Oyster art

Malpeque oyster shells inspire photographer

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Foodies the world over clamour for the Island’s famous Malpeque oysters. Now, photographic artist Debbie Brady wants art lovers to do the same.

Debbie looks at oysters from a creative perspective. When she first saw an oyster shell through her camera’s macro lens, she was hooked.

To choose the most photogenic candidates, Debbie examines each shell for interesting shapes, texture and colours. The unique characteristics of each shell guides the combination of techniques and equipment that Debbie uses to create her abstract art images.

“Essentially, these one-of-a-kind pieces celebrate Malpeque oysters by revealing an authentic, miniature Island landscape hidden in a small section of shell,” says Debbie Brady, who lives in Tyne Valley.

Each of Debbie’s Oyster Art pieces has a title noting the name of the shore where she found the shell or where it was harvested.

Photographer Debbie Brady (left) examines oyster shells for ones suitable for an abstract art creation, such as in the shell shown above.

At the end of July, Debbie will unveil new additions to her Oyster Art collection. Her exhibition coincides with opening day of the 35th Annual Oyster Festival. Unlimited and Limited Edition pieces will be on display. Debbie will be on hand to share her artistic passion and insights. See the current pieces at www.oysterart.ca and be sure not to miss the exhibit to catch the unveiling of new additions to the collection.

The one-day Oyster Art exhibit will be held July 31, 4:30–6:30 pm, at Valley Pearl Oysters in Tyne Valley. The Malpeque oysters used in the newest artworks were harvested by Valley Pearl Oysters’ co-owner Jeff Noye, PEI’s 2016 Oyster Shucking Champion and member of the Canadian team that holds the Guinness World Record for most oysters shucked in one hour.

Two of Debbie Brady’s pieces have recently been purchased by the PEI Government Art Bank and three works are on display at the Dunes Gallery.