À l'ombre de nos clocher (In the shadow of our steeples) from July 6th to August 16th, 2015


the following collections
« Nuits intelligibles » and « Muda’Cadie »

These collections are the works of local artist Pat Gauvin  and will be on display in the exposition room of the Lamèque church from 10:00 am to 4:00pm from July 7th to August 16th.

Et la lumière fut ! (Let there be light !)

Nine evenings of intermingling art forms ! Nights where one may admire photographs of creation while enjoying various musical styles or being transported to other places through the magical word of a storyteller. From July 17th to the 25th from 9:00pm to 11:00pm at the Lamèque church. 
July 17th  : Storytellers  Gisèle Benoit, Monique Savoie and Denise Gauvin from « La Charrette mystérieuse ».
July 18th  : Jason Guerrette, singer
July 19th  : Alexandra Duguay, singer
July 20th  : Mylène et Martin Robichaud,  singer
July 21th  : Musicians from the « Festival Baroque »
July 22th  : Musicians from the « Festival Baroque »​
July 23th  : Dave Brown, poetry / Guylaine Chiasson Haché, singer
July 24th  : Martin Roy, poetry and Shawn Fergusson, guitar
July 25th  : Instrumental music

The photographs are the works of the Musicians from the « Club de photos de la Péninsule acadienne ».


From July 13th to the 26th, the 5 churches around the islands will be presenting local works and artisitry from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The Saint-Antoine de Padoue church in Miscou
This wood construction dates back to 1903 and was the second catholic church to be built on Miscou Island, the first being the Saint-Charles mission. 
Will be presenting the birds of the islands. This collection is the work of members of the  « Club de photos de la Péninsule acadienne »
The Sainte-Cécile church of Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île
This charming wooden church was erected in 1913 and was inspired by roman architecture. The interior is painted with many different colors making it a out the the ordinary place. The children like to call the "candy church". 
Will be presenting 40 years of history of the  « Festival de Musique baroque » (The Barocque Music Festival).

The Saint-Raphaël church of Ste-Marie-St-Raphaël

Come discover this beautiful wooden chuch constructed in 1910. Its sanctuary is decorated with sculptured nooks  harbouring statues of the 12 apostles.
Will be presenting quilts and artistic works from local artists.
The Saint-Pie X church of Pigeon Hill
This chuch, constructed in 1962 is the youngest one on the islands.  Though the youngest, this church merits a visit; it is a special jewel to be discovered.
Will be presenting quilts, wooden works of art and painting from local artists.

The Notre-Dame-des-Flots church of Lamèque

This church, constructed in 1950, is the third church to be built in Lamèque. It enclosed the Dina-Bélanger sanctuary and host many works of art from renowed artist Claude Picard.
Will be presenting quilts, knitted items and photographs of creation by the  « Club de photos de la Péninsule acadienne ».

« Pergola » 

The opening of the pergola under the steeple of the Petite-Rivière-de-l’île church with musicians and snack, Friday July 24th at 1:00pm.

« Ball-Hockey » 

Lets play ball-hockey under the steeple of the Lamèque church on July 25th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There will be 3 categories : 10-13 years, 14-18 years and 19 and over. The teams must consist of between 6 and 8 players maximum. Cost of 10$ per player. Information :  Miguel at (506) 340-0599.

« Acadian Night » 

Come and be transported to another time on the musical waves of acadian artist  Léonce Larocque and his guests at the Lamèque church on Sunday July 26th at 7:00pm at a cost of 10$.

« Dance » 

An outdoor platform wil be arected under the steeple of the  Pigeon Hill church where  « Stéphane Véga Chiasson » and local artists will make you dance on Saturday August 8th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm.

« In Lamèque, August 15th, is a grand celebration ! » 

A variety of activities await you. An outdoor mass followed by the rising of the flag, cake cutting ceremony, dinner, inflatable games, the traditional "tintamarre" and music. All of this to help make of this day a memorable family affair. 

Caude Picard
A work of art to discover

The masterpiece « Notre-Dame des Flots » will be on display at the Lamèque church.
Mr Claude Picard, a young artist from Edmundston, NB recently exposed an oil painting destined to be reproduces in the Lamèque church in New Brunswick.
The subject: "Notre-Dame des Flots"  (Our Lady of the Waves) - Fishermen have escaped the storm. They reach the shore with a boat full of fish. In a first step, they express their gratitude to the protection of Heaven, while their families rushed to meet them. The theme is classic. For centuries, the Virgin is acclaimed by the term "Stella Maris". However, Mr. Picard wanted to express this mediation in an Acadian background. This is no longer the star that leads the ship in distress is the Mother, holding his son in his arms, and giving, through its application, salvation and sustenance. What is life; when one has nothing to put in their mouths? A net attached heaven and earth. It is the child who throws the bridge.  
It would be very interesting to investigate the origins of the devotion for the Virgin of fishermen. Devotion is discovered in the Maritime Provinces is definitely a transposition of the devotion of the Breton sailors and early settlers, who came from France. But it must go back to centuries back to a definitive explanation.  
This painting by Claude Picard is also interesting because of the technique: pointillism. We know that the impressionist movement in painting had given birth to several new trends, unevenly justifiable. Still conscious of painters to justify their position had scientific studies on the composition of matter. It is assumed that material bodies are composed of particles called atoms; why the painter, claiming reproduce nature, do not try it by a special technique to suggest that external representation of the amount of body? The step was taken. Seurat saved and the new school with a rational explanation of the game of the masses and colors. Pointillism was born, but did not have many followers, because it requires the painter exhausting work.  
Mr. Picard has joined this modern technique to the classic rules of linear composition. He wanted to evoke the dualism of motion and rest by an ellipse which groups the central motif elements. He tried to balance the secondary elements which are located in the top and bottom by more sustained color tones. The set has a look that does not will confuse those to whom it is intended. (translated excerpt for : Le Soleil, Quebec, Thursday, March 3, 1960)