May 2007.  Moose painting by Patricia Baker.

Featured Artist: Maureen Mousley

Moe Mousley (center) with juror Gordon MacKenzie and Gallery Director Kyung Hatfield. Photo courtesy of Paul D. Freedman.

Moe Mousley (center) with juror Gordon MacKenzie and Gallery Director Kyung Hatfield.
Moe's painting is in the background to the left. She won the Viewers' Choice Award in March.
Photo courtesy of Paul D. Freedman.

Moe Mousley—where to start? Consummate artist, frequent exhibitor, consistent award-winner, seemingly tireless volunteer, a joy to be around.

A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Moe has taught in the Sault Area Schools, at the Brimley School, and is now teaching art at LSSU.

She won the Sault Summer Arts Festival Painting Award in 1992, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 and the Best of Show in 1994. That’s in addition to the Design Award in 1998, and the Fine Arts Award in 1994, 1995 and 2000. She won the Color Award in the 1999 Algoma Festival of the Arts and the Best Painting Award there in both 1999 and 2000. She took an Honorable Mention in the Crooked Tree Arts Center Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition and First Place in the “On the Waterfront” Juried Exhibition in Alberta House in 2001, as well as Third Place in the “Off the Deep End” Juried Exhibition 2002. Last month she won the Viewer’s Choice Award in the juried “Bridges” exhibition.

Before concentrating almost exclusively on her painting, Moe was winning awards for her baskets. She is well versed in other media as well. She was the juror for the Olive Craig Gallery’s Black to White Show and will be the judge for this summer’s 35th Sault Summer Arts Festival. Her next Alberta House Exhibit is scheduled for the fall of 2008.

Moe has been a member of the SAAC Board and a frequent volunteer for many years. She’s always ready to volunteer as a teacher in the summer kids art classes. She has been arranging the merchandise in the shop for years and in January she almost single handedly moved the shop from the north to the south side of Alberta House. (We had a crew ready to do the heavy work but by the time it was organized Moe had the shop moved and the art work on display and it all looked wonderful.) She has the knack of making everything look easy, tossing off a complicated task with a smile. Alberta House is all about volunteers, but the caliber of our volunteers is (to use an overused word in the most literal sense) awesome. There is no way we could ever pay for the quality of work that our volunteers donate—and no way we could ever thank them enough. Moe is a shining example.

Last updated: May 1, 2007

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