Culture Days exhibit the creative life

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Kate Aley

Since 1996, the Journé​es de la Culture (Culture Days) have presented admission-free creative activities which are open to all. Two local artists opened their studios to the public on September 29, 30 and October 1 in order to promote greater access to arts and culture.

Journé​es de la Culture activities are interactive, giving participants an inside look at artistic and creative processes and expertise. This Quebecois initiative is now starting to spread into Ontario and across Canada.

This year, the multi-talented Josée​ Poirier Defoy (above) threw open the doors to her studio and her garden in Breckenridge. The artist, who works on silk, canvas, ceramic, wood and almost everything else, welcomed her equally creative daughter Dominique Henry and two good friends, Anne-Marie Bost and Marcelle Hamelin to paint plein air and greet visitors.

"I was involved in the Journé​es de Culture in the first year I moved here from the Gaspé​sie [in] 2010 and again this year," said Poirier Defoy. "I'm an artist in everything I do; people say I have a creative way of seeing life! The Journées were created to invite people to come and discover art... as well as poetry and sculpture and spirituality... and dreaming."

Some of the work on display in Poirier Defoy's studio.

On the other side of our municipality, painter Thérèse André (left) and her neighbour and friend Suzanne Bonneau displayed works both inside and out of André's log cabin home in Luskville. Both women took up art after retiring, and have become proficient and skilled painters; André in watercolour and acrylic and Bonneau in oils.

André gave short workshops to visitors, helping them to create lovely watercolour paintings (above) of fall leaves using the 'negative space' technique.

André's gallery is full of works depicting the region's landscapes as well as interpretive impressions of the human figure and even whimsical sheep a-grazing.

Both artist's studios are accessible to the public by appointment.

Josée Poirier Defoy

​Centre d'Art de Vivre, 1667 Route 148, Luskville

jpdefoy2@hotmail.com

Thérèse André

368 Ch. Cré​gheur, Luskville

thereseandre2016@gmail.com

 

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

UPDATED: Quyon Community Centre

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●PUBLISHER'S NOTE: It was discovered after this update was published that the Municipality of Pontiac and the builder, Lalonde Cantin Construction (LCC), are locked in a dispute the full nature of which is unclear at this time. Despite multiple attempts to reach out to the Municipality, clarification of the causes of the dispute, as well as the dispute's influence on the completed project's delivery date or when the new community centre will open have not been forthcoming, and are therefore unknown. We continue to follow this story and we will bring you any updates as they become known.

Originally published on October 14th, 2018
under the headline
Work continues on Quyon Community Centre
by: Kate Aley

Everyone is watching the beautiful new Quyon Community Centre nearing completion with equal amounts of impatience and excitement. Final touch-ups on paint and drywall were being done as of last week, including finishing the stairs to the Mezzanine level.

Perfect waste management

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Sheila McCrindle

There is an old saying among environmentalist “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  This applies whenever solutions to environmental problems are being devised. Especially solutions involving human behaviour.  It means that just because a solution is not perfect does not mean it is not good.  Dealing with household organic waste is just such an example.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 3

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Kate Aley


Get Art teacher Tanya McCormick, wearing some of her unique copper jewelry

Believe it or not, all of us have a naturally creative streak and these free art classes, hosted by the Municipality of Pontiac, are the perfect opportunity to dig into it. Next in our roster of Get Art teachers is Tanya McCormick who will be teaching on Saturday, October 27th at the Luskville Community Centre.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 2

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Kate Aley

Get Art, the travelling art school based in the Pontiac, is fortunate to be able to offer all-ages classes again this year. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pontiac, the four classes across our three communities are absolutely free of charge for residents. 

Today we meet Luskville's Chantal Dahan who will be teaching printmaking in Breckenridge on Saturday, October 20th.

Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

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