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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Secteur Quyon – Une introduction par effraction s’est produite au dépanneur Marcotte, du secteur Quyon, dans la nuit de lundi, le 28 octobre. Un ou des individus se sont introduits à l’intérieur du commerce et se sont emparés de billets de loterie, de cigarettes, ainsi que d’argent comptant.

Danse d'Halloween et Noël pour adolescent

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Parents bénévoles seront sur place pour la surveillance.  Pas de sortie à l'extérieur, sauf pour la retour à la maison.  Une cantine sera offerte.

Pour les jeunes de la 6ième jusqu'à moins de 18 ans.  (Carte d'indetité obliqatoire)

Le vendredi 1er november et 6 decembre de 19h00 à 22h00 au Centre communautaire de Luskville.  Coût: 2$ par personne.

Danse Halloween: Prix pour le meilleur costume !!

Halloween and Christmas Dance for Teenagers

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Volunteer parents will be present for supervision.  No exit outside the hall unless for departure.  A canteen will be available.

For youth Grade 6 to less than 18 yrs old.  (ID card required)

On Friday November 1st and December 6th from 7:00 - 10:00pm at the Luskville Community Center.  Cost: $2 per person.

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UPDATED: All-Candidates Meeting Wards 4, 5 & 6

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Thomas Soulière

UPDATED: Questions from the public >

The second of two All Candidates Meetings took place last Sunday at the Luskville Community Centre for candidates running in wards 4, 5 and 6.

The candidates representing Ward 4 were incumbent councilor Inès Pontiroli and newcomer James Eggleton; for Ward 5, incumbent Brian Middlemiss and newcomer Pierre Gervais; and in ward 6 veteran councilor Bill Twolan.  Incumbent councilor Jean Amyotte did not participate.

André Fortin vainqueur de l'investiture du PLQ

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André Fortin, qui est originaire de Quyon, et habite maintenant le secteur Aylmer, se dit bien placé pour comprendre les enjeux de cette vaste circonscription.

S'il est élu, M. Fortin promet de travailler à "diversifier" l'économie du Pontiac «en aidant les entrepreneurs», et à améliorer l'accès aux médecins de famille pour les résidents d'Aylmer.

Question 4: As councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac what is the first thing you would immediately begin to change?

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Inès Pontiroli  (Ward 4)

During the last mandate I noticed that it happened that we lost sight of the projects that were underway because there is a lot of moving pieces happening in the Municipality. 

I would like to see is implementation of a Project Management System which will track all the projects that are underway.  We’ll be able to see exactly what the status is, what are the issues going on with each of the projects, have a bit of control of the costs and the risk management aspect of it.

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