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                Over the years, Pébéo’s creators developed product ranges with very specific applications; paints for faux-vitrail , textured-effect colours originally used for jewellery decoration and other surfaces, a range of resins and foil leaf, as well as traditional artists’ paints. Needless to say, all these different products inspire a wide variety of consumers, including fine-art artists, abstract artists, crafters, decorative artist and jewellery makers, etc. In the beginning, most consumers concentrated on a specific product range for the creation of their artistic projects, but an emerging trend appeared in North America, and here at Pébéo, we took notice!

                Artist and crafters, looking for new ways to go beyond the traditional boundaries of their art, blended products from different lines to obtain innovative effects and results. This trend’s first manifestations used paints for glass on canvas and wooden surfaces, soon followed by the addition of resins, and acrylic colours and auxiliaries.

                We quickly came to the conclusion that many of these products could become an excellent basis for mixed techniques, but what’s more, that their combination could give creators access to unlimited creative possibilities.

                And that’s how Pébéo got involved with mixed media techniques and took ownership of the concept by mixing water-based acrylics, oil-based alkyd paints and resins. This new concept was named Mixed Media by Pébéo; a program where traditional products meet innovative products.
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                        The young and talented Jessica Valoise, previously known under her artist name "Khaci Jay", has been painting since early childhood. This artist of Parisian origin, Fontenay-en-Parisis to be more precise, fell in love with Quebec and chose to make Montreal her home in April 2013.
                        Very young, she learned to paint by herself by creating on different supports with different tools, and trying to reproduce effects she discovered. As she painted more and more on clothing, her entourage fell completely under the spell of her creations. Jessica decided to turn her passion into her work in December 2009, and so began the adventure.
                        Since 2009, the artist has created over 1000 works on clothing using paints for fabric. She has always used Pébéo’s Setacolor, and, according to her, it is the best in terms of adherence to fabric, texture quality, choice of colours and effects, and for being practically odourless.
                        Recently, she decided to return to one of her old passions, painting on canvas. And as she has great confidence in Pébéo products, she always uses them in her creations.
                        Lately, Jessica Valoise decided to free her creativity through the Mixed Media by Pébéo program because it allows her to create with the organic edge that is always present in her art. The effects, according to her, are striking! Even though the canvas is still, Mixed Media by Pébéo gives the impression of movement. There are so many things to see that one can look at it for hours. This new concept opens the field of possibilities even wider and gives her new creative ideas.
                        This artist adores mixing Fantasy Moon and Vitrail colours because the combination gives her works a surprising and striking organic edge. And, by mixing Ceramic and Vitrail colours, she perceives the more urban aspect she looks for in her creations.
                        Her sources of inspiration? Quite simply life! Everything around her, be it painting, fashion, architecture, music, travel, different cultures, gastronomy, philosophy, the sky, the street, encounters… her spirit is never on vacation.
                        Jessica Valoise specializes in abstract art because she doesn’t wish to impose an idea or point of view on the viewer. According to her, interpretation is free and depends on the personal history, culture, reference points and experiences of each person. She believes we all start from a common base which is at the origin of the creation of all these differences. That’s why she uses only primary colours in her artwork; she believes these are the origin of the creation of all the other colours.
                        Jessica’s personal touch? She likes to make people feel, this through the sociology, psychology and spirituality of her creative process. She enjoys having one sense a choreography, a movement, so that one wonders if the art was prepared or improvised!
                        Her greatest success? Fulfilling herself as an artist! Five years from now, you might come across one of her canvasses at the four corners of the world because she will create wherever the winds carry her.
                        For Jessica Valoise, in brief, art is a necessary hobby and paying leisure. She adds “I don’t know if I live for art or if I need art to live, but what I’m sure of is that it nourishes me, both physically and psychically”
                        Jessica Valoise’s “Organique” series, created with Mixed Media by Pébéo, was exhibited at Montreal’s Blue Print Lounge last November 15th.
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                        How did you become an artist?
                        I’ve always painted, drawn, etc. In December 2009, I decided I would make it my trade. I had taken a year’s sabbatical after my psychology studies, and as I had already been painting on my clothes for years by then, more and more people starting asking me for customized creations. When two friends insisted on paying me I realized that this could be a professional activity, that I could turn my passion into my trade. So I dove in.

                        What place does art take up in your life? Leisure or necessity?
                        Today, art is my necessary leisure. A paying hobby. I don’t know if I live for art or if I need art to live, but what’s sure is that it nourishes me, physically and psychically.

                        What are your sources of inspiration?
                        Life. Everything around me, in all fields; painting, fashion, architecture, music, travel and different cultures, gastronomy, philosophy, the sky, the street, encounters … My spirit is never on vacation because I get new ideas every day, in everything I do I find a link to art. Everything can inspire me, give me new ideas or expand ideas I already have. It never stops.

                        What do you want to express in your work? What is your message? Your personal touch as an artist?
                        I chose abstract art to avoid imposing an idea or point of view on the viewer. The interpretation is free: there is my reality, and the reality of each person who will be exposed to the art. And their perception will depend on their personal history, their culture, and their reference points and experiences. So, we can see that from a single physical and fixed objet, a multitude of realities can flow. And that’s a bit how I see life. There's the artist's reality which imposes that we all obey to the same physical laws, and yet, from the same object, the same situation, the same truth, we’ll all have our own reality, our own interpretation, our own reaction. From one common point a difference will arise. What brings us together will differentiate us, and the other way around also. This is what I want to highlight, that we all start from a common basis which is at the origin of the creation of all these differences. And that’s why I only use the primary colours, by the way, because they are at the origin of the creation of all the other colours.

                        I would say that my personal touch, in concept, is that I put a lot of sociology, psychology and spirituality into my creative process. And in my technique, my personal touch is the controlled uncontrollable, supervised chaos, disturbed order. I like that viewers can sense a choreography, a movement, and that they wonder if it was intentional or improvised. I like that people wonder what I wanted to say, when most of the time I just wanted to make them to feel.

                        We know you do art on fabric, do you do much? Do you use Pébéo’s Setacolor paint? If so, why?
                        Professionally speaking that’s where I started. I’ve created about 1000 unique pieces between 2009 and today. I do a lot less of it today than at the beginning, because I’m slowly coming back to canvas, and that I’d like to give textiles another dimension. Pébéo’s Setacolor was the first fabric paint I tried. I’ve tried other brands for comparison, but Setacolor is definitely the best in terms of the adherence to fabric, the quality of the texture, the choice of colours and effects, and it’s almost odourless.

                        Do you use particular/innovative techniques?
                        I taught myself how to paint. Well, maybe we should say that I’ve always painted by instinct, trying different techniques, different surfaces and different tools. I would see an effect or a style, for example, and I would try to reproduce it with what I had at hand. So certainly, there must be particularities in my way of doing, but I haven’t yet run into painters with similar styles to compare with to know if it’s classical or innovative.

                        What do you consider your greatest achievement as an artist?
                        I find it difficult to step back and look at the last five years and define what would be my greatest achievement or what gave me the most pride. At least in terms of creating. I still can’t put my finger on THE masterpiece. But I could say that my greatest achievement has in fact been to fulfil myself as an artist.

                        How did you discover our products?
                        About ten years ago, I came across the work of a French artist, Amélie, who also painted on fabric. I asked her what paint she used, and that’s how I discovered Setacolor. The rest of the products, like Studio, etc., that was directly in-store. It’s because of my experience with Setacolor that I prefer to stick with the Pébéo brand. I have confidence in the brand.

                        You recently discovered Mixed Media by Pébéo, a concept, we have no doubt, that opens new creative possibilities for artists. How does this concept make your art progress?
                        Mixed Media by Pébéo effects are simply striking. I recognize myself in them, because they add an organic edge to my artwork. I therefore pushed the concept further by choosing a rough support, wood. Covered in white, I discretely let the grain of the wood appear, then I applied the Mixed Media by Pébéo paints, choosing colours found in nature. This resulted in an organic feel. Also, by choosing to work in abstract, people can let their imaginations go. What’s more, despite the canvas being still, it gives an impression of movement, and you can look at it for hours because there are so many things to be seen. This is also useful to my art because of the technique I use to apply the paint from the Mixed Media by Pébéo program, which is a rather particular technique. I was able to transpose this technique to the other mediums I was already familiar with, like acrylic. It opens the field of possibilities even more. It gives me new creative ideas.

                        We firmly believe each artist can contribute to the progress of the Mixed media by Pébéo. How do you think you make the concept advance?
                        I intend to test Mixed Media by Pébéo on fabric and on 3D artwork. Also, with the numerous possible combinations, I’m trying to find how to give it a more urban style. The creative and innovative possibilities are already very numerous with this product range, so I hope my creativity will find new domains for which Mixed Media wasn’t necessarily intended.

                        What are your favourite products in Pébéo’s Mixed Media range and what do they bring to your artwork?
                        I love mixing Moon and Vitrail colours. It’s this combination that gives the surprising and striking organic edge to my work. I’ve also done tests mixing Ceramic and Vitrail. This could bring me closer to the urban aspect that I’m looking for. Ceramic is very glossy and gives the Vitrail many nuances when they are mixed. It’s interesting.

                        Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
                        With no fixed address, exposing my canvases at the four corners of the world, and creating wherever the winds carry me.

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                            Since Pébéo began the adventure of the Mixed Media by Pébéo program, we haven’t stopped searching for talented fine art and Mixed Media artists. And thanks to our efforts we have discovered a gold mine: the young and talented Audrey Gagnon, from Sherbrooke.
                            Lately, this artist has started creating works using the Mixed Media by Pébéo techniques and, from one creation to the next, impresses us more every time. The “funky” side of her pieces brings freshness, novelty, originality and dynamism to our concept!
                            Audrey, who completed her pre-university studies in Visual Arts  at the Cégep de Sherbrooke, wants to head into Art Therapy at University. Beyond her studies, Audrey has been practicing visual arts instinctively since she was very young. This has always occupied a large place in her life and even goes so far as playing a liberating role. When she gets a creative idea in her head, or simply an deep urge to scribble on a sheet of paper, nothing can stop her!
                            This artist, impassioned by challenges, lives to the fullest though art. With all her creations, she sets herself a goal beyond her limits. Consequently, she outdoes herself with each piece and thus expands her comfort zone. Mixed Media by Pébéo was a great challenge for Audrey, incidentally, because until recently, she worked more with her preferred technique: wash on canvas or heavy paper. This is a pictorial technique consisting of using only one colour, Pébéo Studio Acrylics in this case, and diluting it with water to obtain different intensities and nuances of the same colour on the work surface. She then uses ink, or even an oil stick accentuate her forms’ outline. Audrey has in-depth knowledge of Pébéo’s Studio Acrylics paints because she has used them for a long time. She says this product range gives her a wide array of colour choices and offers quality opacity, allowing an excellent result during application. She even adds that this product was recommended to her by her teachers at the Cégep de Sherbrooke.
                            Enclosed in her studio and surrounded by music is how Audrey gets to relax and concentrate on her next creations. In her pieces, she conveys a message linked to the imaginary and the unconscious. Most of the time, she makes elements connected to nature and to man coexist. However, she stands out for the audacity she displays using Mixed Media by Pébéo’s product range, and for the use of warm colours drawing close to sunshine and gold.
                            Until now, her greatest artistic challenge was her final Visual Arts pre-university project, the completely unusual creation of a sculpture of wooden slats about 7 feet high. Audrey incidentally made it the focus of an exposition during at a vernissage  at Sherbrooke’s Sporobole last summer. She has no intention of stopping there and is even thinking of holding her own exhibition in the coming years.
                            In short, this unbelievably mature young artist offers some clear advice to beginning artists: “Change nothing to the style that’s your own. Be yourself and let yourself go. There are no limits in art: it’s a vast playground where you have to explore and be particularly curious.”
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                                Today, Maude teaches her passion, the arts, to students from 8 to 60 years old in school, after-school  and in private. Involved in a number of artistic projects, she developed, with the help of a colleague, a specialised art camp as well as extracurricular art groups. She wished to give young people the opportunity to explore their creativity, new techniques, and new mediums as well. Her mission as an artist? Make kids aware of the artistic universe as early as possible, by discovering ways to make this discipline appealing and accessible through diverse and stimulating projects.
                                This artist’s curiosity brought her to experiment with many products on the market, and for many years now, Pébéo products are part of her daily life. As an art teacher, she notes that her pupils delight in experimenting and matching different Pébéo mediums. Often apprehensive at first, they all learn to dare, and to find in these products a freedom of expression and a certain “letting-go” with their work. These products also push back the limits with respect to creating works with mixed media techniques.
                                In 2013, impressed by her artistic style, Pébéo asked her to try-out the products included in their new Mixed Media by Pébéo program. She mentions having had immense pleasure matching and combining the program’s different products, all the while discovering new product ranges. According to her, “the variety of products pushes back the limits even further and give an unequalled freedom of action!”. Results are therefore unexpected and combinations infinite.
                                Her personal touch? Kinetic art, pieces with which the viewer can interact directly, based on a research of textures, a variation of volumes, movements and planes creating a mythical atmosphere. According to her, this technique transports viewers elsewhere. As she works with mixed media techniques, it is important for her to find adequate mediums to create the desired effect. As there are a variety of materials in her paintings, she uses a lot of Modelling Paste as well as sand-textured Gels from the Studio Acrylics by Pébéo range, that allow her to create a mix of materials and volumes, to glue, to superimpose and to add texture to her pieces. To pigment her pieces, she also uses colours from the Fantasy Prisme, Fantasy Moon and Vitrail ranges.
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                                            As of summer 2015, a great white canvas will take wing from Pébéo’s head office in Gémenos, France, and begin a vast creative world tour.

                                            The first artist to receive the canvas will begin a broad collective creative piece with only one constraint: Mixed Media. He will film his contribution, take a photograph, and, once he thinks he’s done, send the canvas to another country, where another artist will continue!

                                            During its travels from one country to the next, the canvas will evolve, accumulating the touches of each of the artists that will have contributed to it, thus becoming the first collective Mixed Media work on the planet.

                                            Obviously, your INSPIRATION Mixed Media magazine will be there to show you this magnificent odyssey in imagery! So join us this fall, in the October edition, for the start of the first Mixed Media by Pébéo World Tour…
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                                                    Have you ever considered dedicating your time to something other than painting? When did you realise that you wanted to totally dedicate yourself to it? ?
                                                    Sometimes I wonder, deep down inside myself, what I would have become if not a painter. I think that all my dreams have always resided in painting. For me, it’s like a big bowl that can take whatever shape you want to give it. This “bowl” can give you a knowledge of art that you will be able to use in other artistic disciplines, like architecture, design or photography. I’m doing exactly what I love. I love looking, observing, and the field of application of painting is tied to the eyes, to vision, to the function of seeing… I realised I wanted to be a painter when I was in grade school, while watching a documentary on Leonardo da Vinci.

                                                    What motivates your creative process? 
                                                    What creates my entire relationship with colours is my admiration for nature. Everything I know comes from nature. If you observe it with a full awareness of things, you will be able to see both the harmony and the opposition hidden in its colours. I’m very sensitive to contrasts, that in the end, create a harmony. When I choose my colours, I often think of contrasts.

                                                    You exposition, “FOUNTAIN”, is happening in Gémenos, in France, at Pébéo. Can you tell us more about it?? 
                                                    I would say… What is the source of life for mankind? I often ask myself this. What gives us the strength to go forward? Where does our inspiration come from? I feel the answer always brings us back to the same source…
                                                    The sound of water, a bird flying freely in the sky, the smile of a child, when we look with our heart we can see happiness in thousands of little things, our source is the happiness itself in day-to-day life. My world is built around my paintings, my colours, my brushes, music and dance. Together, with them, I feel myself living. So my place in this universe becomes light, and not just the reflection of this light. Now, I’m going towards a second source, important and indispensable for a painter, a fountain of colours, a source of magic, a rainbow that has been liberating colour for nearly 100 years, Pébéo in Gémenos. I can’t wait to combine my inner happiness and my source of life with Pébéo’s fountain of colour and discover new things.
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                                                            Is there an element, a predominant influence on how you choose colours? How has your work evolved with respect to colour?? 

                                                            Colours are the foundation of my work. The more I admire them, the more I admire the universe. I’m happy to be living in full colour!

                                                            You are a very versatile artist; works on canvas, on paper, on furniture, and even some photography. You have even created a work of art on a boat sail. What will your next surface be?

                                                            I want to create projects that will surprise me, and by the same token surprise others. I would like to paint on a gigantic tanker. I’m very interested by the transformation of objects. I love turning things considered dull, colourless and unattractive into artwork, such as a tanker for example!
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                                                                        An inevitable destination, DeSerres among Canada’s most important retailers of art and creative leisure supplies, games and toys, framing and other various decorative products. Pébéo is proud to contribute to DeSerres’ position among the leaders in the field of art by supplying fine art, creative leisure and children’s paints. DeSerres celebrated its 25th anniversary in the Sherbrooke region last April 21st, an event Pébéo simply could not ignore!

                                                                        The reality of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
                                                                        Artists, students and creative amateurs living in and around the Eastern Townships have something to celebrate in having a DeSerres store nearby. The Sherbrooke store, renowned for its personnel’s expertise and its commitment to the community, has now indeed been fulfilling the creative urges of Sherbrookers for a quarter century!
                                                                        To underline this event, and on top of offering colourful surprises to the first 200 clients coming through the doors, Pébéo was on-site to share with visitors the extensive possibilities of its products available at DeSerres. Tanya Vallières, a talented artist with in-depth knowledge of Pébéo products, was also there to represent the colour manufacturer and share her know-how through demonstrations.
                                                                        Tanya demonstrated the properties of the products making up the Mixed Media by Pébéo program before curious customers. Tanya’s infectious enthusiasm, combined with her experience in public, made her demonstrations and explanations appreciated by all. Pébéo wanted to offer something special and creative for this 25th anniversary; the discovery of Mixed Media by Pébéo and the simple sharing of artistic know-how seem to have inspired more than one artist, fulfilling an aspiration shared by DeSerres and Pébéo!
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                                                                          “With over 25,000 square feet of space to better serve our customers, this new store is one of the biggest in Quebec” proudly declared manager Guy Dufresne. “Sherbrooke residents won’t have to go to Drummondville to visit a Michaels any more, they can just come to Plateau Saint-Joseph.”

                                                                          The Pébéo brand. Inspiring, from the beginning.
                                                                          Being a brand very close to the artistic community, Pébéo wanted to bring its personal touch to the opening. And to accomplish this, Audrey Gagnon, an artist gifted for Mixed Media by Pébéo, was on hand Friday and Saturday during the day, to present the Pébéo products available for purchase at Michaels.
                                                                          Placed right next to the Mixed Media space, she answered customer’s questions regarding the different product ranges. This strategic proximity to Pébéo’s 15 linear feet of displays assisted public comprehension and gave them the opportunity to discover the variety of colours in all the product ranges included in the Mixed Media by Pébéo : tubes of Studio Acrylics (colours and mediums), Gédéo resins, Mirror-effect foil leaf, Vitrail, and Fantasy Prisme and Moon effect paints. Beyond these products, Sherbrookers will also be able to obtain Pébéo Studio XL fine oils , as well as Porcelaine 150 and Vitrea 160, two headliners of the creative leisure field. The launch of this Michaels was a solid success.
                                                                          This Sherbrooke franchise will no doubt contribute to making Townships artists happy, and this, in no small part, thanks to the wide selection of Pébéo products found within.
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                                                                          Following the Mixed Media by Pébéo program’s  launch a little over a year ago, we have had many occasions to present it to the public, through a series of artists’ exhibitions the world over. Great interest and a growing enthusiasm were felt every time, encouraging us to push this innovation even further. As Mixed Media by Pébéo became ever more important at the heart of North America’s artistic community, the marketing department decided it was time to train artists with the right artistic and professional characteristics, from the United States and Canada, to be certified Mixed Media by Pébéo Product Specialists.
                                                                          The first training session for Mixed Media by Pébéo Product Specialists was held at our North American offices, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on September 25th and 26th, 2014. We welcomed seven incredible artists from all over North America; Tristina Dietz Elmes , Ophelia Staton, Candace French, Patricia Jenkins, Kira Slye, Mireille Vézina, Audrey Gagnon and Debbie Cotton were all part of the crew. The enthusiasm these women displayed for Mixed Media by Pébéo was obvious and we were pleasantly surprised at how quickly they learned during nearly two days of training. This session also allowed the specialists to discover Pébéo’s North American offices, get an idea of the company’s corporate culture, and to meet a few of its employees.
                                                                          The goal of this seminar was to help the Mixed Media by Pébéo Product Specialists understand the brand’s image and take in the message Pébéo wants to share with artists across North America. Most consumers concentrate on one specific range of products during their creative process, but Pébéo’s mission is to allow all artists, from beginners to experts, to go beyond the limits of their art through this new program. These seven specialists had to learn how to present Mixed Media by Pébéo through demonstrations across the North American territory.
                                                                          Right from the first day, Tristina Dietz Elmes, our Mixed Media by Pébéo Product SpecialistProgram coordinator, trained the artists during their stay in Sherbrooke. She shared sound advice on products and their applications, like product drying times, results when applied with other program products, etc., thanks to her in-depth knowledge of the program. The quality of the information given by Tristina, before the future Mixed Media by Pébéo Product Specialists tried each product in the program, was perfect. That first day was dedicated to discovering the different interactions between products, experimenting with them, integrating the information, and to the pleasure of trying out new fine art techniques. The specialists created incredible pieces that first day, even though they had only just been initiated to Mixed Media by Pébéo techniques!
                                                                          During the session, the involvement of Pébéo vice-president Yves Darche,and  internal sales and marketing director Julie Grignon, was notably important. All devoted time to answering the artists’ different questions and they were most receptive to suggestions from Mixed Media by Pébéo Product Specialists. Even though the marketing department knows products and applications well, it is in constant training mode because of the infinite creative possibilities of this superb program!
                                                                          On the second day of training, Tristina Dietz-Elmes took the opportunity to test the specialists’ retention of product knowledge. Each was asked in turn to describe the products used in randomly picked Mixed Media by Pébéo pieces. Next, Julie Grignon presented the Inspiration eMagazine and Mixed Media product eBook containing much information and many videos on Mixed Media by Pébéo. To wrap up the first training session, each of the Mixed Media by Pébéo Product Specialists was asked to make a short demonstration of their artwork as if they were in a store, in front of consumers. This allowed them to “break the ice” before a real, first, in-store presentation on Mixed Media by Pébéo.
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                                                                            A Helping Hand… for the program – The “Coup de Main – Helping Hand” program supports the numerous artists offering workshops featuring Pébéo products. This North American exclusive rewards artists for sharing their discovery of Pébéo product ranges with their entourage, and up-and-coming artists.

                                                                            How it works
                                                                            Interested artists motivated in working in collaboration with Pébéo are invited to submit their artistic project along with a brief description. A selection will be made among the submissions and support will be offered to the chosen artists, allowing them to welcome their students with a smile, and with Pébéo products to discover.

                                                                            In the studio with Joanne Egglefield
                                                                            Mrs. Joanne Egglefield, fine-artist, is one of the artists benefiting from the support of Pébéo’s Helping Hand program. She gives up to two monthly workshops with Pébéo products. Having noticed the rising popularity of abstract art in her region, she consulted our website: “I decided to contact you concerning Mixed Media training, and the Helping Hand program popped into the conversation”, she declared. For Joanne Egglefield, there were multiple advantages in participating in the program. “To begin with, it allows us to try products we probably would not have purchased without further information. What’s more, it allows artists and professors to offer a variety of workshops at a reasonable price. Participants can perfect their know-how with acrylics one week and with Fantasy Prisme and Moon effect-paints the next”, she mentions.
                                                                            Active in the fine arts domain for many years, Mrs. Egglefield recently adopted Mixed Media by Pébéo, following her participation in a workshop offered at Pébéo's North American studio. Since then, her students discover Pébéo products in her workshops and their response has been positive. They love to dare, to experiment!
                                                                            The star product is without a doubt Studio Acrylics, according to her. She incorporates it in the majority of her pieces because it’s versatile, the colours are luminous and the product is affordable for students wishing to purchase it.
                                                                            You can consult Joanne Egglefield's  website to learn more about her and to discover some of the creations made in her workshops.

                                                                            La Grande Virée Artistique is a gathering of Sherbrooke artists who want to share their creative universe with the public. Since its first edition, in 2002, the group is constantly reinventing itself. The principle is unique: the region’s amateurs of art undertake a road trip taking them to discover the professional workshops of 25 renowned artists. It’s a sharing of know-how and an inspirational moment for all concerned. This summer, La Grande Virée Artistique 2015 was staged over two weekends. Sherbrooke was fuelled on artistic amazement on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of June, as well as on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July.

                                                                            Pébéo’s involvement

                                                                            Having noticed this surge of originality, and the opportunity to meet with talented artists, Pébéo chose to participate as major sponsor! Pébéo, well known throughout the Eastern Townships’ artistic community, supported this 14th edition of the event in many ways. In fact, on top of being event sponsor, the company is offering a Mixed Media by Pébéo training opportunity to all the region’s curious artists. The training session will be given by a Mixed Media by Pébéo Product Specialist in the fall of 2015.
                                                                            The second way by which Pébéo will also make itself noticed during La Grande Virée Artistique will be by focusing on the next generation of artists. The Townships, with its two university campuses, its Cégep, museums and abundant art galleries, are overflowing with artists in need of recognition. Obviously, Pébéo wants to invite them all to a Mixed Media training session, but will also set up a contest targeting these emerging artists. So, after having attended a day of Mixed Media by Pébéo training, one of them will go home with a box full of Pébéo products worth $250! This will obviously help-out the artist financially, but it will also help nourish the creative fires within, always in evidence during a training session. Up-and-coming artists are always receptive to the new possibilities brought to their creative processes by the Mixed Media by Pébéo program. Let’s help them create, and surprise us!
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                                                                            This was the result of the sold out Mixed Media by Pébéo demonstration held at Plaza Art in Nashville, Tennessee, that was fabulously orchestrated by Mixed Media scholar Tristina Dietz-Elmes: Full House!
                                                                            Tristina charmed the participants with her expertise in mixed media techniques, her flair and her finesse. Her knowledge of Mixed Media by Pébéo’s product ranges, coupled with her stupendous creativity, turned this event into something profoundly magical!
                                                                            Bruce Baker, director of Plaza Art’s Nashville store, had given himself the goal of bringing in “something new” for his elite fine art customer base, for this 4th edition of the event. Better known as “Hands  On Creativity”, Plaza Art hosts this artistic know-how sharing weekend each autumn. This year, Bruce wanted to present something innovative to his clients and invited Pébéo to present its Mixed Media by Pébéo program, including paints, mediums resins, accessories and more. A success from beginning to end!
                                                                            As they entered the store’s front doors, each of the 650 participants was immediately greeted by Tristina Dietz Elmes, Mixed Media by Pébéo product specialist, and Angela M. Scherz, Pébéo’s special projects coordinator. The artists were then invited to create a small work of art using colours from the Fantasy Prisme, Fantasy Moon and Vitrail product ranges on Pébéo's Liquid Art panels and other wooden surfaces. Participants had a wild time experimenting and creating their unique pieces with these colour ranges and other Pébéo mediums! The art varied from abstract free-form to distinctly detailed images with strategically thought-out and applied Fantasy textured effects. All the pieces revealed striking creative expressions!
                                                                            The artists also had the occasion to attend many demonstrations and intensive workshops given by certain chosen manufacturers. “Pébéo’s Mixed Media Art Adventure” workshop was hosted with gusto as a playful, dynamic and action-packed presentation. For two electrifying hours, Tristina shared her favourite techniques, combination possibilities, and the unique effects offered by Mixed Media by Pébéo to a room overflowing with scholarly artists. She also took the opportunity to share technical information, as well as helpful hints and tips for creating pieces with liquid Fantasy paints that self-manipulate to give special effects, transparent and ultra-brilliant Vitrail colours, and Gédéo resins. The results were astounding! Everyone left with a strong dose of inspiration and the enthusiasm to create their own Mixed Media by Pébéo pieces!
                                                                            Thank you Tristina, and thanks to Plaza Art for giving Pébéo the opportunity and great pleasure of sharing the Mixed Media by Pébéo program’s favourite new ranges.
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                                                                            This year once again, Pébéo representatives were present at the Salon des arts et loisirs créatifs, organised by Natacha Watier, from October 16th to 19th, 2014. This consumer event  is one of the most important art and creative leisure events organised in Quebec. Whether it’s visual arts, decorative arts, scrapbooking, paper arts, knitting, embroidery, sewing, jewellery-making or woodworking, it’s all found under one roof. 

                                                                            More than 130 exhibitors offer visitors the possibility of picking up a wide variety of products, as well as new creative ideas, by visiting suppliers, vendors and artists. One can find a very large selection of mediums, paints, brushes, canvases, jewellery, artwork, fabrics, etc., right on-site. This event distinguishes itself without question for the creative workshops offered visitors. These workshops are given by the best artists from the art and creative leisure world in a calm, inspiring and serene atmosphere. 

                                                                            In the context of this event, Pébéo took the opportunity to present Mixed Media by Pébéo right from its booth. Thanks to Sherbrooke artist Tanya Vallières, who gave many captivating demonstrations, visitors to the booth got the opportunity to solidly discover the concept. On top of presenting technical videos that captured the attention of many on a monitor screen, Pébéo took advantage of the occasion to unveil its brand new e-zine INSPIRATION Mixed Media by Pébéo. Everyone, artists as well as visitors, fell quickly under its spell! People who were charmed by the spectacular effects made possible by Mixed Media by Pébéo’s product ranges signed up for this e-zine without hesitation. Enthusiasm, intrigue and inspiration were in the air!

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                                                                            Pébéo is proud to announce that we will be part of a group of exhibitors participating in the Sierra Pacific Crafts (SPC) Mixed Media wholesale buyers’ event, held from July 28th to 30th in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. SPC is a cooperative of independent franchises with more than 225 member retailers throughout the United States.

                                                                            Buyers visiting the Pébéo booth will discover Mixed Media by Pébéo in its full extent and applications: creative journals, abstract art, surface decorations, application on polymer clay , etc., as well as be able to participate in demonstrations, conferences and workshops offered directly at the booth by Kira Slye and Tristina Dietz Elmes, two passionate artists known in the industry for their talent and contagious enthusiasm. Buyers can ask for a private appointment by writing to info@pebeo.net, or by contacting their sales representative directly.
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