A short his­tory of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sher­brooke

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Thirty years ago, a group of in­domitable Sher­brooke peo­ple, friends of the arts and lovers of the Eastern Town­ships de­cided to re­alise a dream which had long haunted them: or­gan­ise art exhibitions for their fel­low cit­i­zens. The be­gin­nings are mod­est: a few paint­ings hung in the show­cases of Welling­ton Street stores. Not­with­stand­ing, de­voted and stub­born, they find premises on this same street and move heaven and earth in or­der to reach their goal: pro­vide the re­gion with an art mu­seum. In 1988, the Musée des beauxarts de Sher­brooke has a small nu­cleus of per­son­nel and its first salaried di­rec­tor, Michel For­est. It is moved to a new build­ing of­fered by l’Univer­sité de Sher­brooke, 174 Palais Street, where the fac­ulty of law used to be. The Musée is of­fi­cially recog­nised by the min­istère des Af­faires cul­turelles of Québec in the early 1990’s and in 1996, moves yet again to the mag­nif­i­cent his­tor­i­cal build­ing where it re­sides to­day: the for­mer head­quar­ters of the Eastern Town­ships Bank.

The dream has be­come re­al­ity in the short time span of 30 years and thus are recog­nised the know-all and the pas­sion of peo­ple of our community. Among the first-hour builders who de­voted them­selves in the struc­tur­ing of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sher­brooke, the fol­low­ing are to be men­tioned: Lise Beaulieu, Jeannine Blais and JeanRéal Brunette, these pi­o­neers be­ing joined by many peo­ple who, with the pas­sage of time, con­trib­uted in the de­vel­op­ment of the Musée as it is to­day. Tradition is main­tained among mem­bers of the board of the Musée, the board of the Fon­da­tion, the per­son­nel and mem­bers: rea­son man­ages, pas­sion and de­vo­tion sup­port the ad­ven­ture.

The Musée is now sup­ported fi­nan­cially by the min­istère de la Cul­ture et des Com­mu­ni­ca­tions du Québec, the City of Sher­brooke and many part­ners from the pri­vate sec­tor. It is the ma­jor agent in the area for the con­ser­va­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion of visual arts in the Eastern Town­ships. It pre­serves some 4 600 art works, ac­quired dur­ing this short pe­riod of time: 30 years.

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