Pastels and patience: Montreal artist gets first solo show at age 99

Pastel artist Sonja Lasalle Hugonnier de Ginet has painted and drawn for most of her life, been in group shows and won prizes and awards — but she is only now having her first solo exhibition.

At 99.

She will attend the vernissage at the Espace Mushagalusa on Friday evening.

“It is a celebration of her life; I think she deserves a bit of recognition,” said her daughter Monique de Ginet. She frequently looks in on her mother, who lives autonomously. An older daughter lives in Europe.

Sonja Lasalle was born in 1919 in London and started to draw and paint as an adolescent. “It was the beginning of a sort of passion that lasted my entire life.”

“I painted first in oil but, when the girls were small, it was too complicated to work in oil and to clean and so I decided to try pastel and that’s how I started,” she told the Montreal Gazette.

She draws “whenever I am in the mood — and the…

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