Marie helps shape people's lives

UKI artist Marie-France Boissonneault is helping young and disabled artists create fabulous artworks.

The French-Canadian-born artist specialises in sculpting and clay work and is helping others experience the magic of art.

Her 3D art workshops, run jointly by arts organisation Ukitopia and Murwillumbah arts group Links for Life, are held each Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Links for Life art space, adjacent to Community Printmakers in Bray Park.

Ms Boissonneault's approach involves assisting the budding artists in interpreting the natural environment.

“I'm teaching them to work in 3D on canvas with clay,” she said.

“There are a lot of vibrant colours and interesting surface textures.”

Ms Boissonneault said the workshops are run in a series of four, each one with a different activity and approach to working with clay.

“Working with the kids has been really interesting,” she said.

“Especially the disabled kids, they can really relate to using their hands.”

The young artists' workshops are for people aged between 13 and 20 years.

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Ms Boissonneault is also bringing Uki residents together through art.

“We have started making tiles for the Mural of Uki,” she said.

“It's going to be hung at the tennis shed in middle of Uki but it will be portable.

“They are also going to use the mural for the youth festival on May 16.”

Ms Boissonneault holds adult community sessions at her home studio where different Uki residents are creating their own tiles.

Deputy mayor Barry Longland, of Uki, will also be creating his own tile.

To become involved contact Ms Boissonneault on (02) 6679 4225.

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