Biologist and scientific researcher, Renée Larochelle started making ceramics about fifteen years ago. Since then, she has been developing an intimate bond with earth. In 2011, she returned to the Eastern Townships, where she was born, and set up her studio in Magog by the name of “La Chouette poterie”. Since then, she regularly participates in events such as the “Salon des métiers d'art” in the Eastern Townships, the “Salon des métiers d'art” in Montreal as well as the “Circuit des Arts Memphrémagog”. She is also President of the Administrative Committee of “Circuit des Arts Memphrémagog”. This summer she will participate in the ceramic exhibit called “1001 Pots in Val-David”. She is also a professional artisan member of the “Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec”. One of her creations is part of the collection at the “Musée des Beaux-arts de Sherbrooke”.
Ronald Magar is a retired scientist who moved to the Eastern Townships in Magog in 2011 with his spouse, ceramist Renée Larochelle. He has always drawn and painted and has taken several courses in drawing, painting and pastel. He is now devoted to watercolors and drawing. In 2015, he presented his watercolors during his participation to the “Circuit des arts Memphrémagog”. In 2016, he participated in the “Salon des artistes locaux et régionaux” at the Beaulne Museum in Coaticook. In 2017, he will take part in the “Circuit des arts Memphrémagog” and will exhibit a solo at the “Espace Mur-mur des arts” in the city of Brossard.
Trained as biologist, the two artists are influenced by nature, patterns and textures from the animal and botanical world. Moreover, since they are a couple, they influence each other and although working with different mediums, their work complements one another very well.
Renée Larochelle creates decorative vases and other unique pieces made of sandstone. The texture which is impregnated in the stonework is an essential element of her pieces. The contrast between the roughness of the raw earth and the glazes, help give them an organic and warm appearance. She also explores the theme of cracks, fractures, fissures, flaws and slits, which constitute the many ways in how we may view pottery.
Ronald Magar has developed a decorative approach influenced by indigenous art where patterns and colors dominate. His creations with animals are primitively emphasized and sometimes nonfigurative. In addition to watercolors, he maintains a strong interest in drawing.
Opening reception will be held on Sunday the 21 of May at 2 p.m.