Guests will enjoy appetizers and wine as they stroll and shop the show. Artist Paul Tibedeau will be present to talk about the inspriation behind his work and answer questions.
I was born and raised in Detroit and following high
school graduation pursued my passion for the arts by taking oil painting
classes at the Center for Creative Study. In the late 1980,s I moved my young
family to Highland where we have enjoyed the natural beauty of the lakes and
surrounding countryside. In 2008 I joined the Michigan Plein Air Painters, a
group of devoted outdoor painting enthusiasts who not only share their love of
painting, but also their joy in painting in natural surroundings no matter what
the weather conditions! The camaraderie and weekly critiquing by the artist members
of our group have allowed me to grow and expand my talents as an oil painter.
I had the honor of being the featured artist for the
month of October 2011 at Main Street Art in Milford. Also in 2011 I entered the
Village Fine Arts Association,s Poetry and Art Night competition where I
received first place. In 2013 I was awarded third place and an LA Artwork
Studio art award in the Village Fine Arts Views and Visions show. I will have a
plein air exhibit at the Blue Grill restaurant in Milford mid-December 2013
through January 2014.
I have established a home studio where I work on my
larger paintings. Oil is my medium of choice and nature’s colors are my
More about the exhibit:
Highland artist Paul Tibedeau’s work, Nature’s Palette, will be featured at a gallery opening from 7-9
p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston
His exhibit encompasses paintings he’s done since 2008, when he
began working seriously with Michigan Plein Air Painters. He said his artwork
will display a variety of subjects “from the glow of a movie theater to an old
barn fading away with time.” His plein air paintings also will be shown in a
separate area of the gallery from his other work.
“What motivates me to paint is usually an inspirational flash of
nature’s palette,” Tibedeau said. “This could be the warm glow of the sun on a
bridge or a wandering stream in the winter, but almost always begins with a
reflection of light.
“I find my inspiration in the outdoors,” he added. “I plein air paint on a
weekly basis year-round and thoroughly enjoy my time outdoors.”
Born and raised in Detroit, he took oil painting classes at the
Center for Creative Studies in Detroit after his high school graduation. For
several years, he engaged in the craft of woodworking; his creations included
personalized fireplace mantels and shelving units. He also exhibited his wood
creations at local air fairs.
“In the late 1980s, I moved my young family to Highland where we
have enjoyed the natural beauty of the lakes and surrounding countryside,”
Tibedeau said. “I joined the Michigan Plein Air Painters, a group of devoted
outdoor painting enthusiasts, who not only share their love of painting, but
also their joy in painting in natural surroundings, no matter what the weather
conditions! The camaraderie and weekly critiquing by the artist members of our
group has allowed me to grow and expand my talents as an oil painter.”
Discussing his artistic process, he noted, “Nature is my inspiration and the photographs I take for my
paintings reflect that passion.”
I have become more involved in the art community in the Huron
Valley area by becoming a member of the Art Shop and the Huron Valley Council
for the Arts.
Tibedeau’s previous awards and exhibits include being the featured
artist for the month of October 2011 at Main Street Art in Milford, first place
in the 2012 Village Fine Arts Association’s Poetry and Art Night for his
painting, Calm Before the Storm. In
2013, he was awarded third place and an L.A. Artwork Studio art award in the
VFAA’s Views and Visions show. He’s participated in several painting
competitions, such as Glen Arbor Plein Air paint out and the Dexter Plein Air
event, where he enjoyed sharing his talents with other artists.
He also was an artist for Connected:
Art from a Spiritual Perspective, which was exhibited at the 2013 ArtPrize
event in Grand Rapids. The event, he said, “paired 30 artists with 30 story
tellers. Each group was given a random word and the artist was asked to paint a
picture based on their interpretation of that word. The storyteller then
painted their picture in word form. A book was then published with the artwork
In addition to painting his larger works in a home studio and
engaging in plein air activities, Tibedeau has become involved in the local art
community as time progressed; he is a member of The Art Shop, an artists’
collaborative where artwork is sold located in Huron Valley Council for the
Arts and a HVCA member.
Aside from the gallery opening, gallery hours for Nature’s
Palette, which opened Wednesday, Oct. 1, will take place Wednesdays through
Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
through Saturday, Oct. 25.
-written by Anne Seebaldt