The MRC Pontiac is sticking to its promise to continue supporting local artists in 2022. Last year, with the support of the council of mayors, Warden Jane Toller expressed a desire to encourage Pontiac based artists by proposing a new financial aide program. With this in mind, the MRC created the Fonds de développement créatif, which represents an investment of $5,000 from the MRC each year to help artists and local art organizations to continue their work.
The funds are intended to fill in the gaps and to address many of the challenges artists face in the MRC Pontiac by investing in their capacities and allowing them to concentrate on creating art. During the first year, funds were allocated to Maxime Galland, of Fort-Coulonge ; John-Phillip Smith, of Bristol ; l’Association des Artistes du Pontiac and Caitlin Brubacher, of Portage-du-Fort. Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, artists can apply for the funding. For 2022, artists will have a chance to receive part of this year’s funding in April, the exact date will be announce in the coming months.
“Our artistic community in the Pontiac is vitally important to our culture and to our identity as a territory,’’ says Jane Toller, MRC Pontiac Warden. ’’The MRC will continue to do everything possible to support these people and organizations in their artistic endeavors.”
“ Sugar Bush ” by Jelly Masse is the MRC’s newest piece, which has been added to the Pontiac Regional Art Collection inside the MRC building in Campbell’s Bay. The Regional Art Collection is a public display created in 2008, which aims to create a collection of pieces by artists who have marked the local artistic community.
The program highlights the talent and artistic diversity of the region and allows the public to have access to their creation. Each piece is selected by a committee made up of elected officials and citizens. In December, the committee chose “ Sugar Bush ”, created by Jelly Masse, of Île-du-Grand-Calumet, now on permanent display at the MRC. This 24x24 acrylic canvas depicts Rolland Demers, 1940s, collecting maple syrup using horse and sled.