La Ronge artist opens first solo show with reception at Mistasinhk Gallery

Valerie G. Barnes Connell Jordan/Northern Advocate. Caron Giesbrecht reads from poetry she’s written to describe some of her art pieces. She plans to produce a book of her work, an art piece and a work of art on each page.

The La Ronge Arts Council hosted a reception to honour Caron Giesbrecht’s art at the Gallery in Mistasinhk on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Caron Giesbrecht has practiced her art for more than 40 years and this is her first one-woman show.

“I don’t know why I waited so long,” she said laughing.

She also plans to add to the collection of work and make a book featuring the art pieces of art, adding poetry to go with each piece.

Valerie G. Barnes Connell Jordan/Northern Advocate. One piece created from an original piece of outcropping, which Giesbrecht painted a scene on without making any change to the outcropping.

Giesbrecht starts a piece of art and lets it flow; she has no preconceived picture or vision of what the final product will be, she says.

About to turn 80 by the end of September, she said, “I’m not sure what the rest of my life will be, but, while I can paint. That’s what I’m going to do. I had painted the other day and I had my hard done and she (the hairdresser) said, what’s that paint? I was so busy painting I took the brush and it landed in my hair,” she laughs. There’s fun while you’re doing serious things.”

While she paints, Giesbrecht also does modeling using natural outcropping.

Valerie G. Barnes Connell Jordan/Northern Advocate. One display features scenes fallowing a forest fire, and beautiful lilies.

The one piece on display is from a piece of outcropping that she just painted a scene on it without changing the original outcropping, she said.

“That’s all natural and I just added the colour to it. The water came cascading down and I called it Northern Wilderness.”

 Giesbrecht also has a display of crystal jewelry she creates as well.