Visual Arts, Crafts & Antiques
Any season is the right time to visit local art and crafts galleries and antique shops. You can also admire original works in some of North Hatley’s pubs and restaurants:
Also, each year, several artists from the region take part in the Circuit des arts Memphrémagog.
North Hatley has always attracted painters, writers, sculptors, gallery owners, ceramists and musicians; after all, the village is an extraordinary source of inspiration for artists!
A few highlights
• North Hatley was the birthplace of the l’Encyclopédie de l’Agora, recommended by, among others, the prominent French daily Le Monde, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Figaro, and Science et Vie.
• During the 1970s, poet D.C. Jones and novelist Ronald Sutherland launched Seventh Moon, a poetry event unique in Quebec that brought together Anglophone and Francophone poetry enthusiasts including Roland Giguère, Gérald Godin, Pauline Julien, and Marie-Claire Blais until the early 1990s.
• In the late 1950s, Gaëtan Beaudin, a pioneer of studio pottery in Québec, founded in North Hatley a major school and workshop where he taught “handmade functional pottery in traditional wood-fired Asian stoneware and raku.” It closed in 1973.
- Hugh MacLennan, a Canadian novelist of international reputation, lived and wrote in North Hatley. (See “North Hatley’s particular role in Quebec’s literary tradition – and English-speaking Quebec,” an address by Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, at the North Hatley library on September 17, 2009.