Able Artists proudly presents an exhibition on the life and work of illustrator Zena Bernstein
Made possible with support from signature sponsors Bill & Nancy Gray
Join us to celebrate the work and life of local artist and renowned illustrator of the Newberry Medal award-winning children’s classic, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
- See the natural world in a way you never imagined.
- Be inspired to protect the life and magic that surrounds you.
- Learn more about her husband and fellow artist, Ian McKhann.
- Get a sneak peek at her latest work, The Alderwild Wood.
About the Artist
Zena Bernstein received her B.F.A. Degree from Syracuse University and took graduate courses in psychology at Boston College, and gross human anatomy at Columbia University, New York City. She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and now permanently resides on Horse Thief Bay on the St. Lawrence River, in Canada.
Zena’s work focuses on the varied beauty of the natural world. Working primarily in watercolours and acrylics, her drawings depict world she has observed in Horse Thief Bay complete with wild flowers, animals, fairies, elves, and trolls. Believing in the importance of protecting the world around us, her art becomes its advocate.
Her technique of using layer on top of layer of dots is a very slow but rewarding process. Using a very dry brush, each dot is laid on individually, through a technique called pointillism. Beginning with the lightest of colour first and slowly building up the layers, often applying as many as six.
Her paintings are spontaneous. She does not do any preliminary planning or sketches first, often not really knowing what she is going to paint. “It is more of an adventure that way”, she says.
She has recently completed a book on the fairies, trolls, and elves of the Thousand Islands and more specifically, Horse Thief Bay entitled, The Alderwild Wood.
This event will give you an introductory consideration of Zena’s artistic work and an opportunity to view the premiere of a biographical video. The artist will be present.
Contact H’art Centre for any questions related to the public presentation: 613-545-1392
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