To Paris with paint: Luskville artist invited to French Salon

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Kate Aley

Taking part in any art exhibition can feel exciting yet challenging, But to be part of an international exhibition takes those emotions to a whole new level. Luskville painter Linda Bergeron Baril will be flying to France next month to show three paintings at the Carrousel du Louvre at a show hosted by the Société​ Nationale Des Beaux Arts from December 7 to 10.

Above, Linda Bergeron Baril with the three paintings selected to be in the exhibition.

According to the website, the salon was created in 1861 by an association of independent artists. This year, six hundred artists, including contemporary painters, sculptors, engravers, photographers and illustrators, will be part of the exhibition. Canada will be one of a collection of foreign delegations represented at the salon, along with Brazil, China, Korea, Spain, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.

Bergeron Baril found time to answer a few quick questions from Pontiac 2020.ca during her preparations.

The program for the show in Paris.

P2020: How did you submit the pictures for consideration?

LBB: My spouse, André, secretly sent my application knowing that it was a dream of mine. I found out [about the show] the year before through a good artist friend who had gone previously. I just hadn’t sent my submission yet. You know how sometimes we postpone stuff...!

P2020: What will happen when you get to Paris?

LBB: I’ll be in Paris for one week. I will be present during the Vernissage on 7 December. I didn’t have to go at all but I could not imagine not going. I have this wonderful opportunity and must live it to the fullest. I’ll probably visit the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsey and Orangerie, etc. I don’t expect to sleep much!

P2020: Is this the first time you have shown your paintings overseas?

LBB: Yes, it is. I have sold to foreigners but this is the first time that I will be present amongst a Canadian delegation participating in an international exhibition.

"Mon hiver, tout bleu", acrylic on canvas, the largest of the pieces in the Salon show.

P2020: How did you feel when you heard you were chosen? 

LBB: Honestly, I felt all my insides go warm; I was overwhelmed by this opportunity and by the wonderful gesture of my spouse. When the first emotional reactions were over, I felt proud and very lucky.  I can’t wait to share my personal vision of our Canadian winters. I adore painting winter scenes, so [I feel] so much joy that these scenes will be shown in Paris.

P2020: Have the paintings already been sent or do you bring them with you?

LBB: Following research and the information I've gathered, I’ve decided to bring them with me on the plane. It would have cost me a fortune to send via a [courrier] and I could not take any chances with regular post, as I've read about unfortunate experiences.  The largest one will be rolled up in a tube [that I will carry] with me and the two smaller ones, 12 x 12 inch each, will be between my clothes in my suitcase.

Congratulations on your achievement, Linda!

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Kate Aley

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Kevin Brady

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Kate Aley

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Kate Aley

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Born and raised in Luskville, Belisle trained and gained work experience in Hull before opening her own salon in her home in 1978. However, her experience in hairdressing dates back to her childhood.

Pontiac Community Players put on fundraising play

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Kate Aley

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Above, hapless police officers Craig Young (left) and Neil MacIntosh (right) ask the slightly-shady Charles Cambin (Richard Armitage) to explain himself.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

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