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Cheryl Fortier

Thursday February 6th 2014: Bird on a Wire Private View
The opening with artists is from 7pm - 9:30 pm - I'll be there!
I will be exhibiting paintings from my newest series. They will be featured until the end of March.
Bird on a Wire Creations
2535 Main Street, Vancouver BC (on west side just south of Broadway)

December 7st, 2013 - First Saturday Open Studios
In my studio at 995 Vernon Drive 12 - 4 pm.   (map)
Knock on the window and I'll let you in.

November 14, 15, 16 & 17 2013 - Eastside Culture Crawl
New this year: Special Studio Preview Thursday November 14th 6 - 9pm!
I'll have some new paintings from my current series on the studio walls as well as work in progress. You'll find me in the Mergatroid Building (lime green), 995 Vernon Drive.  I'm in the ground floor studio with all the windows at the corner of Vernon and Parker Streets. I look forward to seeing you over the weekend. If you can't make it and would like to see my work in the week following the Crawl send me an email to arrange a time.

Cheryl Fortier painting Hover / Suspendu on ArtBomb June 5, 2013

Hover / Suspendu. Click to enlarge.
Those of you who visited my studio for the Culture Crawl in Nov. 2012 will recall my large scale underwater paintings. I'm excited to announce that one of these pieces, Hover / Suspendu, will be exclusively featured by for their June 5 celebration of the UN's World Environment Day. The auction is open from 3am - 8pm Pacific time on Wednesday June 5. 

UPDATE: Winning bidder is thrilled and is displaying the painting in her home in Ontario. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Juin - June 2013 - Auvillar, France
"Bon vent" Un projet de fresque élaboré par l'artiste Cheryl Fortier et les élèves de la classe de CM2 de l'école d'Auvillar.
"Bon vent" A community mural project developed by Cheryl with the CM2 students of Auvillar Elementary School and the help of many community members.

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February & March, 2013 - Vancity, Robson & Denman, Vancouver
Paintings from Cheryl's Arrats series on exhibit in window gallery on Denman Street.

March 2013 VCCA Residency
Cheryl will be at Virginia Centre for Creative Arts for a painting Fellowship for the month.

December 8th, 2012 - Artist in the Window at Bird on a Wire Creations
2535 Main Street from 11am to 4pm.   (map).

December 1st, 2012 - First Saturday Open Studios
In my studio at 995 Vernon Drive 12 - 5 pm.   (map).
Knock on the window and I'll let you in.

November 16, 17 & 18, 2012 - Eastside Culture Crawl
In my studio at 995 Vernon Drive, Friday 16th 5-10 pm, Sat. and Sun. 11-6pm. (map).

Cheryl in her studio at VCCA.

The force behind Cheryl Fortier’s work comes from the raw yet gentle energy of the land and sea: at once peaceful and threatening, familiar and exotic. In the spaces between the experiences of the wild and the din of a city studio, a tension is manifest. In her studio Cheryl works to compress and magnify these tensions creating acrylic on canvas paintings that resonate with the power of nature.

Cheryl’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and in France and she is represented in private collections in North America, France and the U.K. Deeply committed to making art a part of people’s lives, Cheryl teaches, acts as juror, mentor and has been involved in diverse community mural projects in hospitals, restaurants and public spaces.

Cheryl spends summers in Southwest France where she is currently the Resident Director for The Virginia Center for Creative Arts at their facility in Auvillar. Her studio is in the Mergatroid Building in East Vancouver.

995 Vernon Drive, Vancouver BC (map)
Studio visits by appointment.


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Curriculum Vitae
Selected Solo Exhibitions
  2011 l'Arrats - une Petite Rivière, Chapelle Ste Catherine, Auvillar, France
  2008 Ebb and Flood, Richmond Art Gallery, City Hall Location, Richmond, BC
  2002 Current Paintings, Portfolio Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  1999 Printemps, Flower Factory Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  1997 A Sense of Place, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC
  1991 Seasons, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC
Selected Group Exhibits
  2014 Water, Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

  2014 Exposition à la Chapelle Sainte Catherine, le Port, avec France Alvin et Sabine van den Bergh. Auvillar, France

  2014 "Insolite" Salon d'Art de la Ville D'Agen, Centre culturel André-Malraux, Agen, France.

  2011 5ième Salon d'Art Contemporain de Montauban, Salle de l'Ancienne Collège, Montauban, Tarn et Garonne, France
  2011 Westcoast Trees, Hollyburn Country Club Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  2010 Paysages - SW France, Eastside Culture Crawl – The Fortier Studio, Vancouver, BC
  2008 The Turning Point, Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  2008 Square Foot, AWOL Gallery & Studios, Toronto, Ontario
  2008 You Are Here, Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  2006 Art For Life 2006 Show, Arthousegallery, Vancouver, BC
  2000 to Present Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver BC
Awards / Residencies
  2014 East FEAST Vancouver micro-funding 2014 award recipient

  2008 Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia, USA
  2007 Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia, USA
  2000 Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Grant
  1997 Valley Fine Arts '97, Honorable Mention, BC Festival Of The Arts Regional Exhibit
  1996 Valley Fine Arts '96, People's Choice Award, BC Festival Of The Arts Regional Exhibit
Professional Positions in the Arts
  2009-present Resident Director at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts France seasonal artist residence, Le Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France
  1998 - 1999 Executive Director, The District of Mission Arts Council, Mission, BC
  1994 - 1996 Arts & Crafts Co-ordinator, La Fête Colombienne des Enfants - Francophone Children’s Festival, Maillardville, BC

Teaching Experience
  1998 - present Watercolour And Acrylic Painting; College And Community Courses, Professional Development, Teachers Workshops, Private Classes and Workshops
Community Art Projects
  2014 Art Outside of Ourselves, art exchange project between East Vancouver and Auvillar, France communities. Thanks to East Feast 2014 funding!

  2013 Bon Vent, Community Mural Project, Auvillar France

  2005 Broughton Mural, Knights Of Columbus Assisted Living Community, Vancouver, BC
  2003 Collingwood Murals, Collingwood District Business Association, Vancouver, BC
  2001 GVFH Co-Op/False Creek School Mural, Greater Vancouver GVFH Co-Op, Vancouver, BC
  2001 Alzheimer Community Mural Project, Pleasant View Care Home, Mission, BC
  1996 - present CARFAC (Canadian Artist Representatives/Front Des Artists Canadiens)
  1987 Diploma in Applied Arts; Painting & Printmaking, University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC

Art Consulting Vancouver - from bare wall to install
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