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Box 1063, Shawville, QC
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Local art-related events that involve members of the Pontiac Artists’ Association.


Café 349   
  June 4th- 30th 2018
Claudette Spence

Musical Works and More

“The magic of music being expressed on canvas is very gratifying. It combines my two passions of painting and playing music. I try to portray the energy and emotions of musicians. The cellos smooth strokes of the bow or the wind instrument’s soft breath and the guitar’s gentle picking of the strings is mesmorizing.”

Can you feel the beat?


Linda Chapeskie at Café 349

January 15 to March 12
349 Main St.
QC J0X 2y0



Valerie Bridgeman & Louise Guay

Vernissage : May 12 from 5-7pm
Domaine du Pontiac,
1249 chemin du Cimetière, Quyon


Stone School Gallery, Portage-du-Fort

4 June – 2pm
Trish Murphy
Making a Wildflower Meadow

There is great interest in creating pollniator-friendly gardens, A wildflower meadow -- a sunny community of native grasses and wildflowers -- is one of the easiest and fastest ways to create wildlife habitat and promote diversity. Trish will be outlining the methods she used to create three different meadow-like areas at her nursery and showcasing some of the lovely native grasses and wildflowers she planted.

15 July – 2pm
Michael Peterson
Making Baskets in the World

Basketry, one of the oldest crafts, was used to make vessels, clothing, boats, even buildings. Excavated baskets tell a story about early civilizations and the environment. This informative talk will discuss basketry materials and techniques. The talk will explore basketry traditions that influenced the early settlers of the Pontiac.

16 September – 2pm
Robert Hinchley
Printmaking in Canada

Join Robert Hinchley as he presents the various unique and innovative forms found in Canadian Printmaking. Historical and contemporary prints, tools, and printmaking methods will be viewed and discussed. 

Admission is free

Jill Alexander, Sharon Morgan
& Cathy Dolan

Date : March 6 – May 1, 2017
Café 349, Shawville, QC


Focus Pontiac
A traveling exhibition presented by the Pontiac Artists' Association

March 4 to 30, 2017

Meet the Artists
Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Lower Level
Hours: Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Information /Renseignements: 613-580-ARTS (2787)


Kay Ranger & Nancy Dagenais

Date : 2 Jan. to 6 March 2017
Café 349, Shawville, QC


Works on Paper: Art exhibition & exchange

The Pontiac Artists’ Association, based in West Quebec, invites you to participate in our annual Works on Paper Exhibition and Exchange. Each participating artist will submit 11 original works on paper and receive 10 unique works in return. One work will be exhibited and sold unframed as a fundraiser for our Association.





All creatures great and small
Jeanne McTiernan: Stained glass
Linda Godin: Wood sculpting

Date: from November 28, 2016 to January 1st, 2017

Thursday, December 1st, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

All living creatures are wonderful in their own way! No matter the size, each one has its own distinct role to play in the circle of life. From the smallest bug to the most majestic creature living on land, in the air or in the water; they co-exist peacefully on this beautiful planet we call “earth”.

Jeanne  McTiernan I feel very fortunate to live in an area surrounded by wild life. My passion is to capture the beauty of nature in stained glass. I like to bring realism to my work, but sometimes, it’s a real challenge to find the right coloured glass to capture the perfect look of fur and feathers, or to find the right degradation of colour to create shadow. I suppose this is half the fun in creating a wonderful piece of art. When I do find the right combinations of textures and colours, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

Linda G. Godin: La nature a toujours été, pour moi, une source d’inspiration, une confidente, mon réconfort et mon maître. Elle guide mes choix de sujets, m’impose l’art de l’observation, m’entraîne dans ses nombreux déguisements et me prête fréquemment le matériel nécessaire à la création d’une œuvre particulière… sans rien exiger en retour.
Le travail du bois nécessite un sens du toucher particulier. Il faut savoir sentir la chaleur qui se dégage du bois, lire le massage qui se cache dans le grain du bois, insuffler, dans son œuvre, l’esprit du morceau que l’on caresse afin de lui rendre hommage. Voilà ce que je tente de faire quand je touche un morceau de bois : lui redonner une seconde vie. C’est ma façon de dire merci à la nature qui m’accueille tous les jours…


2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Pontiac Artists’ Association

The AGM of the Pontiac Artists’ Association will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 pm, at the Stone School in Portage-du-Fort.

You are invited to attend this meeting during which reports of the association and different committees will be given.

You are also invited to submit your name to sit on next year’s Board, or indicate your interest in participating in one of PAA’s various committees.

We are continually looking for volunteers for different tasks during the numerous activities PAA holds throughout the year. Our AGM is the best time to let us know your expertise and advise us where you feel most interested in helping out, give us your ideas and comments so that we can better plan our activities.

Membership fees are normally due at the end of December. You will be able to renew your membership during the meeting or through the website using PayPal or by using the form that you can find there also.

Also on the web site you will find the minutes of the November 30 2015 AGM and the Special General Meeting of April 25, 2016,

Download: AGM 2016 Agenda

Download: AGM 2015 Minutes-eng

Download: Minutes SGM 25 April 2016

Yours truly,

France Lamarche, President
Annual General Meeting
Pontiac Artists’ Association
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 7:00 pm, Portage-du-Fort


Focus Pontiac
La Fab in Chelsea
from 3 to 27 November 2016

Vernissage 5 November from 5-8pm

La Fab, 212 Chemin Old Chelsea,
Chelsea, QC J9B 1J3

Interview with Louise Guay on the travelling exhibition on Radio CHIP 109

Jeanne McTiernan, Fred Ryan, Dale Shutt, Cheryl Dolan, Claudette Spence, Cindy Lottes, Carol Bretzloff, Valerie Bridgeman, Kate Aley

An exhibition of juried works by members of the PAA. Opening at the Stone School Gallery, the exhibition will travel to other galleries in the Outaouais during 2016/17.


24th October to 28th November 2016

Café 349, 349 Main St., Shawville, QC

An Exploration of Joy and Creativity through the wonders of Youth!!

Over the years I have painted what children do best. They inspire us, and live in the moment with their passion and enthusiasm. First as a mother of two boys, and now a grandmother of two (soon to be three) amazing children, my inspiration has always come from a place of love, close to my heart. They inspire me daily, with joy, wonder, love and enthusiasm for whatever is possible.

My painting style has noticeably evolved over the years, but the one constant is that I continue to create with the same passion, joy and tenderness that I began this journey with. Recently I have discovered a fun Acrylic medium and gels technique which bring out the spontaneity and whimsical creativity that children unlock in me. I smile during the entirety of the creation of these pieces, all being very bright and happy in nature, which I am very proud to present to you during this exhibition. They are signed “Lilou”.

Thank you Ruth for encouraging us Artists, and the PAA for making this show a possibility.

Listen Online

The Impact of the Native Art of Beading
Date: July 30 2016, 2 - 4 pm.

Listen to the talk given by Barbara Dumont-Hill

Barbara Dumont-Hill, an Algonquin Drum Keeper from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, will provide an overview in words and pictures of the Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) art installation and memorial. Nearly 1,800 pairs of beaded moccasin vamps were donated to WWOS to represent each of the Indigenous women missing or murdered in Canada over the past several decades. Using her Algonquin traditions and spirituality, Barbara will speak of her personal connection to the memorial, tell stories of the things she witnessed, the people she spoke with, and how WWOS enhanced her spirit, gave her strength, and forever changed her.

Walking the Woven Labyrinth
Date: August 20 2016, 2 - 4 pm.

Listen to the talk given by artist Julianna Joos.

Julianna Joos will present her works and explain the Jacquard process; she will explain the origins of the project and how a surprise encounter became the trigger for a reflection on art and ecology. Also, in cooperation with la Triennale internationale des arts textiles en Outaouais 2016, we will show some very inspiring short films on textile art.

The World War II Watercolours of Gilbert Bretzloff
Date: October 29 2016, 2 - 4 pm

Listen to the talk given by artist Carol Bretzloff-Holmes (coming soon)

Carol Bretzloff-Holmeswill speak about her father, Gilbert Bretzloff, soldier and unofficial World War II artist, who served with the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, from 1940-1945. During the liberation of Europe, Gilbert Bretzloff moved with the Allied Front through Normandy, Belgium, Holland, and into Germany, making military maps for the soldiers fighting the battles. During the last year of the war, he created over 100 sketches and watercolors 'on the spot', often under dangerous conditions. His work records important battles, where Canadians played a decisive role in the outcome of the war – at Caen, Falaise, the Scheldt and in the Reichwald.





An evening of music and dancing featuring the music of "A Certain Class"

When: 12 September 2015 at 7 pm
Where: Stone School, 28 rue Mill, Portage-du-Fort, QC
Tickets: $20
Facebook: An evening of music and dance presented by the PAA


Tickets can be purchased from the following:
Valerie Bridgeman – 819-647-3985
Bonnie Zimmerling –


Holding up the Sky
An exhibition of paintings on silk and woodcut prints by Dale Shutt

Where: Galerie Old Chelsea, 783 route 105, Chelsea, Quebec
When: August 28 – September 16 2015
Vernissage: August 30, 1- 4 pm