Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke
Atravellingexhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization
This lively and colorful exhibition takes visitors on a journey through 400 years of creativity. It showcases about 65 exceptional works of Québec folk art dating from the 18th century to today, showing the diversity of folk art through the ages. Most of the works come from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which has the best collection of Québec folk art in the world. Many of the pieces are taken from the exceptional collection assembled by Nettie Covey Sharpe, a native of the Eastern Townships and one of the most important collectors of folk art in Canadian history. To heighten awareness of the very nature of folk art, visitors
will be invited to participate in explorative activities in an interactive zone. Visitors will discover the various facets of folk art through the eyes of the collector and the creator, and will be invited to create works themselves. Spotlight on a collector…
: Born on May 22, 1907 in Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn to an American father and Scottish mother, Nettie Covey Sharpe would collect Quebec antiques and folk art for nearly a century. When she was born, Woburn was a small rural village in which anglophones and francophones comfortably rubbed shoulders. Nettie’s father took her along when he drove visitors around Quebec, exploring the back roads and villages of the Beauce, where many traditions had been kept alive. As a result, young Nettie developed an early fascination with traditional ways of life — and the objects which resulted. “I met my husband at Stanstead, but he was originally from Montreal. He was a student at Stanstead College in 1924, at the same time as I. At the time, I was 17 years old. We began a correspondence which lasted nearly ten years. We were finally married, ten years later, on September 22, 1934.” After they got married, they moved to Montreal and Nettie pursued her passion: purchasing objects in villages situated not far from Montreal and reselling them to antique dealers in Montreal. The couple bought a stone house in Saint-Lambert in 1951, where Nellie Covey Sharpe died, in March 2002.