Retrospective planned in Cobourg for plein air artist J.F. Albert

Retrospective planned in Cobourg for plein air artist J.F. Albert

J.F. Albert died after brief battle with cancer

WHATSON Sep 07, 2017 by Karen Longwell  Northumberland News

 

Warehouse Gallery Jerry Albert

BALTIMORE — Artist Jerry Albert is seen at The Warehouse Gallery on County Road 45 in 2012. Albert died on Aug. 29 and his family is organizing a show of his work on Sept. 16 at the old Kraft plant in Cobourg. – Karen Longwell / Northumberland News

Warehouse Gallery Jerry Albert

BALTIMORE — Artist Jerry Albert is seen at The Warehouse Gallery on County Road 45 in 2012. Albert died on Aug. 29 and his family is organizing a show of his work on Sept. 16 at the old Kraft plant in Cobourg. – Karen Longwell / Metroland file photo

Jerry Albert

BALTIMORE — Artist Jerry Albert is seen at The Warehouse Gallery on County Road 45 in 2012. Albert died on Aug. 29 and his family is organizing a show of his work on Sept. 16 at the old Kraft plant in Cobourg. – Karen Longwell / Metroland file photo

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BALTIMORE — Artist Jerry Albert is seen at The Warehouse Gallery on County Road 45 in 2012. Albert died on Aug. 29 and his family is organizing a show of his work on Sept. 16 at the old Kraft plant in Cobourg. – Karen Longwell / Northumberland News

BALTIMORE — Artist Jerry Albert is seen at The Warehouse Gallery on County Road 45 in 2012. Albert died on Aug. 29 and his family is organizing a show of his work on Sept. 16 at the old Kraft plant in Cobourg. – Karen Longwell / Metroland file photo

Jerry Albert

BALTIMORE — Artist Jerry Albert is seen at The Warehouse Gallery on County Road 45 in 2012. Albert died on Aug. 29 and his family is organizing a show of his work on Sept. 16 at the old Kraft plant in Cobourg. – Karen Longwell / Metroland file photo

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COBOURG — Hundreds of paintings will be on display in a retrospective show of the late plein air artist J.F. (Jerry) Albert.

Jerry died on Aug. 29 at the age of 71, after a “very intense and fast battle with cancer,” said his daughter, Shanna Albert. The Albert family has planned an exhibit featuring more than 650 pieces pulled from many galleries, which will be curated by Kelsey Corradetti. His passion was oil painting both wildlife and landscapes. The show is on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Kraft plant, 520 William St., in Cobourg. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The exhibition and sale of artwork was planned while Jerry was alive and was what he wanted, said Shanna.

“He loved this community — it meant so much to him,” said Shanna. “He would have never wanted a funeral.”

After he was diagnosed with cancer, Shanna said she asked her father if he would like to do a large retrospective art show. She hoped to keep him positive and passionate while going through treatment. Jerry had hoped to attend the exhibit and socialize with friends and art enthusiasts. Unfortunately, he died 12 days after receiving the terminal cancer diagnosis.

He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Susan Albert; his two daughters, Shanna and Kristina Dyrow; and his grandson, Andrew.

The family lived in the Trenton and Prince Edward County area before moving out west, said Shanna.

Jerry was in the scrap paper business in the U.S. for several years, but moved to Baltimore — closer to family — in 2003, he told the Northumberland News in 2012, shortly after opening The Warehouse Gallery on County Road 45 in Baltimore. A longtime wood carver, he had an urge to paint. His wife bought him painting supplies in 1997 and he painted nearly every day after that. Paintings lined the walls of the gallery from floor to ceiling. He filled every available wall space with 150 to 200 paintings.

Jerry enjoyed many adventures painting outdoors or en plein air. When he was living in western Canada, he started painting spectacular landscapes of that part of the country. Once, he was outside painting near Canmore, Alta., when a grizzly bear came dangerously close. He didn’t panic, but instead thought there was little he could do if the bear decided to attack.

“I thought, if today is the day, today is the day. What are you going to do about it?” he told the News in 2012.

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