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Jeff Doherty – Exhibition
Sat November 7 - Mon November 30
Local artist, children’s author, and wearer of quirky painted shoes, Jeffery E Doherty will be holding an exhibition of his art, illustrations and books at The Church Block Café, Eglinton.
Mr. Doherty said, having the exhibition at the Church Block is perfect. “They make the most delightful coffee, and I don’t function very well without my coffee fix.”
Mr. Doherty’s art is quite eclectic. He said, “I find painting on canvas quickly becomes boring and I often use whatever is at hand to make my artwork unique.” Over the years, he has painted on stones, eucalypt, maple and silver birch leaves, velvet, glass, paper, shoes, and more recently on cork. Some of his fovourite painting mediums are watercolours, acrylics, oils and digital art, that he usually prefers when creating cover art for books and magazines.
Jeffery is a school learning support office at Eglinton Public School and one of his murals is mounted beside the cultural garden in the school. Mr. Doherty said, “I use my interactions with the students at the school to inspire my work. Some of this inspiration comes from seeing children who struggle, overcome their challenges, and some comes from overhearing snatches of humorous conversations that spark ideas for scenes in my books and stories.” A group of students from the school modelled for the illustrations in his first book, Paper Magic, an illustrated junior novel. Those illustrations will make up part of the exhibition. Another student became the face of Olivia Stone, the feisty heroin of his middle grade fantasy series, The Guardians of St. Giles.
The third book in the Guardian’s series, Olivia Stone and the Call of the Carnival was due for release in June this year, but the publication of the book has been held over until 2021 due to the current restrictions on school visits and large gatherings for book launches. Mr. Doherty said, this delay has actually been a blessing. “My publisher will also be releasing second edition versions of the first two books in the series, all with exciting new covers.” A highlight for Mr. Doherty at the exhibition will be the unveiling of the three new covers.
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