Paintings of people are not as common in the Adirondacks, where landscapes generally capture the eyes of artists.
Although Patricia Bellerose, a French-Canadian artist from Quebec, has created her fair share of landscapes, she is more intrigued by the painting of people. His new exhibition, “Together in Harmony” is all about the music and the people who create it. The exhibit opened Thursday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts gallery.
Bellerose started coming to the area because of the Saranac Lake Plein Air Festival, an arts festival where artists can explore and paint outdoors throughout the community.
Bellerose met her husband at the festival and both share a love of the Adirondacks. She prefers to paint people, but has done landscapes for Gallery 46 and understands visitors who want to take home a piece of the Adirondacks. Bellerose, herself, keeps coming back because of her love for Lake Placid, which has led to her current exposure at the LPCA.
“We love the Adirondacks, every time I set foot there I love coming back here,” she says.
Bellerose collaborated with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta for this new exhibition. Their collaboration was set to take place in 2020, just as pandemic-related shutdowns and border closures were starting to happen. Living in Canada, she was unable to return to Lake Placid for some time, which delayed the production of her plays. Unable to immediately join the Sinfonietta, Bellerose changed course.
“It didn’t just become the Sinfonietta, but the music in general, you know, so I have a jazz stage down here, and all the orchestra stages are here,” she said, referring to the two levels of the gallery.
Bellerose’s exhibition features a combination of several musicians from around the world. The jazz section consists of street musicians and famous names such as Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis, while the upper level is a combination of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and various classical bands.
Bellerose does not always base her works on music and musicians, but she has a fascination with movement. Prior to this exhibit, she painted Native American chefs and cooking scenes, carpenters, and dancers. She always likes to incorporate movement into her work. And although she specializes in movement, Bellerose does not paint live.
“I can’t paint someone moving…so I use images of people and then add the feeling of movement to it.” she says.
His paintings give the impression that the subjects are caught in the middle of a song, still breathing and flowing with the music.
“Together in Harmony” will be exhibited at the LPCA until September 10. For more information and gallery hours, visit lakeplacidarts.org.