The Thrills of Paris

January 23, 2012

Imagine a first time visit to Paris, France. Next imagine walking historic streets, visiting fabulous museums, and then there’s more: imagine you are an artist and you have a painting exhibited in the Carrousel du Louvre. Goose bumps? For this Calgary artist? Yes!!!

France’s historic Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) juried and selected my painting “Antarctica Shoreline” for the Salon 2011 held in December. Last May, I was riding a train enroute to Venice, Italy, when I received an email inviting me to submit work to be juried by the SNBA in Paris for their Salon 2011. I’m sure I read the email message five times before truly relating to the reality of it. A few weeks after I submitted work the SNBA confirmed the jury did accept a painting for the Salon 2011: as a Calgary artist, I would be a member of a Canadian delegation of painters and sculptors (the only one from Western Canada!) participating in this prestigous international exhibition.

There are two thrills in this. The first being participation in the SNBA Salon 2011 is a lovely honour I will forever cherish. The second is I’m self-taught and in this I’ve taken my paintings from a place of early exploration in my old basement studio to an international exhibition in Paris, France.  

Paris is wonderful. The Salon 2011 marvelous. Now, I’m now back in my studio preparing for a number of international events in 2012.


2 Responses to “The Thrills of Paris”

  1. Your art work should be shown all over the world Jim. 🙂 I think we’ll just call you Mr. La De Da, from now on,haha.

  2. Lisa LEm Says:

    Congratulations Jim! I love your work and you deserve acolades! Be sure to drop by Edmonton so we can see the famous artist!

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