The Eastern Townships Artists’ Spring Exhibition: a celebration of the region’s creativity

2007-03-13, from Member
Sherbrooke, Tuesday March 13, 2007 - The fourth edition of Salon du printemps des artistes des Cantons-de-l’Est will open on Saturday, March 24 at 5 p.m., with the majority of the artists in attendance. The works of the 31 artists chosen for the event will be on display until June 10. This event has been generously supported by Hydro Québec.

The event features artists who work in the Townships, who were born here or who live here on a regular basis. Since their origins at the end of the 19th Century, such Salons have had one thing in common: a particular interest in contemporary art. The Spring Salon of Eastern Townships Artists follows this tradition. Our biennial event returns this year for the fourth time. The exhibition features artists who often work alone in their studios, using their creative talents in a variety of ways to express their thoughts or put forward their challenges. The Salon is an invitation to us to take stock of the creativity of the artists of our region. And this year, music, dance and storytelling add a particular colour to the event. The exhibition is in keeping with one of the Musée’s primary goals: to present and promote the work of Townships’ artists. In the interchange between cities and towns, between regions, countries and continents, it is exciting to discover the cross-fertilization and sharing of great universal themes. The Musée des Beaux-arts of Sherbrooke bears witness to this dynamism, in keeping with its role and its mission.

Photography, ceramics, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation are all represented, and this year we have added dance, music and storytelling to the mix, thus enlarging the visitors’ experience. The Salon is like a flash photo of the here and now, of the multiform of current art. Although the artists come from various countries (England, The Netherlands, Argentina, Belgium and Quebec), all live in Quebec and all have strong links with the Eastern Townships.

Between March 24 and June 10, visitors are invited to vote for their favourite work. Ballots will be provided with each entrance ticket. The Prix du public, offered to the artist with the most votes, will crown the event on June 10. At the first edition in 2001, sculptor Gregory Keith of Frelighsburg was favoured by the public; Thérèse Lecomte from Sherbrooke won in 2003 and Georgeville sculptor Mary Cartmel won in 2005.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance fees : $7,50, adult, $6, student, $5, student. Guided tours in French every Tuesday at 2 p.m. English tours and group tours available anytime upon reservation.
Source:
Lise Boyer
Communications
Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke
819 821-2115
 
 

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