Town­ships land­scape on ex­hibit at Colby-Cur­tis

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

The Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum held a vernissage last Fri­day, which was at­tended by al­most one hun­dred en­thu­si­as­tic pa­trons, for two new ex­hi­bi­tions that put the spot­light on the beau­ti­ful East­ern Town­ships land­scape and how it has evolved. The ex­hibit lo­cated in the “Doc­tor’s Of­fice” is named The Lay of the Land – Sur­vey­ing the land­scape in Stanstead County and ex­plores through old maps, sur­vey­ors and map­mak­ers tools, doc­u­ments and arte­facts dat­ing back to the 1800’s how the land around the Mem­phrem­a­gog area has trans­formed. “It’s in­ter­est­ing to see the evo­lu­tion in the maps. For cen­turies they knew how to mea­sure the lat­i­tudes, but it wasn’t un­til the chronome­ter was in­vented that they could mea­sure the lon­gi­tudes,” ex­plained mu­seum cu­ra­tor, Pierre Ras­toul, re­fer­ring to a seem­ingly dis­torted map on dis­play. Sev­eral in­ter­est­ing tools once be­long­ing to Joseph Bouchette, who mea­sured the dis­puted Cana­dian/Amer­i­can bor­der line along with Jesse Pen­noyer, are part of the

ex­hibit. “The Treaty of Wash­ing­ton is based on Joseph Bouchette’s sur­veys in 1842,” added Mr. Ras­toul.

Oc­cu­py­ing three rooms on the top floor of Car­roll­croft is an ex­hibit that will de­light art lovers as much as his­tory buffs. Vi­sions – Painters & Land­scapes in

the East­ern Town­ships brings to­gether the land­scape im­ages of al­most forty artists from the 18th, 19th and the 20th cen­turies, such as those of Will­bur Aaron Reaser, Wil­liam Stu­art Hunter Se­nior and Ju­nior, Frank Henry Shap­leigh and Joseph Bouchette, and in­cludes sev­eral paint­ings of Town­ships scenery by con­tem­po­rary artists Cather­ine Bates, Vir­ginia Cope and Jen­nifer Brook. “It’s a re­ally nice va­ri­ety of work from many dif­fer­ent artists,” men­tioned Mr. Ras­toul.

Many of the paint­ings are on loan from other museums, art gal­leries and from pri­vate col­lec­tions, such as a beau­ti­ful pair of paint­ings by Cornélius Kreighoff. How­ever, much of the art­work comes from the Col­byCur­tis’ own ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of lo­cally cre­ated art. “We found this paint­ing by an un­known artist un­der a pile of card­board; it had been lost in obliv­ion!” said

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Mu­seum cu­ra­tor and di­rec­tor Pierre Ras­toul poses with a large work by Frank Henry Shap­leigh, smaller paint­ings by Wil­liam Stu­art Hunter Sr. and prints by Wil­liam Stu­art Hunter Jr.

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