The Blessing of the Fleet
On Parade in the Lobster Capital of the World
Another summer event, in the Acadian town of Shediac is the Lobster Festival which happened in July. When I first moved to the Maritimes, 20 or so years ago, I was both stunned and amused to learn that there is a Mr. Lobster mascot, or perhaps he's the Lobster King, who reigns over the festivities. I had to depict this wonder in my series as well. (This painting, by the way, went to live in Haiti.)
Shediac is also well-known for Parlee Beach, which is thronged during the summer months--particularly in August when the Quebeckers arrive. The beach is part of a Provincial Park so you have to pay for the privilege of being crammed and jammed with masses of sun-seekers in all shapes and sizes. The water is reputed to be the warmest north of East Virginia. There are many beaches where you can go for free, and the water is the same, so we don't generally go to Parlee. But here are our Acadian friends, Betty and Rita, on their day off from work at the lobster plant, soaking up some fun in the sun.
There were 30 paintings in my Maritimes Series and they were shown and sold in many galleries on Canada's east and west coasts. I called this style of painting Post-Naive. If you'd like to know how the series came about and what it means, you can read all about it in my artist's statement.