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Winds of Change by Joan Sullivan
How can artists contribute to cultivating a post-carbon vision? This question is at the heart of photographer Joan Sullivan’s ten-year quest to help shift the climate change conversation from apathy to action, from despair to hope.
Sullivan, a resident of Quebec’s Lower Saint Lawrence region, found her artistic voice on the construction sites of some of Canada’s largest renewable energy projects. Through her lens, an industrial wind turbine becomes a beacon of hope, designed by man and powered by nature. The message behind Joan Sullivan’s body of work is consistent and simple: the technical solutions to climate change already exist. What’s missing at this existential moment is the political courage to move forward. Faced with this emptiness, Sullivan believes it’s urgent for artists, architects, and all creative souls to take their rightful place at the table alongside scientists, engineers, city planners, politicians and activists.
Presented near the ERE 132 Eco Home.
Elsie’s Fabulous Journey by Catherine Arsenault
Catherine Arsenault’s exhibit is the result of her 2017 residency in Elsie Reford’s fabulous world of flowers and plants. The project panned out over two bodies of work, one of which is this photographic novel featured on the palisade at the garden’s entrance. It features contemporary shots of the gardens juxtaposed with old photographs taken by Elsie’s husband Robert and Montreal photographer William Notman, all drawn from the archives of the Les Amis des Jardins de Métis collection.
Presented at the entrance to the Gardens on the interpretive screen.
Antifloral by Yves Arcand
Artist Yves Arcand presents a photographic exhibit of Quebec flora meant to explore representations of a composite nature.
This series poses a different lens on conventional flora photography, which is typically used to document scientific plant research or to take an admiring look at the gardens, majestic landscapes, or the complex architecture featured on certain sites. The horticultural reality shows that there are far more weeds and other wild plants in our gardens than there are so-called noble cultivated species cultivated. With Antifloral, Arcand sheds light on these unfairly ignored plants.
At the entrance to the Gardens on the interpretive screen.
T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
Until September 6, 2020
This collection of pictures by artist T.M. Glass captures the exquisite beauty of the flowers blooming at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens. During a visit as artist in residence, Glass photographed the flowers from the gardens placed in vases from Estevan’s collection using a state of the art high resolution digital camera. Inspired by 17th century flower paintings, the artist created detailed and textured still life paintings of the flowers using digital paint and pixels instead of oil paint. These pictures resulted in a series of archival pigment prints.
Presented at the Estevan Lodge.
Place of preservation, botanical experimentation and archiving of species since 1926
Elsie Through the Eyes of…
This exhibit takes visitors through the life and times of Elsie Reford.
Best known for her gardens, Elise also had many other interests ranging from politics, to women’s health art, and international affairs. Her involvement in politics and public debates led her to cross paths with many of the era’s leading figures. For the first time, new facets of this remarkable woman will be revealed through a collection of pictures, objects and stories.
Presented at the Estevan Lodge
Elsie Through the Eyes of… her husband Robert W. Reford
Robert W. Reford was one of Canada’s first amateur photographers. He acquired his Kodak No. 1 in 1888, as soon as this first Kodak hit the market. This would be the beginning of his lifetime passion for photography.
In 1926, when Elsie adds a second storey to the Estevan Lodge, she sets up a dark room for her husband. Located in the couple’s private quarters, few ever had the chance to visit this room. This multimedia exhibit grants you the privilege of assisting Robert at work in his darkroom.
This exhibit is complementary to the Elsie through the eyes of… permanent exhibit, which has been presented in the Estevan Lodge since 2018. It lifts the veil on the intimate gaze Robert’s posed on his wife through his camera lens.
History goes digital
Go back in time to explore the history of salmon fishing along the mythical Metis River in Quebec’s Lower Saint Lawrence region. The water streams, and the salmon that navigate them, have fascinated people since time immemorial. Discover how the Métis River participated in the region’s development and how it went from being a wild oasis to a private one, only to become the protected salmon river it is today.
Elsie In Her Own Words
Elsie In Her Own Words is a virtual exhibit that gives online visitors an opportunity to hear Elsie Reford, the gardens’ creator, read some of the writings that will help you better understand her. In it, we hear Elsie retell personal experiences that were drawn from the writings she left behind discussing everything from her horticultural experiences to summers in Métis and her social, political, and philanthropic involvement during her time spent in Montreal throughout the rest of the year. The exhibit was created by Montreal’s Umanium firm with research by historian Karine Hébert. It was developed with the help of the Société des musées québécois and Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications “Programme d’aide en numérique” program.
Touring the Gaspé Peninsula : The History of an Epic Road Trip
Internationally recognized for its breathtaking landscapes and coastal route forming an 885 km loop, the Trip Around the Gaspé circuit is now over 90 years old. Through period pictures, stories, and newspaper excerpts, discover the epic story behind the tourist circuit that has long been recognized as a great destination.
During the First World War, George Stephen Cantlie sent pressed flowers picked from the gardens, fields, and hedges of war-torn Europe to his young daughter in Montreal. This exhibit looks at Colonel Cantlie’s flowers through floriography — a Victorian method of communicating through flowers — as a way to ponder human nature in times of war. Each flower represents a human characteristic, which WAR Flowers invites you to explore through a multi-sensorial experience that includes smell, sight, touch, and sound.
Artists: Céline Arseneault, Alexandra Bachand, Normand Dumont, Viveka Melki, Alexander Reford & Mark Raynes Roberts.
Curator: Viveka Melki