CULTURE. The city of Vevey, Switzerland, welcomed numerous artists from around the world as part of its latest exhibition, Vevey city of images, and one of them is from Saint-Élie-de-Caxton.
Known in the village as the daughter of Roger Legris, the former mayor of the municipality, Françoise Legris said she was very honored to see two of her works exhibited in this way in Switzerland. She says that she felt very welcomed by artists from Switzerland, who she says are very open to artistic diversity from many parts of the world.
“I was very proud, also because at the bottom of the poster we can read Saint-Élie-de-Caxton! I found it quite charming to see this name attached to these mountains in such a fabulous place”, explains artist Françoise Legris.
“Vevey is a city that does a lot for artists. It’s a very proactive city that had a business downturn in the 1990s and they decided to include the arts to take the gloom out of it. They have invested a lot in museums, for example. I find that they are very welcoming to artists,” he explains.
Living today in his hometown, on the outskirts of Lac-Plaisant, at the end of a street named after his father, who made a career in advertising in Montreal, he dedicated himself to his visual arts retreat. Ms. Legris also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Trois-Rivières, as well as a Bachelor of Graphic Design from Université Laval. It is therefore not an activity far from her field of specialization.
As she explains, what fascinates her most are innocuous everyday objects, which the average person doesn’t always have the reflex to naturally stop at. Whether it’s a punch, with which she traveled to Switzerland, or even a saucepan that falls from a tree, Ms. Legris finds it important to enhance these objects. “I really like objects that we don’t pay much attention to, many times because they are too familiar, or ordinary, and therefore we don’t see them anymore; Suddenly, I start looking at them, saying: Ah! It’s interesting! she explains the artist, betting on the fact that she often tries to exaggerate the objects she wants to exhibit.
“Both objects and nature, we are used to being surrounded by trees, here in the countryside. You can take a small saucepan that falls on the ground – it is full of life! He had his life, that casserole, and that’s what fascinates me. Drawing it makes us see all the details. That’s what I like to get. »
From June 24 to July 17, Françoise Legris will be on display at the little Place des arts in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, which she is looking forward to. She explains that the stamp design is part of a list of works that she has produced during the pandemic, black and white pencil drawings, mostly on gray paper. About twenty of her designs will be presented and accessible to the public.