Make your mark with mosaic: art class still has space



Kate Aley

It's always satisfying and reassuring to be able to make something new out of something old. That's what students of the Easy Mosaic class will discover in this two-day course offered by the Pontiac School of the Arts, August 14th and 15th.

Suitable for beginners and anyone interested in creating their own work of art, the course begins with the invigorating task of breaking plates with a hammer! After sanding the rough edges, students glue the bits to the work surface. On day two, grout is applied to finish the piece. Participants are encouraged to bring their own plates.

Instructor Mary Ann Horner shares this tale to explain how she came to learn about making a mosaic.

"My first project was created due to clumsiness on my part while I was dusting at my late Mom’s house," she writes. "I accidentally knocked a pretty biscuit jar to the floor. While picking up the many shattered pieces I decided to give it a new life as a table top. Without knowing what I was doing I created a beautiful little mosaic accent table that now graces my bedroom. Since that time about 10 years ago I have created many mosaics using materials such as mirrors from empty compacts, miscellaneous beads and trinkets and of course cracked and broken plates, saucers, platters and biscuit jars. These “found” materials are inexpensive and many have sentimental value."

Registration is still open for alcohol ink painting and book binding on August the 9.

Courses take place at the historic Stone School, 28 Mill St., Portage-du-Fort.

Go to to register.

Pontiac School of the Arts
Phone: 819-647-2291



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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 ( Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière 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.