Francoeur has been active in the arts for most of her life. She gave private art lessons for 45 years and taught an adult course at Somersworth High School for 29 years. As an active member of the Great Bay Art Association, York Art Association, and Durham Art Association, Pat participates in many group shows and has often been a demonstrator. She is also registered among New England Artists on the Governor’s and President’s Commission of the Arts in Washington DC and among Who’s Who in American Artists. She is also a member of the Women of the Arts Museum in Washington DC.
Francoeur has garnered many awards from various shows in the New England area including the calendar cover and the October painting for two different Families First Calendar contests. She has won best-in-show awards for both the GBAA and the YAA.
Also on display are the works of painter Ruth Ann Bleau. During a life when Ruth has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a waitress, Head Start Aid, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier and when earning a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, she has had an underlying passion for art.
She has always loved to draw and has taken courses at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass., and the Peabody Essex Museum.
Her large, colorful paintings are of landscapes, animals and flowers. She paints very quickly and intensely for two or three hours and then studies the painting for a few days, adjusting the color, contrast, intensities and patterns.
Ruth is one of the five owner-artists of the Vibes Art Gallery in Somersworth.