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Celebrity artist (and Legal Aid contributor) Josee Nadeau featured at Sundance Festival

Artist Josee Nadeau

Examiner.com profiled celebrity artist Josée Nadeau, who painted  at last fall’s Maryland Legal Aid 100th anniversary gala in Baltimore.

“Best known as the protégée for the Curator of Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France for 10 years, Josée Nadeau was the Celebrity Artist for the Stars at the LiveStyle Entertainment Film Lounge and Supper Club at Sundance 2012 where 27 events were held, including the HBO Networks Party, The Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards, Sundance Soirée, film premiere parties (Filly Brown, Wish You Were Here, etc) and too many others to list,” wrote columnist Liz Kelly.

During Harry Belafonte’s speech about human rights at this 100-year anniversary of Legal Aid in Maryland, Josée did a live painting of this Hollywood icon in 20 minutes. Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, the First Lady Katie O’Malley, Chief Justice Robert Bell and Wilhelm Joseph, the head of Legal Aid, also did the unveiling of her commemorative piece ‘Dust of Diamonds.'”

To read the entire column, click here.

Internationally renowned artist Josee Nadeau in Baltimore for Legal Aid’s 100th celebration

Artist Josee Nadeau

Josée Nadeau is an internationally renowned artist, whose impressionistic style and larger-than-life paintings grace the homes of many avid art lovers and collectors, including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Pierce Brosnan, David Hyde Pierce and many more.

Nadeau is donating her time and talents to Maryland Legal Aid, the state’s largest provider of free legal services to the poor, abused children and the elderly, at its centenary celebration Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott. Nadeau created a painting to commemorate Legal Aid’s 100th  anniversary, which be unveiled by Gov. Martin O’Malley and entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte at the event. Additionally, Nadeau will be reunited with Belafonte (she painted with him at a previous event) and will be painting live on stage while he delivers remarks on human rights.

The Montreal-born Nadeau has been published in more than 25 countries. She has enjoyed sold-out gallery shows and regularly participates in art exhibitions. One of her pieces, The Bull, was featured at the entrance to New York Art Expo in 2010. Nadeau also contributes to charitable events around the world. At benefits in Montreal and on Broadway in New York she has painted to the accompaniment of live orchestras. These performances have included honoring Harry Belafonte and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, among many others. The defining period of her career came during her 10 years in Paris and Giverny, where she had a permanent studio on the grounds of Monet’s Gardens, the personal estate of French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. Nadeau was the guest artist and protégé of the Curator- in-Chief, Gerald Van der Kemp, the French art expert who saved the Mona Lisa from destruction by the Nazis, and later masterminded the restoration of Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles and then Monet’s Gardens.

Nadeau’s unique blending of music, motion and art began when George Harrison, the lead guitarist for The Beatles, sang to her for four hours at the home of Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, saying she was his muse that night. From that night music became an important part of her work.

For more about Nadeau, go to her website.

More than 30 lawyers volunteer at Pro Bono Day

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Executive Director Wilhelm Joseph

More than 30 lawyers participated at a free legal clinic hosted by Maryland Legal Aid on Saturday. “In this economic situation, the need for legal advice had increased tremendously,” Legal Aid executive director Wilhelm Joseph told WJZ-TV news. “Financial resources that support ongoing efforts at the Legal Aid Bureau have shrunk.” About 100 people attended the clinic, which featured informational seminars and one-on-one meetings with volunteer lawyers. “It’s an exciting day to see all these private lawyers come out here to give their services,” Joseph added. The read the article, click here.

In addition, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Pro Bono Week in Maryland in coordination with National Pro Bono Week, which promotes free services donated by lawyers nationwide.  O’Malley was joined by Chief Judge Robert Bell, officials from the Maryland Bar Association, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, and homeowners who have benefited from the free counseling services when he made the declaration.