Artists at the Rotary Arts Centre (RAC) will now have a chance to interact with the history of one of Corner Brook’s most celebrated artists — Tina Dolter.
The RAC, which has a gallery named after the late Corner Brook visual artist, will now the easel Dolter worked with available in its studios for artists to rent out and use for their own work.
Robyn Anderson, the RAC’s Visual Arts Coordinator said it makes Dolter’s presence in and the Centre’s respect for Dolter and her work very real.
“It’s something with a history to it” said Anderson. “It’s clearly been used. It has a tangible smell, from the oils.”
Dolter used the oak crafted easel throughout her career, before her death in 2012. Initially from Montreal, Dolter lived and worked in Corner Brook for 37 years. Her work largely centered on the sexuality of maturing women, something Anderson said was highly important work, considering how socially taboo, and unexplored the topic is.
Her easel had been in storage until Jerry George, Dolter’s husband, generously fixed it up and donated it to the Rotary Arts Centre.
Anderson said it came from the love of George’s heart, but the easel’s place at the RAC is not just sentimental.
The easel is of very high quality, crafted from oak, and has several features to accommodate the artist, including a crank at the back to easily adjust the height of the canvas, and panels that can extend about 10 feet into the air, to hold larger pieces.
The quality of the craftsmanship will open up lots of opportunities for artists working in Corner Brook.
The RAC has studios for artists to rent on a monthly basis. The easel will be available to them and to other artists who wish to rent or use it.