The Castoffs, Carol Bernier
Carol Bernier is both a painter and a teacher. As an elementary teacher engulfed in her duties, inspiration had to come from the young creative minds of her students.
“At the end of my teaching day, I was moved when I came upon the traces of my students lively, sensitive work. The children entrusted me with a few finished drawings or paintings, as I had asked them to not throw anything away. I affectionately dubbed my little collection of those The Castoffs ,” says Carol Bernier.
Now, twenty years later, she is teaching adults-and asks them not to throw anything away. The new Castoffs are incorporated into the abstract mixed media paintings of this exhibition. Combing through those precious scraps, tearing them up, sticking them together, superimposing one upon the other, she once again delights in creative play.