Art is what you make it. Just ask The Shading Ladies, a group of women who have been meeting once a week for almost two years for colouring and camaraderie.
They gather at Dwight Public Library every Wednesday morning and set to work colouring detailed adult colouring books — you won’t find any cartoon characters on these pages — using fine markers and pencil crayons.
Along the way they’ve become friends and have as much fun with the colouring as they do the conversations. Sometimes the topic is serious, sometimes not so much — a recent debate concerned the colour of feathers on a Butterball turkey — but almost always there’s laughter. And cookies.
“Mostly we just come here to gossip,” says Nellie Sheshewabic to laughter from the rest of the group.
Librarian Elaine Griffioen adds, “These ladies are a great source of inspiration. And entertainment.”
Library staff have watched the ladies master their craft over the months and felt that the beautiful pieces they were producing were worthy of their own exhibition. The ladies selected Canada 150 pictures to display, in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial this year, and framed them, which “just makes the colours pop,” says Ruth Thompson.
The works of The Shading Ladies will be on display in Dwight Public Library’s ArtSpace until the end of November.
In the future, the pictures will be sold in support of Dwight Public Library’s future expansion. (See the library’s expansion plan below.)
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