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Ysabelle Vautour

A portrait in bright clours including green, blue, red, orange and yellow in thick paint. The bright turquise green eyes look over the observers left shoulder, gazing into the distance. The expression oo the face is that of worry.

Ysabelle Vautour is the founder of the NB Disability Art Collective and a graduate of Artslink’s Catapult Arts Accelerator Program. She began painting in 2019, she was invited to speak at Artslink`s Short and Sweet Speaker Series.

Her art was featured in CBC, Acadie Nouvelle, Art Battle, Dieppe Cultural Center, Fredericton Public Library, Art Kitchen, Grid City Magazine. and was also selected for a juried exhibition at the Nails on the Wall Gallery in Metuchen, New Jersey.

A pastel image of a female dancer arching backwards. As they lean backwards their dark t-shirt is raised revealing their midriff. They have black trousers and bare feet and have long hair tied in a pony tail.

In 2021 Ysabelle had two solo exhibitions at Corrid'art Gallery in Shediac and at the Penny Gallery in Fredericton; she was awarded an Artsnb creation and career development grant.

The visually impaired artist collaborated with Theatre New Brunswick and the JRG Art Society for the Arts on Atlantic Canada's first Disability Arts Symposium.

She served as the artist residence at the Fredericton Arts alliance and Connexion ARC and was also featured in Akimbo, Global News, CTV, Disability Without Poverty National Roundup, AMI’s Kelly and Company, Third Space Gallery Podcast, Provincial Archives as well as the Outsiders and Others Gallery in Vancouver.

In 2022 check out Ysabelle’s third solo exhibition at the Leon Leger Gallery and in the new documentary 100% Passion.

A pastel drawing of a person in dark round glasses and long hair and a dark hat. They face forwards straight towards the camera and look to have a stern face.