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Nature enters the walls of the CAVA


DDK Group, formed by Danièle Petit, Doris Charest and Karen Blanchet, presents The wild in the city. The exhibition is the result of a year of creation. It is intended as a tribute to nature’s rebelliousness in the face of its urbanization. The sculptures and paintings are on view from September 11 to October 23 at the Espace Member room of the IT’S OKAY.

Sarah therrien

“If this city were to die, nature would take back its rights in no time.” Danièle Petit begins in 2015 the reflection which will lead to the exhibition The wild in the city. “At first I was more touched by the vibrancy and strength of the vegetation in Alberta,” she explains. Fascination was the first reaction to the surprising findings that nature in all its forms is truly everywhere.

Escapade, painting by Danièle Petit. Credit: Courtesy

Whether by the presence of animals in the city or by the grass growing between the pavement slabs, the three women were each challenged by the subject. “Although their works follow the theme The wild in the city, the individuality of each artist is present. Each artist has decided to approach the theme in a different and unique way ”specifies Armand Birk, programming agent at CAVA.

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Painting by Karen Blanchet. Credit: Courtesy

Three unique visions are offered: Danièle Petit explores the theme of animals on urban tours with acrylics, a little pastel and an introduction to collage. Doris Charest, for her part, is interested in the sometimes hidden and unusual aspect of the plant world and finds inspiration during her daily walks. Then Karen Blanchet, looks at the theme of the city, more particularly on the contrast between the organic and the geometric by exploring watercolor and acrylic.

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Sculpture by Karen Blanchet. Credit: Courtesy

A northern subgroup

Upstream of the creation, the DDK group agreed to deliver works of the same format only on paper in addition to producing one sculpture per artist, a challenge for some less accustomed to this medium. The three women painted between 10 and 15 works, then together they selected a total of 21 creations.

The members of the DDK group are also part of the Devenir collective, formed 4 years ago with two other artists from Calgary. Since Danièle Petit, Doris Charest and Karen Blanchet live in Edmonton, it was easier for them to form this “northern sub-group” in order to facilitate exchanges. Because even if the artist is alone in front of his canvas, teamwork remains an essential element in the refinement of the artistic process. As a result, the three women exchanged frequently in order to encourage each other, help each other and criticize their respective works.

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The exhibition is presented from September 11 to October 23 at CAVA. Credit: Courtesy CAVA

Full time mom, part time artist

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Doris Charest. Credit: Courtesy

“You never know where life takes us! »Exclaims Doris Charest, remembering her beginnings in painting. Born in Falher in a French-speaking family, she took her first steps in the artistic world almost by chance shortly before the birth of her first child. At this time, Doris Charest resides in Texas with her husband. Unable to continue her studies, she accompanies a neighbor to a painting class. It was the start of a love story: “I always returned to painting even if I tried other mediums like photography or pottery. The artist underlines the difficulty of dividing his life between his children and his art.

“Passion that did not leave me”

For a long time, the relationship between Karen Blanchet and art was steeped in love and hate. Between the many moves and a father who strongly discourages her artistic practice, Karen Blanchet had to arm herself with perseverance. “My father decided that I had to go to college to become a lawyer. ”In wanting to escape this fate, she“ discovered the baccalaureate in French ”. Later, thanks to the support of her French-speaking husband, Karen Blanchet reconciles with art and continues to polish her French.

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Karen Blanchet. Credit: Courtesy

Promise of a return

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Daniele Petit. Credit: Courtesy

Very early in her life, Danièle Petit, in love with colors, felt an attraction and fascination for painting. But, “the Fine Arts was not very popular at the time,” she says. She therefore pursued a career in the media, notably at Radio-Canada and Le Franco. But she never gave up hope. “I really started to return 15 years ago,” she explains, “when I retired, I decided to do it more and more professionally”. Today, she devotes herself fully to her passion. “I always thought I would go back and that’s what I did!


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