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A. Unframed implies the artist intends the painting to be displayed without a frame. Traditionally, the canvas is finished on the sides with a black edge, or the image wraps around to the back.
Framed implies that the artists intends the artwork to be framed, and the price includes the cost of framing by our gallery. We do not list the framed size, as you may choose framing options, depending on availability. Restrictions apply.
Q. Can paintings listed as Unframed be framed?
A. In many cases, yes. Please send us an enquiry regarding the painting you wish to be framed. Please note, the cost of custom framing is not listed on our website.
Q. Can a piece of art be shipped from your other location for a viewing?
A. Artwork transfers between our galleries can be arranged depending on availability and being part of an active exhibition. There is a nominal fee to cover to cost of shipping and handling. *Conditions & restrictions apply.
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Claudette Castonguay was born in Quebec in 1949 to a family of six children and currently resides in Beauport, QC. Growing up, Castonguay flourished as a young artist, first liking drawing and then later painting. After a career as a teacher, she retired in 1984 to devote her time exclusively to her professional painting career. Also, in 1984, she had her first solo exhibition.
Castonguay is known for paintings that depict spontaneity, sensitivity, and humour. An afternoon cocktail party, an abundant garden, markets full of flowers, and children at play are reflections of the joy she can capture on canvas. Working with the sounds of Mozart and Bach in the background, she focuses on creating harmony within her painting. The world of Claudette Castonguay continues to delight and surprise, with her elegant compositions full of playful detail.
"When I begin a new painting, I love to give time and space to improvisation. I choose colour, I draw forms, and instinctively I try to harmonize light, colours and forms. From this, the subject of the painting takes form. I am fascinated by the play activity of creation, and I like to think that the canvas I am painting will bring as much joy to the person who will choose it as I am experiencing when I paint. When I stand in front of the easel, there is only this present moment that exists. These instants are precious, sometimes magical. What more can I ask for?"
West End Gallery respectfully acknowledges the Lekwungen peoples, specifically the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, on whose traditional lands our Victoria gallery stands. We also acknowledge that our Edmonton gallery is situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples, including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, and Inuit.