Lucie Bellemare showcases her pencil prowess at Summerside Farmer’s Market
Lucie Bellemare is a master of capturing human emotions in the smallest of detail.
Images from her pencil, whether rendering the wrinkles of an elderly man or the emotion behind the eyes of a young girl, are captured in realistic black and white portraits at the Summerside Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
Bellemare, a visual artist and creativity facilitator, has been sharpening her skills – in silk, acrylics, oil paintings, metal sculptures and murals – for 20 years.
“I’ve been in business as a professional for 20 years doing all kinds of art projects that include big sculptures and paintings on the Island,” said Bellemare, originally from Quebec, who owns a studio called Well Frog Art on Elm Street in Summerside.
“I have big metal sculptures in the front of my art studio, so I am easy to find.”
Casual browsers and those going about their business paused to marvel at Bellemare’s creations — intricate metal indoor and outdoor sculptures posed below colourful paintings of local fishing boats, mermaids on canvas, rolling Island landscapes and silk designs.
Bellemare also holds creativity workshops, creates custom artwork, does face-painting for parties and private events, paints shop windows and logos and creates stunning illustrations for books. She has showcased her creativity at the Harbourfront Theatre on Heather Moyse Drive, where she is on the artist-in-residence program.
“Right now I’m at the Farmer’s Market in Summerside for one year. I do portraits of people, which I enjoy doing by donation,” she said.
Portraits take around 15 minutes to complete at the artist’s vendor.
The Summerside Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
More information is available at LucieBBellemare.com.
“I’ve been in business as a professional for 20 years doing all kinds of art projects that include big sculptures and paintings on the Island.” Lucie Bellemare
Tyishia McCallum, 10 years old, sits silent and still for her portrait by artist Lucie Bellemare at Summerside Farmer’s Market. “I’m going to frame it,” said McCallum, who was thrilled with the realistic black and white drawing.