Enjoy the beauty of Art, Music and Nature this summer at Domaine Forget in Charlevoix.
For individuals and families looking for an art, music and nature themed road trip for their summer vacation, this coming June, an incredible new art exhibition entitled Sculptures in Charlevoix will open in the stunning touristic region of Charlevoix, Quebec.
Located on the magnificent historical estate of the Domaine Forget, a short drive from Quebec City and along one of Canada’s most magical stretches of highway, visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition over 140 acres of exquisite park grounds with breathtaking views of the St - Lawrence river.
This past weekend, Artistic Director Paul Fortin and Head of Sculptures project Daniel Robichaud were delighted to offer me a preview tour of the exhibition as well as introduce me to a bevy of interesting up-coming summer activities for guests of all ages.
Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall.
The Domaine Forget estate is located in picturesque Saint-Irénée, Québec. Founded by conductor and pianist Françoys Bernier, for 35 years the Domaine has been dedicated to the arts scene by holding an annual Festival and principally serving as an International Music and Dance Academy for young students and future professionals.
The Academy has gained recognition for its pedagogical excellence and intensive training sessions that provide the participants with an exceptional setting conducive to creativity and artistic practice as well as providing the opportunity of living an enriching experience with internationally renowned artists and teachers.
During the summer and autumn, Domaine Forget offers a program of popular singer/songwriter concerts, variety shows, and productions for young people. This variety programming has expanded and diversified considerably, much to the delight of its varied audience. All events are presented at the stunning Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall.
Inside of Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall.
Every Sunday during the summer, visitors can combine gastronomic and musical pleasures at the Domaine’s “Musical Brunches”. The brunches offer live music from local talent and take place at the Joseph - Rouleau Pavilion on the magnificent outdoor terrace –weather permitting. It was a real pleasure to find on the buffet menu an array of local specialty dishes such as rich pates and pies as well as a variety of locally produced cheeses including my personal favorite the famous 1608!
HARMONIC SCULPTURE GARDEN
Harmonic Sculpture Garden
This coming Saturday the 20th of June, amid the beautiful sounds of invited guests: Les Violons du Roi, the Domaine Forget will be inaugurating the brand-new biennial installation that has transformed their spectacular grounds into a brilliant, natural sculpture art gallery thus creating an unique perspective on music aligned with the visual arts.
Walter Schatz, a friend to both le Domaine Forget and internationally renowned sculptor John Henry, curator of the biennial, initiated the touring exhibition project. First seen in Switzerland, in Florida and Georgia, it will be at le Domaine Forget until spring of 2017 and feature works from both German and American sculptors such as John Clement (USA) and Peter Lundberg.
Harmonic Sculpture garden
Peter Lundberg's - The song of the whales
This brand-new installation invites passers-by to explore 16 sculptures that reflect a diversity of styles found in object related sculptures being created today. Designed in relation to the idea that there is power and significance unique to the man-made object and the universal influence which objects have on civilization, the participants become interactive audiences that can touch, feel and connect to the contemporary sculptures. The exhibit also serves as a fun way of (re) discovering the seven permanent works in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden.
See and listen to students practicing around the grounds of the Domaine Forget
Overall, I found that the ultimate beauty of the sculpture exhibit is that guests can hear and enjoy the sounds of live music coming from the students practicing throughout the day around the grounds of the Domaine.
MANOIR HORTENSIA, in Saint-Irénée. http://www.manoirhortensia.com/
On a lush, green hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River, you’ll find Manoir Hortensia, a charming, rustic bed-and-breakfast that is minutes away from the Domaine Forget – a location that I found very convenient to also tour several of the other local attractions including the beach, the famous Casino of Charlevoix and the Mont Grand-Fonds ski resort.
I particularly liked the sun deck and the presence of a hot tub with water views as well as the living room equipped with a piano, art books and a fireplace. Breakfast, prepared with local specialty products, was artfully served daily by owners Pierre and Mario who were both excellent hosts, well informed of local happenings and eager to share all their best tips with me. Massages, casino packages and ski passes were also made available for a nominal fee.
Suite with balcony at Manoir Hortensia
I found this art-accented bed and breakfast to be a spacious and comfortable place to stay for the weekend with their five French Country-style rooms and suites that come with free WiFi, balconies with a stunning river view and overall facilities focused on relaxation and wellness.
Whether for a day trip or a more extended stay, this summer, come and discover why year after year visitors and locals alike are attracted to embrace their musical and artsy sides at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée. With the arrival of a stunning interactive sculpture garden at the Domaine and a full list of summer concerts, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities that allow for a well-deserved moment of relaxation in a picturesque setting.
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