KENSINGTON PEI, Tuesday May 22, 2012; Island artist Anne Gallant is celebrating her 10th anniversary this year and one of the things she wanted to accomplish was to acknowledge her admiration for the federal minister responsible for PEI, the Honourable Gail Shea.
“I deeply respect Minister Shea as a successful businesswoman and as the minister representing us in Ottawa,” Anne said Tuesday at her Kensington art gallery. “I’ve watched her career over the years and admired not only what she has accomplished in her work, but how she has always kept PEI close to her heart.”
Anne presented Gail with the first print of her new work, Tignish Harbour. “Prince Edward Island is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and I feel privileged to paint it tip to tip”, Anne said. “This particular painting was one I thought Minister Shea might love as much as I do”.
Anne was also honoured by a visit from the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages who was visiting PEI and took the opportunity to visit a working artist on the Island. “This is an honour, “Anne said. “Minister Moore is a strong advocate for the arts community across the country, and I am delighted to welcome him to my gallery.”
Anne noted that she is very grateful to be able to make a living as full-time artist living and working on PEI. “Painting is my passion, “she said, “and PEI’s natural beauty, vibrant colours and unique light make it an artist’s paradise. I’m so thankful to be able to support myself doing what I love right here on the Island.”
Anne’s unique style captures the Island at its best. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Maritimes and sold across Canada and the U.S. Anne is also often commissioned for special paintings and gifts by companies and individuals. In 2012, she was a Businesswoman of the Year Award finalist at the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce and her photograph was chosen to appear on cover of the province’s 2012 French language tourism brochure.
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