Stanstead International Granite Sculpture Symposium
Stanstead granite industry and artists mobilized to give the town a new landmark
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.