By the time spring comes around again I know it’s time for the “riot” of creativity that is the UNIcréa Arts & Crafts Salon, which twice annually brings together more than 100 artisans ‘handpicked’ for their originality, passion and talent by UNIcréa founder and director Céline Dreveton.
The characters and themes brought to vibrant, colorful life in artist Yvonne Morell’s artworks are familiar and yet strikingly original. Her depictions cast a fresh light on everyday occurrences, habits and objects with an engaging warmth, wit and humanity. In this interview she tells us what inspires her in life and in work. Yvonne, please describe your path to becoming an artist. Creativity has always been part of my life but it was only at 22 that I registered for a drawing class at Ceruleum in Lausanne. Every Saturday morning I went there and just drew all morning…pots, plants, flowers, anything: I didn’t care what, I just LOVED it. I felt a whole new world opening up to me. From there it was years of painting and learning until I decided to dedicate myself full time to it.
It sometimes seems to me that Geneva has more artists per square inch than any other city of comparable size. An event this coming Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 October, only fuels that impression.
I was delighted to see that one of my favourite artist/illustrators Marion Jiranek will be participating in the 80th edition of the Palettes Carougeoise, an annual collective art exhibition at the Place du Théâtre in Carouge, from Friday, 4 to Sunday, 13 March 2016. Marion’s beautiful aquarelle and ink sketches of cats and fairies, her oil paintings of peaceful forest settings, and watercolour panoramas of city and countryside scenes capture their subjects with a loving eye for detail, a gift for fantasy and touches of whimsy, as well as oodles of charm that are highly valued by her ever-growing circle of followers. Gathering artists since 1936 With the objective to “keep the Palette spirit of brotherhood, gather artists who feel well together and have fun meeting in friendship”, the Palette Carougeoise has brought together a variety of painters and sculptors on a more-or-less regular basis since its inception in 1936. This year more than 50 artists between the ages of 30-to-80-something will be on hand to display mostly figurative but also some abstract works. Skills levels vary from masters of the classical school of painting to those not quite of that calibre …