The second movement deals with the present. For this component, we asked five artisans/artists from the region to create some pieces of art after twinning them with farmers or food processors located in the region. The common thread among this artwork is that they have been created in a way to be both useful and as a promotional tool for the products from which they were inspired.
You will find on this page a brief presentation of the artisans and the businesses that participated in the project.
To see the results, we invite you to visit the exhibition. You can view the calendar of the exhibition on the home page.
Coronation Hall is the first licensed business in the Pontiac to produce light cider. Founded in 2003 by the Graham family, in the historic village of Bristol, Coronation Hall Cider Mills celebrated its official opening on October 11, 2008.
The business currently offers a wide selection of apples and apple products, including a delicious old-fashioned, pressed apple juice.
Throughout the year, Coronation Hall provides a variety of activities, including family events, courses, product-tasting and tours, all based out of its "Coronation Dance Hall."
Clément Hoeck is a ceramics artist and furniture maker, working out of Campbell's Bay in the Pontiac since 2007. He works in stoneware and high-temperature porcelain, following the old traditions of Northern Asia. He divides his time between working with ceramics and wood in his two workshops.
"For my twinning with Coronation Hall Cider Mills, located in Bristol in the Pontiac, and the project L'Art prend la clé des champs, I chose to create artwork having a direct link with the cider mill's products. My stoneware jugs and goblets were created on a potter's wheel. They were then fired and re-fired to a vitrification temperature of 1285°C. The enamel finish at the top of the jugs is a glaze saturated with iron. The glass coating at the bottom is a celadon glaze over a white slip, to allow the logo of Coronation Hall Cider Mills to stand out. These jugs represent a method that was used in the past to store light cider, that is, an alcoholic cider. The cups bring a festive touch to the project and are perfect for sharing this Bristol cider among friends, which is the pride of the Pontiac."
ChocoMotive is an artisan chocolate factory that caters to the general public, specialty boutiques, pastry shops and fine restaurants. It operates under license from Transfair Canada, which means that the business uses only certified organic and fair-trade chocolate, sugar and cocoa. Contrary to other fine chocolates, ChocoMotive chocolates contain no soybean lecithin.
In August 2010, ChocoMotive set up shop in the old Montebello train station and also became the first eco-museum in the Outaouais. With its charming location and quality products, ChocoMotive has become an irresistible place to visit in the Petite-Nation region.
Dominique Plastre is a glassmaker in Gatineau, and owner of the Atelier de verre Sio. In addition to creating artwork, she also teaches and does research.
"For me, chocolate represents happiness. Each bite carries me to a mini-universe of pleasure. I chose to use two presentation methods for the chocolate, either all piled together or delicately arranged on a platter. My serving platter allows a choice between a bowl or a plate, depending on the chocolate maker's mood. I used two types of glass, along with the handmade glass pearls that define my products. This piece combines all of my styles of work as a glassmaker."
Ferme La Macédoine is a farm business specializing in asparagus production. Mr. Guy-Louis Poncelet, the owner, is a passionate lover of this delicious and nutritious green vegetable. Mr. Poncelet is also a poet when it comes to talking about asparagus, as shown here in his original French version:
Avec le printemps et sa dernière couvée,
Du Sud, à tire d’ailes
L’asperge revient comme l’hirondelle…
Avec les asperges de la Macédoine,
Plus besoin de devenir moine,
Paradis assuré sur mesure,
Achetez l’asperge qui rassure!
Donald Doiron is a well-known artist in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, who works mainly with metals and steel. His creations are quite diversified: decorative knives, jewelry and miniature "haikus" and even very large statues.
"After having a conversation with Guy-Louis Poncelet and reading his poem about white asparagus, I did some research on some of the specific tools used in asparagus production. His reference to a forceps twigged my curiosity and inspired me to forge an asparagus knife out of Damascus steel. I chose Damascus steel to reflect Guy-Louis' poem and because it is a noble, poetic and useful material, but also because it is one of his favorite materials."
La "Cabriole" is the name of a typical small rodeo that features young goats; thus, a fitting name to describe the playful but capricious character of this animal and goat’s cheese.
The La Cabriole cheese factory offers cheeses of exceptional freshness, because the milk used in their fabrication is produced right on their farm, located in the northern part of the Outaouais region, from a lively herd of Alpine goats, bringing out the unique flavours derived from the beautiful pastures of the region. The business offers a wide variety of cheeses, some of which are lactose-free.
Kate Douglas is a potter who has a studio in her home in the beautiful MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais. She uses white porcelain on which she paints clean lines, often accompanied with tones of gray, bringing to mind winter.
"I really enjoyed making these pieces of artwork to promote the delicious La Cabriole goat cheese. As an animal lover, I particularly admire these headstrong creatures. The maple platter with its walnut base that accompanies my piece was crafted by my partner, Oliver Drake. I love the cool aspect of the porcelain cradled in the warmth of the wood."
Ferme Aux Saveurs des Monts specializes in non-intensive poultry production; 100% grain-fed and without antibiotics.
Having been very successful over the past several years, the farm has seen several expansions since it was first purchased by Mr. Bertrand. The poultry products from the Ferme Aux Saveurs des Monts have become part of the Outaouais' food landscape and can be found at numerous sales outlets and in the region's best restaurants.
The farm produces close to 30,000 chickens and 2000 turkeys annually, all with the greatest respect for animal welfare and normal growth rates.
Mélodie Coutou (la Ressourcière) draws our attention to the impact that humans have on biodiversity and ecosystems. She portrays a troubling view of the loss of heritage, ancestral customs and sacred ties, where science encounters conscience. Using the ever-existing Nature as a starting point, she makes us aware of the myriad of sociological and environmental phenomena that upset this balance of nature and health and also confronts us with a vision of what will be left after the passage of contemporary human beings.
"A hen lays its eggs, but then, what becomes of the hen? Is it lucky to grow so fast? Will it produce enough?"
The artist speaks out on the importance of respecting life. In her piece of art, the cooked poultry is presented standing. A wishbone holds the chicken upright and a lifelike head is inserted. The serving plate is shaped like an egg and reminds us of the animal's birth. The bird proudly presents itself to the dinner guests, reminding us of the importance of understanding what we eat.
Mélodie Coutou asks us to reflect on our relationship with animals and our food sources, particularly the raising of livestock. She encourages responsible consumption while reflecting about where our food comes from. She promotes local farms of human dimensions, where the animals are allowed to live in healthy and humane conditions.