Minto gallery hosts exhibit by Palmerston artist

The Minto Arts Council is pleased to host two local artists – Alexandra Cooke of Palmerston, with her exhibition of five works entitled My Life in Compressed Air, and Julianne von Westerholt’s collection entitled A Day of Art – until Jan. 30 at the Minto Arts Gallery in Harriston.

With a fine arts degree and a background in graphic arts, Cooke’s air brush technique is a highly technical drawing and painting tool.

It is mostly used in the graphic arts and model painting sectors on items like T-shirts, helmets, canvases, posters and much more. Cooke’s art is a unique expression of her emotions, arts council officials state.

As well as teaching this technique, Cooke also designs and sprays outdoor and indoor murals. Many hockey helmets boast her design.

Von Westerholt is a planner but art is her passion. Her works, which are a study of women’s faces, are in the style of the impressionist/post-impressionist masters like Renoir, Manet, Varley, Gustav Klimt and Gabriele Muenther. She often uses a pallet knife, as opposed to always using a brush. Her largest piece, an abstract entitled Life and Death was entirely done with a pallet knife and a thick application of oil paint.

Some of the many paintings within this collection were completed in one day – alas the name of the show A Day of Art.

The Minto Arts Gallery is located on the top floor of the Harriston Public Library at 88 Mill St. in Harriston.

For more information contact, visit or call Eleanor Butt at 519-338-5242.