A Portrait of the Artist

2013-2014 Issue 2

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Andrée LaHaise has had many titles during her 25 years at McGill University: she’s worked for admissions, student residences, human resources, and now serves as building director and administrative assistant for the McGill School of Continuing Studies. But throughout it all she’s enjoyed another position as well: she’s been an artist for the better part of 24 years.

She began by taking classes, and “made a dedicated effort at it,” experimenting with oil and pastel. These days she creates most of her pieces with acrylics and painting knives, and “every Friday night, even if I’m tired, I attack my paintings.”

At this point, art is no longer a hobby; she regularly participates in local exhibitions, won awards as this year’s Festival de Peinture de Mascouche, and sells her art regularly. Several of her pieces are currently on view in the School’s MCLL lounge, and with several pieces already sold, she acknowledges that “it’s not just a hobby. I have three exhibitions coming up!”

“It’s really fun to have the opportunity to do exhibits like the one in MCLL,” says LaHaise. “You can see in people’s eyes what paintings they like. Their reactions give you the confidence to continue, and the whole time, you’re on a cloud.”

So pop in to see her work, and be sure to let her know what you think. “It’s a thrill to get feedback from people,” she says. “It’s enriching.”

Andrée LaHaise’s work can be seen in room 235 of 688 Sherbrooke St W until February 12. She is also participating in the following exhibitions:

Exposition des Membres de l’AAAVT
Moulin Neuf sur l’Ile-des-Moulin, Terrebonne
March 20-21-22, 2015

Exposition d’Arts Visuels
Centre Jean-Guy Cardinal
Ste-Anne-des-Plaines
March 28-29, 2015

Peinture en Eveil
Centre d’Exposition de Repentigny
April 24-25-26, 2015

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