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A Tour of Montreal Art Galleries

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In her role as president of Studio Georgeville, Louise Abbott recently won a bursary from ELAN (English-Language Arts Network). Her project: to conduct a tour of Montreal art galleries with three other artists who are members of the cooperative that runs Studio Georgeville. She created a report for ELAN in the form of a short video:


Arviat: Past and Present

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An exhibition of photos by Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen  

and four short documentary films by Louise Abbott

Le Vieux Forgeron, Stanstead, QC

Thursday, July 11-Sunday, July 28, 2019

Vernissage: Saturday, July 13, 2019

The hamlet of Arviat lies on the western shore of Hudson Bay 260 kilometres north of Churchill, Manitoba. It is the southernmost Inuit community in Nunavut. It is also considered the most traditional. “Country food” produced by hunting and fishing remains the primary source of sustenance for local inhabitants. 

In exploring Arviat and its surroundings, Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen photographed a wide range of subject matter—from ancient archaeological sites and modern-day Inuksuit to portraits and wildlife studies. Their exhibition, which includes four short documentary films by Louise Abbott, reflects the way in which the past and present co-exist for the inhabitants of this northern outpost.

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Polar bear swimming off the shore of Sentry Island, Hudson Bay (Louise Abbott)

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 Inuit elder Ayak, Arviat (Niels Jensen)


Driving into the Past / Un voyage dans le passé

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Driving into the Past: A History of Covered Bridges in Quebec  

A film by Louise Abbott

Rural Route Communications is pleased to announce that Louise Abbott's latest documentary is now available for public screenings. The first such screening was held in Newport, Vermont, on October 24, 2018, under the aegis of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The film runs 42 minutes. If you're interested in booking a screening for your historical society or other community group, please contact us for further  details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

La version française du film,  Un voyage dans le passé : une histoire des ponts couverts au Québec, sera disponible en février 2019. Nos remerciements à la MRC Memphrémagog, au Canton de Stanstead, et au Ministère de la Culture et des Communications pour leur assistance financière.


Narrows Bridge, Lake Memphremagog / Pont Narrows, Lac Memphrémagog 


Nepawa Bridge, Lake Abitibi / Pont Nepawa, Lac Abitibi

These two bridges are the only covered bridges that cross a lake in Quebec.

Ces deux ponts sont les seuls ponts couverts qui traversent un lac au Québec.


A Look Back at 2018

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A look back at  our key activities over the past year:

In the spring of 2018, Louise Abbott received a joint grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the MRC Memphremagog to make three short documentaries about three artists living in the Eastern Townships. She has finished shooting two of the three videos and has begun post-production on one of them.

In the summer of 2018, Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen travelled north to Nemaska for the first screening of Cree Tourism: Creating the Career of Your Dreams, Rural Route Communication's latest documentary for COTA:

Louise  went on to shoot much of the footage for a documentary about the history and contemporary role of the Ayer's Cliff Fair that is scheduled for completion in late 2019.

She also completed a documentary about the history of covered bridges in Quebec titled Driving into the Past in English and Un voyage dans le passé in French.

She is now in the thick of shooting yet another documentary about the restoration of a round barn in Mansonville that dates to 1912. Here's a short demo:


Niels Jensen is serving as drone operator and lighting technician for all of these films, while Montreal cameraman Vito DeFilippo is helping out on formal interviews and editing.

On December 5, 2018, Radio Canada broadcast a report about the round barn restoration project that shows a quick shot of Louise and Niels at work:

Niels is now planning an exhibition for Studio Georgeville about a Townships garden that he has photographed over the course of more than one year.

No shortage of creative work for Rural Route Communications! 



Louise Abbott on The Bridge

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Nantali Indongo, the vibrant host of CBC Radio's The Bridge (broadcast on CBC Radio One in Quebec on Saturday at 5 p.m.), interviewed Louise Abbott about her life and work and the music that has inspired her.

To hear an excerpt:

Louise Abbott on preserving cultures of rural Quebec

To hear the full interview:

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