans to open a community art centre for children and seniors in Harriston next year. She also teaches yoga and combines the disciplines as a source of “healing” for participants.

“Painting really helps your inner healing,” said Savard. “I believe art can be beneficial for many people in a community.”

Savard said she paints in various styles including realism, abstract, portraits, landscapes, florals and impressionism and utilizes a wide range of media including watercolors, acrylics and oils.  

Return of Innocence continues at the gallery, located on the top floor of the Harriston Library, until Sept. 29.

Also on Sept. 29, Savard will host a Hatha yoga workshop at the gallery from 11am to 1pm.

For more information contact or call 519-338-2497.

September 14, 2018


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