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PIERRE FINKELSTEIN, 2005

 

Since participating for the first one in 96 in Quimiac, I have not missed a Salon. A student asked me once: “Is it worth going to the Salon every year? Are not they every year the same?”.

why is it that I am drawn to our annual meeting with such a drive?:

 

SOUL: the soul of the salon is all of us :the new comers, the freshly graduated students, the established decorators, and old timers alike. That thirst for knowledge and sharing with fellow painters from all over the world is what brings me back every year. This undying spirit makes me discover a few new paint tricks and friends every time, and hope it does the same to all the participants.

 

ARTISAN: where else can you have access to such a wealth of artisans, passionate about their trade, and willing to share with other, to encourage the one-year painter? We have very few guilds or organization that can promote and educate our artisan, this is one of the best, and it is free, so all that can show their Stuff can participate.

 

LEVEL: the quality level seems to increase every year, I guess a healthy and friendly competition amongst us, make us try to surpass the previous year and come up with our latest tricks and jobs partly to impress, partly to seek approval from our peers and to inspire aspiring student painters.

 

ORGANIZATION: this little organization is more like a gathering place for all of us to get together, meet new painter, spend 3 days just painting without a client and of course to have a great time, not to mention some of the most memorable evenings.

 

NEW: the new faces we meet, the new paint techniques, the new ideas, the new sample we see, the new material we can try out, the mix of new trend and old world techniques  are such awesome source of inspiration that there is never a dull moment.

 

So my fellow painter you will see this year, next year and the following one as long as I can make it, and also because Patrick and I are the only “never missed one” attendees and we are in a serious competition for the most year running (joke)