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Jean Bargeron: Lives, loves…and paints the dunes!

July 5, 2018

Meet Jean Bargeron! Jean has lived in the dunes for 22 years. She has painted for many, many years and says the best part of her 74 years on earth has been the years she has spent here in the dunes. In a community that is a community, with people who care about relationships and nature. Jean has worked in oils most of her adult life and finds her style can change with the subject, with the mood and as the message requires.  Be it portraits or landscapes, studio rendering or plein air… the important things remains…. subject / viewer = communication / message.

What is your favorite thing about the dunes?
I never tire of the changing beauty of the colors, the grasses and wild flowers, the smooth and moving sands of our dunes, the strength and power of our beautiful Lake Michigan. Having come from New England the scene is very different here but I have been adopted and now live as a Hoosier and love it.

Tell us a secret about the dunes.
My secrets are few if any, certainly one would be my backyard…. It so surprises most people. It is like a hidden garden, a little sanctuary, my  special place. There are four favorite restaurants  that I’d love to share the names of with you. They are – Gamba Ristorante – Merrillville,  Bartlett’s – Beverly Shores, Lucrezia – Chesterton  and Brewsters in New Buffalo. These places sooth the taste buds, the spirit and the folks are really nice, can’t beat that combination !

Do you have a hidden treasure?
My painting colleagues are my heart and mind these days. As a member of Area Art Association, the Southern Shore Arts and Duneland Plein Air Painters I can say I’ve been blessed with sharing time with some of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Don’t miss any of their exhibits, you will be treated, you will be so glad you made the effort !!  

Anything else?
My upcoming show really is quite a large body of work. There will be over 55 pieces ranging in size from 8 x 10 to  48 x 36, from plein air to studio. Most are framed and the price point ranges from $100 to $3,900.  Something for everyone. The opening will be on Sunday, July 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chesterton Art Center on 4 th. St. in downtown Chesterton. Come by and celebrate with me.  This may well be my last One Woman Show. Find out more about Jean’s show, right here!

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