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Dutch sculptor will create work of art for Saint Andrews - Mar. 07, 2014


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Dutch sculptor Karin Van Ommeren, who has been selected to create a sculpture for the Town of Saint Andrews, is shown here with one of her works.

Barb Rayner
Saint Andrews
The work of Dutch sculptor Karin Van Ommeren looks “fantastic”, said Mayor Stan Choptiany, as he shared the news with town council Monday night that she will be creating a work of art for the town.
This summer, Sculpture Saint John will be hosting its second symposium and three of the works of art created there will be coming to Charlotte County.
Saint Andrews, St. Stephen and Blacks Harbour will all be recipients of works from the symposium having each invested $15,000 to become part of the international sculpture trail which stretches from Bangor, Me to Sussex.
St. George received a sculpture from the first symposium held in Saint John in 2012. Hampton sculptor Jim Boyd created “Water Stone” which is displayed beside the town’s post office.
Choptiany shared some photographs of Van Ommeren’s work and said Ken Waiwood is chairing a committee of about 14 people working on this project which, he said, is exciting.
Born in the Netherlands, Van Ommeren attended the Hoger Sint Luka Institute Academy for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium from 1978 to 1982 specializing in stone sculpture. From 1984 to 1990 she was a teacher of stone sculpture in the Netherlands and she has participated in many international symposiums.
This year’s symposium will take place in Saint John from Aug. 7 to Sept. 20 and each of the eight participating communities will receive a return on their investment of a granite sculpture worth $100,000.
They will also be included in a developing app that will feature information not only on the 72 sculptures featured on the international trail but also on the communities in which they are located as well as the sculptor who created them.

barb@stcroixcourier.ca