Artist Carol Belliveau explains her process during her Gallery Talk Saturday at Step Up Gallery. Photo by Diane Stoffel
BY DIANE STOFFEL
Step Up Gallery
An Artist’s Reception this past Saturday afternoon featured a half-hour Gallery Talk by artist Carole Belliveau, explaining her mixed media process and sharing career highlights. The current retrospective exhibit at Step Up Gallery, “The Road Taken, a 45-year Journey” by Carole Belliveau, features her female figure paintings which are embellished with Gold and Silver Leaf.
One reception attendee said “I found the retrospective show engrossing as it covers a 45-year period of the artist’s life. The art displays her artistic evolution as a creative to eventually finding her clear authentic voice.” Another viewer, Wendy, shared this, “Carole’s work is like poetry. She whispers painted stories woven from gold and earth and sky and the human form that speak volumes, yet are open to individual interpretation and reflection.”
Karen, who attended Carole’s Gallery Talk and also purchased a painting, said this about the exhibit, “Saturday, I attended the reception for the beautiful show by Carole Belliveau in an exceptional gallery space. Her glowing paintings of figures against magical backgrounds are masterfully executed and unique. Her use of different materials in each painting contributes to the remarkable effects. In addition, this is your only chance to see the nationally acclaimed, one-of-a-kind, amazing dolls, created early in her career. This was truly one of the most spectacular exhibits I have ever seen. I shall return, again and again.”
Belliveau shared her gratitude about showing at Step Up Gallery. “It was a wonderful experience to display so much of my life’s work in the beautiful setting of Step Up Gallery. It’s a dream come true for any artist to have a Retrospective Show, but to have it in a gallery with floor to ceiling natural light with windows framing the gorgeous views of autumn in the mountains was an unexpected privilege.”
The exhibit’s last day is Nov. 9 so mark your calendars. If you missed the reception, a video of the Gallery Talk is available at: https://youtu.be/ukslUrtlrEQ
The exquisite paintings from this exhibit are available to view online and purchase with any bank card at: https://stepupgallerymarket.artspan.com
Step Up Gallery is open Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm; Friday: 10am – 6pm and Saturday: 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays. At this time, masking is welcome but not required. Step Up Gallery is located on the upper level of Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos, NM 87544. Please visit Step Up Gallery’s website for more information – https://stepupgallery.org.
Artist Carole Belliveau explains her
creative process.Reception attendees and old friends.
Past Step Up Gallery manager, Katy Korkos, has a sharp eye for quality.
Artist Belliveau talks about her early doll-making.