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!

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Sculpture to be unveiled this Saturday

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Kate Aley

I was lucky enough to be at the Town Hall when our new sculpture was being installed. I was determined not to take a picture of its exquisite beauty so as to not spoil the effect of its unveiling on Saturday 7th October at 1 pm.

Spoiler alert.

Culture Days exhibit the creative life

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Kate Aley

Since 1996, the Journé​es de la Culture (Culture Days) have presented admission-free creative activities which are open to all. Two local artists opened their studios to the public on September 29, 30 and October 1 in order to promote greater access to arts and culture.

Discover your creativity with free art lessons for the MoP

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Kate Aley

Print-making, collage, basketry anyone? The Municipality of Pontiac has funded nine free art lessons in Luskville, Quyon and Breckenridge to sate your artistic appetite this fall. Five teachers from local group Get Art will be teaching a variety of creative skills in three hour lessons over three Saturday afternoons in October. The classes are free and all materials and tools are provided.

The farm gate is open at the UPA Open Door event

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Kate Aley

Both country folk and city slickers came out for the 15th edition of the L'Union Producteur Agricole (UPA) Open Doors event on Sept 10. Luskville's La Riveraine, the only site within the Municipality of Pontiac, welcomed well over 100 visitors. They were able to tour the farm which dates from 1905, enjoying old machinery, tiny ponies and proud peahens, not to mention sampling some delicious pancakes.

Calling the MoP: come to the Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

Sunday 17, 2017.

When I was a know-nothing student in Australia, we were shown the Terry Fox T.V. movie (The Terry Fox Story, 1983) for religion class.... 

As I knew nothing about almost anything at the time, I didn't even understand it was all true.

Now I know a few more things and now Terry Fox is and will always be my true hero. 

A Summer... A Fair: a perfect play for everyone

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Kate Aley

Written by the wonderful Ian Tamblyn and brought to life by the equally wonderful Theatre Wakefield, A Summer... A Fair is a short play that will stay in your memory forever.

Part historical drama, part musical comedy and 100 percent heart, the play takes place in 1944 at the famed Cantley Picnic.

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