These Photographs represent some of the beautiful and original ArtWork done by these two Great Artists
Annette Leblanc Gendron
Having long admired paintings done by members of my Family and my Mother-in-law, in 1982, while living in St-Georges de Beauce, Québec, I registered for a fall class on different mediums; sketching, drawing, pastels and watercolor.
I enjoyed this class so much; I decided to register in a watercolor class given by the same teacher the following spring.
A year later we moved to Chelsea, Québec, just north of Ottawa. My love for watercolor had not left me so I decided to take another class to improve on my techniques.
In 1984, I registered for a class with Mrs. Jacqueline Gougeon a well known aquarellist in the Outaouais region. I then registered in 1985, for a series of ten classes with Mr. Jean Yves Guindon, a well known Québec aquarellist in the Outaouais region.
Because of family obligations and work, my interest in this medium had to take a back seat.
As retirement grew closer, so did my interest for watercolor painting. In 2010 I registered for a series of advanced classes with Mrs. Gisèle Lefebvre Souligny a well known and well established aquarellist in the Outaouais region.
During our summer vacation in the Maritimes, my Husband and I are visiting and gathering ideas and themes for my further projects.
Angela Verlaeckt Clark
My art, influenced by my Abenaki Indian heritage and the sculpting talents inherited from my Belgian great-grandfather, reflect a personal interpretation of earth’s rhythms, its subtle elegance, fluidity and fragility. The sculptures act as my witness.
I observed the effects of water’s erosion on stone, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River as a child, in Rivière-Du-Loup; it proved an education in arbitrary forms.
After an art foundation course in Québec City, in the 70’s, I attended varied workshops perfecting my sculpture; exhibiting and working successfully in clay. Later I extended my interest to stone, studying at The Ottawa School of Art, where I received the ‘Ted Marshall Memorial Scholarship’ for sculpture. Stone was a natural extension of my clay work.
London, England, 2001; my stones took new directions and with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence I had a solo exhibition, exhibited works in major galleries, was juried into exhibitions with The Royal Society of British Artists and The Society of Women Artists. In 2003 I was admitted to The National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives. The summer of 2004, in Italy, under private tutelage to a master carver, I learned new techniques and in November 2004, I became a published poet.
Virginia, USA, 2006; I set up studio once again beginning my work; writing, trying new techniques, such as fused glass and silver.
Ottawa, Canada, October 2008; I return home full of inspiration, anxious to face new challenges.I am drawn to the mysterious essence of continuity that Japanese author Hikaru Okuizumi refers to in his 1993 book, ‘The Stones Cry Out’; ‘Even the smallest stone in a riverbed has the entire history of the universe inscribed upon it.’