Townships wood at Beaulne
The Beaulne Museum of Coaticook is pleased to present the exhibition “Holz, Sculpt the Forest” by Sculptor Jacques Racine, from September 18 to November 13, 2011. The opening will take place Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. The public is cordially invited.
Jacques Racine’s work stems from his many travels around the world. In deciding to settle down, he chose the Eastern Townships, particularly the Tomifobia valley. Surrounded by his studio, his garden, and his horses, he spends his winters carving wood and making furniture. “Holz” is a synthesis of what he feels. “I think we are very fortunate in the Eastern Townships to be surrounded by forest, fortunate to have many species of trees at hand. I especially like linden and walnut for carving, however, for furniture making, I prefer cherry and pine,” he says. Thus, for him, the nature of the Eastern Townships is a great source of inspiration. According to him, his sculptures are a tribute to the forest.
Jacques Racine bought his first sculpting knives in 1988. After his diploma in professional woodworking at Centre professionnel 24-juin in 1995, Racine provides training to adults and children in Magog, Sherbrooke, and Waterville. The self-taught artist shows an early interest in chip carving using the Swiss technique as described by Wayne Barton. In addition, his artistic career led him to explore sculpture in the round and bas-relief. Jacques Racine participated in the Salon of Regional Artists at the Beaulne Museum of Coaticook in 2008.