Albert has work on display at his Cobourg gallery
Jerry Albert is an artist in Northumberland who has been creating oil paintings since 1995. Albert has been part of many galleries and has many of his works hung up around Belleville. In his gallery on William Street, to the back of the old Kraft building, Albert says he has approximately 300 paintings. ASHLEY MAIKA/Northumberland Today
A local artist who has showcased his work in many places and donated a lot of his pieces to charity has also been featured in the 2017 Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar for Northumberland County.
Jerry Albert is the January photo for the calendar, with an oil painting depicting one of his favourite subjects to paint; landscape.
Other subjects Albert paints a lot are old buildings, and wildlife, although he said that sometimes he switches it up to avoid getting bored.
The diversity of his paintings can be seen in his gallery at 520 William Street, near the back of the building, where about 300 paintings are on display, where works that have been inspired from many places across North America await.
Involving charity, Albert has donated many paintings over the years, noting that three were auctioned for $5,000 at a fundraising event in Toronto last year, and he has donated a number of his works to Beyond the Blue Box as well.
Recently, the John M. Parrot Gallery Art Gallery showcased some of Albert’s work and afterwards, bought a painting from him.
Albert believes he has about 40 paintings that are hung up around Belleville, including the mayor’s office and Quinte Arts Council.
Albert is also a member of many organizations that involve other artists, including the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Albert’s Gallery is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., while he spends his weekends painting.
Regarding prices for his paintings, Albert may have a unique outlook.
“I have so many paintings,” he said. “I don’t put a price on it and say, ‘oh I got to have that much.’
“What matters to me is if somebody sees something in a painting, and they love the painting and it makes them feel good and it gives them that warm and fuzzy feeling, I’d far sooner have them buy it,” said Albert who continued to say that that having someone have his work and appreciate it, is better than it staying in his gallery.
For more information about Albert’s work, visit jfalbert.com, or visit his gallery.