You Are So Beautiful

by Laureen on April 18, 2014

014-Marchand-ImmaculateLaureen Marchand, “Immaculate”, 2014

You are so beautiful…can’t you see?

018-Marchand-You-are-so-beautiful-4-webLaureen Marchand, “You Are So Beautiful”, 2014

We have such limited ideas about beauty. Think of roses. Perfectly formed, perfectly shaded, perfect for such a short time. Their beauty, and their brevity, is why we love them. But if beauty brings love, the fading of beauty must also bring the end of love. Or must it?

034-Marchand-Late-SeasonLaureen Marchand, “Late Season”, 2014

Both the woman and the artist I am search for another way to see what’s beautiful. The paintings in Beholder, a major solo exhibition of my artwork on view at the Art Gallery of Regina until May 12, 2014, represent the results of that search.

003-Marchand-Light-HeartLaureen Marchand, “Light Heart”, 2010

In the paintings in Beholder, beauty has already passed. But in its place we see a wholly different kind of beauty. Is beauty always present, if we can only see it? When the human spirit becomes entangled in human feelings, can the knots be untied?

012-Marchand-Summer-DressesLaureen Marchand, “Summer Dresses”, 2011

The paintings in Beholder are for sale. You can see a complete catalogue of the exhibition on my personal website at www.laureenmarchand.com. Just go to the Paintings tab and click on Beholder. To inquire about purchase, use the contact form on the site or email me directly at laureen@grasslandsgallery.com, or phone 306-298-7782. Or contact staff at the Art Gallery of Regina.

??????????????Laureen Marchand, “Three Sisters”, 2012

Can’t you see how beautiful you are?

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May You Always Be At Home

by Laureen on April 17, 2014

FamilyClose family in Grasslands

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” American poet Robert Frost  thought that in 1905. “Any place I hang my hat is home”, said the song by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer in 1946. Me, I think home is what you keep in your heart.

I’m short on close family, lucky in close friends. Over the last days, both have gathered from every  direction and many geographies to celebrate a big event with me, the opening of my solo art exhibition at the Art Gallery of Regina on April 9. My sister and nephew, from Ontario. Friends from the cities I used to live in, friends from other lives. Now friends, new friends, past friends, old friends – it’s been wonderful.

Exhbition-opening-webExhibition opening, Regina (Photo: Greg Conley)

What do we all do when we celebrate? We talk, eat, toast our successes and our survivals. We take part in activities we might not normally. We share what we have in common and pass over what we don’t.

We’ve had kitchen tables, dining tables, restaurants, coffee shops, take-out and eat-in-the-car. We’ve seen the inside of the Legislature Building in Regina, that city’s old train station turned casino, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s wonderful permanent dioramas, and (thanks to Glenn Sutter, Curator of Human Ecology at the RSM and a guiding light in the transformation of Val Marie’s Prairie Wind & Silver Sage to its current provincial pilot project ecomuseum status) even behind-the-scenes at the RSM. Fossils being edged out of rocks! A tiny ancient bee in a piece of amber! Cabinets of curiosities and trays of stuffed birds! Wow.

Greg's BisonBison watching us (Photo: Greg Conley)

We’ve travelled for miles and miles. Four-lane, two-lane, thin-membrane-no shoulder, gravel: Driving ‘R Us. We’ve counted bison, hawks, meadowlarks, woodpeckers. We haven’t counted geese and sandhill cranes as they make their various directed or distracted ways across the sky. There’ve been too many of them. We’ve done hills, rivers, city sidewalks, tiny towns. Looked at art, looked at skies, looked at nothing in particular. Weather – not great. Warmth – always.

And through all these different environments and places, I keep feeling that this is what home is. Like a turtle, we carry it on our backs. And in our hearts. Home is made of everyone we love, everyone who understands and accepts, whether we always take them physically with us or not.

How lovely to be home. And may you always be there.

What does home mean to you?

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I Believe in Spring

April 9, 2014

Snake Creek near Val Marie in Spring Spring in the prairies comes like a surprise One minute there’s snow on the ground, the next there’s sun in your eyes (Connie Kaldor, “Spring in the Prairies”, from Wood River, 1992) The great Saskatchewan-born singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor sure has it right. On a day like this you […]

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Artist at Work: Laureen Marchand, Finding Beauty

April 3, 2014

Laureen Marchand, “Three Sisters” (oil/board) Occasionally in this spot I introduce the artists who exhibit with Grasslands Gallery. This week I’m celebrating a major event in my own artistic life.   Being an artist is all I’ve ever really wanted. When I was in grade two and my family transplanted us to Edmonton from the small […]

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Farewell to a Leader

March 26, 2014

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson visit Grasslands, 2013, with Katherine Patterson holding pink water bottle This is good-bye. No, wait – I’m not going anywhere! This is good-bye to Katherine Patterson, until very recently Superintendent of Parks Canada’s Saskatchewan South Field Unit, including Grasslands National Park. Katherine was based in Val Marie from early 2009 […]

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