ARTour 2017 high­lights lo­cal ta­lent

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - ALEXIA MARSILLO

The 11th edi­tion of the Pres­cott-Rus­sell ARTour took place last wee­kend, on Sa­tur­day, Sep­tem­ber 30 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in 12 dif­ferent lo­ca­tions across the Pres­cottRus­sell re­gion, span­ning from Haw­kes­bu­ry, to Al­fred, Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land and Em­brun. Six­teen lo­cal ta­lents par­took th­rou­ghout these lo­ca­tions, ope­ning up their doors to lo­cal re­si­dents to ad­mire, and even pur­chase their work.

A 5 $ ARTour Pass’port was re­qui­red to en­ter, which could be pur­cha­sed at the first ex­hi­bi­tion and was va­lid for all lo­ca­tions th­rou­ghout the both days. Ad­mit­tance was free for stu­dents, as ARTour has al­ways en­cou­ra­ged art stu­dies – pro­ceeds from the en­trance fees are gi­ven as grants to stu­dents in Pres­cott-Rus­sell who are pur­suing their stu­dies in any art-re­la­ted pro­gram. The styles of each lo­cal ar­tist dif­fer from oil pain­ting, to acry­lic, to ink and char­coal pain­tings. Some ar­tists have par­ti­ci­pa­ted in this event for ma­ny years, while others are new to the tour.

Ghis­laine J. Au­ger-Boi­leau has been pain­ting since she was 13 years old; her show­ca­sed work in Cla­rence Creek was a com­bi­na­tion of oil, pas­tel and char­coal pain­tings ins­pi­red main­ly by ani­mals and her own fa­mi­ly. Au­gerBoi­leau is par­ti­cu­lar­ly fas­ci­na­ted with wolves and scenes of na­ture. Her ex­hi­bi­tion was com­pri­sed of work span­ning over se­ve­ral years, in­clu­ding a port­fo­lio of pain­tings she had done as a young girl. Au­ger-Boi­leau is of­ten com­mis­sio­ned by lo­cal re­si­dents to paint per­so­nal de­mands for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Across the re­gion, Joyce Phil, a re­ti­red art his­to­ry tea­cher who taught at Mon­treal’s Daw­son Col­lege for 31 years, show­ca­sed her acry­lic pain­tings out­side her home in Haw­kes­bu­ry. The ins­pi­ra­tion for her work comes most­ly from na­ture scenes around Pres­cott-Rus­sell, Ot­ta­wa and cer­tain parts of Que­bec. “I don’t re­create na­ture, I reinvent it or re-ima­gine it,” she said. “If you want a rea­list piece of art, take a pho­to­graph.”

In Cas­sel­man, two lo­cal ar­tists, Mo­nique Ber­ge­vin and France Couillard, sha­red the same space to show­case their work. Whe­reas this is the first ARTour Ber­ge­vin has par­ti­ci­pa­ted in, Couillard has been in­vol­ved for five years now and is even on the or­ga­ni­zing com­mit­tee. Ber­ge­vin, whose pain­tings are oil-ba­sed, plans on par­ti­ci­pa­ting with the ARTour for years to come. Couillard had been a pain­ting ins­truc­tor for ma­ny years and she pre­fers acry­lic paint, main­ly due to the shor­ter amount of time it takes to dry in com­pa­ri­son to oil. Ber­ge­vin wor­ked in hu­man re­sources and adult edu­ca­tion for most of her life and once re­ti­red re­dis­co­ve­red and re­con­nec­ted with her pas­sion for vi­sual art and pain­ting. She fa­vours rea­lism in her pain­tings, but has be­gun ex­pe­ri­men­ting with abs­tract.

On ave­rage, ARTour lo­ca­tions re­cei­ved ap­proxi­ma­te­ly 1200 to 1300 vi­sits in to­tal th­rou­ghout the wee­kend, which comes out to about 250 pur­cha­sed ARTour Pass’ports.

—pho­tos Alexia Marsillo

La 11e édi­tion de L’ARTour de Pres­cott-Rus­sell a eu lieu la fin de se­maine der­nière, le sa­me­di 30 sep­tembre et le di­manche 1er oc­tobre de 10 h à 17 h, dans 12 en­droits dif­fé­rents de la ré­gion. À Cas­sel­man, deux ar­tistes lo­caux, Mo­nique Ber­ge­vin et...

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