Vancouver is going to be honored by a visit from an amazing Montreal artist, Deirdre McCay. Come check out the “Spirit Horse” exhibit from March 11th – 17th.
Full time visual artist and teacher for more than 3 decades, Deirdre McCay began her painting career in Boston, Mass. during her studies toward a Bachelor or Fine Arts degree at Boston University. Here she acquired an extensive training in Renaissance-based techniques for both drawing and painting. As she progressed in her career, Ms.McCay became intrigued the way abstraction could offer the viewer more chance for interpretation of images. Her work began to shift between the two vocabularies. Her interest in art therapy, meditation, and later Shamanism had a large impact on her choice of imagery.
Shortly after her return to Montreal, she was invited to go to Manchester, England to do an apprenticeship with acclaimed portrait artist Sir Harold Riley. In 1974 she returned to university to acquire a Diploma of Education (art specialist) from McGill University and later on in 1997 completed a Masters in Education Degree from the same institution. Her research during this degree was concerned with approaches of teaching studio drawing and painting, art criticism and aesthetics to university level students. She graduated by choosing to have a show of her paintings in a professional gallery and to do monograph on her teaching research.
As an artist, Ms McCay has worked on many commissioned works and has exhibiting extensively in the USA, England and Canada. Her work can be found in private, corporate ( Caisse Desjardins, Domtar, Berol Company) and public collections (St-Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal). She has had 8 solo exhibitions (Powerhouse, Dan Delaney, McClure Galleries and Thompson House of McGill University) and participated to more than 25 selected group shows. Deirdre McCay has won several awards from the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, a scholarship from the Banff School of Fine Arts and has been profiled by the C.B.C. in a television documentary on Canadian Artists.
For the last 20 years, Ms. McCay has been actively involved in the Montreal art community first as a fine art teacher for several art centers such as the Visual Art Center, the Saidye Bronfman Center, McGill University (including a First Nations studies program), the Dollard Center for Arts and as a guest speaker for many art associations of the Greater Montreal Area. She is well known for her skill in helping arts institutions with curriculum development in the arts.
Deirdre is currently on her way to Vancouver for her latest exhibit “Spirit Horse” taking place at the Eastwood Onley Gallery.
March 11th – 17th from 12:00 – 6:00pm
Images courtesy of www.deirdremccay.com