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Sudbury artist looking for model in 1989 portraits as she downsizes belongings

Ingrid Udeschini wants to find the ‘Deb’ who posed for her more than 30 years ago, and give her two art pieces

If your name is Deb (or Debbie) and you remember sitting for a portrait for Sudbury artist Ingrid Udeschini in 1989, you’re probably going to want to read on.

The artist’s niece, Lisa Vaillancourt of North Bay, said she and other family members were recently in Sudbury, helping Udeschini downsize her belongings as she prepares to move into an apartment.

The family came across two portraits created by Udeschini, who thought it would be a great idea if she could find “Deb” so she could give her the art pieces.

In hopes of finding the mystery model, Vaillancourt posted photos of the portraits on Facebook, and so far the post has been shared more than 2,900 times.

Vaillancourt said all she knows about the portrait’s subject is that the young woman, who went by Deb and Debbie, was in her early 20s at the time the piece was created (she’d be in her 50s now), and the daughter of a Cambrian College employee.

She had posed for students in a portraiture class taught by Udeschini at Cambrian College in 1989. Because Udeschini liked the model, she asked her to come to her studio for a more extensive sitting, and she created the two beautiful portraits.

“Hopefully we can figure out who the mystery person is,” Vaillancourt said.

If you have any idea who “Deb” might be, you’re asked to send a message to Vaillancourt through her Facebook page.