Artist puts ac­cent on fun and joy

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Lo­cal busi­nesses are be­ing in­vited to “art” their walls with works from the Col­lec­tif d’artistes de Glen­garry Artists’ Col­lec­tive ArtBank.

The works can be viewed on the ca­gacart­bank.ca site.

In the com­ing weeks, will pro­file ArtBank artists based on in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted by the col­lec­tive.

This week, we Yvonne Call­away.

Years ago Yvonne wanted to take classes, In­dian clas­si­cal dance or paint­ing – though she hadn’t ex­pe­ri­ence in ei­ther. She couldn’t find a dance class so signed up for In­tro to Acrylic Paint­ing at the Vis­ual Arts Cen­tre in Mon­treal. She didn’t ex­pect to be good, merely wanted to un­der­stand the process. She’d been collecting art for years, also mod­elled for photograph­ers and painters.

Her fam­ily found the choice amus­ing. They’d snick­ered at her “artis­tic ca­pa­bil­i­ties” since a Grade 6 par­ent/teacher meet­ing. Her black scrib­bles were noth­ing like the bright rep­re­sen­ta­tions of class­mates. From that time it was clear to all -- Yvonne could not make art! But decades and art classes later she learned she could paint, with emo­tion, flair. Fam­ily opin­ions can be very wrong! She learned to see like an artist and dis­cov­ered a vo­ca­tion. Classes; rearrangin­g home to in­clude a stu­dio; visit­ing mu­se­ums and gal­leries in many coun­tries; de­vour­ing art books; and teach­ing have all stretched her vi­sion.

Yvonne works pre­dom­i­nantly in acrylic and mixed me­dia cre­at­ing whim­si­cal views of life in bril­liant colour. Her em­pa­thy with sub­jects helps cap­ture sub­tleties of emo­tion. She uses daz­zling colour. Also sig­nif­i­cant doses of frivolous ec­cen­tric­ity!

Six years ago she left the big city Mon­treal for ru­ral On­tario, which has fed her soul and imag­i­na­tion. The pace, mind­set and knowl­edge of the county neigh­bours are stim­u­lat­ing. So is the daily in­ter­ac­tion with na­ture.

Art can be lonely work. Yvonne is work­ing to­wards a ninth solo show (Mon­treal 2021). But there is ca­ma­raderie: she’s in­volved with The Col­lec­tive and lo­cal art events. Heady life for this mid­dleaged prodigy! Many paint­ing styles at­tract her, and she’s gen­er­ally try­ing to solve a prob­lem: how to help a viewer en­ter -- and get lost in -- her paint­ings? She’s cre­ated pho­to­re­al­is­tic por­traits and ab­stracts; fly­ing pigs and pur­ple-faced char­ac­ters. Cur­rent work is ded­i­cated to joy. Yvonne’s works are in cor­po­rate and pri­vate col­lec­tions in Europe, North and Latin Amer­ica. Visit www.ycs-art.com

While coun­cil fo­cused on the needs of girls and teenagers, pe­riod poverty is a serious is­sue af­fect­ing women in Canada.

A 2019 na­tional sur­vey of 2,000 women and girls (ages 14-55) and 1,000 men and boys (ages 14-55) con­ducted by Plan In­ter­na­tional Canada shed light on the so­cial, emo­tional and fi­nan­cial im­pacts of men­stru­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, one-third of Cana­dian women un­der the age of 25 strug­gled to af­ford men­strual prod­ucts. The re­sults also showed that more than one in two

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