Lorie Bonville Smith – Mustard Seed Art Studio and Gallery
‘Use the talents and resources you are blessed with’ has been a very meaningful life mantra to live by for Lorie (Bonville) Smith. Born in Presque Isle, ME and married Canadian.
Lorie grew up in a large family where a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility was instilled by her parents who were creative and not afraid to think outside the box.
As a child of 10 Lorie’s passion for art was recognized by her parents, who enabled her to foster as a protégé of the late, Verna Hedrick of Presque Isle, Maine. For seven years during after school lessons Lorie trained with Mrs. Hedrick. As well as the techniques of oil medium painting Mrs. Hedrick also shared her love of art and infused her students with joie de vivre. To this day, it is Lorie’s motto~ Paint Happy! She truly believes that being at peace with herself and the world around her is key to creating her best art.
After 21 years of working in the healthcare industry as a Registered Nurse, IT Analyst, Educator, Project Manager and Independent Contractor in the US and Canada it was time to follow her heart’s desire; painting.
Owning a studio and gallery was a life long dream. On June 20, 2016, Lorie registered and opened Mustard Seed Art Studio and Gallery at 402 Greenfield Road, Greenfield, NB E7L 3C8 and in her first year painted 165 paintings. Lorie’s art varies in styles from realism, impressionistic, modern, contemporary and abstract. Lorie has recently begun working in a new medium, acrylic with a lacquer finish.
Mustard Seed Art Studio and Gallery has been the fulfillment of a passion credited to a God-given, creative spirit. Lorie posts her newest work on several social media sites regularly: Facebook, Instagram, Google Business and Twitter before it is even dry. When asked why the name, "Mustard Seed Art," her response is, "I paint and have faith that they will sell."
Lorie describes herself ‘like a tree’ planted on the Canadian/US border with roots and branches reaching into both countries ~ equally loved. Mustard Seed Art sales are at least 50% to Lorie’s U.S. customers.
One recent, Canadian highlight was when the town of Florenceville-Bristol, NB purchased a painting from Lorie to gift to New Brunswick, Premier Brian Gallant who visited the area on July 15, 2017. Nine of Lorie’s paintings also decorated the Shogomoc Train Museum where the NB Premier and other dignitaries were hosted for Canada's 150th Regional Celebrations. Florenceville-Bristol was 1:4 NB locations chosen for the 150 Celebrations. We are #NBProud.
From Aug 4-30, 2017 Lorie is asked to do a Solo Exhibit at Wintergreen Art Center, 149 State St., Presque Isle, ME. This will be in her own hometown and brings a stronger 'international presence' to her artistic talents, which is 'just icing on the cake' for the Summer 2017 activities. Lorie occasionally attends open markets in her area and on NB Day 2017 (Aug 7) she will be in Hartland, NB at the Covered Bridge Market.
Locally, Lorie's art is displayed at:
*Noah's Ark Cafe, 350 Burnham Road, Oakland, NB, E7L 2V44
*Potato World (June-Sept), 385 Centreville Rd., Florenceville-Bristol, NB E7L 3K5
*Florenceville-Bristol Welcome Centre (May-Sept), 9207 Main St, Florenceville-Bristol, NB E7L 2E4
A 'free service' at Mustard Seed Art is with the app called iArtView. iArtView allows Lorie to project a piece off her artwork onto a photo (that you email her) of the wall in your home/office and then, she will email it back. Allowing customers to love the art, it's size and colors in their home/office before they purchase it.
Contact Lorie for additional outside Gallery Exhibits and/or Showings, to schedule an appointment for a private viewing in her own Studio/Gallery at 402 Greenfield Rd., Greenfield, NB.