Three new artists will join the MRC Pontiac Regional Art Collection this year instead of its usual one. The trio of artists from the Bretzloff family were revealed at the regular MRC Pontiac Council meeting this morning along with the three lithographs that will be added to the MRC’s Art Collection.
Eleven artists responded to the call for proposals launched this past November 3rd. After a thorough analysis by the selection committee, a lithograph by Carol Bretzloff of Clarendon entitled “They danced the spiral dance around a fairy tree, that grew within the garden” from her “Woman in the Garden” series, won top honours.
In her proposal, Mrs. Bretzloff had also suggested a print created by her sister, Sylvia, titled “Charlie’s Hill,” which was inspired by a childhood memory of a landscape from her family’s cottage in Ladysmith; she also offered to donate an
intaglio engraving created by their father, Gilbert Bretzloff (1914-1981), an unofficial World War II artist, from her personal collection.
The selection committee accepted Mrs. Bretzloff’s offer and her father’s engraving titled, “Canadian Forces Church Service, Rots, France” completed the trio of works which will be added to the MRC’s Regional Art Collection this year.
The acquisition of these works was made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the MRC Pontiac and its Warden, Raymond Durocher.
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About the MRC Pontiac’s Regional Art Collection
The MRC Pontiac’s Regional Art Collection was created in 2008. The objective is to build a collection of works by artists who have marked artistic creation in the Pontiac over time. The collection showcases the talent and artistic diversity of the region, and its works are on permanent display at the MRC building. The public will also be able to view the entire collection online on the MRC Pontiac Internet site at www.mrcpontiac.qc.ca before Christmas.
The 2015 selection committee was composed of the MRC’s Warden and General Manager, Raymond Durocher and Rémi Bertrand respectively, and two Development Officers, Émilie Chazelas and Michel Vallières.
The eleven proposals received this year were analyzed against a set of criteria, such as: the quality of the work, the quality of the artistic approach of the artist, the artist’s renown in the local and regional cultural environment, the artistic value of the work, the cost of the work, the constraints of conservation, restoration, or display, and the Regional Collection’s goals for media and works diversity (sculpture, visual arts, crafts , etc.)