Visual exhibition exploring francophone identity to open at 180 Projects

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The Sault Ste. Marie francophone artist collective La Bont(eh?) des Grands Lacs presents
(dé)coupure , its first online exhibition and window showcase exhibition at 180 Projects, 180
Gore Street on June 25th.

Lucie Gagnon, Mireille Gagnon-Moes, Hélène Groulx, and Michelle Loubert under the guidance
of Isabelle Michaud and Katy Huckson have created a series of 30+ works that are currently
exhibited online at www.decoupure2020.com

Writer, multidisciplinary and performance artist, Michelle Loubert works to promote the
Francophonie in northern Ontario. She obtained her BFA from Concordia in (1999) and her BA Ed in (2003.) Loubert also holds a Diploma of Technical Studies from Sault College (2007.) In 2012, Michelle Loubert was recognized for her volunteer work on the Conseil des Algoma Arts.

Her multimedia works mix textile, embroidery, texts from her childhood.

Lucie Gagnon is a self-taught artist who has spent most of her life in a small village on the edge of the Ground Hog River on the vast James Bay border in Northern Ontario. This is where Gagnon learned to travel on rivers, trap, hunt, explore and enjoy the wilderness with her family.

This way of life has given her a strong sense of observation for the environment. In this series of abstract expressionist paintings, Lucie Gagnon shared her connections to the French
language and to her proud Franco-Ontarian roots.

Originally from Joliette in Quebec, Mireille Gagnon-Moes has worked to advance culture and art in the Algoma District for more than four decades. Mireille is the creator of the Wabi Sabi exhibit on St. Joseph Island, which she led for five years (2000-2005.) From design to completion, Mireille Gagnon-Moes finds inspiration in the artisanal practice of traditional fibre and textile transformation processes, i.e. washing, carding, spinning, weaving, felting and dyeing.

Captain (Ret.) in the Canadian Armed Forces, retired teacher and painter, Hélène Groulx and
her husband founded several cadet corps (Chapleau Aviation and Army in Thessalon) as well
as a police force in 1985, active until 2015. Groulx headed the Algoma Art Society (2002) and had exhibitions across Ontario. This native Montreal painter who grew up in Rouyn Noranda (from the age of 3) has been and continues to be a pillar for the Francophone and Anglophone communities of Northern Ontario.

Originally from Québec Québec, Isabelle Michaud is a Multidisciplinary artist with a BFA from
Algoma University (2018.) In January 2020, as the leading artist of the Collective, Michaud was awarded a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to produce, build and direct (dé)coupure .
Katy Huckson, holds an MFA from the University of Windsor (2017) and has been teaching
Visual Arts at Algoma University since 2018. Katy Huckson has performed in Italy, the United
States, and Thailand.

Taylor Jolin earned a BFA from Algoma University (2016.) An Ojibwe artist in multimedia and
social change, Taylor Jolin is a core member of the Indigenous Women’s Anti-Violence
Taskforce and the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance.

Join us for the launching of the website and installation of (dé)coupure , June 25th at 7 pm on Facebook Live ( www.facebook.com//isamichaud ) and at 8 pm on Instagram Live
(La_bonte_des_grands_lacs.)