2019 distinguished La Cloche artist shares her origin story

Distinguished artist Marcie Breit poses by her work ‘Hanging in There,’ a 30-inch by 40-inch acrylic painting valued at $1,800. photo by Michael Erskine

WHITEFISH FALLS – The 42nd La Cloche Art Show’s distinguished artist Marcie Breit spent much of her 30-year nursing career across Northern Ontario glancing wistfully at the world of art—but three years before she retired Ms. Breit began taking art lessons from such well known artists as Susan Lampinen and Barry Bowerman. The day she retired Ms. Breit destroyed the large box of “learning” art she had accumulated, picked up her brushes and embarked on her second career as a prolific and talented artist.

As she shared the story of her journey as an artist at the traditional featured artist workshop, held just before the opening reception on Friday, June 28, Ms. Breit revealed that her most consistent muse has been “nature’s endless beauty which draws you to capture its essence.”

A true Northern girl, Ms. Breit spent her earliest years in Larder Lake before moving to New Sudbury at age six. Married to musician Kenneth Breit the couple made their home in Lively for neigh onto a quarter century before taking up the boating life and moving to Little Current.

The artist’s chosen medium is primarily acrylics and she doesn’t shy from creating large format canvases that add to the grandeur of her Northern Ontario subjects.

A member of the Manitoulin Fine Arts Association, the Walden Art Club, the Sudbury Art Club and the Creative Minds Art Association, Ms. Breit is always willing to share her art and technique with those around her.

“I enjoy painting, I saw Ivan (Wheale, an original founder of the La Cloche Art Show) painting in the field before I began my career as an artist and I always followed his career when I had the chance,” she said.

Ms. Breit took the workshop attendees on a tour of many of the works she has created since she began painting in earnest.

This year’s raffle prize is her original work ‘Hanging in There,’ a 30 inch by 40 inch acrylic painting valued at $1,800. Raffle tickets are available at the show and the draw will be held at the conclusion of the show at 5 pm on Sunday, July 7 at the Whitefish Falls Community Centre.