Mark Gagne, Val Caron, Ontario Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement A 32 year old visual artist, Mark was born and raised in the Northern Ontario city of Sudbury and currently resides in the suburb of Val Caron with his wife and children.
Although Mark has always been artistic and creative, he didn't take serious interest in the arts until studying drafting and architecture in high school. After several years working odd jobs to get by, Mark decided to enroll in the Visual Arts - Fine Arts program at Cambrian College in Sudbury.
After graduating in 2003 he was recruited by the Sudbury Arts Council as a Special Projects Coordinator. During his tenure there Mark immersed himself in the local arts scene.
In September that year he made his exhibition debut in a successful solo exhibit at the Sudbury Arts Council gallery. A group exhibit followed soon thereafter at the Black Cat Too Cafe/Gallery in downtown Sudbury in November. In the years since, Mark's work has been featured at the Cedar Street Gallery as well as the Books & Beans Cafe/Gallery.
Recently Mark has begun to document the world around him through the lens of a camera, photographing the many features in the Greater Sudbury area that many people pass by daily but don't seem to notice. The result has been a mutually rewarding experience for both artist and audience.