Merci aux artistes, the 2008 edition

2008-03-05, from Member
Sherbrooke, February 29th, 2008 - The Soirée des Beaux-Arts, which was held on February 12th last, was a huge success. The event was presided over by Mr. Claude Plante of Télé-Québec, with gallery owner Bertrand La Palme as the auctioneer. The Soirée gathered $ 52 600 for the Museum’s activities. To thank the artists who donated a work, three names were drawn: Lyne Montmeny, Jacqueline Plante and Lucio de Heusch were invited to exhibit their works at Merci aux artistes, the 2008 edition. Opening ceremonies will be held on Saturday, March 8th at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until March 30th 2008.

Lyne Montmeny: Born in Danville in the Eastern Townships, where the roosters of her childhood caught her imagination, Ms. Montmeny now pursues her career as a sculptor in Sherbrooke. Self-taught, she has worked as a professional artist since 1994. Her style is exclusive and original. She seeks out the expressive rather than the realist in the rooster shapes that she sculpts by hand, from American linden wood. Her pieces are characterized by their elegance, movement, and pure lines. She has so far created more than forty different models, each with its own name; they are often chosen by business enterprises as distinctive presents. Treasured by collectors, and frequently offered as gifts by travelers, her roosters can now be found all over the world. Ms. Montmeny is very much involved with the development and promotion of arts and crafts, and since 1996 has been President of the Corporation des métiers d’art du Québec in the Townships, where she organizes the annual Salon des métiers d’art. With other artist colleagues, she has recently established an arts and crafts boutique on Frontenac Street in downtown Sherbrooke. She has been a member of the executive committee of the Conseil de la culture de l’Estrie since 2001. Ms. Montmeny participates in many salons, symposia, and auctions each year. Her work can be found in a number of galleries, at the Boutique des métiers d’art, and in her studio, which is open to the public.

Jacqueline Plante: Jacqueline Plante is a native of the Eastern Townships, who has lived and worked in Sherbrooke since 1997. Beginning as a primary school teacher in rural schools, since 1960 she has taught the plastic arts in high schools, in the classical colleges, at teacher training schools, at the Université du Québec and at the CÉGEP in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She has participated in a number of one-person and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Active in various aspects of her art, Jacqueline Plante works in engraving, dry lithography, and collagraphy. She paints in both acrylics and oils, on canvas and also on wood, especially furniture. Her work mainly uses forms from nature, but she occasionally includes abstract themes in her art as well.

Lucio de Heusch: Lucio de Heusch was born in Sherbrooke in 1946. Since the early 1970s, he has developed a personal artistic style which runs counter to the mainstream of painting. In contemplating his recent work, the eye does not rest, nor does the mind -- both challenged constantly by differences in space and depth juxtaposed with the images of real objects. His use of the conventions incite us to re-think modernity: he does not hesitate to reconfigure the painting in a hybridization of themes and pictoral subjects, opening the way for the desire to know and master which is inherent in his work as an artist. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, in the United States, in Japan, and in Europe. His works appear in important collections in Canada and abroad. Lucio de Heusch lives and works in Montreal and the Townships. Recently retired, he pursued a career as an art professor both at University of Ottawa and at l'UQAM.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is located downtown, at 241 Dufferin Street. Visitors are welcome from Tuesday to Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. Entrance fees: adults, $ 7,50; seniors, $6; students, $5. Guided tours in English and group tours are available anytime upon reservation. Guided tours in French: Tuesdays at 2 p.m. The Musée receives financial support from le ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and from the City of Sherbrooke.

Source:
Lise Boyer 
Communication Officer
Tel: 819 821-2115
www.mbas.qc.ca
mbas@interlinx.qc.ca
 
 

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