Along the River's Edge

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Pictou gallery owner followed her artist calling


Vivianne LaRiviere describes herself as “a wild, Bohemian person” and she has certainly been a lot of things in her life. Waitress, grief councillor, retail worker, chaplain, musician and grad student (she has two master’s degrees and a doctorate!), and probably many other things besides.


But through it all, jobs she hated and jobs she loved, she’s been an artist. Now, LaRiviere’s put that passion on the front burner by opening a gallery in Pictou to showcase her work. How she got to that point seems to be, like a lot of her life, both convoluted and simple. If that’s a contradiction, it’s probably a mantle she’s comfortable wearing.


Originally from Quebec, LaRiviere felt she had come to a turning point in her life as she was finishing up her studies to become a Doctor of Ministry, which she had begun at the age of 50. She was living in a small town just outside Montreal and realized she wasn’t cut out for general ministry, even as she wished to continue a life of service. What did she want to do next?


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