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Artist in Morin Heights
Gauthier Schmekel has been a member of ARTS
since the 1980s. In her early years in the village she was also
active with Theatre
She studied French at the University in Montreal, and then went on to the Fine Arts
School of Concordia University.
is a painter, sculptor, bird carver, photographer, and an avid traveler.
Each year she travels to the mountains of
Patagonia, or other locations. She hikes
with a back pack up mountains, where she is inspired by the nature
surrounding her. She comes back to create compositions on canvas
in smooth, meticulous layers of oil paint. Her pallet is her own –
the lines are defined, yet some areas have a wonderfully blended. Both,
her paintings and her sculptures depict her visual interpretation of the
places and sights she visited. There are mountains, trees, a hawk or
another bird of pray, and a ball in the sky symbolizing a continuing
circle of life. Movement is what she endeavours to depict in her
creations, be it bronze sculptures done using the vanishing wax
technique or paintings. Her creations compliment each other quite
well. When you see an artwork by Andrée Gauthier Schmekel, you
know it is hers! She has created a pictorial language of her own!
present you can see a few of Andrée’s paintings at the new Mickey’s
Café, which recently opened and quickly became a popular meeting place
for the locals, at 832, chemin du Village, Morin Heights, open daily 7
am to 5 pm. 450 644-0060.