Town­ships wood at Beaulne

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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.

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