Celeste Friesen-Nikkel

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artist statement

My work is inspired by the spectacular land and seascape that surrounds me here in my home at the northern tip of Cape Breton.  My paintings reflect my love of colour, texture, and improvisation with them to create an expression or impression of the subject and to allow the viewer to interpret that.

selected biography

Cape Breton artist Celeste Friesen exhibits her award-winning work in numerous shows and galleries both in Cape Breton, NS and in the Washington, DC area. Her work is in private collections across Canada and the United States.

She exhibits regularly with the Cape Breton Artists Association, the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, and VANS. In Virginia, she participates in member shows with the Reston Community Centre for the Arts, the Artworks Group, the League of Reston Artists, and the Art League of Alexandria.

Her first solo exhibition was “A Celtic Discovery” in NS, September 2009;  in November 2009 she was the Featured Member Artist at the Cape Breton Artists Association exhibition at the Cape Breton University Gallery. Her most recent solo show was “A Celtic Imagination” held in Reston, Va in May 2010. Forthcoming shows include solo and member exhibitions in Reston, Va. beginning February 2011. She will have another solo show in Cape Breton at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in August 2011, as well as group exhibitions with the Centre.

Celeste’s work is carried by The Water’s Edge Gallery in Baddeck, NS, the Coloratura Art Gallery on the Cabot Trail and the Third Meadow Gallery in Inverness, NS.

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About Celeste Friesen-Nikkel

Cape Breton artist Celeste Friesen exhibits her award-winning paintings in galleries throughout Cape Breton, NS and in the Washington, DC area. Her work is in private collections across Canada and the United States.

Celeste’s works are in acrylic and mixed media, and present a wide variety of techniques, materials, and improvisations. She loves to explore colours, forms and textures in a range of expressionistic/abstract styles.

Celeste holds an MA and music degrees and is originally from Winnipeg, MB. After retiring from a career in the corporate world and living in various parts of Canada and the USA, she now resides in north-eastern Cape Breton where the wild and magnificent scenery there form the inspiration for her work.

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