Sherbrooke, June 21st, 2016 – In collaboration with La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke’s Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton office is keeping up with its tradition by holding an art exhibit starting today, at 455 King West Street, suite 500, in Sherbrooke.
“To support emerging artists is essential to a society’s expansion. In that sense, culture is most certainly a great lever for economic development. We must allow established as well as emerging artists the chance to showcase their artworks in various settings so that the entire population can appreciate their talent. We are proud to have been able to provide these creators with a unique place display their work, since 1987”, stated Mr. Guy Fauteux, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Eastern Townships’ Vice President.
This year’s crop is truly impressive: 45 young artists who have contributed 58 original artworks. The works had to be submitted before the May 31st closing date. Participating artists came from two universities, two colleges and six high schools, all in Sherbrooke. The selection committee chose 14 artists who will be able to display their work at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Sherbrooke office, from June 21st to September 9th, 2016.
The public is invited to come and visit this free exhibit, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Sherbrooke office. The Claude Métras Award (Prix Claude Métras) winner will be selected by a jury, and the public will get a chance to vote for their favorite artwork as well, until September 1st, 2016. The two winners will be announced during the next art opening event to be held on September 20th, 2016.
The Claude Métras Award (Prix Claude Métras) is an annual contest organized by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke that is aimed at the Sherbrooke students, and whose goal is to encourage emerging artists, as well as shine a light on their work. The Claude Métras Award (Prix Claude Métras) is given in recognition of the businessman’s dedication to Sherbrooke’s arts and culture community.
“La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke is very happy to partner up once again with the biggest accounting firm in Québec to make local artists’ works of art known to a broader public. Our artists’ talent must be better recognized and our collaboration with the business community shows our common purpose to provide them with means to fulfill their goals and ambitions”, concluded the President of the organization, Mrs. Nancy Asselin.
About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become a Canadian leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, and business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of over 2,300 professionals, including some 200 partners. Together, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, help dynamic Canadian organizations unlock their potential for growth with over 4,100 professionals and some 140 offices across Canada. Grant Thornton International Ltd provides clients with the expertise of member and correspondent firms in more than 130 countries, with over 42,000 professionals.
About La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke
La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke was founded in 2002 under the initiative of a group of Sherbrooke artists, renowned on the provincial and national stages. This event is a summer road trip, covering the six boroughs of Sherbrooke, and takes place over two long weekends, spreading from the end of June to the beginning of July. It highlights the local artistic talents, whether in visual arts or crafts. For the past 14 years, La Grande Virée Artistique de Sherbrooke has allowed to promote more than a hundred artists in Sherbrooke’s cultural community. It’s a significant event offered to art lovers so they can discover entirely different worlds, learn about various techniques and expertise, and have the opportunity to discuss directly with the artists.
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