Tra­di­tional wood carv­ing at Beaulne

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TheBeaulne Mu­seum of Coat­i­cook is pleased to present the ex­hi­bi­tion « Le clan de l’ours » by the artists Zachari Bourassa, sculp­tor, and Caro­line Marc­hand, painter-sculp­tor, from the 5th of May to the 30th of June 2013. The grand open­ing will be held on Sun­day the 5th of May at 2 pm. The pub­lic and the press are cor­dially in­vited.

Zachari Bourassa and Caro­line Marc­hand’s artis­tic ap­proach is based on a tra­di­tional method of wood carv­ing us­ing tools specif­i­cally de­signed for work­ing with rus­tic wood. They ex­hibit a se­ries of masks and totems rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple, an­i­mals or myth­i­cal crea­tures usu­ally in­spired by shapes and mo­tifs in­te­grated in na­ture. The char­ac­ter and ex­pres­sion of each pole they cre­ate came from a se­ries of drafts and sketches. Then they are to be shaped into even logs, dried well be­fore they are carved and painted. Masks go through the same pro­ce­dures and are easy to in­stall.

The idea for this ex­hi­bi­tion came from Caro­line Marc­hand who did re­search on en­dan­gered an­i­mals. She dis­cov­ered the strange beast known as “Piz­zly” (a mix be­tween a po­lar bear and a griz­zly). Bit by bit, with many ideas and de­signs, they man­aged to put to­gether the ex­hi­bi­tion of “Le clan de l’ours”.

Over 20 works of art are shown within the ex­hibit from the cre­ative ge­nius of two ex­em­plary com­ple­men­tar­ily artists. In addi- tion, a comic strip con­tain­ing a Na­tive le­gend cre­ated es­pe­cially for the ex­hi­bi­tion will be avail­able as well as some small gift ideas, all at af­ford­able prices.

Zachari Bourassa was born in Sher­brooke Que­bec on the 7th of April 1977. He started his artis­tic ca­reer af­ter a trip to Bri­tish Columbia in 1996. He then moved to Sainte- Camille in 2008 and pur­sued his work. Caro­line Marc­hand was born in Drum­mondville Que­bec on the 29th of Au­gust 1969. She started her artis­tic ca­reer af­ter her stud­ies in 1991. She also moved to Saint-Camille in 2008. They have been work­ing to­gether and earn­ing their liv­ing through their art since 2006.

Pho­tos courtesy

Totem poles will be on dis­play at Coat­i­cook’s Beaulne Mu­seum.

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