Musée des beaux-arts de Sher­brooke

Stanstead Journal - - LEN NEWS - 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.

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