Collingwood library hosts nature art show 0
Photographer Harold Whyte and painter Kai-Liis McInnes discuss their art show, The World of Nature: Two Perspectives, at the Collingwood Public Library Friday September 7, 2012. Emily Innes // Collingwood Enterpirse-Bulletin
COLLINGWOOD — The public library has transformed its walls into an art gallery featuring fall paintings and photography.
“The World of Nature: Two Perspectives” show began Sept. 4 and runs until the end of the month featuring nature photography from Harold Whyte and paintings by Kai-Liis McInnes.
“We thought, we see nature very differently. Mine are very illustrative and Harold's are really super photography,” McInnes told the E-B during the show’s opening reception last Friday.
McInnes said she has been inspired by different animals and birds and her travels. She was born in Estonia and grew up in Scotland. She has travelled to Africa, Mongolia, Peru, and the Arctic.
She also has a farm with 17 alpacas.
“That all really comes into it with the colours and of the course the polar bears from the Arctic.”
McInnes has a very whimsical and playful style of painting.
“The usual response to my paintings is 'I have to smile, but I don't get them,'” she said.
Whyte lives on a bird sanctuary in Pine River, which inspires his work. He said 90% of the almost 50 pieces in the show come from scenes across Ontario, some from his backyard.
He said he is particularly fond of one season.
“I guess I like doing winter stuff, I don't know why. I like cross-country skiing, maybe that's why.”
Whyte shoots with a high definition digital camera and uses panoramic to capture depth of landscapes.
“I do such a variety,” he said. “But, sometimes you don't have a camera when you could do something really good.”