Nettie Covey Sharpe's folk art collection
A 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)