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Lab. City artist has her first showing

Local artist Corinna Freake has recently introduced her art to her hometown of Labrador City.

Her paintings were showcased for the first time (July 2) at Scott Pynn's exhibit 'A Light inside a Shadow.'

Although she only sold one painting, just to have people see her work was an exhilarating feeling for Freake.

Brittany Baker photo/Local resident Corinna Freake said she has been using art as an outlet to release her emotions since she was in junior high school.

Local artist Corinna Freake has recently introduced her art to her hometown of Labrador City.

Her paintings were showcased for the first time (July 2) at Scott Pynn's exhibit 'A Light inside a Shadow.'

Although she only sold one painting, just to have people see her work was an exhilarating feeling for Freake.

"It was really exciting for me," she said. "It feels good that another part of me-that not a lot of people know about-is being noticed."

While some people paint bowls of fruit or things they see in front of them, Freake explained that she works more from what's going on inside her head.

"It's usually abstract, weird stuff, it's kind of different," she said. "Sometimes I go for the more colourful abstract things like squares, or I'll do a kind of darker painting that usually comes from dreams."

Though her interest in painting started early in junior high, she admits she never really got in depth with it until 2002.

"Painting was just another release of emotion, that's how it started at first and then I just started going with it from there," said Freake. "It's just something I kind of did for myself."

Visually, she is inspired by pretty well everything, but she also attributed much of her inspiration to musicians

"Tori Amos would be a huge inspiration for me,' she said. "And also Tegan and Sara,"

Although many people are artists by trade, Freake said she hadn't thought of it as a career up until recently.

"I never really thought about selling my paintings, I like giving them as gifts," she said. "But being in Scott's exhibit really opened my eyes because people do show an interest in my work."

She also said that while the paintings are very meaningful to her, she understands when people don't quite grasp the concept she was trying to display.

"It's something not a lot of people relate to because they don't express themselves through visuals that way," allowed Freake. "But my family is very interested in what I do, they are always like 'what made you do that?' especially both of my sisters and my best friend."

Even though sharing art with the world can be both exciting and scary, Freake advises any artist to get his or her work out there for everyone to see.

"Don't hold back even if some people probably think it's bizarre or different," she said. "There is always going to be at least one person who finds it interesting or moving in some way even if the majority of people don't."

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Katie
    July 14, 2010 - 11:48

    I knew her before she was famous!