KAROLEM Art Studio
Karole Marois
visual artist, artiste-peintre
Dear art lover,
Welcome to my first newsletter and Happy Canada Day !. You are receiving it because I have been thinking about how you have supported my art practice in the past and I want to say thank you. You might have purchased or commissioned an artwork, attended my exhibitions and/or expressed an interest in being informed of my future art events.

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The Magic of Water, acrylic on wood, 48 x 84 in, 2020
Chers amoureux de l'art,
Bienvenue à ma première infolettre et Joyeuse fête du Canada! Mes infolettres seront en anglais mais je ne vous oublie pas. Je veux surtout vous remercier d'avoir soutenu mon travail artistique dans le passé et j'aimerais bien vous garder au courant de mes prochaines expositions. L'infolettre sera trimestrielle, avec une annonce occasionnelle. En tout temps, vous pouvez vous désabonner facilement ci-bas.
Art during Covid 19
I sincerely hope you are keeping well during these challenging times. Since the lockdown in March, most of us had to rethink the way we work and interact with others, and like many artists, I am learning how to use online tools to better share my artwork with you. It's a long learning curve, but fortunately, there has been an incredible amount of webinars available to artists, offered by various art councils, art institutions, public libraries and social media.

I recently created a Facebook page and an Instagram account that you are welcome to follow. I also updated my website so that you can easily find artwork available for sale.
Special Gift For You
Until the end of September 2020, I am offering my newsletter readers free shipping to anywhere in Canada for any purchased or commissioned artwork. Just mention the code word “Cressy”.
Current Events
My paintings All is One and One is All have been selected to be part of the juried Art in the County 2020 exhibition. This very popular annual exhibition of local art is online this year, from June 19 to July 31. Look for my paintings in the acrylics section. If you wish to see the work in person, KAROLEM Art Studio is open by appointment.
Upcoming Events
For the Love of Water
From July 21 to August 9, I am inviting you to visit my exhibition For the Love of Water at 223 Main Street in downtown Picton, Prince Edward County. This bright windowed corner space was formerly the location of Arts on Main Gallery, an artist co-op currently online.
The exhibition of painting and poetry explores our deep connection with water. Between some of my paintings will be displayed the poems of Lindsay Brant, a young author from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and a special poem by the County's multi-talented author Conrad Beaubien.
Please note that safety guidelines will be respected in the gallery in order to protect everyone's health. Hours & Info will be updated on www.karolem.com
The annual Prince Edward County Studio Tour, scheduled for Sept 25 to 27, might be postponed to Sept 2021. Please visit PEC Studio Tour for more details.
Recent Artwork
All is One, acrylic on wood, 48 x 40 in
The idea of togetherness in this time of physical distancing inspired my paintings All is One and One is All. Using transparency to merge sky, water, figures and rocks, I am expressing the idea that we are one with the universe. Some say that the transparency creates an impression of transience and timelessness.

Formerly a watercolour painter, I have returned to a more fluid and transparent style of painting. I love the “happy accidents” that water creates on the surface. Letting the paint go where it wants to go is a big part of the joy of painting.

More and more, I eliminate detail in order to focus on meaning and essence. Very much like writing poetry.
Art, Life, Inspiration
Water connects people in so many ways. Because Great Lake Ontario inspires my artwork, I was invited to be the April Love Your Greats Ambassador and proudly accepted. Love Your Greats is an initiative that "inspires real change for the future health of the North American Great Lakes and its inhabitants".
Meanwhile, my poem Waterlovers was awarded an honourable mention in the Wind and Water annual writing contest, organized by the Prince Edward County Arts Council. Poetry has always been a signigicant part of my artistic expression and my love of combining poetry and painting continues.
Prince Edward County is a very special place. Technically an island, it is definitely a sailor's paradise. Like many others, Mike and I left the city to live closer to nature and be near water. Sailing, white sand beaches, wineries and a community of professional artists are among the many features that make the County a tourist destination. In spite of the pandemic, many tourists are visiting this summer, and there is no doubt that most of them come for the turquoise water at Sandbanks Provincial Park.  If you live here, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't already been here, I hope you will Visit the County some day.
Wishing you a magnificent summer !
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