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Featured Artist: Margaret La Ponsie

Last updated: March 1, 2010

..Margaret La Ponsie.

Margaret La Ponsie

It’s hard to know where to start when writing about Margaret La Ponsie. Most of you have seen her paintings, displayed in solo exhibitions in Alberta House, in group exhibits with the La Sault Artists Guild and as the Artist-of-the-Month in the Bayliss Library.

She paints in a wide variety of media, choosing her medium to fit her subject matter, which varies widely—from the buildings and landscapes in the Rudyard area where she lives to animals on the African savannas—reflects her wide-ranging interests and her love of travel.

The lady, who grew up in Pickford and raised her family in Rudyard, has traveled to Egypt, Jordan, Australia, Tasmania, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Tanzania, Kenya, the Galapagos, Peru, the Amazon River Basin, Ecuador, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Greece, Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, the Isle of Capri, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, the Bahamas, Hawaii and the Maritime Provinces.

Her adventures include a mud bath in the Dead Sea, an African safari, hot air balloon trips in Egypt and in Australia, and ancestor hunting in England and Scotland (her first trip abroad). As we write this she’s about to take off for another trip to Egypt because a friend is going and “I want to see the pyramids, tombs, and sphinx again. So interesting!” She’s sure to come back with more ideas for paintings, and you’ll probably see some of them when she’s is the Artist-of-the-Month at the Bayliss Library in September.

Margaret has four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild (born on Christmas Day evening) Her son Steve is a professional artist, living in Los Angeles and now editing movies. (One of his works, G-Force for Disney, came out in July of 2009.) Margaret and Steve had a dual exhibit in Alberta House several years ago. Kathleen, who lives in Rudyard, has her own sign business. Sharyll, who lives in St. Ignace, works with stained glass. Beth and her family were responsible for Margaret’s trip to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia—she went there to visit when they lived there. Beth now lives in Rudyard and is designing jewelry.

Margaret grew up in Pickford, where her mother taught home economics. They didn’t have art in the school there, but Margaret says she was “horse crazy” and drew horses all the time. Then came oil painting, then watercolor. She took weekend workshops in Canada with Gordon MacKenzie. She has done tole painting and has taught it, and oil painting as well.

Margaret is active in Rudyard. She works with the Rudyard Historical Society, her church, the Lions Club, and the Rudyard Area Community Foundation, and goes to school sporting events and theater productions. She worked with the Rudyard Historical Society on two books, one for Rudyard’s 125th birthday in 2008, and the second on the history of the Rudyard School District in 2009, doing all the art work for both books and helping with the information gathering. Some of her School District drawings were in her last Alberta House exhibit. She is now working with the Pickford Historical Society on a book on the Pickford School District. That book should be out sometime in July. (The Rudyard books are available at the Rudyard Township Hall or by mail. Contact Elaine Sprague at 478–5693. The books are $20 each—$25 covers book and mailing cost.)

Works by Margaret La Ponsie
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Hills of Cambodia by Margaret La Ponsie

Hills of Cambodia

Rudyard Feed Mill by Margaret La Ponsie

Rudyard Feed Mill

Zebras by Margaret La Ponsie


Painted Sled by Margaret La Ponsie

Painted Sled

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