Cornwall Arts Hall of Fame inducts 12 new members

October 22, 2018

Pierre Giroux

Pierre Giroux

Cornwall’s rich arts scene was recently in the spotlight with the 2018 induction ceremony for the Cornwall Arts Hall of Fame.

The October 13th induction ceremony at Ramada featured a class of 12 artists, all of whom have made a mark in their respective fields. Five of the inductees are historical figures and others are retired, and they’ve all had an impact on their community.

The historic inductees include:

Carm Aubé
A well-known musician, Mr. Aubé was a drummer, an icon of jazz and big band, a performer, founder of the Carm Aubé Trio and the Carm Aubé Big Band, and a frequent orchestra leader for Glen Productions.

Kathleen (Teen) Dancause
Mrs. Dancause was a visual artist, painter, and teacher. Her beautiful watercolours received international recognition. The founder of the Cornwall Arts Association, Mrs. Dancause encouraged many other artists as a friend and mentor.

Yolande Charbonneau
Mrs. Charbonneau was a musician, community leader and a mentor to teens from several French high schools in the area. Mrs. Charbonneau founded a choir and a place to learn, ‘Les voix d’harmonie.’ She is the author of ‘Le Choeur en d’arc en ciel.’ Her students still meet to this day.

Rosemonde Laberge
A visionary musician, violinist, teacher and mentor, Mrs. Laberge founded the Riverdale School of Music and its many subsidiaries. She worked passionately with her students and helped launch many high profile careers.

Michel Lamarche
Mr. Lamarche was a theatre enthusiast, actor, playwright, community television and radio host, and a strong voice for French entertainment in the area. He was also one of the founding members of many subsidiaries of the French art group l’Amalgame.

Other 2018 inductees include:

Lynne Francis
A musician and teacher, Mrs. Francis founded and conducted the Knox Church Choir, the Ecumenical Choir and the Children Central choir. She is an original board member of the Cornwall Concert Series.

Pierre Giroux
An internationally-known professional artist, oil and watercolourist and teacher, Mr. Giroux has created a series of interpretive plaques that celebrate Cornwall’s heritage and are part of the Cornwall Historic Walking Tour. Mr. Giroux’s art is sold nationally and internationally.

Katalin Kennedy
A writer, author and painter, Mrs. Kennedy has published three novels and was a regular columnist in local publications. Mrs. Kennedy has been involved in numerous art events in the area as was a winner of the Seeker’s Literary Artist of the Year 2016.

Jean-Pierre Leclair
Mr. Leclair is a visual artist who uses objects juxtaposed in “assemblage” to invoke reflection on society’s concerns about the planet, reconciliation and imbalance in society. He is co-founder of the popular Apples and Art Studio Tour and the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery.

Brian Morin
Mr. Morin is a visual artist, nature photographer and naturalist. He is a founding member of the Cornwall and Area Birding Club and publishes a quarterly newsletter about Ontario birds. His photos have shown nationally.

Thérèse Motard
Mrs. Motard is a musician, recording artist, cellist, international performer, director of the Riverdale School of music and Classiqu’art Productions. She has recorded many musical albums sold all over the world.

Vivianna Panizzon
Mrs. Panizzon is a musician, composer, teacher and performer as well as an innovator in teaching music with the Orf-Schruvuk approach. Mrs. Panizzon and her partner Raymond Lacroix collaborate to produce entertainment in the area as the Clarpian Duo. She has collaborated with local and national artists to record several albums.

About the Cornwall Arts Hall of Fame

The Cornwall and Area Hall of Fame for the Arts is a digital, portable Hall on whose virtual walls the supporters of the arts, builders of the arts, contributing artists and supporters of the Arts in the region are recognized and celebrated. The Hall of Fame was developed by the Centre for the Arts Collective.

Centre for the Arts Collective grew out of the popular movement to promote the establishment of a Centre for the arts in Cornwall and was founded in 2013. The mandate of the Collective is to promote the creation of a bilingual art and culture centre in the city by organizing events and activities that celebrate art and build a grassroots fundraising campaign.

The Hall of Fame will memorialize the significant achievements of patrons, supporters, builders and/or contributing artists in all the arts: the performing arts (music, theatre and dance), literary, visual and media arts.

For additional information, please visit the Cornwall Arts Hall of Fame website.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie