Les Femmeuses art exhibition and sale was held last April 29 and 30 at Pratt & Whitney Canada. The event drew 4,000 visitors and generated sales of $160,000. Shown in this picture (left to right) : Robert Gladu, municipal councillor and President of the Sports, Recreation and Community Commission of Vieux-Longueuil; Caroline St-Hilaire, Member of Parliament for Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher; Denis Parisien, Vice President-Quality, Pratt & Whitney Canada; Clémence DesRochers, Honorary Chairperson-Les Femmeuses 2006; Lorraine Pintal, General Manager and Artistic Director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) and event spokesperson; and Marlène Poirier, Manager of shelter Carrefour pour Elle.
LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 1, 2006) - The 20th Les Femmeuses art exhibition and sale organized by Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), which was held April 29 and 30, chalked up major successes again this year.
Despite beautiful weather, which had an impact on the number of visitors - 4,000 compared with 5,000 last year - sales of artworks, T-shirts, catalogues as well as donations raised a total of $160,000 compared with $150,000 last year.
"The 4,000 visitors who participated in Les Femmeuses art exhibition and sale showed tremendous generosity!" said Annick Laberge, Manager, Public Affairs, P&WC. A total 104 artworks were sold, she noted. "The sale of 60 limited edition prints was the main factor behind the higher results. In 2005, 40 of these prints found buyers."
P&WC has now reached its goal. With this year's sales, donations to shelters since the creation of Les Femmeuses in 1986 have surpassed the $1 million mark. P&WC President Alain M. Bellemare thanked everyone involved for their unswerving support to the worthy cause. "These outstanding results have been made possible by public loyalty towards Les Femmeuses, to the quality of artwork displayed by the artists, and to the excellent work of our employees and volunteers."
Funds raised are distributed equally among the artists who sell artwork during Les Femmeuses and seven shelters for women and children victims of family violence: Carrefour pour Elle in Longueuil, La Cle sur la porte in Saint-Hyacinthe, Maison Simonne Monet-Chartrand in Chambly, La Re-Source in Chateauguay, Maison Hina in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Maison La Source in Sorel-Tracy and Pavillon Marguerite de Champlain in Saint-Hubert.
The donated funds make it possible for these establishments to maintain shelter services, offer 24/7 telephone assistance, organize individual and group meetings, and provide legal aid.
The 20th edition of Les Femmeuses art exhibition and sale featured 153 works by well-known and emerging women artists in the visual arts. This year, 18 new artists joined the ranks of the exhibitors, bringing the total number to 102.
Les Femmeuses exhibition and sale marked its final edition this year. After 20 years, Pratt & Whitney Canada is pursuing a new avenue for continuing its work among artists as well as women and children who are victims of family violence.
Starting in 2007, the company will donate to the seven shelters an annual sum of money equivalent to what was raised for them during Les Femmeuses, or about $10,000 per shelter. The company will also continue to be active among artists in the visual arts with the creation of the Les Femmeuses/Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize by the Montreal Arts Council. This $5,000 prize, awarded starting in 2007, will recognize a Montreal artist in the contemporary arts.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a United Technologies Corp. company
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft, and helicopters. The company also offers auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.