The People At Grace Village Will Surprise You!
Among the many interesting and accomplished people we are fortunate to have living with us at Grace Village are some incredibly talented artists! In the summer of 2019 we enjoyed the opportunity to share their creativity with our community at a Grace Village Art Exhibit held in their honour - please take a minute to appreciate their works of art below.
As a not-for-profit organization we rely on the generosity of the communities that we serve to continually enhance the quality of life for the seniors who live at Grace Village. If you feel as we do that art is an important part of life, we invite you to make a donation to the Dr. W. J. Klinck Foundation towards a visually stimulating living environment in Grace Village's Memory Care Wing!
Browse the artist bios and galleries below (by artist) for an overview of the talent of some of the amazing people who live at Grace Village.
Helen White Sirois
Helen White Sirois
Born in Coaticook, QC, and a long-time resident of Sherbrooke, Helen White Sirois has enjoyed painting throughout her life. Her love of art began at a young age, and she developed an exceptional talent for detail that gives her paintings great expressiveness and a photo-like appearance while preserving the warmth of the artistic media.
Over the years she has had several opportunities to display her works, especially between 1980 and 2010.
The themes of her paintings, especially portraits, take inspiration from many cultures around the world, capturing both features and the richness of colours and backgrounds. In addition to her original creations she has derived great pleasure in reproducing famous pictures that have appeared in the National Geographic magazine, as well as works of old European masters.
Art lovers have appreciated the paintings of Helen Sirois White, a number of which have enriched private family collections.
Although born in Britain, Maureen Bean claims the Eastern Townships of Quebec as home. The natural beauty of the area, in particular, the lakes and rivers, are her inspiration. Over her years of fly fishing, she has developed an awareness of the changing moods of the waterways, and her watercolours of the mist rising from the water’s surface have been much appreciated over the years.
Working predominately in watercolour she paints not only landscapes but her love of nature and the strong, vibrant colours of flowers has stimulated a strong interest in botanical illustration.
At the moment she is studying for a BA in Fine Arts at Bishop’ University.
Jean hails from the Maritimes where she completed an art degree at Mount Allison University before venturing to the Townships where she attended Bishop’s University to obtain her teaching degree. While attending Bishop’s University she met her husband, and together they decided to make Lennoxville their permanent home. Jean took time to raise her children before ultimately returning to teaching, dedicating her life to Townships students for over twenty years.
After retiring, Jean rekindled her interest in the arts, specifically painting and drawing. She became a student again herself, taking art courses which she views as a big inspiration for her works. Jean worked with other like-minded individuals to form the Lennoxville Art Group (LAG) where local artists could gather together and share their passion. Jean has fond memories of being vice-president of the LAG and is still a proud member.
Jean enjoys painting with various medias, although oils are her favourite. She is inspired by nature, specifically the birds, flowers, and scenery that colour the world around her. Jean is very fond of her children, grandchildren, and two great-grand children, and she enjoys creating paintings for them to fill their homes.
Joyce Berwick was born in Wales, and moved to the Townships after her father was awarded a parcel of land for his participation in World War I. Joyce grew up in the Eustis area where her family had a farm and her father worked in the Eustis mine/mill. Her family moved to Sherbrooke, and Joyce began working at Ingersol Rand where she met her husband. After raising her children, she went to work in the offices of St. Peter's Anglican Church.
Joyce bought her eldest daughter a set of oil paints when she was in high school, but then her daughter decided she preferred acrylics. A few years later in the 1980's when her youngest child graduated from high school, one of Joyce's friends invited her to join an art class with the Sherbrooke Adult Education program. She pulled out her daughter’s unused oil paints, and realized a love for painting she never knew she had. She continued taking courses for many years, the same ones that fellow Grace Village resident artists Jean Stefano and Maureen Bean took at different times.
Oil paints on canvas frames have always been her medium of choice, and she loves creating sceneries, especially with trees. “I like to create a mélange of different imagery, from photos & paper clippings. But you have to put them in perspective!”
Janet Gale (in memory)
Janet Gale (in memory)
Janet Gale moved from Montreal to the Richmond area in her youth where her father practiced medicine. While working at the Pleasant View Hotel in North Hatley as a server, Janet met her husband Royce, a native Townshipper, and they spent the next 67 years together cultivating unique collections and being involved in their community.
Together they attended McGill university where Janet studied Physiotherapy. Janet was instrumental in opening the Department of Physiotherapy at the Old Sherbrooke Hospital in 1950, where she worked closely with medical and nursing staff for many years.
Janet’s art was inspired by the style of early American decorators, a theme which she studied extensively. She later went on to teach classes in American Early Decoration in Lennoxville. Janet was a proud member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, and she specialized in painted decoration of wooden chairs, panels and tin trays.
Janet passed away in early 2019, and we are pleased to partner with her husband Royce to display her beautiful and unique artwork.
Select the artist gallery that you would like to browse, and ENJOY!