Tales of the Townships
Illustrations by Denis Palmer for the Eaton Corner Museum
Ashow of original artwork by Denis Palmer commissioned by the Eaton Corner Museum for its exhibition, A Tale of the Townships, will be on display and for sale at the Museum’s Foss House during September weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 11 am to 4 pm. A closing reception will be held on October 15 and 16, to which the public is invited to celebrate this unique and outstanding collection of illustrations by this well known local artist.
These paintings illustrate the story of the settlement of the Eastern Townships, in particular the Haut-StFrançois region. Mr. Palmer created paintings including the Abenaki people and their culture, the life of the first settlers and their struggle to carve out their homesteads in the wilds of the Townships, and the crafts and trades developed by the settlers as their settlements grew and became more complex. These people and their story come alive in these beautiful paintings.
The illustrations were commissioned as part of the Museum’s exhibition, A Tale of the Townships, which brings visitors on a tour of the history of the area from the earliest Amerindian inhabitants through the 1800s and early 1900s. With an innovative technique, Palmer’s original artworks were brought together digitally (by Josée Moisan of Pitteresco) to create collages on screens which hang in the Museum’s exhibit to illustrate the history of the region. This show is of the original artworks used to create the collages.
We encourage visitors to visit the Museum during September to see the original artworks displayed in the Foss House, and to tour the exhibit with the collage screens in place. Then, in October, we will welcome you to the closing reception where you can meet the artist.
The closing reception on October 15 and 16 is the last chance this year for the public to view Palmer’s work. All paintings are for sale, with a portion of the sale price generously donated by Denis to the Museum.
Denis Palmer has had many exhibitions of his work, has worked with schools and municipalities on school
and community art projects, and has published a book of his paintings Homage to a Rural Life. Of his craft, Denis Palmer says:
“I have been drawing and painting the people and events of my community, Sawyerville and its surroundings, since I arrived here in 1979. I have been attracted to the maple syrup harvest, Remembrance Day, the Cookshire Fair, plowing matches, auctions and the everyday lives of family, friends and neighbours. In conversation, I record their knowledge of family, ancestry, community, their long memories for patterns of weather and the seasons, the joyful and difficult time of their pasts as well as the flavour of their speech. “