Friday Face - Veronica Funk
Written by Mikayla Jayne
Friday, 17 February 2012 11:18
Veronica Funk is sometimes known as "the chair lady". Her first painting was
of her favourite chair in her house.
Funk grew up in Manitoba but has lived in Airdrie for 15 years. What keeps
her in Alberta is simple.
She has exhibited her art all across Canada, and appreciates how tight knit
the scene can be, even though it stretches coast to coast.
"It's really small even though it's broad. What's been great is that people
have encouraged me to follow my passion, and to do what I love to do."
Almost every chair Funk paints has a book on it. She's a huge reader, and
thinks the arts and culture are extremely important to a community. Literature
inspires her work, and she hopes she can pass on both art and reading to the
"They say that creativity enhances logic. Your left brain and right brain
work together, and I think the more you're exposed to everything it's just
healthier for every human being."
The Airdrie Public Library has been very supportive about her hopes and
dreams for the future of the arts program in this city. In fact, Funk works at
the Library in the circulation department and running the art program.
"This Library has been wonderful. It all works together. What the Library is
doing enhances the community, and the community comes in and it enhances the
We have a junior art program here. I've got a different professional artist
every month that comes in and teaches an actual art class to kids, not just
crafts. The kids are loving it - we're booked until the summer. I''ve already
had artists step forward and say they want to do this next year."
Funk loves to live in Airdrie. She sees a great time of growth for the area,
and is glad to be a part of the development.