about the artist
Saskatchewan-based mixed media artist Heather Rae Beauchesne (BFA) explores and composes her work in textiles, drawing, performance, and installation. Her work has consistently focused on the concepts of identity and home. Speaking to this, Beauchesne’s current body of work, flora, draws our attraction to local native plants on a sketch and textiles palette.
Beauchesne acquired her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honours, in 2002 at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to graduation she completed a large portion of her Fine Arts programming at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. After graduation she continued to study goldsmithing as apprentice to Ken Paulson, KP Goldsmiths, Saskatoon, Sk. In 2003 Beauchesne departed from Saskatchewan to attend the opening of a group show, Stuffing, Artspace, Peterburough, On., and continued on to Montreal to accompany her independent women's clothing line, hb. After furthering her education in 2006, Fashion Design, LaSalle College, Montreal, Qc., Beauchesne went on to be 1 of 2 designers of men's denim with international distribution for Buffalo, David Bitton.
Beauchesne grew up in Spiritwood, Sk, returning home 4 years ago to provide Physical Therapy (MPT, 2012) services. Applying her experience in Montreal, Qc., and travel, she works closely with the regional economic development board to facilitated the presence of the arts in the community. Such endeavours include curating and facilitating the Main Street Gallery, Main St. Spiritwood. Throughout the year, and by request, Beauchesne provides small group, structured, art instruction and art retreats based in her owned and operated B&B, Inn on the 10th.
Beauchesne's most recent body of work, Farm Fresh . Locally Sourced, is currently on exhibition at the Main Street Gallery, Spiritwood, Sk. The show not only portrays her exploration of texture, light, and sketch preference, but initiated the gallery's first community focused fundraiser through artwork sales (see media), and features a sub-show Little Creatures, the product of artist run workshop for 10 - 12 year olds, charcoal on wood extraction technique. Show ends February 28/, 2019.