Stanstead In­ter­na­tional Gran­ite Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium

Stanstead gran­ite in­dus­try and artists mo­bi­lized to give the town a new land­mark

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The Stanstead In­ter­na­tional Gran­ite Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium re­turns this year with a grandiose project sup­ported by all gran­ite busi­nesses in Stanstead and their tal­ented stone­ma­sons who gen­er­ously re­sponded to the mo­bi­liz­ing call of Bob Shel­don. Dur­ing the week­end of La­bor Day, these artists will carve and en­grave the huge pieces of gran­ite that will form the tall clock that will sub­se­quently be erected on the Henry Seth Tay­lor Place at the cor­ner of Notre-Dame and Duf­ferin.

The clock, de­signed by Stanstead’s artist Guy Cloutier, ex­ceeds 18 feet in height and will be a re­minder of the three vil­lages which merged in 1995 to give birth to Stanstead. The clock will dom­i­nate the Henry Seth Tay­lor Place and re­mind the con­tri­bu­tion of the peo­ple of Beebe, Stanstead Plain and Rock Is­land to the new town. It will also per­pet­u­ate the names of all those who have con­trib­uted to its pro­duc­tion.

All are in­vited to see and chat with more than twenty artists at work at the Stanstead Gran­ite Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium. Stone­cut­ters and en­gravers will be work­ing on the front lawn of Granit Cen­tral Mu­seum where vis­i­tors can dis­cover the his­tory and ar­ti­facts re­lated to the gran­ite in­dus­try which has sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to the econ­omy of Stanstead for the last 150 years. It is also pos­si­ble to ob­tain ad­vice and sug­ges­tions for the pur­chase of coun­ter­tops and dec­o­ra­tive prod­ucts made of gran­ite. The mu­seum also presents the largest col­lec­tion of Lionel minia­ture trains in Canada. Out­side the mu­seum, vis­i­tors are in­vited to en­joy a free guided tour to dis­cover the Heart of Stanstead and en­joy the fa­mous Haskell Opera House and Li­brary which sits di­rectly on the U.S. bor­der and stroll in the Stone Circle where huge gran­ite stones are aligned with the stars to high­light the fall equinox and its unique lo­ca­tion on the 45th par­al­lel. Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum presents two exhibitions Pi­o­neers print­ers in the Town­ships and Writer’s hand fo­cus­ing on the art of hand­writ­ing.

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