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Litchfield, January 24, 2022 – The MRC Pontiac is proud to continue their ongoing support for the Pontiac arts community in 2022

Last year, Jane Toller, Warden of the MRC Pontiac, with the support of the Mayors Council, demonstrated a desire to further support local artists by offering a new initiative in the form of a funding program. With this idea in mind, the Creative Development Fund came to life, and an investment of $5,000 per year will be made by the MRC Pontiac to assist artists and artist-run centers in their creative process and operations.

This fund aims to address the gaps and challenges of the arts ecosystem in the MRC Pontiac by investing in their ability to focus on their art. In its first year, funds were allocated to Maxime Gallant, of Fort-Coulonge; John-Phillip Smith, of Bristol; l’Association des Artistes du Pontiac; and Caitlin Brubacher, of Portage-du-Fort.

Two calls for artists are launched each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The spring call for 2022 is expected to be launched in April. The exact date will be announced in the coming months.

“Our artistic community in the Pontiac is of vital importance to our culture and identity as a territory. The MRC will do whatever we can to continue to support these individuals and organizations through their artistic endeavours’’ expressed Jane Toller, Warden of the MRC Pontiac.

“Sugar Bush” by Jelly Masse is the newest piece to be added to the Pontiac Regional Art Collection

The regional art collection is a public compilation created in 2008. It aims to create a collection of works by artists who have left their mark on the Pontiac artistic community. It showcases the talent and artistic diversity of the region and gives the public access as they are permanently displayed in the MRC Pontiac building. The pieces are selected by a committee made up of elected officials and citizens.

In December, the work entitled “Sugar Bush”, by Ms. Jelly Masse, of Île-du-Grand-Calumet was chosen to be added to the collection. It is a 24×24 piece of acrylic on canvas and the image depicts a Mr. Rolland Demers, circa 1940’s collecting maple syrup using his horse and a sled.

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