About the Artist

Danielle Fontaine

 

Born in St-Adelphe, Québec, Canada.

Moved fourteen times; four countries, six states.

Lives & works in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

My fascination with art began as a child, with the architecture of the Montreal World’s Fair. The fantastic forms, colors and stories of Expo ’67 inspired me to study architecture and later, creative writing. When I discovered encaustic in our wonderful arts community of Greenville, South Carolina, a new storytelling adventure began.

Greenville has been my home since 1999 and I joined the new Greenville Center for Creative Arts in 2015 as one of its inaugural studio artists.


Aside from my studio practice, I have long been active in various aspects of Greenville’s art scene. I initiated the pilot program for The Warehouse Theatre’s This Wooden O educational outreach and mentored the first Greenville County High Schools Art Exhibit during the inaugural year of Artisphere. I am the co-founder and curator of the SeasonArt Series, a happy marriage of visual arts and literature at The Warehouse Theatre. With my husband Bill McLendon I founded the Brandon Fellowship at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. I currently serve on the Urban Panel of the City of Greenville’s Design Review Board.


My encaustic art can be found in various corporate and private collections in the United States and Canada.

 

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Education

2013 - MFA Creative Writing, Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina

 

1983 - M.A. Economics and Politics, Oxford University, England (on a Rhodes Scholarship)

 

1981 - B. Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Louis Robertson Prize in History of Architectural Theory and

Wilfred Truman Shaver Travelling Scholarship)

Publications

 

2021 - Still Time on Pye Pond

Clemson University Press

A pictorial memoir with the story behind the art.

Introduction by Dr. Catherine Paul, Professor Emerita of English at Clemson University, and critical text by Dr. James Mann. Dr. Mann served for a decade as curator of the Las Vegas Art Museum.

Soundbites and Videos

April 2021 - Hub City Writers Project, Spartanburg, SC

Book Talk with Dwight Rose

August 2021 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

Still Time on Pye Pond Artist Talk

August 2021 - Above the Noise podcast with Grantley Martelly, Episode 23

My Daughter Married a Black Man

 

Grants

2020 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

The purpose of this grant is to distribute copies of my pictorial memoir Still Time on Pye Pond (Clemson University Press, 2021) to libraries, schools, colleges, museums, and foundations associated with the author (myself) and/or the protagonists of the Pye Pond story. The grant made possible the distribution of the book to thirty-eight libraries and institutions in four countries. (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and South Africa.)

 

2018 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

The purpose of this grant is the creation and publication of a pictorial memoir based on nine years of documentary photography, four years of studio work in encaustic, and a solo exhibition of the resulting body of work at

The Venue, West Main Artists Co-op, in Spartanburg, SC, in March 2019.

The exhibit and publication will be titled Still Time on Pye Pond.

2018 - Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, QC, Canada

An international grant for emerging artists who work in a representational style.

2018 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

This grant allowed me to attend the 12th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA, in June 2018.

Honors and Awards

2021 - Second place award at the Anderson Arts Center 46th Annual Juried Show, Anderson, SC.

2018 - Greenville Hospital System/Clemson University and Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

Purchase Award

2017 - Shortlisted for public art at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

2017 - Greenwood Capital and Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

Purchase Award

2016 - Clemson University Center for Visual Arts, Clemson, SC

Out-of-the-Park 2: Bases Loaded Exhibit

Honorable Mention

2016 - Greater Greenville Master Gardeners

15th Annual Symposium

Featured Artist

Danielle Fontaine, encaustics artist at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, South Carolina

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl

A memoir.

11.25"x7", color scans and encaustic on board.

Studio News:

On the move... I am in the process of relocating my studio to an old mill village house, currently under renovation, right next door to the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. Look for an opening announcement in early 2022.

Exhibition History

(+ denotes solo exhibits, * denotes juried shows.)

2021 - Hughes Main Library, Greenville, SC

Greenville County Library System Art in the Library

Featured Artist - November-December 2021

 

+ 2021 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

Still Time on Pye Pond, Solo exhibit and book launch

* 2021 - Artisphere International Arts Festival of Greenville - Artists of the Upstate Exhibition

 

* 2021 - Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC,

46th Annual Juried Show

2nd place award winner

(2019-2020 was devoted to the creation of my pictorial memoir Still Time on Pye Pond, published by Clemson University Press in February 2021.)

 

+ 2019 - West Main Artists Co-Op, Spartanburg, SC

Pye Pond - A Memoir, Solo exhibit

* 2018-2019 - Greenville Center for Creative Arts,

Potential and Limits - Visions in Encaustic,

Five-person exhibit

2018 - Greenville Center for Creative Arts,

Conestee Mill Art Project

2018 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, Flat Out Under Pressure

+ 2018 - La Galerie Vincent,

640 South Main St., Greenville, SC

Still Time, Solo exhibit

2018 - OS Retro Exhibit 2018, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

Open Studios Retrospective

* 2018 - Artisphere's Artists of the Upstate Exhibit,

The Founder's Room at Larkin's, 318 S. Main St., Greenville, SC - Juried Exhibition

* 2018 - Blue Ridge Arts Center, Seneca, SC

2nd National Photography Juried Exhibition

* 2018 - Gateway Arts Center, Westminster, SC

1st Annual Juried Show

+ 2018 - TD Bank Gallery at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Still Time, Solo Exhibit

* 2018 - ​Blue Ridge Arts Center, Seneca, SC

2018 Juried Exhibition

2017 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, Open Studios Exhibit

* 2017 - Fabulon Center for Art and Education, Charleston, SC

Wax Poetic Juried Exhibition

2017 - Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Member Show

2017 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, Flat Out Under Pressure

2017 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, One Stop Open Studios Retro 2017 Exhibit

* 2017- Blue Ridge Arts Center

2017 Juried Exhibition

2016 - Greenville Center for Creative Arts

10x10=100 Invitational Challenge

2016 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, Open Studios Exhibit

 

* 2016 - Belton Center for the Arts

Eighteenth Juried Art Show

* 2016 - Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville

Small Works Juried Show

2016 - Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Member Show

2016 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, Flat Out Under Pressure

2016 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, One Stop Open Studios Retro 2016 Exhibit

 

* 2016 - Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC,

41st Annual Juried Show

 

* 2016 - Clemson University Center for Visual Arts,

Out-of-the-Park 2: Bases Loaded (A SmART Series/Art Travels event.)  --  Honorable Mention

 

2016 - Belton Center for the Arts, Hoods Up Exhibit

2016 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, Artists Touched by Carl R. Blair Exhibit

 

2016 - The Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC, Uncle Vanya SeasonArt Series Show - Two-person Show

 

* 2016 - Greater Greenville Master Gardeners, 15th Annual Symposium For the Love of a Garden

Brochure Art and Featured Artist (Juried)

 

* 2015 - Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Unseen Greenville Juried Exhibit

 

2015 - The Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC,

Christmas on the Rocks SeasonArt Series Show

 

2015 - Clemson University Center for Visual Arts, Greenville Artists and the New Self-Portrait

 

2015 - Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, Open Studios Exhibit

 

* 2015 - Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville

Small Works Juried Show

 

2015 - Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Opening Exhibit