All About Art
By Robyn Cooper & Adila Saeed
November + December 2014
Local artist Robyn Cooper has been living in Airdrie for over 25 years and is an active member of the arts community. Among many of the beautification projects in the city, her work has raised funds for several AIRdirondack Art Projects, a poppy painting graces a banner on Artists’ Alley, she contributed a mural panel to the Main Street Project and she exhibits regularly with the Airdrie Regional ARTS Society. Much of her work is inspired by the many hours she spends in her garden.
She is also employed with Alberta Waste and Recycling but her work for the environment began many years ago when she joined a group called Grassroots. Before Airdrie’s recycling program was in place, its members would collect recyclable materials from local residents and have it recycled. “I’m not an eco-warrior,” she says, “but I want to make sure when I leave this earth I leave it in the same condition I entered it, or better.”
Along with Robyn’s artwork the library is happy to share the handmade jewellery of Adila Saeed who also utilizes her creativity as the owner of Drizzles Candy Shop in Airdrie. She’s been creati86956ng jewellery for the past seven years and feels that the work is an extension of her. She loves the process of designing and connecting beads and infusing them with positive intentions. For Adila, all forms of art have the power to create moods and provoke opinions which in turn provokes very personal reactions. She will be teaching the art of jewellery making for children aged 9-12 and adults at the library on November 15.