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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 3:23 pm | Updated: 11:32 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

For the Wilson family, a talent for art spans generations. So they decided to put it on display in one of Gilbert's libraries.

Work by 84-year-old James Wilson of Mesa and granddaughter Aimee Wilson, a 28-year-old graphic designer in Portland, Ore., is on display until mid-March at the Gilbert Southeast Regional Library, at Greenfield and Guadalupe roads.

The grandfather-granddaughter joint exhibition features 14 paintings. James contributed eight pieces, and Aimee contributed six.

James Wilson, originally of Belfast, Northern Ireland, said the joint exhibit was actually his wife's idea. It came about when he and his wife, Marion, visited Aimeea few years ago.

"We were sitting on the beach on the Oregon coast around a nice, big, blazing fire and we were talking about Aimee and her future and Marion came up with the idea, how would she like to have a show with her grandfather?" James Wilson said.

"That's what started this whole business."

Both James and Aimee Wilson have exhibited paintings individually in the past, but Aimee's were often in smaller settings, Marion Wilson said.

"This is really the first serious show that (Aimee's) had," Marion Wilson said. "She's had small shows in restaurants and so on in Portland, but this is a first."

James Wilson said many of the pieces he contributed to the exhibition were painted when he was about the same age as Aimee is now.

However, the two artists have very differing styles which Marion Wilson attributes to the generation gap.

In the style of circus posters, Aimee Wilson's six paintings show animals in bright color, while James Wilson's eight contributions use muted paints and feature landscapes and portraits.

"It's humorous," James Wilson said, regarding his granddaughter's art. "And it's different. I guess mine looks dull next to hers now."

Aimee Wilson said she feels that her grandfather's paintings are the real attraction and she is simply lucky to be on exhibit with him.

"I showed those to sort of peeve him," Aimee Wilson said. "I think he's the master artist and so since I was just happy to be able to have art hanging next to his, this was sort of a joke for his sake."

Aimee Wilson also said her grandfather was an inspiration to her as she grew up. She said she often draws parallels from her life to his, as he also was a painter and graphic designer at her age. "I think it's interesting to combine our art together to see where the overlaps are," Aimee Wilson said.

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