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Day of Celebration at Arts Sutton
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Hélène Latulippe La Reine de la nuit Glass and mixed media 40 x 40 x 20 cm
With the month of March coming in like a lion and showing us, with this last major snowstorm, that winter in the Eastern Townships is not yet over we often need to find activities that can help us beat the cabin-fever and winter blahs that tend to set in around this time of year.

But can someone tell me how do we stay positive when there is nothing but a cold bone-fingered windchill greeting us for breakfast? Getting plenty of exercise is one way to keep the body and mind fit and happy when all around us is bitter cold, darkness and high heating bills! Image courtesy of Arts Sutton and the artist Hélène Latulippe - La Reine de la nuit - Glass and mixed media - 40 x 40 x 20 cm

One of the best places to keep in shape in Knowlton is at Brome Lake Fitness where you’ll find residents and visitors working out and getting healthy lifestyle tips and encouragement from the friendly and professional staff. In-expensive monthly and yearly memberships are available at the Gym as well as walk-in rates and they have a tanning bed too; I’ve gone from a chunky gluttonous blob to a handsome chiseled physique (well...sort of) in only a few months thanks to the help of Alan “Gut Grinder” Gauthier and Jessica “Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone” Brown...check it out...why not make a change for the better before Spring hits and you fall out of you bathing suit like groceries from a wet paper bag! Visit Brome Lake Fitness.

Another great way to feel positive and happy and re-set your outlook on life is to have a close encounter of the artistic kind. Knowlton is lucky to have the Gallerie Knowlton, a warm and eclectic art gallery at the heart of the village, home to unique art and wonderful gifts created by local and internationally renowned artists. Visit The Gallerie Knowlton Website.

When it comes to viewing original art and experiencing new trends in the world of artistic expression we are also fortunate to be so close to such lovely towns as Sutton which is home to Arts Sutton, one of the premiere art galleries outside of Lac Brome that is constantly striving to innovate and showcase new and exciting Quebec and Canadian artists. Sutton is only a short drive from Lac Brome and is the home to many exceptional restaurants, boutiques and a fantastic ski hill.

Currently Arts Sutton Gallery is welcoming Spring with a festive show by three Montreal artists: Hélène Latulippe, Sacha Marie Levay and Claude Prairie. Titled “Day of Celebration,” the show will run from March 15 – April 13 and will be an oasis of joy, lightness and pleasure.

The show will open on Saturday, March 15 at 2 pm; the artists will be present. Each artist addresses the theme of celebration in her own way: Hélène Latulippe through her theatre of objects from the neighbourhood hardware store, working with a vocabulary that develops around a simple form, bright colours and everyday objects. All of her works in Puttin’ on the Ritz are playful figures with unusual personalities.

Sacha Marie Levay captures moments from the past in wood, wax and pigments: echoes of music, dance, laughter and tears. Her watercolours and wood sculptures express the pure emotions experienced in daily life.

Claude Prairie-Vase à un pied Ceramic 12 x 13 x 10 cmClaude Prairie takes a vase and invites us to look at it from a new perspective. She shapes clay in a way that shows her sensitivity to the dual nature of the material. An expert in nuance, her works offer the visitor an exploration of variations, taking us on a waltz between the original utilitarian function of the object and its purely formal characteristics. Image courtesy of Arts Sutton and the artist Claude Prairie Vase à un pied Ceramic 12 x 13 x 10 cm

Come play with us at the special opening event with masks on March 15 at 2 pm. The theatre troop Mobile Home will be performing.

The Galley is located at 7 Academy in Sutton. The gallery and offices are open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

For more info contact Catherine Audet at Arts Sutton Gallery 450.538.2563 info@artssutton.com Visit the Arts Sutton Galerie D'art Website at http://www.artssutton.com/

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