Collaborative art project invites all to lead a hand

Aiden Wilson
Collaborative art project invites all to lead a hand


Isabelle Majeau at one of her painting events

Special to The Record

Artist Isabelle Majeau will be hosting the Activité Land Art event in collaboration with the Marché public des Collines on July 23 in Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley.
The event has visitors coming together to produce individual parts of a communal art project that Majeau plans to put together into a giant wreath and display at the public market.
“I’ll encourage the participants to reflect on the theme of ‘this land that feeds us.’ They’re then invited to participate through painting or writing on the question of how the earth feeds us. I’ve got sheets they can paint on to represent what it means to them. After all their parts are done I’ll put them together into the wreath that we’ll hang at the Marché public des Collines. It will be left on display there for as long as it’s in good shape.”
As part of her Contes Coloris projects, Majeau works with children hosting reading events at the library and workshops that allow them to express themselves through arts and crafts.
The multitalented artist loves the joy of music, dance, art and stories. She worked as an educator for a time, but ultimately found her passion when she started doing events at the local library.
Since then her goal has been to spread her love of the arts to as many children as possible.
Because of her previous work the municipality and market approached her about doing another project that includes people of all ages.
“It was Michelle Boutin who runs the market who got in touch with me to do the project. They were hoping to do a project that people could participate in. I got to thinking I could make a wreath and add a bunch of natural details.”
The event is open to anyone, with Majeau encouraging people to come and participate to create a beautiful communal work of art that can be put on display for all to see.
“Each person will make an artwork on a piece of paper about the size of a postcard. Afterwards, I’ll assemble it all with bits of nature like flowers and leaves that I’ve found.”
Even those without artistic prowess are welcome to write or freestyle an addition concerning the theme of the land and contribute to the wreath.
“People don’t have to bring anything, everything will be there. If they want to spend five minutes or half an hour, that’s up to them. I’ll be there from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.”
It will be free and takes place at 25, Chemin de la Montagne; people are invited to show up while Majeau is there to lead a hand towards the group endeavour.

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