Lucie Bellemare has fun with her art
Way Up West
by Jan Cox
It’s a different world from a small titling house caught up in the woods outside Abram’s Village to a “regular” home in Summerside, but artist Lucie Bellemare is finding her way. “If the roof was not about to cave in, I would still be there, in the woods,” remarked Lucie.
Born and raised in Alma, Lac St. Jean, Quebec, surrounded by wind and rock, at the age of five, Lucie knew she wanted to paint. Her journey has taken her across Canada and throughout Europe. In 1998, she arrived on PEI with three small children and a teaching job in Abram’s Village. “I think the people thought me a little weird, different. But I worked in the community and they got to know me and it turned out I wasn’t so weird after all, and I was completely accepted,” she said. “I was teaching the sciences and French but I needed to find and honour my passion. I decided to let go of my boundaries, to find a place within me with no judgment, where I would not be concerned with every line or was I good or bad. Painting is like a mirror of myself. And so in 2000, I painted every day producing 55 paintings and showed them at the Acadian Museum in Miscouche. They were all sold.”
Lucie is an explorer. She likes to work “big.” She uses a big, vast world and has worked with sand, silk, metal, oils, music, pigments, sculpting and finds sometimes the painting gives her words or words give the painting. Her creativity knows no limits as the giant sculptures outside her home will testify to. Lucie uses lots of vibrant colours dancing from the canvas. She calls her work semi abstract, eye catching with lots of movement. She believes there are all kinds of ways to see yourself and to make something good, you must feel good about yourself. Hanging over a table full of coloured paint blobs, brushes, tubes of paint and not yet completed ideas, hangs a scrawling hand painted sign, Lucie’s motto, “I trust. Have fun. Have more fun.” In talking with this fascinating artist and going through her rooms of art, I understand what Lucie means when she says, “I like to go further than literal, go further than what you can see.”
You can see Lucie’s work at Eptek Cultural Centre and Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, Beanz Coffee in Charlottetown or visit her website at LucieBBellemare.com, facebook at Lucie-B-Bellemare or visit her home gallery and studio (call 902-436-2593).
I met Lucie at her home in the woods many years ago on an Island Studio Tour. You have to get to know her yourself.