Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dereen's Little Girl

It took a second for me to recognize the beautiful, young woman with the strong, friendly face who was walking towards me saying my name.
I had promised myself that I wouldn't cry, but I did. 

Meghan Hildebrand's late  mom was an artist in the Yukon and a good friend of mine.

And I hadn't seen Meghan, who now lives in Powell River, BC with her husband, since she was a child.
Today Meghan is a successful artist whose work is carried by Mayberry Fine Art which operates out of Toronto and Winnipeg.
This week-end she was in Toronto because two of her pieces were being shown at the Toronto International Art Fair.

My first reaction, which hasn't changed, was  "How powerful!"
There is an abundance of life and passion in these pictures.


I was pleased when the gallery owner brought out two more of her paintings and set them on the floor for me to see.
All I could think of was a day many years ago in Dawson City, Yukon.
I was talking to her mom while she worked and at the same time I watched Meghan who was using one of her mom's brushes to do her own painting.
She wasn't even old enough to walk.
She went on to study art at the Kootenay School of Fine Arts in Nelson, BC and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.

I'm someone who likes details. 
This is a detail from the picture in the bottom left.
(apologies for my bad photography)
She takes her themes from the quilt and the river.
You can read women's history and B.C. politics into her work or you can simply take pleasure in the intense joy of each picture. 

Here we are just before I had to leave.

It was a wonderful day

and I wish I could tell her mom all about it.


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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

OH, how wonderful! What a lovely reunion, and what a talented lady. I'm sure her mom would be so proud of her. Her art is beautiful.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hey, I just watched something on CBC news about the Toronto International Art Fair! Meghan's work is lovely and I'm glad she's being represented by Mayberry Fine Art. I know their gallery well from living in Winnipeg for all those years. They only handle the best!

momto8 said...

what a fun time that must have been for both of you!! what a lovely reunion!! and what a great artist...big time!!

Introverted Art said...

how wonderful this is...even I cried :)

Victoria said...

Wowness..hugs..what a deeply special and beautiful have touched my heart with your story! Thanks so much for introducing me to a mega-talented artist! beautiful art..beautiful photos..and what a special time for you both! Shine on to both you and her!

Pandorah's Box said...

Wow! Her paintings are gorgeous! Simply beautiful!

And you can tell her mom about it :) Just maybe not in person xoxoxox

Artsia said...

I bet this was one of the best days of your life. :)