Disappearing Heritage on Exhibit
The Beaulne Museum in Coaticook is proud to present the exhibition «Ghost Barns» by painter artist Margot Graham Heyerhoff, from 16 January to 03 March, 2011. The opening will take place on Sunday, January 16 at 2 p.m. The public is cordially invited.
«It is said that, in Quebec alone, more than 1000 old barns collapse or must be demolished every year. I have seen several tumble down and disappear near my own home in recent years. This observation was the thought behind this exhibition - to explore my part of the Townships looking for barns which are dark, disused and in their decline and to share, through paint and canvas, how they make me feel - melancholy and with a sense of loss.
These are the ‘ghost’ barns - they tell us of a tradition and craftsmanship hardly found today. They stand silhouetted against the land and sky speaking to us of an earlier life we cannot visit and representing a heritage that we are losing.
The ghost barns are mysterious presences. They loom over us darkly with their odd shapes and sizes and they lean over us, half skeletal, tired from the weight they have borne for so many years, as they slowly die in front of our eyes.» Said Margot Graham Heyerhoff.
The Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, and the City of Coaticook financially support the Beaulne Museum in Coaticook. Information: 819 849 6560