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Ex­pand­ing her Life as an Artist Joanne Gau­thier had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­hibit and stay in China in the fall of 2016, thanks to Ms. Rong, the Di­rec­tor of the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute in Que­bec. She held two ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions with over forty paint­ings. Dur­ing this ex­hibit and visit she had the op­por­tu­nity to meet Pro­fes­sor Wang, a pro­fes­sor of art his­tory at a well-known univer­sity in Shang­hai along with Mr. Roy, the or­ga­nizer of artis­tic events and artist agent in China. This al­lowed her the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries? of ex­changes and ques­tions in the pres­ence of Mrs. Wang, Mr. Roy and sev­eral Chi­nese art teach­ers and stu­dents. The ex­change life as a woman artist in Canada. “This ex­pe­ri­ence went very well,” states Joanne, “It al­lowed me to fo­cus deeply and give in­tro­spec­tion to my artis­tic ap­proach and its im­por­tance in my life.” “To be an artist” says Joanne, “it is so much more than the pro­duc­tion of aes­thetic ob­jects. It is a phi­los­o­phy, a way of life. This ad­ven­ture in China gave me an im­pe­tus, en­gaged me even more in a process of cre­ation, a need for over­tak­ing bound­aries, ex­plor­ing new free­doms and con­stant re­search.” A Day in the Life When Joanne Gau­thier is not creat­ing you can Mr. Jules, who loves to hike with her by the river. Her part­ner and spouse will try to ac­com­pany her through-out the day, whether she is ex­plor­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties or work­ing with her gal­leries. His strengths are not hers and to­gether they form a dy­namic work­ing re­la­tion­ship. He keeps her pro­tected from too much doubt and en­cour­ages her to al­ways fol­low her pas­sion. To see more work by Joanne Gau­thier please visit: Stephen Lowe Art Gallery Calgary, AB www.stephen­loweart­gallery.ca 403.261.1602

Pre­vi­ous Page left, New Blue, mixed media on can­vas, 48” x 30” right, Bella Vista, mixed media on can­vas, 48” x 30” This Page ...

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