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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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