Trudy and Paula Garson- Sharing the Stories
Trudy and Paula Garson were two little-known but influential art teachers in Yarmouth whose style of teaching encouraged creative thinking and a love of artistic expression in generations of young students. Sharing the Stories will bring many of those memories back to life, as moderator Virginia Stoddard invites past students and friends of Trudy and Paula to speak of their times with the Garson sisters.Two of the past students, coming in from Toronto and Fredericton, will be Burton LeBlanc and Erin Morton. Burton, now the head of the make-up department for “The Handmaid’s Tale”, credits after school classes with the Garsons as the start of developing his artistic talent. Morton, an associate professor in the History Department at UNB, has dedicated her most recent book, For Folk’s Sake: Art and Economy in 20th century Nova Scotia, to “ Trudy and Paula Garson who inspired generation of weird art kids in Yarmouth”.
The public is invited to hear these stories, and to share their own, in an afternoon of reminiscences. Trudy and Paula Garson- Sharing the Stories supports a 4-month exhibit, assembled by the Yarmouth Art Society, that tells the Garsons’ story through documentation, workshops, demonstrations and art talks.