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French-Canadian artist Patricia Bellerose stands next to one of her favorite paintings in her Lake Placid Arts Center exhibit, “Together in Harmony.” (Enterprise photo – Dellice Chase)

Paintings of people are not as common in the Adirondacks, where landscapes usually catch the eye of artists.

Although Patricia Bellerose, a French-Canadian artist from Quebec, has created her fair share of landscapes, she is most intrigued by painting people. Her new exhibition, “Together in Harmony” it’s about the music and the people who create it. The exhibit opened at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts gallery on Thursday.

Bellerose started coming to the area because of the Saranac Lake Plein Air Festival, an art festival where artists are able to explore and paint outdoors throughout the community.

Bellerose met her husband at the festival and they both share a love of the Adirondacks. She prefers to paint people, but has completed landscapes for Gallery 46 and understands visitors who want to take a piece of the Adirondacks home. Bellerose herself keeps coming back because of her love of Lake Placid, which led to her current exhibit at the LPCA.

“We love the Adirondacks, as soon as I set foot here, I love coming back.” she said.

Pictured above are Patricia Bellerose’s paintings in the exhibition “Together in Harmony. .” (Enterprise photo – Dellice Chase)

Bellerose partnered with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta for this new exhibit. Their collaboration was meant to happen in 2020, just as pandemic-related lockdowns and border closures began to take place. Living in Canada, she was unable to return to Lake Placid for some time and this delayed the production of her parts. Unable to include the Sinfonietta immediately, Bellerose changed course.

“It wasn’t just for the Sinfonietta, but for music in general, you know, so I have a jazz stage at the bottom here, and all the orchestra stages are up here.” she said, referring to the gallery’s two levels.

Bellerose’s exhibition features a combination of many musicians from around the world. The jazz section consists of street musicians and big names like Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis, while the upper level is a combination of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and various classical groups.

Bellerose doesn’t always base her work on music and musicians, but she does have a fascination with movement. Prior to this exhibition, she painted cooks and kitchen scenes, woodworkers and Native American dancers. She always likes to incorporate movement into her work. And although she specializes in movement, Bellerose doesn’t actually paint live.

“I can’t paint someone who’s moving … so I’m using footage of people, and then I add the sense of movement to it.” she said.

Pictured above is Patricia Bellerose’s painting of the conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, “Conductor S. Molina.” (Enterprise photo – Dellice Chase)

Her paintings feel like the subjects are caught in the middle of the song, still breathing and flowing with the music.

“Together in Harmony” will be on display at the LPCA until September 10. For more information and gallery hours, visit lakeplacidarts.org.

Pictured above are Patricia Bellerose’s paintings in the exhibition “Together in Harmony. .” (Enterprise photo – Dellice Chase)

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