Diverse visions at local gallery
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
Alain Roger, Martin St-Pierre, Vicki May Hamm,
Guillaume Bernard, Fannie Chapdelaine, coordinator of
An example of Gabriel Safdie’s street photography from Colombia.