Wild­life ar­tist ope­ning home stu­dio this wee­kend

Cultu­ral day to be­ne­fit Le Ni­choir

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ASaint-La­zare ar­tist and one of the co-foun­ders of Le Ni­choir Wild Bird Re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion Centre in Hud­son will open her home stu­dio to the pu­blic this wee­kend as part of Jour­nées de la culture. The home tour, ta­king place Sept. 29 and 30, will be­ne­fit Le Ni­choir.

Wild­life ar­tist De­nise Pa­quette says she hap­pe­ned upon her art al­most by ac­ci­dent. Af­ter re­ti­ring, the Saint-La­zare re­sident be­gan construc­ting avia­ries for the birds she ca­red for that in­clu­ded chi­ckens, ducks, pea­cocks and geese. She says ta­king care of the vi­vid­ly hued fowl ins­pi­red her to take up a paint­brush in or­der to capture their images.

And for the third year in a row, she will par­ti­ci­pate in Jour­nées de la culture in her gar­den gal­le­ry stu­dio lo­ca­ted at 3210, rue Pine Tree in Saint-La­zare. Pa­quette’s stu­dio will be open to the pu­blic this Sa­tur­day and Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Re­pre­sen­ta­tives from Le Ni­choir will al­so be on hand to talk about the bird re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion centre. A per­cen­tage of sales du­ring the event will be do­na­ted to Le Ni­choir.

Le Ni­choir Wild Bird Re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion Centre was foun­ded in 1994 as a non-pro­fit or­ga­ni­za­tion. The li­cen­sed centre is part of a com­mu­ni­ty of North Ame­ri­can re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion centres sup­por­ted by the In­ter­na­tio­nal Wild­life Re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion Coun­cil (IWRC). Their mis­sion is to conserve wild birds as part of our na­tu­ral he­ri­tage.

Jour­nées de la culture is a th­ree-day event ta­king place in towns across Que­bec. Its goal is to pro­mote an ap­pre­cia­tion of arts and culture.

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