Highlights of 2021
Despite Covid-19 induced pandemic, the past year has been a good one in many respects. Having a studio, a space of my own to create art, exhibiting my work, people appreciating and buying my work have been some of the blessings of this year. Looking back on this year, it is clear that it was a fabulous year, a year in which I made progress on many fronts. I improved my skills in ceramics and painting. I created art non-stop because people loved what I was creating, particularly the art mugs and asked for them.
Highlights of 2021
1. Make Your Most Authentic Art
In February 2021 I attended this 5-day mini course. It was extremely helpful in understanding better the importance of creating my most authentic art and understanding how to do it.
2. Ultimate Acrylic Painting Course by Nancy Reyner
In March 2021 I attended this course online. The course was fantastic and very informative. Without any hesitation I can say that the title describes the depth of this course.
3. Birds and their Symbolism (solo show, Struts Gallery Aug. 3-Aug. 14, 2021)
This exhibition consisted of mixed media paintings and ceramic sculptures. It took months of patient work to get the pieces ready for this show. I am grateful for the amazing support of Izzy Francoloni, Lucas Morneau and Paul Henderson, for the installation and documentation of this exhibition.
4. Le Galeriste
It has been a lot of fun getting my paintings converted into wearable art. The painting of the peacock is one of the ones that is featured on many clothing articles and accessories. This is a Montreal based company. Thierry Charlebois is the CEO of this company. I love the way they design clothing and various articles. Margaret Eaton wrote an article about‘print on demand’ for the Business in Focus magazine. In the photo here both Margaret Eaton and I are wearing clothing based on my painting, ‘Hope Beyond Borders’. Feelfree to explore my storefront featuring 20% off till January 3rd. https://www.legaleriste.com/en/salt.marsh.studio/
5. Artists’ Village
During the New Brunswick Day Weekend I participated in the Artists’ Village at the Multifunctional Centre in Shediac. This was my first year but their 20th year. It was a fabulous experience of meeting various artists, exhibiting mypaintings and explaining about my art to the visitors.
6. As the Crow Flies – group show by Les B’Old Hags at Marie Hélène Allain gallery in Bouctouche (Oct. 22-Nov. 22)
This was a group show in October by five artists, Margaret Patricia Eaton (freelance writer, poet, photographer), Jacqueline LeBlanc (fibreartist), Dianne Ryan (painter), Pauline Chapados (painter, ceramist) and Indu Varma (mixed-media painter, ceramist). Our hearts are heavy to lose our sixth member of the group Laurence Marie (harpist) this year. May her soul rest in peace.
7. Two workshops
In Oct. 2021 I attended two workshops on painting offered by a PEI artist Sandi Komst and New Brunswick artist Amber Leger. These were organized by CAPS(Cercle des artistes peintres de Shediac).
8. Holiday Show and Art Sale
CAPS organized a holiday show and sale at the Multifunctional Centre in November. Sincere thanks to Grace Richard, Lilianne Carrier and Lise Richard for making it possible to have this experience. In December I participated in the Holiday Show and Sale organized by Struts Gallery.
9. Sackville: A Visual Snapshot
I received word on Nov. 12th that I had received a Canada Council for the Arts grant of towards a proposed project, 'Sackville: A Visual Snapshot'. The project has been approved by the Mayor and the Town Council of Sackville. If all goes well, it will be completed by next December. This project will be about displaying the history of Sackville on ceramic tiles. Sackville used to be a port and the hub of commerce in Atlantic Canada in the 1800s. A sample tile of a two masted schooner gives an idea of the types of images that will be featured.
As this year comes to a close, I am looking forward to a great year of creating beautiful art