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

2009-03-12, from Member
Sherbrooke, Thursday 12 March 2009 - The 5th edition of Salon du printemps des artistes des Cantons-de-l’Est will open on Saturday, 24 March at 5 p.m., with the majority of the artists in attendance. The works of the 19 artists chosen for the event will be on display until 31 May.

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 fifth 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. The exhibition responds to one of the Musée’s primary goals: to present and promote the work of Townships’ artists. By holding this Salon, the Musée des Beaux-arts of Sherbrooke bears witness to the dynamism of the Townships artistic community, in keeping with its role and its mission.

The Salon du printemps des artistes des Cantons-de-l’Est will show the recent works of some 19 artists, touching various aspects of contemporary practices : photography, weaving, painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Artists who live and work in Sherbrooke include Louis-Charles Arguin, mixed media; Bertin Binette, drawing; Matthieu Binette, sculpture; René Bolduc, photography; Andrew Chartier, installation; Raynald Noreau, photography; Étienne Saint-Amant, digital prints and Chantal Séguin, installation. And from the Townships : Yves Boucher, mixed media, Austin; Éric Cardinal, installation, Richmond; Lisa Driver, print, Eastman; France Jodoin, painting, Cowansville; Holly King, photography, Ayer’s Cliff; Laurent Luneau, installation, Chesterville; Todd Munro, print, West Brome; Claire Poiré, sculpture, Bromont; Kevin Sonmor, painting, Cowansville and Cynthia Touchette, drawing, Ayer’s Cliff. While Nathalie Grimard, photography/weaving, was born in Sherbrooke, but she now lives and works in Montréal.

Between 22 March and 31 May, 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 1.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, 241 Dufferin Street, is open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance fees : $7,50, adult, $6, senior, $5, student. Guided tours in French every Tuesday at 2 p.m. English tours and group tours available anytime upon reservation. The Musée is supported by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and Ville de Sherbrooke.

Source:
Lise Boyer 
Communications
819 821-2115
lboyer@mbas.qc.ca
www.mbas.qc.ca  

 
 

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