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Hello Everyone, Having fun getting ready for the holidays? Completely ready? Gifts selected, greeting cards ready to mail?? NO! Well, neither am I. But I have a plan and want to suggest one for you too.

My fine art website (www.michellemarcotte.com) has lots of colorful and meaningful paintings to spark your decor. Take a look; if you think you would like to see how a painting might look on your walls, email me and I will happily arrange to bring that painting and a couple others to your home or office and let you try them out. 

The still-in-print bilingual (English-French) children's book "ABC Vegetables - Abecedaire des legumes" written by me and Joel Beddows and with my illustrations is available from its publisher www.greyborders.com . 

I'd be happy to have you enjoy one of my creations, but I also wanted to give you my annual or semi-annual art update in case you haven't heard from me in a while. I have had a productive year painting about life and family through the foods that define our lives. Sometimes warm, sometimes humorous and sometimes symbolic or surreal these are great paintings for your kitchen or dining room or food-related business. Just like a great dish provides layers of flavors, there are layers of meanings in my paintings. Just take a look at www.michellemarcotte.com

This year I had a successful and fun one-woman show of many of my food paintings at Wine on Third restaurant in Niagara Falls NY. My food paintings looked terrific in that location of luscious wines, tapas and great bistro food.

I exhibited paintings in several shows of the Buffalo Society of Artists, the Buffalo Niagara Art Association and the Gainesville (Florida) Fine Art Association. In fact, the Gainesville Fine Art Association has included five of my paintings in their winter showcase and I have really marked great prices on those paintings. They are located on South Main in Gainesville Florida. The GFAA winter showcase exhibits  many excellent painters, wood turners, potters and sculptors; you are sure to find something at an excellent price.

In the spring I helped organize the Archer Florida Historical Society paint out where I and several other artists sold paintings of the historical buildings in the small town near where I live. It was a fun small town event with music and art, including the art of the local elementary school kids. 

I am now the gallery manager of the Good Eats Cafe gallery in downtown Ottawa Canada (473 Albert St). The program gives artists an inexpensive opportunity to exhibit in a hip, downtown cafe. I mentor and approve the artists, get them ready to exhibit and plan the schedule; the artists hang and market their own work. Exhibits change monthly. The location is excellent and the food at Good Eats is great, so in just a few months of organizing we are booked until late 2019.  If you have the time to hang and remove an exhibit of your work in Ottawa Canada at a great location, email me with your website. 

My greeting cards seem to be finding a happy audience. They are now sold at the Spice Harbor in Lewiston NY, Glitzy Jools and Antiques in Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines) Ontario and the Colden Market in Colden NY (near Orchard Park NY). My retailers get a kick out of seeing their customers laugh at my useful and amusing greeting cards. And in these trying times I am happy to give people something to laugh at! You can find them at those retailers and at www.sayitwithvegetables.com. Take a look at my inclusive holiday greeting card too. It is THE greeting card you can send to everyone on your list, or just send it to the persons who would appreciate a holiday greeting that includes their holiday greeting, as well as Merry Christmas.  You can order 10 inclusive holiday greeting cards for $20 or hand-painted, dishwasher safe wine and prosecco glasses from www.sayitwithvegetables.com or directly by sending me an email to marcotteconsulting@gmail.com.

And I am going to have a terrific year in 2019 working with the Casellani Art Museum in Lewiston NY on the grounds of Niagara University as I coordinate their "2020 Vision -- Women Artists of Western NY" art exhibit planned for February - June 2020. A huge task, a never-been-done-before exhibit concept for our region and I am so excited to be working with the Castellani director, curator and staff on this show.

So, I truly wish you a wonderful holiday season, a great, kicking New Year and most of all, the love of family, food and life in general! I would love to hear from you. 

Cheers!
Michelle Marcotte 
 
"Fatherhood" by Michelle Marcotte. Oil on canvas. !6" x 16" . Priced on www.michellemarcotte.com
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