‘Popular’ exhibit at Studio Georgeville
Whether you’re a collector of Folk or Naïve Art, or you just want to take a look at a remarkable and entertaining exhibit, you won’t want to miss the Folk Art Exhibit now taking place at Studio Georgeville. This is the first exhibit of that kind for the art gallery and cultural centre which is run by the Georgeville Artists’ Cooperative, but it probably won’t be their last.
“We had a big crowd for the vernissage, a lot of new faces,” said Elsie Sullivan, the Georgeville resident who curated the exhibit. Mrs. Sullivan was one of the founders and the former curator of the Marsil Museum, in Saint Lambert. “Folk Art has always been popular because it appeals to a lot of people,” she said during a tour of the studio.
“Folk art connects us to the old stories,” commented the curator as we stood in front of a very colourful, three foot high Louis Cyr, holding up a barbell. “The artists have had no training; they create something just because it pleases them. And you can really see the cleverness of the artists in their pieces,” she added when we tried to imagine how a large, wooden, wideeyed deer had been carved and put together.
What is also nice about this exhibit, and not too surprising for this gallery which also serves as an informal community centre, is that the work of several local folk artists is also on display. There are handmade baskets and examples of rug-hooking by Judy Bachelder and Ellen Bailey, Naïve artwork by Naisi LeBaron, papier-maché puppets by Tricia McDaid and many other intriguing works by Townships artists.
Asked why she wanted to curate this local exhibit, Mrs. Sullivan explained: “Because I have a fascination with Folk Art; I love it and I want others to see it. It’s fascinating what untrained people are doing in art. You can just see the flow of their imagination, like when you look at these pieces by Robert Bourassa, a woodsman, who carves as he listens to classical music. It’s another layer of art that many people have forgotten about.”
The Folk Art exhibit continues at Studio Georgeville, which is open only Saturdays and Sundays, until November 10th. Upcoming events at Studio Georgeville include a reading and performance by popular Montreal author of The Lenore Trilogy, Colleen Curran, on October 26th, from 2:00 to 4:00, and a Christmas Exhibition beginning on November 16th. For the third year, the Studio will host its Winter
Café, an informal social gathering over tea and coffee, open to everyone, beginning on November 2nd, every Saturday morning from 8:00 am to noon.
For more information about Studio Georgeville, visit their website or call 819 843-9992.