Dis­ap­pear­ing Her­itage on Ex­hibit

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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

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