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Quebec City: March 2014 Archives

Maneuvering the career path of Alain-Martin Richard

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At the end of March, artist Alain-Martin Richard launched a book that charts his impressive career from its early days in the 1970s, to his still active international projects today.

But even people outside of the art world may be familiar with his work, even if they don't know him by name. He's the mind behind l'atopie textuelle, a collaborative art initiative that could easily be mistaken for a simple sculpture.

Our Julia Caron had the chance to sit down with Alain-Martin Richard after he presented at the Colloque Nouveaux Médias: Méthodes et Pratiques. He started by explaining the concept of "manoeuvre" he is best known for: 

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For more details on the 19-ton erratic that was dragged across the town of Amos in 1997, you can read this article by Olafur Gislason.

Pierre Tardif, traditional sign painter

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Quebec City's Pierre Tardif found his passion early on in life, and he's among the few who have found a way to carve out a niche for it. He's a traditional sign painter, using the stroke of a brush to evoke eras of the past. 

Looking for a logo for your band that plays tunes from the 1950s? Call up Pierre. Want gold leaf detailing on your steam engine firetruck from the 1870s? He's your man.

Our Julia Caron stopped by his workshop to find out more about the not so long lost art of sign painting. 
 
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Learning a new language later in life

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It's never too late to start learning a new language, and les Retraités Flyés de Québec will prove it. On the first Tuesday of every month, about two dozen people get together for a lunch anglophile at Restaurant Tutti Frutti. Our Julia Caron had the chance to stop by this week, and met with the vivacious group. Some just started learning English shortly after retiring, while others relish the occassion to keep up the skills they learned long ago. One thing they all have in common though, is a love of laughter. 
 
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