Aimed at young artists between the ages of 16 and 35 who live in the region, the Vocation en Art contest offers participants a space to show their work while receiving constructive advice and criticism from professionals. An initiative of the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi in Huntingdon and its service point in St-Remi, this year’s cohort of young artists was especially talented, with several wowing members of the jury with their abilities at such an early stage in their artistic careers. A total of ten participants took part in this year’s contest, with six representing the Haut-Saint-Laurent region, and four hailing from St-Remi. Each artist was invited to submit two pieces of artwork for consideration in the contest, which were on display at the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi office in Huntingdon for the vernissage on December 6. Each artist was asked to speak briefly about their artistic approach, and all were very warmly received by a very appreciative crowd.
The winner of the 16 to 24-years category was Annabelle Vaudrin for her piece entitled “Escaping the Hourglass,” a very contemplative piece done with charcoal sticks, tortillon and pastels. The winner of the 16 to 24-years category was Jessy Cleroux-Bergeron for both of his oil paintings “l’idiot” and “Sir William S. Copperbolt.” The jury also awarded a special mention for Prycillia Leroux and her piece entitled “Vague de néant.”The members of this year’s jury included Marie-Ange Brassard, Marie-Josée Corbeil, and Karine Landerman. The met on November 21 for over two hours to discuss this year’s entries. Each artist received a copy of all the encouraging but constructive comments made by the jury on each of their pieces. For Jessy-Cléroux-Bergeron, the experience participating in the contest was “super interesting” and beneficial for himself as an artist. A participant in the Jeunes Voluntaires program, he is currently working to organize his own exhibition to showcase his work in the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu area. “I hope all the artists here can continue to work on their art,” he added, suggesting the opportunity to network and see other young artists work was a highlight for him. The six participants in this year’s contest from the Haut-Saint-Laurent included Annabelle Vaudrin, Spencer Martell-Payne, Maria Laplante, Haley Strathdee, Mathieu Monette, and Gina Bonhomme, who at 14-years-old was too young to participate officially in the contest however her work was so advanced she was encouraged to participate all the same. The participants from St-Remi included Précylia Leroux, Samantha Dinelle, Jessy Cléroux-Bergeron and Kaciane Monchamp.