Find­ing their niche

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Coat­i­cook

To­mor­row, women right across the coun­try who con­trib­ute to their com­mu­ni­ties will be cel­e­brated. We’re get­ting a lit­tle jump on the cel­e­bra­tions this week with an ar­ti­cle about two Coat­i­cook women who have made no­table con­tri­bu­tions in that com­mu­nity,

and they came from across the globe to do it! Both of them artists, Rosa Aguirre and Koni Mar­coux founded in 2007, along with pho­tog­ra­pher Ber­trand Thibeault, Coatic’art, an ac­tive art group that has been grow­ing ever since.

Rosa, who cre­ates jew­elry, sculp­tures and dec­o­ra­tions with cop­per wire, moved here from El Sal­vador, in 1995, af­ter fall­ing for a Coat­i­cook man. “I came here for a va­ca­tion to visit my cousin and he in­tro­duced me to Chris­tian (Mc Duff). Af­ter we met the sec­ond time, he of­fered to give me a tour of Coat­i­cook. That was the be­gin­ning!” ex­plained Rosa. Koni is a vis­ual artist who grew up in the Philip­pines and then moved around the globe with her hus­band, Col. Luc Mar­coux, be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to her hus­band’s home­town of Coat­i­cook, in 2004, af­ter he re­tired from the Cana­dian Armed Forces.

Whereas Rosa used her art to help her­self in­te­grate into her new com­mu­nity, tak­ing part in craft ex­hi­bi­tions and fi­nally open­ing a small bou­tique in Coat­i­cook’s down­town area, Koni dreamed of join­ing an art group soon af­ter ar­riv­ing.

“I found out there was no art group here, but I started to meet other artists. I knew Ber­trand, and he knew Rosa, so we met over cof­fee to talk about start­ing a group,” said Koni. With a few added mem­bers, the group be­gan slowly, meet­ing once a month on a Thurs­day, giv­ing them their first name: “Le gang de jeudi”. In 2009, with a clearer vi­sion, the group was re­named Coatic’art and in­cor­po­rated it­self as a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Although the group quickly be­came im­pli­cated in the com­mu­nity through their ex­hi­bi­tions and tourist events in places like the

the Beaulne Mu­seum and the their most am­bi­tious project to date is “His­toi’art”. Fash­ioned af­ter an art/his­tory project that took place in France, Coatic’art mem­ber Lise Ber­trand came up with the idea.

“We trans­fer a photo of a his­toric build­ing on ac­etate, then the im­age is pro­jected onto a large can­vas. We trace the main lines onto the can­vas and then they are painted in bright colours – like pop art,” ex­plained Koni. But with the mis­sion to pro­mote the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of art in the com­mu­nity, it’s not the Coatic’art mem­bers who get to add the colour to the images. “We have had three edi­tions of His­toi’art with the public. Peo­ple of all ages have helped paint them with guid­ance from our artists,” added Rosa. The com­pleted works hang in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the town, such as at the arena where the pop art paint­ing of the town’s first girls hockey team now hangs.

The con­tin­u­ing project has gar­nered fi­nan­cial sup­port from the town and lo­cal busi­nesses like the

and “They see the big po­ten­tial of the project.” His­toi’art will cul­mi­nate in 2014 with a se­ries of his­tor­i­cal pop art images, all cre­ated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in time for its 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

Other up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for Coatic’art in­clude

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Koni Mar­coux (left) and Rosa Aguirre, seen here in the art bou­tique on Child Street, are happy in their “adopted home”.

The Don­ald-pa­trick Award, also pre­sented dur­ing this cer­e­mony, is given to an in­di­vid­ual or a group who has greatly con­trib­uted to the com­mu­nity of the Bor­ough of Len­noxville. This event is an op­por­tu­nity for the Bor­ough of Len­noxville to pay trib­ute to the ac­com­plish­ments of its cit­i­zens, and to make the gen­eral public aware of the ex­tra­or­di­nary in­volve­ment of their fel­low cit­i­zens within the com­mu­nity. Arts & Cul­ture: Com­mu­nity Art Lab, Yaël Filipovic

Yaël Filipovic is an ed­u­ca­tion cu­ra­tor who holds an MA in Mu­seum Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Toronto, and a BA in Art His­tory & Ed­u­ca­tion from Mcgill Univer­sity in Mon­treal. Her work com­bines her pas­sion for re­search, art, ac­tivism, and ped­a­gogy. With a keen in­ter­est in the use of communal space, her public in­ter­ven­tions have taken place in both Toronto and Mon­treal. In May 2010, she took on the po­si­tion of Cu­ra­tor, Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­tural Ac­tion at the Fore­man Art Gallery of Bishop’s Univer­sity in Sher­brooke, Que­bec to de­velop their Com­mu­nity Art Lab­o­ra­tory.

The Com­mu­nity Art Lab is a spe­cial project, ex­plor­ing from a creative point of view, the press­ing so­cial is­sues of our day and how these af­fect our im­me­di­ate com­mu­nity. It gath­ers in­di­vid­u­als from the com­mu­nity and through public events, it works to­wards stim­u­lat­ing an en­hanced un­der­stand­ing of the vis­ual and me­dia arts in the city of Sher­brooke. Cit­i­zen­ship & Vol­un­teer Work: Vol­un­teers of the Bi­b­lio­thèque de Len­noxville Li­brary

The vol­un­teers of the Bi­b­lio­thèque Len­noxville Li­brary are busy ev­ery day, all year long, con­tribut­ing to the Li­brary’s daily op­er­a­tions. They are also al­ways there to step up when ad­di­tional hands are needed to see spe­cial projects to com­ple­tion. Some of these projects re­quire sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort, such as last year’s bar cod­ing of over 24 000 books and this year’s plan­ning and or­ga­niz­ing of our cen­ten­nial year ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Li­brary has more than 30 reg­u­lar vol­un­teers in any given year who help it run smoothly. Its vol­un­teers rep­re­sent all gen­er­a­tions. Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment: Karine Séguin & Maxime Fabi – Brû­lerie de café Len­nox

A be­liever in the Bor­ough of Len­noxville’s po­ten­tial, co-owner Maxime Fabi knew how to set his busi­ness apart and draw on the suc­cess of down­town Sher­brooke’s Brû­lerie de café. By in­vest­ing close to $200 000 in the build­ing at 112 Queen Street, Maxime didn’t hes­i­tate to make this project a re­al­ity, cre­at­ing more than seven jobs in the Bor­ough.

Karine Séguin main­tains close con­tact with the com­mu­nity and wel­comes the sug­ges­tions of Bor­ough res­i­dents.

Act­ing as a link be­tween lo­cal ac­tors such as Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the Len­noxville Curl­ing Club, Global Ex­cel, the Cham­plain Col­lege res­i­dences, stu­dents and oth­ers, Karine and Maxime have suc­ceeded in in­cor­po­rat­ing lo­cal, fresh, healthy and Que­bec-based prod­ucts by do­ing busi­ness with com­pa­nies like Pâtis­serie Coat­i­cook and the Ferme Beaulieu. Ed­u­ca­tion: Dr. Lorne Nel­son

To put it sim­ply, Dr. Nel­son is a true star at Bishop’s Univer­sity. A Physics pro­fes­sor with a fo­cus on astro­physics, Dr. Nel­son is one of the Univer­sity’s most dis­tin­guished re­searchers, and one of its best teach­ers, hav­ing won the high­est hon­ours from the Univer­sity with the

in 1995 and the in 2011. He has also held a Tier 1 Canada Re­search Chair. Dr. Nel­son in­spires stu­dents; in fact, some of the top stu­dents at the Univer­sity are in the Physics Depart­ment, and they came to Bishop’s for one rea­son: to study with Dr. Nel­son. What makes Dr. Nel­son such a per­fect can­di­date for this award is the fact that he works very hard to make a complicated topic–astro­physics–ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. Dr. Nel­son is re­spon­si­ble for the Bishop’s Univer­sity Ob­ser­va­tory, which wel­comes close to 700 peo­ple per year to learn more about the uni­verse. Stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers visit on a

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