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Children’s Book Sale
Monday June 17 to Saturday June 22
(during regular opening hours)
Art Display by Fran Bailey
at Champlain Library
Fran Deragon Bailey began painting at age five in a children’s’ art class with Miss Elizabeth Jakes at Macdonald College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Having mastered children’s’ tempera paint and fat wax crayons she later moved on to oils, acrylics and pastels but it was with watercolours that she fell in love.
“Watercolour suits my personality. It is immediate, playful and honest. You can’t hide mistakes. Also it’s easy to clean up after.”
She has joined many art groups, workshops and classes. She has taught many classes and continues to offer lessons in watercolour because, “Teaching is learning.”
Her house portraits continue to be popular; she recently took part in the Houses of Vankleek Hill exhibition at the Arbor Gallery on Home Avenue here in town.
Fran likes to paint with music in the background; classical, jazz or rock, depending on her mood. Being a synaesthete she has a heightened sensitivity to colour, form and sound. By experimenting with watercolour she is able to combine and express all of these senses. It’s a trip!