Fer­mieres Hand­i­crafts at Beaulne

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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

photo cour­tesy

The ‘Fer­mieres’ pro­duce beau­ti­ful, hand-crafted items and pass down this know-how to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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