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This collective art project, suggested to the municipality by the Cultural Development Committee, is part of a cultural mediation initiative aiming at developing a sense of belonging and pride among Beresford Citizens. This intergenerational activity saw 33 participants from the community, including nine students from Carrefour Étudiant School, contribute to the realization of two of the paintings; fauna and flora. The paintings are proudly displayed in the Beresford Regional Farmers Market where they can be appreciated by all on market days.

The theme proposed to artists was the community of Beresford’s culture and heritage. Carole Bherer’s proposal was retained. Mgr Donat Robichaud’s book entitled « Beresford Le Petit Nipisiguit » was an important resource for the completion of this project. Couverture Du Livre

The eight paintings are all depicting certain aspects of the Beresford heritage. Parts of the paintings are in tones of grey, representing elements from the past. The paintings are installed in the Beresford Regional Farmer’s market where they can be enjoyed and discovered by residents and visitors.

Three paintings collectively named « Deeply rooted » representing real trees from Beresford painted in the color of the Acadian flag. Submitted by the artist, they illustrate the sense of belonging to the territory and the deeply rooted nature of our community. Trees on the blue and red canvases still proudly stand and their roots, in shades of grey, represent our ancestors, builders of our community. The trunk gradually changes color and symbolizes growth and continuity. The Stella Maris star illuminates us, and at its center, we see a heart, the heart of the community. The clothespins in the background are a glance at our history since a clothespin factory once operated in Beresford.

Deeply Rooted Blue Deeply Rooted White Deeply Rooted Red

 

The fauna and flora (collective work)

These two paintings were realized with the collaboration of 33 participants from all ages from the community of Beresford. This intergenerational project was held at the artist’s studio. Each participant followed an introduction to an acrylic painting workshop before painting a flower or an animal typical of our region following the artist’s recommendation. The artist then completed the painting without modifying the work of the participants. Animals in shades of grey represent animals that were formerly present on our territory, such as the wolf, the caribou and the homing pigeon.

Faune Flora

Flora: with participation from: Ellie-Ann Comeau, Louise Lavigne, Mona Roy, Murielle Imbeault, Johanne Guimond, Mandine Albert Michaud, Bernadette Francoeur, Marie Reine Mallet, Michelle Godin Henry, Gina Miller, Julia Maury, Line Cormier St-Cyr, Marcel St-Cyr, Diane Vienneau, Micheline Albert Boucher and Carole Bherer

Fauna:  with participation from: Joliane Roy, Chantal Legacy, Alix Doucet, Elodie Leblanc, Francine Guignard, Frank Arseneault, Liam Piwowarek, François Boudreau, Joannie Bulger,Mathieu Doucet, Cynthia Dargavel, Aurèle Michaud, Paul Losier, Faith Grace Mallaley, Alyssa Roy, Klaudie Leblanc and Carole Bherer

 

Dianne Vienneau Réalisation 1 Mathieu Doucet Réalisation 2 Réalisation 3

 

The Garden

A rich and varied garden and a cornucopia represent the harvests. The left side of the painting depicts the garden of our ancestors with slightly less variety.

 Garden

The Sea

This scene depicts a fishing boat on the surface and a view underwater. Cods in shades of grey remind us of the abundant presence of this resource in the past while the few cods floating outside the frame represent the current situation of their stocks. This painting was inspired by a picture taken by Jean-Paul Boudreau.

The Sea

 

The Paddle Mill

No picture exists of the original mill that was located in the region, this painting is an interpretation of the mill that was once located on the Millstream River.

Paddle Mill

 

The artist who realized this project is Carole Bherer

Carole 2

 

Born in Montréal from Acadian roots, Carole undertook her training in visual arts in 1975 and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Bishop University in 1994.

Established in the Chaleur Region since 1998, Carole participates in numerous projects and her art can be found in various art galleries.

Recognizing the importance of creativity in education, Carole established nineteen projects such as « Génie Arts » and « Une école, une artiste » with primary school students. Those efforts reached more than 2050 students from 2004 to 2018. Carole also offers workshops on the creative process to actors involved in youth and adult education.

Her trips to the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia, Australia and her scuba diving explorations across the world defined her passion for the sea and the colour blue, elements that are often found in her artistic approach.

The members of the cultural development committee that contributed to this project were: Aurèle Michaud; president, Paul Losier; secretary, Bruno Poirier; municipal councillor, Araya Yohannes Bekele, Daniel Comeau, Line Cormier St-Cyr, Marie-Reine Mallet, Julia Maury and Marie Quaranta.

The Town of Beresford would like to thank the following financial partners:

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