Dawson Community College "Gallery 126" presents "Deep Contours", an exhibit of unique Abstract Paintings by Annette Marchand. The exhibit will be on display from Friday, September 27 through December 20. An artist reception for Marchand is scheduled Friday, September 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. As always, everyone is welcome to come meet the artist, enjoy the artwork, conversation, and refreshments. On Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Marchand will conduct an "Abstract Painting" Workshop in the Ullman Center art room. DCC art instructor Gretchen Bederman, encourages interested community members to register early for this delightful workshop. Sign up with Teresa at 377-9423 or go online at www.dawson.edu/workshops.
Marchand creates her artworks at "Apollo Arts Studio" named for the Greek god and the Apollo spaceship which landed the first humans on the moon on the day of her birth. Her sunny studio, located in the Spirit Room Artist Studio complex on Broadway, adds to a lively arts community in downtown Fargo. Her studio will be open to visitors during the FM Studio Crawl October 5 and 6. Read more about the FM Studio Crawl.
The inspirations for the artwork in this exhibition are artifacts she collected while hiking in Wyoming. "A simple leaf, bone or piece of driftwood is an enchanting inspiration for Marchand." Said Bederman. "The elegant contours provide a springboard for her abstract exploration. Her work reflects her fascination with the textures, colors and deep contours she observes, whether real or imagined. Each painting is filled with movement and energy as the colors saturate the canvas. You will find the artist interprets rather than duplicates what she sees."
This series of abstract paintings is a reflection of the artist's experiences and her relationship with the world around her. Growing up with her father, a Chiropractor, Marchand developed an interest in the figure and what lies below the surface. As early as she can remember, she watched him practice and examined his anatomical charts; studying the various points and channels that can either block or allow the flow of "chi" or life force.
During her undergraduate studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead, she took many advanced life drawing classes and completed a drawing to scale from a human skeleton. This sparked a love affair with bones and all things that are reminiscent of bone such as driftwood, rocks and soil that provide a bed to those bones that once walked the earth.
"Marchand's career as an artist has been built upon and enveloped within an educational context." Bederman added. Completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from MSUM included a painting internship in Scotland where the vast green landscape, red rocks and mystical woodland provided inspiration. She went on to become a certified art educator and earned a Master's degree in Education from UW Stout in Wisconsin. Marchand has taught art for over 10 years. She currently teaches art to students from all over the world and designs art programming with the North Dakota Center for Distance Education.
Marchand received recognition with the award of a size-able career development grant from Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) out of Fergus Falls, MN. She is grateful for LRAC's commitment to providing access to quality arts opportunities and programming. Her grant helped fund the costs involved in creating the paintings on exhibit in Gallery 126 on the DCC campus.