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Local woman making her mark on art scene

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After three years of not doing any serious painting, Connie Cuthbertson has made her way back into the art scene with a bang.

“I was accepted to exhibit in a show--the 75th Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour,” the Fort Frances woman enthused.

Although Cuthbertson, who also owns Northwoods Gallery and Gifts on Scott Street here, found out Sept. 19 that her piece was accepted, she said it’s only now sinking in.

She sent the watercolour, “Timeless elegance Celebration of Light,” off to Toronto last Thursday.

“The day I found out I was accepted, it was my 40th birthday, so it was certainly a happy birthday for me,” she recalled. “This is the top watercolour competition in Canada. Just to get in is quite an achievement.”

More than 1,000 entries are judged by the society, which was founded by some of the famous “Group of Seven.” Only 120 are picked to be in the exhibit.

“The theme [this year] was ‘Celebration,’ and it’s funny because this was my first painting of the millennium,” noted Cuthbertson.

Her piece is still life of a glass vase surrounded by golden apples hanging from branches. “It’s kind of unusual,” she admitted.

Cuthbertson added she’ll be attending the exhibit opening Oct. 28 at the John B. Arid Gallery on Bay Street in Toronto.

But equally important, said Cuthbertson, is the accolades have encouraged her to “re-enter the art world.”

“I’m kind of getting my feet into it again. I think of myself as primarily an artist, and then an entrepreneur,” she remarked. “But since I’ve opened the store [in April, 1998], I just haven’t had the time.

“And that can be expected in the first five years of any business. But I think I’ll start doing a little more painting again,” she added.

Her work--much of which is watercolour--can be seen at Northwoods Gallery as well as at various hotels and restaurants around town.

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