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Wind of Change

Updated: Jan 31


The Annual Juried Spring Show in conjunction with Complexe Canal Lachine Open House was moved to a virtual reality this year due to the pandemic. My work SILENCE BREAKERS is a tribute to the women who denounced sexual harassment and globalized the #METOO hashtag.


Social activist Tarana Burke created the #METOO in 2006. Alyssa Milano tweeted the hashtag on October 17, 2017. The next day 30,000 people had tweeted #METOO. The movement brought together people of different classes, races and gender to fight against sexual harassment. The most prominent figure to be brought down, Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 29 years in prison in February 2020.

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Michèle Atkinson is a Canadian contemporary artist. Her artwork is inspired by her family's ancestors and her strong connection to their long roots.  Through her paintings, she explores the ebb and flow of absence and presence from memories of repeated stories, old photos and heirlooms. 

Her love of textures was born from creating designer sweaters with the rich curly coats of the sheep and angora goats she raised on her farm. Michèle studied at the Visual Art Centre in Montreal and has since had solos shows and participated in group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City and Baie Saint-Paul.  Her work has been shown in international Art Fairs in the United States, England and Hong Kong as well as being in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Originally from Quebec City Michèle graduated with a BA in translation from Université de Montréal.  She lives and works in Montreal, and maintains a summer studio in Vermont.