Artist Fran Cassidy to display paintings of Grand County this month |

Artist Fran Cassidy to display paintings of Grand County this month

The Fraser Valley Library is hosting a display of artwork by long-time Tabernash resident Fran Cassidy during the month of November. A reception is scheduled in his honor at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the library’s Urban Community Room.

Cassidy’s display, “Watercolors and Pastels,” showcases a collection of local landscapes and includes several pieces that won Grand Champion Awards at this year’s Middle Park Fair.

Cassidy won three Grand Champion Awards this year, winning the prized blue ribbons for the fourth or fifth year. Last year, two of his paintings won him Grand Champion designations. This year’s winners will be included in the display at the library. They are a Devil’s Thumb scene in watercolor, pastel and acrylic; and a watercolor scene of Indian Peaks.

“Mud Season,” a pastel, which also won the Grand Champion award, was sold and will not be able to be on display during the event.

The modest artist, who is almost 80 years old, has also put out several books.

His first book was a collection of short stories, printed in 2001-2002. His second book, “Views from a Window in Tabernash” features his paintings and was published in 2005-2006. Sales of the second book benefit the Grand Foundation.

This is Cassidy’s second featured display at the Fraser Valley Library. He’s been painting watercolors since the early 1970s and pastels since 2002 and gets most of his inspiration from Grand County and Southwestern scenes.

He describes his style as “pretty loose … and a long way from being modern art in the sense. I try to make a painting look like the scene.”

Painting is a hobby, mostly, Cassidy said. He paints when the mood strikes him or when he wants to try out a new vision he sees in his head.

“I like to do it. That’s the main thing,” he said. One of his favorite pieces, which has been made into prints as well as greeting cards, is called “Mountain Home” and pictures a bluebird on a bird box.

A similar scene, of a wren on a branch, will be on display at the library event.

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