Photostory #56: St. Adele, P.Q.: Art Centre for Holidayers
National Film Board of Canada
May 22, 1956
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
When summer vacationer Pauline Rochon first saw the resort village of St. Adele, in Quebec's Valley of the Saints, its natural beauty struck her as an ideal location in which to bring a long-dormant plan to life. Now, ten years later, St. Adele's Art Centre summer school has survived its shoe-string start and become a flourishing mecca for holidayers who want to mix culture with their fun in the sun. From her pink-roofed handicrafts shop, "La Pelerine", Miss Rochon directs a thriving school with students from Canada and the U.S. Under the tutelage of top Canadian artists, dancers and teachers, members of the ballet class pirouette on hotel lawns and budding painters work against a background of sky and scenery. There is no homework, no exams, and after classes ranging from French to fashions, dancing to leathercraft, students recess on the sun-drenched beaches of nearby Lac Rond.