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Discover metal art at Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles

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Witness firsthand the art of repousse work at the Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles in Château-Richer.

Repousse, also known as copper embossing, is a metalworking technique that shapes metal by hammering and working on the reverse side. 

Diane Gilles demonstrating, Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada

Photo: Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles Diane Gilles demonstrating, Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada

“They (groups) are witnesses of our achievements,” said Palmyre Gilles, vice president of public relations and marketing for the museum. “Between our works for churches across North America and the minute details, they can admire in the 50 panels of the life of Christ we display. But maybe what they most enjoy and admire, is to see our family carrying on the tradition, from father to daughter and granddaughter.”

Exhibits in the museum share what the atmosphere of a copper mine is like and copper artifacts from around the world.

With the guided tour, copper repousse demonstration and the workshop, groups can expect to be at the museum for one hour. The guided tour and admittance to the museum is free, but a small fee is charged for the repousse workshop.

The copper art workshop gives groups the chance to participate hands-on by creating something themselves with just a copper sheet and tools.

The museum also offers a snack at tea time. This time provides groups with the opportunity to relax and learn more about copper art.

“Our tea time activity is very popular,” Gilles said. “Tea, coffee and a little cake baked in a copper mold, delights our visitors and they savor it surrounded by our creations.” 

Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada

Photo: Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada

After visiting the museum, Gilles recommended groups stop by the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de-Beaupre, located 15 minutes from Québec City, to see the copper doors and silver tabernacles created by the Gilles family.

The company was founded in 1927 by Gilles’ father, Albert. It has been a family-run operation since his death in 1979. The company’s 91st anniversary is this year.

Spring time can get busy. Gilles recommended scheduling a group visit two to three months in advance during this time. Motorcoach parking is available. 

For more information, call 418-824-4224 or visit albertgilles-copper-art.com.

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Steph Lulofs, Associate Editor

Steph Lulofs’ career path curved through the daily newspaper world and made a stop in marketing before walking in the front door as Associate Editor at Group Tour Media. Her passion for research and writing is a good fit for her foray into blogging and driving editorial content for the northeast in Group Tour Northeast/Midwest magazine. When not on the road or at her desktop, Steph kicks back with her dogs, at the movies or between the pages of a good book. Meaning? She reads the book and then sees the movie.

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