|THE OPENING is all about delving into the fascinating, quirky and wonderful visual arts in Vancouver. Each week we’ll feature an artist, cover an exhibition, discuss a lecture and everything else in-between to delve deep into who and what makes art happen!|
Sarah Fougere (née Holtom) is astoundingly prolific. Best known for the brilliant energy that she channels into portraits of friends and strangers, she has painted her way into the hearts and homes of Calgarians and Vancouverites alike. Her last stint at Black & Yellow sold out on its opening night — no easy feat, given that people were putting money down on works that were yet to be made. However, the allure of supporting a project that was equal parts performance, old-school portrait sitting, and crowd-sourced thrill kept the city — and the press — buzzing.
It goes without saying that Fougere did not disappoint; indeed, she made the trip back from her current outpost of Canora, SK, to sell out yet another 50 Portraits show this summer. Though I had originally made plans to meet up with Sarah when she had a bit of downtime, we ended up chatting whilst she was in the thick of completing yet another portrait. Time, of course, was of the essence: as with her previous exhibition, Fougere only had fifteen short days to complete every painting on her roster. She worked with a frenzied, good-natured energy for the entire duration of our interview, detailing the truly awesome trajectory of her life thus far.