The Pontiac Artists' Studio Tour: Cheryl Dolan



Kate Aley

The second painter hailing from the Municipality of Pontiac on the Pontiac Artists' Associations' studio tour this year is Cheryl Dolan. She welcomed visitors to her charming Quyon home studio this weekend as part of the unique opportunity for the public to see where art is made.

A popular Tour stop, asked Cheryl a few questions. When did you start making art?

CD: I have always been making art. I remember sitting with my grandfather as a child and he would draw me mountains, trees and rivers. As a teenager in the 70's, my mother took many art and craft courses and I would see her work and then we would create at the kitchen table with my sister. I think this may have been the beginning of my passion for art. I am always happy making art; especially so with other artists. I started making art continuously after my son had taken a course from Dale Shutt, the silk painter from Calumet Island, and brought it home. It was so beautiful, I decided to take the adult course at the Pontiac School of the Arts (PSOTA) with Dale. I have never stopped painting since then. Did you always make art using your home as a studio?

CD: Yes, I always make art in my home, usually at the kitchen table in front of my big window. I like to paint in natural light. I also like to paint outside alone or with fellow artists. How does it feel to have people come into your home to look at your art?

CD: It is a little bit nerve-racking, as I hope I cleaned up enough. But other than that, it feels great. I love having people see my art. It is great to see and hear their reactions to a piece. My art usually puts a smile on their face and that makes me happy. Is your home studio always open to the public?

CD: No. But I think, with advance warning, I wouldn't mind opening my home studio to the public. If someone sees something they like on the tour, how can they get back in touch with you to purchase it?

CD: My contact information is in the Art Pontiac pamphlet. As well, I will have business card available at my home during the visit. People can also reach me on Facebook at DolanArt or Cheryl Dolan.

Cheryl Dolan

Watercolour and acrylic painter and photographer

902 Clarendon Street, Quyon

​819 458 3315

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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.

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Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


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