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The Sculptors: Three-dimensional Masterminds

Madawaska counts many artists who express themselves in a variety of genres: song, performing arts, literature and visual arts. In fact, many internationally renowned painters and sculptors were born, and some even still reside, in the Saint John River Valley. These artists get their inspiration from their surroundings, childhood influences and are able to transform ordinary blocks of substance into a practically living masterpiece.

Visual arts were practically non-existent in the valley during the 18th and 19th centuries. It would take the influence of a truly original Québecois, to come and give life to this particular style. This notable character is none other than Paul Carmel Laporte.