MONTREAL, March 28, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to its new L'art de partager cultural program launched to celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Collection Loto-Québec is pleased to present its
travelling exhibition entitled Territoires imaginés, par les artistes de la Collection Loto-Québec. On the second stop of its tour, the exhibition will be at the Musée
d'art contemporain des Laurentides until June 8, 2014. This visual arts
event will be combined with a number of other activities.
The public is invited to explore our homeland, the real and the
imaginary, through the eyes of artists whose works are part of the
Collection. A total of forty works of art will be exhibited, including
those of René Derouin, an artist from the Laurentians. "As the Collection acquires pieces
from throughout the province, works featured in the exhibition are the
creation of artists who were born or are living in different parts of
Québec," explained Louis Pelletier, Curator for Collection Loto-Québec.
Sophie Faucher, spokesperson for the Collection Loto-Québec's 35th anniversary event, is enthusiastic about "sharing the beauty of
Collection works across various regions and meeting artists from all
over the province." After first setting up in Sherbrooke, the
exhibition will move on from Saint-Jérôme to Rouyn-Noranda and then to
Another edition of Repérage
An edition of the Repérage program of sales exhibitions will also take place in Saint-Jérôme, as
will be the case in other regions hosting the Territoires imaginés exhibition. In fact, the original selection of Territoires imaginés works was reduced to make room for artwork produced by the 26 artists
from the Laurentians who will be exhibiting with Repérage, presented simultaneously. Repérage is an extraordinary opportunity for
up-and-coming artists to showcase their works and enable the general
public to discover - or rediscover - local artists. The program's
selection panel, made up of Louis Pelletier and stakeholders in the
arts scene in the Laurentians, will meet at the end of April to follow
up on the acquisition process.
Visibility for our artists
Heading off to Saint-Jérôme at the end of March, Territoires imaginés, par les artistes de la Collection Loto-Québec will provide Collection artists with extraordinary visibility. This
free event also facilitates accessibility to visual arts in many
regions across Québec.
A wonderful text penned by Fred Pellerin describes his personal
homeland, real and fictitious, that lays a backdrop for the exhibition:
"During a painting's lifetime,
The imaginary may spill into what we know
Or landscapes may stretch to the other side of reality
To take on their full dimensions,
To be complete."
In an excerpt of the text that accompanies the exhibition, the
storyteller from Saint-Élie-de-Caxton describes how exploring our
homeland is both literal and poetic, and a theme that can tie together,
for example, a Hudson Bay landscape, an artist's studio in Saint-Henri,
a three-dimensional Medusa and an oil painting of an old pulp mill in
the Saguenay region.
The title Territoires imaginés is the namesake of a painting by Giorgia Volpe, a Collection
Loto-Québec artist, featured in this impressive exhibition that
includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and photographs.
Whether they are artists from the Laurentians or anywhere else -
including Frédéric Back, Judith Berry, Mario Faubert or Michael Smith,
to name only a few -, they have created works that depict places,
spaces or objects we all know.
Expanded cultural offering thanks to cinema
The Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA) is yet another
partner that adds to Loto-Québec's cultural offering by presenting one
or more films free of charge in each of the regions that host a themed
exhibition. In Saint-Jérôme, films will be shown at 7 p.m. on
Thursdays, April 3, 10 and 17 in the Anthony-Lessard hall, adjacent to
the museum. The names of the films will be announced shortly.
About the Collection Loto-Québec
The Collection Loto-Québec boasts over 4,600 works produced by over
1,200 local artists, 52 of whom are from the Laurentians. It is a major
player in Quebec's artistic heritage. The Collection Loto-Québec
pursues its mission by showcasing its works in exhibitions that tour
the entire province.
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