‘Pop­u­lar’ ex­hibit at Stu­dio Ge­orgeville

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vioc­to­ria Vanier 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.

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