UMFK Blake Library Gallery to feature art work by well-known artist Gert Thibodeau
May 27, 2011
The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Gallery will feature "La Palette de Coul׳Art" a collection of artwork by local artist Gert Thibodeau from Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, July 1.
Included in the exhibit are paintings created in oils and acrylics. Thibodeau is well-known for her commissioned work of people’s homes and cottages. She apprenticed with a renowned master artist from Quebec, Canada in figurative painting, and she now thoroughly enjoys and practices this form of painting.
An opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to meet and greet the artist. 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 29 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.
In 1992, Thibodeau was named M.S.A.D. #27 Adult and Community Education “Outstanding Teacher” and she was presented with the Adult Educator’s Award for Aroostook County in 1994.
In addition, Thibodeau was chosen as the cover artist and Artist of the Year in 2007 by Memories of Maine magazine (www.vintagemaineimages.com).
She has exhibited at annual art symposiums which include: Meet Our Colors (Madawaska, ME); “Le Rendez Vous des Artistes” (St. Leonard, New Brunswick) which represented 150 artists from Canada, U.S., Belgium, and Luxembourg; Fall Caribou Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Fair (ME); Presque Isle’s Fall & Winter Expo (ME); and “Lac Baker en Couleur” (Baker Lake, New Brunswick).
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.
At the 2010 Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle, Thibodeau was awarded first place in six art categories, along with “Best in Show.”
Some of her work is displayed at the Forget me Not – Unique Boutique in Madawaska. Recently, Thibodeau agreed to display her work at the Acadian Village in Van Buren during the 2011 summer season (June 15 through Sept 15).
Thibodeau's exhibit can 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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