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

 

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Kate Aley

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Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

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Kate Aley

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Kate Aley

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

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Kate Aley

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

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