De­fy­ing bound­aries

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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 in­tro­duce Bobi Leutschaft Poitras, pres­i­dent of the Col­lec­tive.

Bobi Leutschaft Poitras has writ­ten po­etry ever since she can re­mem­ber and has been paint­ing as a se­ri­ous artist for just over four years. She'd dab­bled in dec­o­ra­tive paint­ing, but when she took an acrylic class at En­core she dis­cov­ered the cre­ative en­ergy paint, brushes, and a can­vas can bring. From there, her paint­ing ca­reer took off.

Bobi works with acrylics, paint­ing what­ever moves her. She of­ten dis­penses with tra­di­tional con­cepts and paints to suit the topic: from field flow­ers and bugs, to the dark­est realms of hu­man thought and ex­is­tence. “Beauty and ug­li­ness know no bounds, so nei­ther will I,” is her at­ti­tude. She ap­proaches her art with a pas­sion­ate deter­mi­na­tion to pro­duce work that speaks her mind. She be­lieves if it speaks to oth­ers as well, that’s a bonus. In 2003 Bobi moved from the West Is­land of Mon­treal with her hus­band and four chil­dren to a hobby farm in Green Val­ley. In 2015 they moved to the big city – Alexan­dria. She loves Glen­garry and mar­vels at its many tal­ented artists; painters, writ­ers, sculp­tors, and mu­si­cians alike.

In 2015, Bobi co-founded Col­lec­tif d’artistes de Glen­garry Artists’ Col­lec­tive with friend and men­tor Yvonne Call­away. The group now num­bers 97 and high­lights art and cul­ture in Glen­garry.

Bobi’s works hang in Ger­many, China, the USA, and across Canada, and many will be fea­tured in her up­com­ing book of po­etry.

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