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Live painter Lewis Lavoie worked his magic at Sunridge Place

Artist Lewis Lavoie of Alberta works on a live painting before the residents of Sunridge Place on Friday, Feb. 15, with live music provided by local band Tropic Mayhem. - Andrew Leong
Artist Lewis Lavoie of Alberta works on a live painting before the residents of Sunridge Place on Friday, Feb. 15, with live music provided by local band Tropic Mayhem.
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A artist unleashed next to the lively tunes of a tropical band.

What better a ray of sunshine for folks living at Cowichan’s Sunridge Place, says manager of assisted living and community relations Andrea Youson.

“The two things our older generation enjoy most are painting and music. The combination couldn’t have been more perfect,” she said of the Feb. 15 event that saw Alberta artist Lewis Lavoie spend about an hour creating his second Sunridge canvas.

Lavoie decked out in a Hawaiian shirt, alongside the local band Tropic Mayhem led by Sunridge’s Andy McCormack, splashed together an acrylic featuring a fishing boat in a harbour with a smattering of trees as the backdrop.

The canvas will be hung in the retirement home’s assisted living building.

“It was a tremendous event and all the residents here truly enjoyed it,” said Youson. “(Lavoie’s) a fabulous artist, and it’s so unbelievable to watch him.”

A visual artist from St. Albert, Alberta, Lavoie is the inventor of the unique Mural Mosaic concept of uniting hundreds of artists together through their artwork into one unified image.

A renowned children’s illustrator, Lavoie has also gained much international attention for his live performance art creations, which he has showcased in front of crowds of thousands.

This was Lavoie’s second live-painting performance at Sunridge.

In 2009, he painted a couple on a park bench that’s now hung in the building’s main entrance.

 

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