Tales of the Town­ships

Il­lus­tra­tions by De­nis Palmer for the Ea­ton Corner Mu­seum

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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. “

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