12th Annual “Art By The Water Exhibit & Sale” at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club in aid of Adolescent Colon Cancer

“Life is Better with Art” is Leslie Portsmouth’s motto. How true, there is so much beauty all around us inspiring us every day like the flowers in our garden, and magnificent scenery but also the things that inspires us from within, such as memories formed by travels, our families and our life experiences. Putting paint on a canvas and expressing oneself is very gratifying.  Thus it is a proud moment when the last stroke of paint is applied to the canvas and the final signature marks the completion of the artwork as stated by artist and exhibit organizer Aud’rey Riley.

Leslie is one of the participating artists exhibiting at the 12th annual Art By The Water Exhibit and Sale on April 26th – refreshments and vernissage 6pm – 9pm and April 27, 28th at 10am – 5pm at the charming and historic Beaconsfield Yacht Club.

Art By The Water

Red Poppies by Aud’rey Riley

A wide variety of art is available in contemporary abstract paintings and well as classic traditional styles, perfect for the home, office and gift giving. Many sizes to choose from. Visitors come from far and wide to this annual event held inside the quaint 200 year old stone building and outside under the covered veranda as well as the large elegant, cozy tent, so rain or shine we’ve got you covered. Free admission with a chance to win a painting. Visitors are invited to browse the artworks at their leisure and enjoy the ambience the artists have created.

Every year to add to the interest and variety to the show, one or two new guest artists are invited to participate. There is always something new to see, and the ambience is welcoming.  Visitors come back year after year to this very popular art show. This year, founding members Aud’rey Riley, Valeria Szabo and Lucia Pia Durban, part of the Art By The Water group, are pleased to announce that well known guest artists Martha Markowsky and Ginette Parizeau will be exhibiting their artworks. There will be approximately 200 paintings up for sale in aid of adolescent colon cancer, perfect for the home office or gift giving.

Martha Markowsky sca, is a nationally known Montreal and Ottawa artist, represented in galleries in Quebec and Ontario. She has been painting professionally for 30 years with more than 15 solo gallery exhibitions. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and has received many awards for her paintings. Martha is known for her paintings of symphonies, children in nostalgic backyards playing games and hockey as well as bar room scenes amongst many other subjects. Painting with passion and determination, she continues to capture daily scenes and events.

Private and corporate collectors include two former Canadian Prime Ministers, Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney, Ottawa Senators Hockey Association, Royal Ottawa Golf Club, TSN Toronto, the late Josef Karsh, Senator Norm Adkins and many more.

Art By The Water

Summer Foliage by Ginette Parizeau

Ginette Parizeau has a rewarding career as a project manager for a well-known Montreal-based home builder. With her knowledge and experience, she helps homeowners customize their house, selects the materials and colours to realize the home of their dreams.

Ginette is a watercolour artist and has studied illustrations, drawing and graphic design, fine arts and the History of the Arts. She has participated in workshops in Canada and the United States and was accepted in numerous juried shows winning many awards for her artworks. As stated by Ginette, “I try to keep it simple, the beauty of nature touches me and gives me the desire to paint. Light and its effects on objects, and contracts that define the shape of things are among my interests”. Ginette excels in painting street scenes, architectural buildings, animals, landscapes and other subjects. She paints in her studio from her photographs taken on her travels. She then studies the composition, reviews and rearranges if necessary, before drawing the final composition with pencil on watercolour paper, then applies the colour with a brush directly and freely. Ginette feels that watercolour paintings must be spontaneous, fresh, transparent and bright which is very evident in her paintings.

Come and discover the “Art By The Water Exhibit and Sale” and the Beaconsfield Yacht Club located at 26 Lakeshore Road, Beaconsfield H9W 4H3. Mark your calendar for April 26, 27, 28th. For more information call 514 695-1272. Take a leisurely drive along the Lakeshore, round many of the picturesque bays until you reach the Beaconsfield Yacht Club on the west side of the Pointe Claire Village.  Or take highway #40, exit St. Charles, turn south or take highway #20, exit #48 St. Charles, turn south to Beaconsfield Blvd, turn left and at the second stop sign, turn right. Signs posted.

Morgan’s Hope Fund

This annual art sale is in aid of adolescent colon cancer with is rarely heard of in young teens but it does happen, and lately more and more cases of this dreaded disease have been occurring unfortunately.

Morgan was a remarkable young person who was diagnosed with adolescent colon cancer at the age of 19. He went through experimental treatments and could not face giving up hope.  While battling this terrible disease, he decided to set up a fund to raise money to help with more research into this type of cancer. Morgan’s Hope Fund was set up under The Foundation of Greater Montreal. The artists will be donating to this fund.

Sadly, two years later Morgan passed away. His DNA is being used at the Jewish General Hospital by Dr. W. Foulkes and his research team. Morgan’s Mom has been carrying out her son’s wish through the annual Art By The Water show and now his goal is going forward.

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