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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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.

Question 3: As councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac how do you intend to communicate with and inform the community about the decisions that you make?

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Pierre Gervais (Ward 5)

As stated earlier, my number one priority is to provide a voice to the residents and ensure that there issues are brought to council.  Just as important is communicating back to them the final outcome.

Question 2: As Councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac in what ways would you encourage and support economic growth in the area?

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Bill Twolan (Ward 6)

First of all, to encourage economic growth and development would be to encourage new businesses to set up in the Pontiac.  It’s very difficult right now with the way its set up for commercial property; there’s some in Quyon, there’s a little patch here, and a little patch there.  What we need is an industrial park in the east end, closer to the nucleus of Gatineau and Ottawa.  This is very important also for our population - our young people - to get jobs and find long-term employment.

All-Candidates Meeting Wards 4, 5 & 6 — Opening Statements

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James Eggleton (Ward 4)

Hello everyone, my name is James Eggleton.  I’m here to represent Ward number 4. 

It’s been since ’79 that I’ve been coming to this area and I think it’s an absolute gem.  It reminds me of my youth.  I always lived in Québec, my family took off to Ontario.  I seemed to be the only one to really appreciate the culture that comes with Québec.

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Un message de Eddie McCann

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Bonjour à tous.

Je suis fier de présenter ma candidature afin de me faire réélire en tant que maire de cette municipalité. Au cours des deux termes précédents, nous avons effectués d’énormes gains quant à l’avancement de cette région et en faisant de cette municipalité un endroit où les gens sont heureux de vivre et d’élever leurs familles dans un contexte rural.

Je me suis présenté au conseil pour la première fois en 1980, et la présente élection revêt une importance particulière, dû au fait que les contribuables doivent cette année répondre à une question déterminante. 

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