North River artist reflecting past years with special art show

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‘I found out I didn’t like teaching it, but would rather do it’

TRURO – With more than six decades of artwork under her belt, Deanna Boucher is scaling things back a bit.

North River artist Deanna Boucher took a browse through some of the pieces in the recent Art in Bloom exhibit at the McCarthy Gallery in Truro. On July 8, Boucher will have her final one-man show – Looking Back – that will feature more than 70 pieces from five decades. Raissa Tetanish – Truro Daily News

Boucher, a 75-year-old North River resident, is hosting what she’s calling her final one-man show with ‘Looking Back,’ a retrospective exhibition that will include works from five decades.

“It spans about 50 years, although the majority of the work is from the 70s and up,” she said. “I’m at the point where I have too much artwork. I have to figure out what I’m going to do with it all. I need to think about what to keep.”

The Winnipeg native first began with an interest in art when she was 11 years old, and her repertoire now includes various mediums, including paintings – mostly acrylics, drawings, lithograms and even some social comments.

“Art is something I really enjoy doing,” said Boucher. “I was teaching school and thought I might like to teach art, so I got my degree in fine art.

“I never taught art in the end. I found out I didn’t like teaching it, but would rather do it.”

Boucher moved to Nova Scotia 25 years ago after visiting on a holiday.

“I liked the weather,” she said, laughing. “I’m a person of whim.”

Shortly after moving to the area, Boucher joined the Truro Art Society and it is through the society that she’s hosting ‘Looking Back.’

“It was an opportunity to get to know different artists and a place to exhibit … to become a part of the community,” she said.

Since becoming a member of the society, she’s had various jobs, including serving as president, being in charge of exhibits and memberships, and hanging artwork and installations.

Throughout the years, Boucher hasn’t been as active with her artwork, however, she still has about 75 pieces that will be on display from July 8 to Aug. 27 at the McCarthy Gallery at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus.

“A lot of my work is quite large, so the space will be filled quite adequately,” the artist said, adding this exhibit will be one of her largest solo exhibits.

“I’ll have about 20 pieces that are 26 by 32 (inches), but some of my paintings are a bit large – up to three to four feet.”

Following the exhibit, Boucher said she will continue to draw, however, she will use a sketchbook for her pieces instead “for my own amusement.”

Boucher will be in attendance for her exhibit’s opening reception, which begins at 7 p.m. on July 8 at the gallery.

“Everyone can come on out. We’d love them to,” she said.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College Truro, Truro Art Society

Geographic location: North River, Winnipeg

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