A magical day for the opening of Hélène Richard’s l’Herbier pictural at Valcourt’s Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre

2010-05-17, from Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre

Valcourt, May 17, 2010 – During the inauguration of an exhibition entitled l’Herbier pictural (Pictorial Herbarium) at Valcourt’s Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre last Sunday, more than 150 guests fell under the spell of the floral magic of Sherbrooke artist Hélène Richard. The Pictorial Herbarium is a rich body of 60 textured and sensual artworks, which illustrate the splendour and diversity of the plant world that surrounds us.

 

 

Wild flowers – a source of inspiration and of immense human value

 

Hélène Richard was quick to thank the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation for staging her superb exhibition. « I am just blown away by the beauty of this place and I’m very grateful to the entire team who helped to put this exhibition together. Thank you all for supporting me! » An art historian and friend of the artist, Monique Nadeau-Saumier, who collaborated on this exhibition, reiterated her admiration for Madame Richard - both for her paintings and for her involvement in the Eastern Townships’ artistic community. « In creating ‘L’Herbier pictural de fleurs sauvages du Québec’ (Pictorial Herbarium of Quebec Wildflowers’) Hélène Richard is following a long-established tradition of artists, who, through their drawing and application of color, volume and texture have immortalized the plants that live in our imagination. The lillies and fields of poppies painted by Monet spring to mind, or the sunflowers and irises associated with Vincent Van Gogh, not to mention innumerable still lifes. Flowers have always inspired artists. We thank Hélène Richard who has, through her talent, effort and perseverance, created this herbarium, » It recalls the words of the famous botanist Marie-Victorin who said that plants have thousands of points of contact with mankind, serving his needs, creating beautiful images for his eyes and populating his thoughts.

 

 

Next stop : the Montreal Botanical Garden

 

Gilles Vincent, Director of the Montreal Botanical Garden and guest of honor, was very taken by the artist’s Pictorial Herbarium, calling it a veritable treasure chest, filled with superb specimens. Recognizing the artistic talent and almost scientific approach of Hélène Richard, Mr. Vincent thanked the artist for her contribution towards conserving biodiversity. «I am convinced that biodiversity is one of the most important things we need to protect. That is our main goal at the Montreal Botanical Garden. The planet sends us unmistakable messages. We must react. We must explain to people the importance and beauty of nature and that’s exactly what Madame Richard has done, through her superb exhibition. » Clearly won over by the artist, Mr. Vincent then officially stated that he would like to show her work at the Montreal Botanical Garden in the very near future.

 

Madame Huguette B. Fontaine, Governor of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, was the Honorary Chair of the event. The Pictorial Herbarium will be on display at the Yvonne L. Bombardier Centre until September 6. The artist will be in residence on July 25 and August 18 from 1.30pm onwards. There will be a 50-minute activity for children (5-10 years old), « My pictorial herbarium » during which small fry can learn how to create their own floral artwork. Reservations necessary. Free entry and guided visits for groups. To learn more, please call (450) 532-5300.

 


Source:

Sandra Miville
Communications & Public Affairs
FONDATION J. ARMAND BOMBARDIER
Téléphone : 450 532-1552 
www.fjab.qc.ca


 
 

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