Pictured is mixed-media artist, Marc Carrière, at the vernissage for his exhibit on Saturday
CORNWALL, Ontario - It was the sea that inspired local, mixed-media artist, Marc Carrière, to take his skills to a level beyond expectations - his first solo exhibit, L’Emergence, at Galerie Corrid’art du Centre culturel de Cornwall.
An already-accomplished, stained glass artist and musician, Carrière, who had dabbled occasionally in painting, since high school, says that it was a vacation on the ocean, in New Brunswick, five years ago, that was the impetus for a series of seascapes, which seemed to pour out of him when he returned home.
“The effect of the sea was so strong on me,” he said. “It was the first time I had been to the ocean; that really inspired me. I created five or six in a row - fishermen, beach scenes, the landscape of New Brunswick.”
That strong calling was validated when he would later take third prize in a juried exhibition at The Art Gallery of Cornwall, for one of those pieces, Roxanne’s Ladder.
“To me painting and stained glass are exquisite and magical. I was born to be an artist. I like to create pieces that bring the viewer into my world, if only for a moment.”
Prior to discovering his ability with paint, Carrière had been an accomplished stained glass artist.
“When I first learned stained glass, a friend taught me how to make a bird with three pieces, and when I saw the effect the light had on the piece, I was hooked. I saw the magic that the stained glass can create; the result of the work.”
Among Carrière’s stained glass pieces is a collection of music icons – Beatles and Janice Joplin - as well as his most-impressive, three dimensional guitars.
Carrière’s exhibit will be one of the last to be held at the gallery’s present location, the former Ecole Ste Croix, on Anthony, as the leasing agreement with the school board is ending in June.
According to board president, Lucy Hart, le Centre culturel is presently in search of a new location to accommodate, the gallery and library.
L’Emergence, featuring 16 pieces, including acrylic on canvas, mixed medium and stained glass, will be on exhibit until June 14, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10am to 5pm.
Some of Carrière’s work is also making an appearance at The Abby for the Arts in Glen Nevis from May 10 to the first week of June.