Laurie J. Mireau
Laurie (Publicover) who comes from the South Shore of Nova Scotia, earned a B.A. and B.Ed. at Dalhousie University in Halifax and began her teaching career in 1966 in Halifax. As Laurie Hillis, she completed a four-summer, 16 course "art block" Program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, in 1971 and was awarded a N.S. Art Specialist's teaching licence. She became the Art Supervisor for Charlottetown Public Schools after teaching grade 2 there for three years previously. She took evening art courses from Henry Purdy at Holland College in Charlottetown.
Laurie moved to Edmonton in 1972 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Art Education from the University of Alberta in 1974. Now Laurie Mireau, she taught Art Education courses at the University for two years after finishing her Masters Degree in Art Education at the U. of A. in 1976. Three of her Masters courses were from the Faculty of Fine Arts; one of which was Art 231 with Roger Sylvester. She taught art at a junior high school in Edmonton before returning to U of A to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. She taught Ed. Admin. courses at U. of A. for two years following her graduation from the doctoral program in 1980.
After being a consultant for four years and a school administrator for three years with Edmonton Public Schools, Laurie took a two year leave of absence from the school board (1989-1991) and enrolled full-time in the Fine Arts Program in the Department of Extension, University of Alberta in Edmonton, and completed over 43 studio courses during these two years. She did extensive studio work in drawing, pen and ink, etching, portraiture, pastels, acrylics, oils and watercolors. Her teachers included Harry Savage, Ihor Dymtruk, Gisela Felsberg, Barbara Hartmann, and Jerry Heine. While still out west, Laurie also studied with Molly MacIsaac and attended workshops with Brian Atyeo and Harold Olsen.
In 1994, she retired from teaching in order to devote more time to art pursuits and moved back to Halifax in 1995 where she has been drawing and painting full time. Laurie has been focussing on watercolors and many of her recent paintings have a Maritime theme, revealing her love of the east coast of Canada. Since her return she has had 13 solo exhibitions in Nova Scotia and she continues to paint and to market her limited edition prints and note cards which are reproduced from her paintings.
Company Name: MireauArt
Additional Web Site: www.mireauart.com.