City will try to keep lake clean
The City of Sherbrooke, the Direction de la sante publique Estrie and the Jean-Perreault water-skiing school will be taking measures aimed at preserving the water quality of the lac des Nations. For several years, the beach of the Lucien-Blanchard park has been tested for water quality. On several occasions, the beach was closed either because of the results of water sampling or after heavy rainfall. The same measures will be in place this summer.
Several times in 2014 and 2015, the presence of fecal coliforms was detected in sufficient quantities to halt water sporting activities. This year, the surveillance has been increased: more testing stations; samples will be taken Monday to Thursday; lac des Nations will close after heavy rainfall; waterskiing will be suspended when necessary. The City is also collecting data on the work done in the area, researching and correcting improper sewage lines, and controlling the presence of aquatic birds.
The exhibition Ultimate territories by artist René Derouin was inaugurated at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke on June 18, 2016. It will present until next September 25. In Ultimate territories, the public is invited to discover a pivotal exhibition in Derouin’s career. With works on paper and wood reliefs produced between 2000 and 2013, it touches on the main stages in a creative journey that has taken the artist ever farther from his studio, be it to Mexico City or Barcelona, Puebla or Percé, or Baie-Johan-Beetz on Quebec’s North Shore. The first decade of the 2000s and the beginning of the next formed an important turning point in Derouin’s work, as he returned to black and white while delving deeper into the art of paper cutouts, both a Japanese and a Mexican tradition that made a powerful impression on him during his stays in those two countries. ltimate territories will travel to three important regions of Quebec: Eastern Townships, Outaouais moving on to Galerie Montcalm in the city of Gatineau from October 13 to November 20 and then to Abitibi to the Centre d’exposition de Rouyn-Noranda from December 2 to March 5, 2017. The book Ultimate territories, launched to coincide with this travelling exhibition, explores the questions raised by the artist’s creative process, as revealed in interviews at his Val-David studio. Produced with the collaboration of art historian Gilles Lapointe and graphic designer Gianni Caccia, the publication provides valuable insight into Derouin’s practice, expressed in the words of this man who sees himself, through his travels and observations, as a vehicle for a memory of the Americas. René Derouin was born in Montreal in 1936 and lives in Val-David, in the Laurentians. For over fifty years, the explorations of this multidisciplinary artist have taken him on successive journeys in which he has probed the continental identity of the Americas, from North to South.