Enjoying fine art is a good way to escape the snow and cold outside, so why not stop by Le Chenail Cultural Centre at Maison de l’île in Hawkesbury?

The J’écris des images (I Write Pictures) exhibition continues at the centre until March 24. The works featured are by artists Francine Vernac and Gabriel Lalonde of Coteau-du-Lac, Québec.

The exhibition’s name reflects Vernac and Lalonde’s work. They make visual art using words and letters from various media. Lalonde also likes to incorporate more rustic materials. Old paper, whether handwritten or pages of old books, figure prominently in his work.  It takes a keen eye to notice the words and phrases that are sometimes hidden among a larger decorative object.

Lalonde said he likes a rougher appearance for his art, while Vernac’s is smoother.

Both artists have good reason to use words as an inspiration.  Vernac has a knowledge of oriental calligraphy and Lalonde is a poet.

The work of both artists has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States, and cities and towns throughout Québec.

By Francine Vernac. Photo: James Morgan  

By Gabriel Lalonde. Photo: James Morgan