Katharine Fletcher: spirited creator



Kate Aley

An on-going directory of creative people across the Municipality of Pontiac.

This week, meet Katharine Fletcher in North Onslow: painter, printmaker and collage queen.

Phote: Courtesy of Sandy Woods

Pontiac2020.ca: Katharine, describe the kind of artwork you make.

Katharine Fletcher: I thoroughly enjoy painting in watercolour, mixed media with acrylic and other found materials, and printmaking -- preferring collographs and gelli-plate prints - and ceramics. I absolutely thrive on variety and with each medium I find my own style while discovering many techniques.

P2020: How long have you been creating art?

KF: I’ve been creating horses since I was a little girl; they are my animal totem. Now I have a large and expanding series of Spirit Horses created in a variety of mediums. In 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse, I enjoyed my first solo show at The Mud Oven in Ottawa, where my Spirit Horses galloped and frolicked over the walls of the gallery. This show was precisely the validation I needed as an emerging artist: I sold nine works and received two commissions!

I’m largely a self-taught visual artist, but over the years, I have taken many workshops. I took two week-long watercolour classes at Haliburton School of the Arts, during this highly regarded school’s summer program. Plus, I’ve taken several printmaking workshops with Robert Hinchley -- plus one with Tina Petrovicz. Moreover, I join art groups such as Kanata Art Club, which holds workshops which are less expensive for members. I absolutely thrive on courses given in a safe, encouraging environment with professional or otherwise keen artists.

P2020: Do you have a show coming up or a new project you are currently working on?

KF: I’m absolutely thrilled to invite you to my upcoming show from July 27-August 20. Called Animal Spirits, I join Chelsea artist Heather Lamorie exhibiting at La Fab Art Centre in Old Chelsea (212 Chemin Old Chelsea). Vernissage is July 27 from 5 - 7:00.

I’m also a Get Art instructor; this Pontiac-based group of artists are hired to bring art into Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac communities. I’ve just led a collage class at Norway Bay and will also be giving classes in Breckenridge, Luskville and Quyon for the Municipality of Pontiac. 

Photo: Courtesy of Eric Fletcher

P2020: How can people contact you to visit your studio or to buy your art online?

KF: Visit my studio by appointment by e-mailing me at fletcher.katharine@gmail.com.

You can browse my art on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatharineFletcherArtist/

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Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac


Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac


Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :


Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel (dalal.hanna@mail.mcgill.ca). Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (elena.bennett@mcgill.ca).

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière

Pontiac2020.ca reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac


Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.