Editor’s Note: The News will be profiling the 10 artists who will have art showcased in an upcoming exhibit at New Glasgow’s new art gallery at The Celtic Circle on Forbes Street. The inaugural exhibition of the Margaret George Gallery will open April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.
ARISAIG – Nestled on the northern coast of Nova Scotia sits an artist’s home with a sprawling ocean view as her front yard and cliffs that plunge into a ravine around back.
Jaye Ouellette only needs to look out her kitchen window to find inspiration. Her studio, just steps from her home, is filled with photographs and paintings of the waves that crash along her shoreline.
She is one of the 10 artists who will be featured in an opening exhibition at a new art gallery in New Glasgow’s Celtic Circle on Forbes Street on April 14.
“It’s hard not to be affected by it. It’s a powerful thing. Sometimes it’s like glass. Sometimes it’s just crazy,” she said of the ocean waters that inspire her paintings. “The colour, the light on it changes all the time and even when it’s ugly out it’s beautiful. It’s never the same. It changes within seconds. I grew up in Ontario so I’m used to lakes.”
Ouellette said she’s been a professional artist for 25 years. She moved to Nova Scotia in 2003 and said it is only in the last five years that she started painting the ocean. She originally focused her art on glass and sculpture and then went on to work in the film and television industry as a Key Scenic Artist in Toronto.
“I never did anything like this before, any kind of realism or ocean paintings. Before it was all figurative,” she said. “It’s been fantastic. I’m really pleased.”
Ouellette’s paintings are represented by Trinity Gallery, in Saint John, N.B.
“They started representing me last fall and they represent some high profile Maritime artists, many of whom are well known across Canada, including Alex Colville and Mary Pratt. She's one of my favourite Canadian artists,” Ouellette said. “It's a huge honour for me to be included in this group of artists.”
Her work has been exhibited many times through galleries in Canada and the U.S., including six solo shows in Toronto. She has been awarded numerous grants, through the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Craft Council, and served as a juror for an OAC grant. Her work is included in a number of private and corporate art collections. Her commission work is extensive, including work for the Skydome Hotel, in Toronto.
Most recently, Ouellette has shown her ocean paintings at J. Franklin Wright Gallery in Port Hawkesbury. She has an upcoming show at the Marigold Centre in Truro and she has a solo show coming up next year at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.
Ouellette will show four paintings of ocean waves at the inaugural exhibition at the Margaret George Gallery in the Celtic Circle on Forbes Street in New Glasgow, which opens April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information on Ouellette’s art, go to jaye.ca
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