Stanstead Granite International Sculpture Symposium

2007-08-21, from Member
August 21st 2007, Stanstead, the Granite Capital of Canada — For a second year in a row, GranitExpo is proud to present this very unique event in visual arts in Canada. After a true success in 2006, this year’s edition will be held from August 31st to September 9th at GranitExpo in Stanstead, Quebec. Access to the worksite is free and open everyday from 9:00AM with the generous support of many local sponsors like the Caisse Populaire de Stanstead, GranQuartz Canada and Derusha Supply.

For ten days, and guided by our theme, «Polar Circles», in relation with the 4th International Polar Year, our ten artists will perform their art live for the public. They each will carve a three ton block of one of the hardest stone on earth; the Stanstead Granite, generously donated by the Rock of Ages of Canada quarry.
The artists, from Belgium, Italy, Germany, the US and Canada, were selected among 30 applications from 14 countries by a professional jury. They will use traditional stone cutting tools, pneumatic hammers and diamond saws in order to create their masterpieces and compete for 2 bursaries awarded by the public and 2 by a jury.

Celebrating Arts and the Natural Stone Industry…
To complement this spectacular and unique event, visitors will have the occasion to learn more about the natural stone trade and the granite industry; initiation workshops will be offered on site by the only professional stone cutting school in Quebec from Lac Megantic, guided tours and shuttles will drive people to the oldest granite quarry of Canada, the Granite Museum at GranitExpo will also offer guided tours and demonstrations by local stone cutters and artists.

Welcoming people from the Granite Capital…
Our border community will offer a warm welcome to the public, the international artists, the designers, architects and students. The whole town will celebrate and host concerts and opera, taste of the regions parties, horse and buggie rides, conferences and even a sugar house dinner with sugar on granite!

For more information and for a complete schedule of events, you can visit www.GranitExpo.ca or call 819.876.5576.

Source:
David Bourgon
President, GranitExpo
d.bourgon@stansteadgranite.org

 
 

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