Ever have one those serendipitous moments where everything aligns beautifully? It was Motherâ€™s Day and the thought of going to a busy cafÃ©, standing in line, was too much pressure for me. G and I only had one child home to celebrate with me so we decided to do something different. Well truthfully, I, wanted to do something different. A small disagreement ensued as to where we should eat. A new place on the waterfront just opened and G was keen to try it. For some reason I didnâ€™t want to go. I yearned for something simpler, low key and easier to access. My friend Ann, a major foodie, had told us about a little coffee place called Le MarchÃ© St. George, just off trendy, hipster Main Street, so I suggested we go there.Â Good Call. The place was aÂ formerÂ corner grocery storeÂ converted into a delightful rustic French cafÃ©. When we arrived, there were people sitting on the curbÂ inÂ mismatched chairsÂ and more insideÂ standingÂ orÂ sitting on benches. At first we were confused, as it appeared everyone might be waiting in line. But no, it was just a casual sprinkling of friends enjoying each otherâ€™s company, and sitting any place they could find.
TheÂ coffee was great, the pastries came on old vintage silver pieces and the wholeÂ experienceÂ feltÂ justÂ right.Â One would think this wasÂ enough -Â aÂ great Motherâ€™s day with my husband and daughter. But it gets better.
As we are sitting outside I notice this beautifully dressed woman. I introduce myself and we talkedÂ about her outfit and sheÂ mentioned thatÂ she and her daughters make the silk top, like the one sheâ€™s wearingÂ and she then invitedÂ us to the exhibition upstairs.Â As it turnsout her daughters own and run Le MarchÃ© St. George and the three of them areÂ allÂ artists in their own right and upstairs was their gallery.
This is where it gets interesting. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Follow me on a tour of what was upstairs. Enjoy the designs of Patricia Larsen and her daughters.
PatriciaÂ Larsen is presently living and painting in the southern tip of the Baja, in Pascadero Mexico, In her words:Â “Beauty is in the juxtaposition of things, its energies working together in harmony and disharmony. Sometimes beauty is in the resistance and the tension, and sometimes it’s in complete surrender.” PL