October 29, 2021
The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Gallery is featuring "La Palette de Coul׳Art" a collection of artwork by local artist Gert Thibodeau through November 24th.
Included in the exhibit are paintings created in oils. Thibodeau is well-known for her commissioned work of people’s homes, cottages, and local scenes. She apprenticed with a renowned master artist from Quebec, Canada in figurative painting, and she now thoroughly enjoys and practices this form of painting. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Thibodeau is a French-Canadian artist born in Clair, New Brunswick and has been an art instructor for 38 years to both adults and children. She taught art in the M.S.A.D #27 school district since 1988, the St. John Valley Technology Center in Frenchville, the Madawaska Adult Education program, and full-time at the Madawaska High School.
According to Thibodeau, “Bringing the new ‘figurative’ style, into my paintings, opens me to a whole new world of expression and nourishing my soul with more freedom and satisfaction.”
Her skills also are well-known in the local communities on both sides of the Maine-New Brunswick border and are enhanced by her willingness to share her time promoting art throughout the Valley.
Thibodeau was named the MSAD #27 Adult and community Education Outstanding Teacher in 1992-1993. In 1994, The Aroostook Literacy Coalition awarded Thibodeau the Adult Educator’s Award for Aroostook County at the Aroostook County Adult Educator’s Conference held at the Northern Maine Community College
In addition, Thibodeau was chosen as the cover artist and Artist of the Year in 2007 by Memories of Maine magazine (www.vintagemaineimages.com). Across the years Thibodeau was awarded numerous First Place and Best of Show awards at the Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle. Finally, in 2014 Thibodeau was honored with “Teacher of the Year” as the art instructor of Madawaska Middle/High School.
Thibodeau has exhibited at annual art symposiums which include: Meet Our Colors (Madawaska, ME); “Le Rendez Vous des Artistes” (St. Leonard, New Brunswick) which represented painters and sculptors from Canada, U.S., Belgium, and Luxembourg; Fall Caribou Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Fair (ME); Presque Isle’s Fall & Winter Expo (ME); “Lac Baker en Couleur” (Baker Lake, New Brunswick), and was the featured artist for the World Acadian Congress (Congrès mondial acadien) at the Acadian Village in Van Buren.
Thibodeau also participates locally at the annual Ploye Festival, International Muskie Derby, the Scarecrow Festival, the International Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Race, and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce’s Arts and Crafts Fair.
The "La Palette de Coul׳Art" exhibit may be viewed during UMFK’s Blake Library hours. For more information on the exhibit or library hours, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.
Anyone interested in contacting the artist, to view or purchase paintings, can reach her by e-mail at: email@example.com. She also can be contacted by phone at (207) 834-3500, on Facebook at Palette de Coul’Art or on her website: www.art2heart.webs.com.