By Adam Brazeau
NORTH LANCASTER – A popular painter from Alexandria will be on hand to showcase 60 pieces at The Abbey for the Arts this weekend.
Claire Lanthier will be launching her 'Rhapsodie in Blue' exhibit on Sept. 14 and 15 from 1 p.m. to 5p.m., at The Abbey, located at 21489 Butternut Lane, Glen Nevis. The show runs until Oct. 20.
Claire Lanthier will be available to discuss her paintings Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 from 1p.m. to 5p.m., at The Abbey, located at 21489 Butternut Lane, Glen Nevis. Her 'Rhapsodie in Blue' exhibit will be on display from Sept. 14 to Oct. 20.
"For this vernissage, I was inspired by music and musical instruments and this theme fit the Abbey for the Arts very well," said Lanthier. "Also when we go to Europe for a holiday, I take quite a few photographs and have subjects to paint for quite a while."
Her watercolours won first place at the juried exhibition at The Art Gallery (TAG Cornwall) – twice.
"I have had three large exhibitions and the people who have attended have always complimented me on the amount of works," she said.
Born in 1941, Lanthier has spent a great portion of her lifetime perfecting her art. The artistic journey began after her three children went to university. Then she started attending Montreal's prestigious fine art school 'Mission Renaissance'. She's also worked with renowned watercolourists, allowing her to perfect her technique. Lanthier continued to learn for nine more years as a part-time student at Concordia University.
The event has a charitable aspect as well. Proceeds from the exhibit will be going towards two hospitals.
"Since my husband and I are getting on with age, we thought that it was time to give to our local hospitals," said Lanthier. "We have been lucky with good health, but we have needed care and we always have received excellent care both in Alexandria and in Cornwall. So both hospitals will receive a donation."
A lot of Lanthier's inspiration comes from traveling with her husband, Claude, and putting the scenery on canvas. She also finds artistic motivation from photographs.
The exhibit will feature wine and hor-d’oeuvres.