July 18-22, 2016
Artists’ Residency Project
A week of sharing and making art
The seventh PAA Residency Week has been successfully completed. It was attended by a group of 11 highly talented visiting artists. They were joined by many artists from the Pontiac Artists’ Association and everyone enjoyed the activities together. It was a positive experience to work with so many creative energies!
Joining seven hosts from the Pontiac region, visitors came from Gatineau, Ottawa, Hudson, Pointe Claire, Montreal, Spencerville, Mallorytown, Westmeath, Carp, Curran, Westport, and as far away as Portland, Maine, and Colorado, USA.
Activities for the week included painting and mixed media, printmaking, heating and fusing fabric, and casting paper pulp, all taking place in the beautiful Pontiac countryside or in the Stone School building. An innovation this year was the use of a CRCO grant to hire 2 professional teachers.
Each day was augmented with great food shared at picnic lunches or at potluck dinners in the homes of various PAA members. There was much sharing of portfolios and techniques, and many friendships developed through the week. The final exhibition took place at Art Brûlant and Impressions for the group show, River Stories.
The Artists’ Residency of 2016 was another successful week. Artists returned home to share their experiences with the circle of artists in their home environments. A week like this is invaluable because it reenergizes creativity, opens new doors, and inspires artistic growth.