A personal view of Knowlton, Quebec, the Eastern Townships most beautiful village.

Tour Des Arts Celebrates 20 Years
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Sculptures for garden & house. Coming from a background of designing and building masks, objects and figures for the theatre, Almut now follows her desire to create objects for the garden. Almut Ellinghaus is part of the Tour Des Arts and her contribution of art is one of the reasons the Tour Des Arts is Quebecs premier art show and tour!The Tour Des Arts is a popular tourist event in the Eastern Townships as many of our celebrated local artists open their studios, ateliers and homes to allow patrons of the arts to visit and buy some unique Quebec Art in the truly breathtaking setting of The Townships.

The 2008 Tour Des Arts marks the 20th anniversary of the event...often called "The event of the summer" in the Knowlton area of Sutton, Mansonville, Cowansville, Waterloo and many hidden corners in between on the dusty highways and back roads of the historical area around The Eastern Townships.

The popular arts show allows visitors to follow an easy-to-navigate route and visit many artists featuring styles from original pottery to painters and sculptures. This edition of features:

Myriam Bardoul.
"Born in Belgium, Myriam has many original talents. Her contemporary style gives the observer a feeling of freedom of imagination, unpredictability and discovery. Myriam is very interested in the assembling of diverse materials permitting her to play with shapes and textures leading to the creation of one of a kind pieces of jewelry and paintings."

Brigite Normandin
"As far as I can remember the concept of assemblage has been at the core of my work. Gathered fragments and random found objects inspire me to draw, paint, assemble and sculpt works with a thought provoking existential edge."

Michelle Lalonde
"Original mosaics for home and garden. Unique mosaic designs and sculptures (ceramic tiles & glass) for the home and garden...pedestals, animal shapes, vases, wall murals."

Almut Ellinghaus
"Sculptures for garden & house. Coming from a background of designing and building masks, objects and figures for the theatre, Almut now follows her desire to create objects for the garden. Being an acomplished sculptor, she models her sculptures in clay and casts them in durable concrete. The sculptures are often tinted and stained with oxides and are sealed for protection. Her unique pieces draw on legends, dreams and fairytales. They are a reflection on a woman's life, her thoughts and her images. All pieces are limited editions and are cast from uniquely created originals."

Jack H. Walker
"Folk art, primative painting, traditional furniture. Although I'm serious about my art, I don't take my art too seriously. In fact, the more humorously I can create something, the happier I am. I find great pleasure in turning old fishing buoys into comical “guard dogs”, building whimsical bird feeders from twigs and sticks and painting pictures of streets where the buildings all seem to have lives and ersonalities of their own. I try to make you think differently about the way you see something and give you a smile while you're doing it."

Jany Fournier
"Paintings and mixed media. Jany Fournier studied drawing, painting and printmaking at l’école des Beaux-Arts and l’UQAM. After teaching fine arts and painting for over 25 years, she has returned to her own artistic production.For her acrylic, watercolour and oil pastel works, the artist is inspired by the rural backdrop and surroundings of the charming village of Knowlton. You are invited to her workshop gallery, to discover these landscapes and still life pieces, celebrating her impressionist vision of this unique natural setting."

MArk Zimmerl is one popular artist who paints frogs and other such pondlife that pondfreaks and chiefs everywhere enjoy and he is collected by many folks around the world!Mark Zimmerl
"Oil paintings, bronzework, raku ceramics. Mark Zimmerl graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Fine Arts with honours. Inspired by the natural surroundings of his Brome studio, he is currently working in painting, wood sculpture, and ceramics. He has created a whimsical mythical world from the spirituality of the landscape and creatures of the Eastern Townships."

There are dozens of other artists and crafts-people from a wide range of disciplines and for a full listing visit the official Tour Des Arts Website at http://www.tourdesarts.com/en/artwork

Sutton, one of the artistic hot-spots of the Eastern Townships is again hosting several art related events to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the TourDesArts.

From July 5 - 20, the Gallery is proud to be supporting the Tour des Arts, one of the region’s major art events. This year the Tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

For 10 days, from July 12 - 20, some 40 local artists will be inviting the public to visit their studios. The show at Arts Sutton Gallery will display work by each artist in the Tour des Arts, so that visitors can get a sense of the art that interests them and choose their itinerary accordingly. They can then embark on a tour that takes them along our beautiful country roads to fascinating discoveries.

As one of the participating artists, Claude De Gaspé Alleyn, commented, “visitors who do the Tour and visit individual studios are given a privileged look at the space in which many different types of art are created. Often they find that each artist’s creativity is multi-dimensional and is expressed not only through the works they make, but also in the way they live.”

Sutton Arts in SUtton Quebec presents works by Louise Andree Roberge and other artists from the Tour Des Arts.The participating artists are:Robin Badger Myriam Bardoul, Claude Beauchemin, Stéphane Bingen, Hélène Brunet, Brenda Carson, Robert Chartier, Nicole Côté, Irma et Roger Côté, Claude De Gaspé Alleyn, Francine Denault, Isabelle d’Hauterive, Almut Ellinghaus, Muriel Faille, Jany Fournier, John Fowles, Claire Globensky, Anne Johnston, Christina Jones-Steingruber, Michelle Lalonde, Stanley Lake, Joe La Starza, Pina Macku, Judy Mullins, John Murphy, Brigite Normandin, Potton Valley Quilter’s, Rhonda Price, Peter Raymond, Louise-Andrée Roberge, John Rollit, Christiane Roy, Carolyn Smart, Craig Skinner, Eira Thomas, Anke vanGinhoven, Jack H. Walker and Mark Zimmerl.

Come celebrate at the opening reception for the Tour des Arts exhibition, with the artists, on Saturday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gallery.

The show runs until July 20.

The Gallery is located at 7 Academy in Sutton.
Exhibition hours are: Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed July 7- 9. Open every day from July 10 – 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Source : Galerie Arts Sutton
Pour information : Catherine Audet, Coordonnatrice de la Galerie
(450) 538-2563 info@artssutton.com

The Artists of the Tour Des Arts are incredible!The Tour Des Arts is more than just art! There are also incredible music and performance artists presenting original and popular works throughout the series. Most of the events happen in the Sutton, Quebec region as Sutton continues to lead the way in the region in culture and tourist offerings.

This year you can enjoy the evening events:
Saturday, Jul 12
The Homebrew Dixieland Band at 7:00 pm featuring: Stanley Lake: Trumpet David Sutherland: Clarinet David Reilly: Trombone Simone Esterez: Bass Jean Lavigne: Drums
Claude Prud'Homme: Guitar Reservations: 450 538 2000 Admission $5 Auberge Glen Sutton
1388 Vallée Missisquoi Glen Sutton, QC


Sunday, Jul 13
PEC percussion 08:00 pm Soirée de rythmes et de réflexions sur le temps. En compagnie de musiciens, Frédéric Gaud vous convie à une percussion athlétique sur des tambours géants, fabriqués de ses mains. I think the translation for that is like the song from T-Rex : Bang a Gong Get it On!! Réservations: 450 538 0486 Prix d'entrée $15 / Admission $15 Coeur de Village- Salle Alec & Gérard Pelletier
4-c, rue Maple Sutton, QC www.salleagpelletier.com


Tuesday, Jul 15 Poésie en français 07:30 pm Participants: quelques figures bien connues de Sutton et des environs, quelques figures nouvelles... Réservations: 450 538 0486 Renseignements: 450 538 5008 Gratuit / Free Admission www.salleagpelletier.com


To find the best route to drive the highways of the Eastern Townships click on this map and visit the TourDesArts.com website!Wednesday, Jul 16
Readings- Prose and Poetry 07:30 pm Discover the varied literary talents of our local English writers. Réservations: 450 538 7333 Gratuit / Free Admission. Le Cafetier de Sutton 9, rue Principale nord Sutton, QC


Friday, Jul 18
Beavan Flanagan - Jazz Piano 07:30 pm Beavan Flanagan playing original compositions and jazz standards Reservations 450 243 0069 Free Admission Café Inn 246 Knowlton
Knowlton, QC

Three Old Bags 07:30 pm Back by popular demand! Risqué comedy about a trio of funky old ladies that just won't quit. Co-created by Mary Harvey, Gissa Israel, Pina Macku and Emma Stevens. Réservations: 450 538 0486 Prix d'entrée $15 / Admission $15 www.salleagpelletier.com

Saturday, Jul 19
Jazz Heads- "The Standards" 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm DINNER-CONCERT featuring Dave Sutherland: flute, saxophone Mike Gauthier: guitar Stanley Lake: trumpet André Lafleur: bass Reservations: 450 538 7333 Free Admission Le Cafetier de Sutton
9, rue Principale nord Sutton, QC


Sunday, Jul 20
Pastoral Concert 04:00 pm 130th Anniversary Pierre Jasmin: piano Beethoven: Appassionata, sonatas Free Admission DONATIONS www.philharmontreal.com Église Good Shepard Church 1458, ch. de la Vallée Missisquoi Glen Sutton, QC

Theatre Lac Brome 08:00 pm "Intimate Exchanges" by Alan Ayckbourn
- A comedy of bad manners and good timing

"Let's be Frank"
- A play by Ricky Blue with Sinatra's Great American Songbook

"Richard Donat Reads Leacock"
- Vignettes by Stephen Leacock

Show time 8pm with a Thursday matinee Info- Box Office 450 242 2270 Ticket Prices $15 to $26 www.theatrelacbrome.ca Theatre Lac Brome at Arts Knowlton 9 Mont Echo Knowlton, QC

Have a great Tour Des Arts and enjoy your visit to the region of Lac Brome, Knowlton and the surrounding beauty of our little slice of paradise! Visit the official Tour Des Arts Website at http://www.tourdesarts.com/en/artwork

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