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Lois Cormier honored as ‘August Artist of the Month’

Published on August 15, 2014 by By Bill Zimmerman

It is easy to find that one word that describes Lois Cormier. That word is talented.

Each month Arts Council Menifee selects an artist to be honored and this month’s recipient is especially impressive. A visit to her home reveals the many beautiful works by her hands including oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, dozens of quilts, and stained glass lamps and windows. Each room showcases colorful displays of creativity.

Lois Cormier has been immersed in Menifee’s art circles since moving to the Oasis senior community in 2000. She is a founding member of the Oasis Fine Arts Group, and one of the Arts Council Menifee’s founding patron members. Hers was one of the first framed works of art to be exhibited in the group’s art gallery, located at the Kay Ceniceros Community Center. She is also a member of the Oasis Quilt and Sew Guild.

“A multi-talented painter, quilter and musician, Lois is one of the most creative people I know. She can always be counted on to add her unique touch to whatever she creates,” observed Arts Council Menifee’s Vice President and Visual Arts Division Chair Carol South.

Lois Cormier’s interest in the fine arts was first manifested through music as a young child growing up in Massachusetts while learning to play the violin. She played for many years before proceeding to the cello while attending art and music classes in college.

“I took every music class they offered, including music theory, string orchestra and quartet,” said Cormier. She has played cello in several community orchestras, including the Inland Valley Symphony and has performed at the Redlands Bowl.

Cormier’s husband Bill proudly proclaims his adoration for Lois and her talent. “I’ve counted close to fifty quilts she has made including a handmade quilt for each of our five grown sons,” said Bill Cormier. “Lois has enjoyed sewing all of her life including making suits for her boys when they were young. She has also constructed detailed dollhouses and hand makes tiny outfits for American Girl dolls.”

Lois Cormier is grateful that her mother encouraged her family to pursue the arts, and has fond memories of playing music with her father and sisters during her youth. Hers is a world energized by color and visual beauty, and gratified by musical performance.

Many local artists in the valley have come to admire Cormier’s creativity and style, especially those craft-minded friends she has made in the Oasis senior community. They all recognize her as one of their most talented friends.

“We had a watercolor class together, and Lois always seemed to add a little extra to her pieces, creative details that made her pieces extra special,” said Carol South, who also resides in the Oasis.

For information on the Artist of the Month, visit www.artscouncilmenifee.org.

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