Breathing Space

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A lot has transpired during this ferociously harsh and frustratingly drawn-out winter. Enough to just about forget how cold and miserable it has been. I loathe winter. I know loathe is a strong word, but this particular season in Eastern Canada has dissolved the already faint penchant I had for winter in general, let alone in this part of the planet. The busyness of 2014 so far has at least helped me to become distracted of my distaste, therefore, it has felt reasonably quick that we’ve approached March.

What is more interesting then the usual ranting about everyone’s hatred of winter is the glimmer of good news, changes in life, particularly new prospects, and for the artist, there is nothing more exciting then a new studio. This for me has been my chance to come up for air in the drowning of the winter blues.

I moved into a new studio space in the beginning of March, which sits conveniently next to my friend Emily’s little gallery; Hermes, near the corner of North & Agricola Street in Halifax. The whole neighborhood is gentrifying rapidly, but in this case – in a good way, as that section of the North-end is quickly developing with new and creative, fashionable cafes, restaurants and boutiques. I am happy that in the same neighborhood are exciting new business such as The Brasserie, the Lion & Bright, EnVie vegan restaurant, Oh Dina!Millinery, Make New, as well as a little more established ones on the block such as Local Source, Ace Burger, FRED, and others. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether they’re there or not. Nevertheless, it’s nice to be in a part of the city where things are happening, business and creative-wise.

I feel that after all of the drama and stress from my old studio and the move, in my new studio I can now breath. The space has lots of natural light, as well as being street level. I feel much more comfortable in it for not just making art, but for teaching the art classes. So far, in the two weeks I’ve been there, it has made a difference.

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About mary garoutte

Welcome to Mary Garoutte Fine Art; a blog and visual diary of my inspirations and past/recent art. Mary Garoutte Fine Art is a multi-faceted proprietorship, offering fine art, live event painting, private art lessons & public workshops, art consultation and mentorship. Please periodically check-in for updates on exhibitions, classes, painting events, mentorship services, and also part-time job opportunities, such as studio assistance & photography. I am an emerging visual artist based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Originally from Mesa, Arizona, it’s has been a long journey to find my artistic roots in Eastern Canada. I studied painting at NSCAD University and majored in fine art (BFA 2004). Since graduation, I have taught painting and drawing workshops to adults and children, notably the NSCAD School of Extended Studies. I have also had the opportunity to exhibit in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. Nowadays, I occupy my time between working part-time as an arts administrator and private art instructor and part-time as a professional visual artist. I have worked for about a decade painting the quaint landscape, architecture & vernacular of Eastern Canada. Recently, I am shifting into Magic Realism with its strong and subversive narrative and dreamlike subject-matter. I am a painter who has a photographic background, and interest in the medium of film and cinematography, which is reflective in my paintings in the pre-occupation with light, shadow, and dramatic and cinematic imagery. Major influences which I attribute the aesthetic of my work include Canadian Post-Impressionism, Alex Colville, British figurative artist Lucian Freud, Surrealist artist Rene Magritte, American artists Wayne Thiebaud & Edward Hopper, as well as Canadian photographer Gregory Crewdson and film giants such as Alfred Hitchcock. I accept public and private commissions. For pricing and inquiries, please contact me through my blog or by email.
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7 Responses to Breathing Space

  1. Amanda says:

    It looks great Mary, I am so glad for you to have your own space.

  2. bchapeskie says:

    That’s so awesome Mary! Your studio is right around from where I live! I’ll have to come for a visit sometime and scope it out. Good luck in there. There’s nothing like a good studio to escape to.

    • Hey Bryanna!

      I didn’t realize you live so close. That’s too fun! Stop by anytime for a visit.:-) I am there usually from 10 am to 5 pm early in the week (Mon. thru Wed.). I would love to see you. We also need to have a twin sister date soon 🙂

      You’re right, there’s nothing like a good studio to escape to. 🙂

  3. Kim McMillan says:

    so proud of you Mary!!! you are an inspiration 🙂 xoxoxox

  4. Linda Kennedy says:

    Hello my dear Mary,

    It’s your mother, of course 🙂 . As always, I am sooo proud of you and can’t wait to come over and visit you at your new studio. It is certainly a vast improvement over your old one! The new one has a nice “homey” feel to it.

    Keep up the good work!

    Love, Mom

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