Today we had the opening for the group show "Magnum Opus" at the Moncton city library. The paintings will be auctioned off at the Magnum Opus Gala on Sunday, October 25. I may not get a heads up to my mailing list in time, so everybody you're invited.
This charity does things a little differently than usual. The work wasn't donated. All the artists are paid for their paintings. The auctioneer has done a fabulous job in making a $20 000+ profit for the charity even after the artists were paid.
Photo bottom left to right- Jennifer Evans, Grace Ward, Jeanne Leblanc Mullin, Me, Jules Landry. Second row left to right- Joel Culligan, Diane Ryan, Cecil D, Georges Goguen, Marc Blanchard and Josette Mallet.
To see more artists, the paintings and all the details, check it out.This is a photo of me and Jeanne Leblanc Mullin. She's been my mentor for the past two years and has been the best teacher for a perfectionist like me. Rules paralyze me. I try to stick to them so perfectly that I end up artistically constipated and unable to paint. She never lays down the law when it comes to work in the studio. Her comments are subtle and give me the freedom to explore. Often it's months later that one of those comments will click and lead to growth. Here she's talking about the importance of contrast, value plans and how Rembrant is the guy to study to learn more. She knows about the local market so her insights on marketing have been invaluable. If you're an artist and would like to progress more quickly, mentoring is a great accelerator.
After the show we got lunch at Caluctus, yummy vegetarian fare and talked about our upcoming November show, "Dynamics of the Spirit". This is the second mentor ship show that Maurice Henri has organized for Moncton. The program is still growing. If you're local and would like to be involved you can contact me for more info. I've got some homework to finish by showtime but am happy to say that my biography passed. I'll post it later.