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Museums: November 2012 Archives

Retro aluminum Christmas trees in Dorval

Vintage Christmas tree.jpgRemember that scene in Charlie Brown's Christmas, when Linus and Charlie Brown go to a Christmas tree lot to find a tree for the pageant?

The lot has no real trees (except for one small one). They're all brightly coloured aluminum trees. Charlie Brown rejects them.

But back in the 1960s, aluminum trees of silver, gold, turquoise and pink were all the rage.

Now a local collector of those trees has lent his sparkly collection of aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments to the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage.  You can enjoy this retro holiday exhibition called "Christmas Sparkles!" as of tomorrow.

The museum curator Beverly Rankin describes the collection to Elizabeth Robertson.

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Nettie Covey Sharpe's folk art collection

Coq de croix de chemin, Musee des Beaux Arts Sherbrooke.jpgA travelling exhibition of Quebec Folk Art is now on at the Musee des beaux-arts in Sherbrooke.

It's sort of a homecoming.

Most of the collection was gathered over many years by an antiques 'picker' from the Townships. Her name was Nettie Covey Sharpe - and she knew the value of Quebec's folk heritage long before many others did.

Before she died in 2002, she had donated almost a thousand pieces of folk art to the Canadian Museum of Civilization - and had thousands of others at her home.  Jean-François Blanchette is the curator of Historic Furniture and Decorative Arts at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.  He's also a specialist on the subject of Nettie Covey Sharpe. He joined Sonali Karnick on line to talk about her and the exhibit.

 (Photo, above, Rooster from wayside cross; courtesy of Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke)

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