Mount Royal, April 23, 2014 – Long-time Mount Royal resident and loyal user of the Town library, Marc Belcourt recently decided to donate to the establishment several works sculpted by his late spouse, the artist Lorraine Schoeb Belcourt. Mayor Philippe Roy and his team of councillors officially thanked Mr. Belcourt at a ceremony held today at the library on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day.
The head of the Library Division, Denis Chouinard, added his voice to that of the municipal elected officials in hailing the generosity of the gesture, especially as the establishment regularly celebrates culture beyond the realm of literature. In particular, the library hosts monthly exhibits of local artists interested in visual arts of many kinds. Due to its permanent nature, Marc Belcourt’s donation is considered a contribution to public art in Mount Royal.
Lorraine Schoeb Belcourt was an accomplished and recognized artist. She painted and drew, was involved in fashion and acted in theatre, in both English and French. She was also a repeat award winner for her magnificent garden. Yet it was in sculpting stone that she most clearly expressed her talent and sensibility as an artist. She studied with Stanley Lewis, Edith Brodkin and Michèle Lavoie and practised her art at workshops in Quebec, Florida and New Mexico. She took part in several solo and group exhibits in the greater Montreal area and her sculptures are now found in collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.
The works donated by Marc Belcourt were chosen to fit as seamlessly as possible into the library’s environment. They can now be appreciated during regular opening hours.
Reginald J. P. Dawson Library
1967 Graham Boulevard