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Lover of life, Rose Lévesque still displays her passion for promoting the arts

Self-taught artist-painter and author, Rose Lévesque surprised many people by her enthusiasm and her joie de vivre, despite her 82 years. Invited to speak about her journey as part of the "Portrait de femme" (Portrait of Women) series, this resident of Saint-Hubert talked about her passion for the arts.

Having, little by little, become immersed into the visual arts community, Rose Lévesque has organized many activities promoting and recognizing the talent of local artists. In addition to arranging art exhibitions in malls with the goal of reaching as many people as possible, Ms. Lévesque has also given free sessions of initiation to the arts, in residences for the elderly, all the while continuing to hold Exhibitions.

She has expanded her activities to young people, for example, by arranging drawing contests, and encouraging them to learn about or to become acquainted with the cultural milieu through events such as the Journées de la culture (Cultural Days).

This energetic woman has, at the same time, developed another passion, that of writing.  In 2006, her first collection of poems "Les mots qui coulent" ("Words which Flow") was published. This foray into the literary milieu was followed by the publication of an anthology of poems, entitled « Paroles de femmes » ("Words by Women").

A “house-museum” known around the world

During her presentation supported by a Power Point presentation, Madame Lévesque spoke, of course, of her “House of the Artist”, known to many as the "house-museum". The latter is a place of unprecedented historical culture, where one can find frescoes covering all the walls and doors of the house. By visiting this "house-museum", we embark on a journey through time and through the history of Quebec. Even today, Rose Lévesque does the commentary on a guided tour for visitors from all over the world.

Feeling the weight of age, Rose Levesque continues to give lectures and devotes herself to her passion for the arts. She still dreams fondly that her work will survive her, especially by keeping her “House of the Artist” accessible to the public, after her departure.

Impressed by this atypical journey, several participants welcomed this presentation, and also greatly appreciated being in touch with someone who demonstrates so much love for life, regardless of age!

See the photo album - Photo credits: Sister Gisèle Lalande

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