Local artist Kathleen Oliver Stroman is well known for her beloved Christmas window displays every year on Ladysmith businesses, but this weekend she’ll be painting in a window instead of on them.
On March 13, Stroman will create large acrylic paintings live from behind the Royal LePage window. She will be painting in the window from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., this will allow passersby to get a glimpse into the creative process.
“I’m used to painting in front of people with all the windows I’ve done. I’m excited about this because it’s different,” Stroman said.
Once completed, her art pieces will be up for sale. Stroman isn’t sure yet what she plans to create, but she will be working in the acrylic paint on canvas medium.
Passersby who want to watch Stroman paint are encouraged to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings if social distancing cannot be maintained.
This will be the first time an artist has painted live in the window space. Shannon Delaney of the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District said that if the live art session goes well, there may be future opportunities for other artists to create in the space.
Royal LePage broker, Jennifer Merilees said that she loves the idea and is happy to have other artists create in the window.
“I think it’s fantastic. We’re always happy to support local, and the arts,” she said.
“I’m thrilled. I think it’s going to be awesome.”