MRC Pontiac has launched two projects featuring Pontiac seniors. The exhibition “Portraits of our elders” and the short film “Living Lands“, both implemented under the MRC Pontiac Cultural Agreement, were presented to the public for the first time at the Seniors’ Fair that took place at Sieur de Coulonge High School last Friday.
This project was led by the Seniors’ and Retirees’ Table of Pontiac. “Portraits of our Elders” is a creative arts project focused on our living heritage. Three visual artists, Claudette Spence, Linda Bergeron Baril, and Stephen Scrak (who passed last October), embarqued on a quest for memories among our Pontiac seniors, which resulted in three artists’ portraits.
Two young reporters, photographer Adèle Pilon, and Maryse Vallières-Murray, student at the CEGEP de l’Outaouais, captured these meetings as they happened. Panels depicting their photos and texts allow us to learn a little more about the three seniors who participated in this project.
The MRC entrusted this 25-minute film to two young artists: Suzanne Vallieres-Nollet and Maxime Galand. A native of Fort-Coulonge, Suzanne Vallieres-Nollet met a dozen people who could testify to life in the Pontiac when the forest industry was the region’s economic driver. From these meetings, film-maker Maxime Galand made this beautiful short film called “Living Lands”.
These projects were made possible with the financial participation of the MRC Pontiac, the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications, the Caisse Populaire de Fort-Coulonge.