Explore the dying art of repousse work at Copper Art Studio & Museum Albert Gilles in Chateau-Richer, Quebec.
Repousse (copper embossing) is a technique involved in metalworking that shapes metal by hammering and working on the reverse side.
“Student groups will be immersed into our copper world,” said Palmyre Gilles, vice president of public relations and marketing for the museum. “We invite them to participate in a copper art workshop, to feel and experience our craft.”
Exhibits in the museum share the atmosphere of a copper mine and different artifacts from around the world.
Between the guided tour, copper repousse demonstration and the workshop, groups can expect to be there for one hour. Entry to the museum and the guided tour are free, but the workshop has a small fee that includes the cost of the copper sheet and tools.
“Our Copper Art Workshop is a must for students,” Gilles said. “They go back home with unique memories and their own copper art creation. The visit is combined with the guided tour of our museum, giving information on copper and how it has worked in other countries.”
Gilles recommends that groups stop to visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, located 15 minutes from Quebec City, to see the copper doors and silver tabernacles that were created by the Gilles family after visiting the museum.
The company was founded in 1927 by Gilles’ father, Albert. Albert’s creations can be found throughout Canada and the United States. It has been a family-run operation since his death in 1979. Palmyre, her mom, sisters, aunt and niece all work to keep his memory and work alive.
Springtime can get busy with student groups visiting. Gilles recommends contacting two–three months in advance during this time.
For more information, call 418-824-4224 or visit albertgilles-copper-art.com.