Artist focusing on landscapes for upcoming show

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Lorraine Endicott paints in her studio located at her North end home in New Glasgow. She is one of 10 artists who will be showcased in the opening exhibition of a new art gallery at The Celtic Circle on April 14. AMY MACKENZIE – THE NEWS

Editors Note: The News will be profiling the 10 artists who will have their art showcased in an upcoming exhibit at New Glasgow’s new art gallery at The Celtic Circle on Forbes Street. The exhibition opening will be April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

 

NEW GLASGOW – Lorraine Endicott grew up in Ontario with three sisters and an artist for a mother, so she has been painting since she was very young.

“We were brought up with this idea that art is a normal thing, it’s not a weird thing,” she said, laughing. “But, I was just able to start taking it seriously about 10 years ago when I got my own studio. If you don’t have the space, it’s really difficult, it’s impossible.”

Endicott has shown her art in a gallery before, but is glad to now be able to show it in the town where she lives.

“I’m a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, so I had a show there, in the Corridor Gallery a number of years ago.  I’ve also shown in Antigonish,” she said. “I’m very excited about the fact that there’s going to be a gallery in New Glasgow. It’s just amazing to have that kind of support for artists to show their work. It’s wonderful.”

Endicott said she paints portraits, but for this exhibition, she will be showing landscape paintings, mostly of places in Cape Breton.  

“For the show I’m going to focus on landscape and acrylic. This is one of Margaree Valley in Cape Breton,” she said while holding up the painting. “I went out and sat outdoors and that’s something I’ve been learning to do with more confidence, learning not to worry about what people have to say, good or bad,” she said, adding that often when she paints outside people driving or walking by stop to comment on her art.

She said most of her landscapes are of Cape Breton because that’s where she likes to go in the summer. She names her paintings after the owner of the property she’s painting or the area it’s in.

“This one is on the Cabot trail. I call it Mary’s view, my friend Mary lives there…. This one is called Dan’s road, it’s looking out to his road. This is in Pictou County, it’s called Rose’s barn, a horse barn,” she said as she held up each painting. “And there will be more. I’m going to be painting more before the show.”

Organizations: Visual Arts Nova Scotia

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Cape Breton, Forbes Street Ontario Antigonish Margaree Valley Pictou County

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