Fermieres Handicrafts at Beaulne
The Beaulne Museum of Coaticook is pleased to present the exhibition “ Masterpieces of the Cercles de Fermières” in cooperation with the three Circles of Coaticook, namely St. Edmund, St. Mark and St. John, from March 20 to June 05, 2011. The opening will take place Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. The public is cordially invited.
The three “Cercles de Fermières” associations of Coaticook are among hundreds of Farm Women Circles divided into several federations throughout Quebec. Underlying the lofty goal of improving the status of women is the main objective of conserving cultural heritage in various ways. Indeed, through learning and talent, the members of the “Cercles de “Fermières” contribute to the development and sustainability of local expertise. This is translated by the production of handcrafted pieces, a mark of greater creativity, and transmitting this knowledge to succeeding generations.
The exposition in the Beaulne Museum will show exclusively textile arts. Moreover, the content will include choice pieces as the title indicates.
The three “Cercles de Fermières” Circles of Coaticook present themselves as follows: -Cercle de Fermières St-Edmond
This Circle was founded in 1933 by an agronomist and a government technician, who strongly supported Mrs. Hector Grenier and Mrs. Anna Demers, nominated President and Secretary, respectively. The St-Edmond Circle participated throughout the decades in the local development and vitality of the community. Of the 40 existing members, many are still active and proud to share their talents, which you can admire annually in their April exhibition. - Cercle de Fermières St-Marc
On January 15, 1940, Mrs. Olivier Hébert and 84 people get together to found the “Cercles de Fermières” of St. Mark Parish. Up to the present day, this group of women worked tirelessly to promote the preservation of
traditions through the adaptation of ancient crafts. The products of this dedication are displayed every year since 1941 as part of an annual exhibition. Cercle de Fermières St-Jean
This Circle celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010. Despite the small number of women (22), they are very active, enjoying lots of camaraderie and collaboration. New members join the Circle each year, and recruitment continues in order to share knowledge and preserve the beautiful ancient techniques through the practice of weaving, sewing, knitting, etc.
The Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, and the City of Coaticook financially support the Beaulne Museum. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 819-849-656
The ‘Fermieres’ produce beautiful, hand-crafted items and pass down this know-how to future generations.