• James Armstrong

Local park becomes artistic medium in land-art event


Last year’s Land Art event welcomed sculptor Armand Vaillancourt (centre) shown here with artist and event curator Daniel Gautier (left) and Hudson's Director of Culture and Tourism Nicolas Pedneault.

Building on last year’s success, Hudson’s second annual land-art event taking place in Jack Layton Park will begin with French-Canadian born artist Lys-Ange Leblanc. Currently living in Finland, Leblanc is the son of internationally acclaimed Hudson artist, Daniel Gautier. Site-specific sculpture is Leblanc’s inspiration and passion.

Second up on the list is Holly MacKinnon. Born and raised in the Hudson/St. Lazare area, she attended John Abbott College’s Fine Arts program and pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

Jacques Charbonneau was born in Hull, Quebec and studied at the Montreal School of Fine Arts from 1967 to 1971 where he pursued a diploma in sculpture. Charbonneau is the founder of several organizations: the Motivation V gallery in 1979, the Centre Copie-Art in 1982, the Arts technologiques gallery in 1992, and the Centre d’art Contemporain de l’Outaouais in 2004. He currently lives and works in Pointe-au-Chêne.

Francine Vernac and Gabriel Lalonde from Hudson will be working together on their land-art installation. Vernac has a background as a painter and engraver having studied techniques in those media as well as oriental calligraphy. Lalonde describes himself as a poet and artist that uses the plastic arts to capture a moment in time.

The final stroke of this year’s event is allotted to environmental artist Marc Walter. Originally from Paris, France, Walter now resides in the Outaouais, Canada. He has extensive experience in solo and group exhibitions particularly in the context of outdoor nature art events. His works relate to their specific site and are intended to evoke an emotional response for the visitor.

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