Di­verse vi­sions at lo­cal gallery

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Thethird ex­hi­bi­tion of the sea­son is un­der­way at Ye Olde Black­smith Art Gallery, 240A Duf­ferin in Stanstead, Qc. fea­tur­ing works by Vera David-Heisler, Michael Towe, Gabriel Safdie, and Daniel Croteau.

Born in Bu­dapest un­der a Com­mu­nist regime, Heisler left her na­tive Hun­gary for Ber­lin and then, with her young son, to Morocco, pur­su­ing a life as an artist in the ar­eas of oil paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sculp­ture. This cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion is a show­ing of her oil paint­ings as well as pa­per mache sculp­tures, del­i­cately formed ex­pres­sive faces so pen­e­trat­ingly deep in thought. Now a res­i­dent of Mon­treal since 2000, her work has been greatly ap­pre­ci­ated in nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions both solo and col­lec­tive through­out Europe, Ja­pan, Morocco, and Canada.

Michael Towe, orig­i­nally from Win­nipeg, spent many years man­u­fac­tur­ing acrylic paint used by many of the finest artists. A life time artist him­self, he is fo­cus­ing more on pho­tog­ra­phy than paint­ing these days and his dig­i­tal im­ages, chem­i­cally printed, treat us with his at­ten­tion to de­tail and abil­ity of find­ing beauty in the most un­likely of places.

Carta­gena, the colo­nial city of Columbia is the sub­ject of Gabriel Safdie’s street pho­tog­ra­phy as he takes us to this an­cient city and to the peo­ple who live there. With his eye for cap­tur­ing life as it is in far­away places we get a sense of the his­tory and cur­rent day feel of this beau­ti­ful city mixed into one.

Fi­nally, Daniel Croteau, res­i­dent of Sher­brooke and a

Busi­ness Lead­er­ship Camp.

The­first edi­tion of the Col­lege Servite’s ISSN Stu­dent Busi­ness Lead­er­ship Camp, held from July 20th to the 29th at the school in Ayer’s Cliff, was a suc­cess and its fu­ture looks promis­ing. Nine­teen young girls and boys, from six­teen to eigh­teen years of age, came from Servite schools in Paris, France, Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, Omaha, Ne­braska and the Ayer’s Cliff school for this first camp. For the ten days, the stu­dents at­tended con­fer­ences by en­trepreneurs, man­ag­ing con­sul­tants, ad­min­is­tra­tors and mar­ket­ing and so­cial me­dia ex­perts. The sub­jects ap­proached cov­ered mar­ket­ing, team work, busi­ness devel­op­ment strate­gies, hu­man re­sources, ne­go­ti­a­tion, etc. as well as the im­por­tance of sport in the life of an en­trepreneur.

Through­out the camp, the young en­trepreneurs were di­vided into four teams, with dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties rep­re­sented in each team. The teams had to de­velop a busi­ness plan and present it to the jury on the last day of camp, and all in English.

The ob­jec­tive of the camp was to teach the par­tic­i­pants the ba­sics about ad­min­is­tra­tion and the world of busi­ness. And, like all Servite ac­tiv­i­ties, it was an oc­ca­sion for the stu­dents to meet each other, make friend­ships and es­tab­lish con­tacts be­yond their bor­ders, some­thing that could be use­ful in the fu­ture devel­op­ment of a busi­ness.

teacher of Fine Arts at Mont­calm High School presents his lat­est work of mixed me­dia paint­ings with the tree as the theme. To Croteau, the tree is an in­di­vid­ual be­ing which, in­flu­enced by the va­garies of life, grows and rises to­wards the light, al­ways with the aim to de­velop to the fullest. His wish is to open minds, to ed­u­cate and to en­sure that the viewer is aware of the beauty and fragility of life.

All four artists bring an in­ter­est­ing and di­verse per­spec­tive on their in­di­vid­ual cre­ativ­ity and the in­spi­ra­tions that move them. It is cer­tainly a show not to be missed.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs from July 31 to Au­gust 17 at 240A and 272 Duf­ferin St. Gallery hours are Thurs­day to Sun­day, 11-6. For more in­for­ma­tion please call 819-876-2282. Seen here with the free um­brel­las are (left to right): mit­tee; coun­cil­lor; gen­eral direc­tor of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try; mayor of Ma­gog; down­town eco­nomic devel­op­ment com­mit­tee; and Prin­ci­pale Street.

Ifyou’re vis­it­ing the shops and bou­tiques in down­town Ma­gog or en­joy­ing a stroll down Prin­ci­pale and it starts to rain – no wor­ries! As part of the town’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion project, busi­nesses in the down­town area will have um­brel­las on hand to lend to shoppers who find them­selves caught in the rain, thereby en­cour­ag­ing them to con­tinue with their shop­ping and their out­ing. The um­brel­las can ei­ther be brought back to the same store where they were bor­rowed from or dropped off at another par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­ness.

“The mes­sage we want to send to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors is that, de­spite the rain, it is still fun to come down­town and they are wel­come there,” com­mented Diane Pel­letier, a coun­cil­lor and the co-pres­i­dent of the re­vi­tal­iza­tion com­mit­tee.

“This kind of ini­tia­tive shows well that the mem­bers of the com­mit­tees are lis­ten­ing to creative and orig­i­nal ideas com­ing from the com­mu­nity who, like us, care about the devel­op­ment and the an­i­ma­tion of this area,” con­cluded mayor Vicki May Hamm.

Nine­teen stu­dents from Ayer’s Cliff, France and the United States had fun dur­ing the Col­lege Servite’s first ISSN Stu­dent

Diane Pel­letier,

Alain Roger, Martin St-Pierre, Vicki May Hamm,

re­vi­tal­iza­tion com-

Guil­laume Bernard, Fan­nie Chapde­laine, co­or­di­na­tor of

Photo courtesy

An ex­am­ple of Gabriel Safdie’s street pho­tog­ra­phy from Colom­bia.

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