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Here are just some of the kites and their stories which you can see at the kite museum. 
Enjoy - with the emphasis on "joy".

Jacques Létourneau
I met Jacques and his wonderful wife Francine, in 2007 and immediately fell in love with his
work.  So I gave him complete creative control and commissioned him to make me a kite which told the story of his life in the eastern part of Quebec -the Gaspe region.  He created a six-part kite,

and here is his story ...
Today, retired from teaching, my favorite pastime is painting kites.
I studied arts in Montreal and I have been teaching it for thirty-four years in La Pocatiere.
I have met Francine at the same school and she also taught arts at the Polyvalente in La Pocatiere.
We have a daughter who also teaches arts, she took our place, At home it’s a mania, we always talk about school and arts.
I was born in the Gaspesia area and Francine is from Montreal.
I love to paint pictures that remind me where I come from and my childhood.
The Gaspesia area is where the many lighthouses stand on cape and defy the sea.
Guide during nights and bad weather, it’s through their lighting that I see all those pictures of my youth.
It reminds me all those shellfish that I use to play with on the beach.
It  reminds me all those fishing boats that we could hear coming in with their Acadia motor (put,put,put) even before we could see them.
It reminds me all those fishes that fishermen were bringing back from the open sea.
It reminds me the « Rocher percé « that attracts so many tourists in the area during summertime.
It reminds me those northern gannet that are unique to « ile Bonaventure »
That lighting illuminates the sea  world and by its smell, its uses, and its legends it makes people so close to the sea and sensible to the nature.
Which sailor never heard about the legend  of that  gosh vessel told by ancestors, a vessel appearing into a ball of fire announcing a storm.
The Gaspesia area represents for me a place where all those souvenirs are deeply fixed in my mind

 Here are some random pixs from the first week of starting to move in...



In this case, it is the storm before the calm - ha!  I wish my friend Yves could be there to share its development as he and Anne were the first to blaze the trail.  More soon ...

July 1, 2008 - And now WE ARE OPEN and we shall grow.  We have 112 kites on display so far.  This weekend we shall work on our signage and add about another dozen or so kites, along with some more A/V, and activities for the kids.\

The Smithsonian we are not.  This is a voluntary museum, we receive no taxpayers’ dollars, so what you see is the contribution of people freely given, who do our best to fit this vision into our daily lives with the expressed desire to share fun and learning! 

These next two months of summer shall be spent getting it all settled in, listening to visitors, and fine tuning.


                                                                                                                                                                   Ray Bethell video mesmerizes everyone      


The "WAR ROOM"                                            Thom Shanken 1800's rep                150, 120, 100, 90 and Adler German Steiffs and                                 
                                                                                                                                              French L'Aigloplan bird on top
 


Some Charlie Sotich miniatures                                                            Stunts   

MICHAEL OGLETREE of Ottawa donates one of his kite surfing kites - Thanks Mike!  Here is a bit of his story


I could only find one picture of the kite (blue one)I left at the museum and it's not an action shot.  I was checking out the kites in January 2005 to get them ready to take to Costa Rica.   

I first saw someone kite surfing when I was in Dominican Republic in 2003.  I was instantly hooked and started buying kites and teaching myself.  Obviously I made a lot of mistakes in what I bought and how I used it.  The kite I gave to the museum is 9.2 square meters in surface area and was best for surfing in winds between 30 and 40km.  It was made by a Spanish company that also made para-gliders which is why I think they made it so long and narrow - to generate lift for jumps.  The problem was that in Ottawa where I was trying to surf, if you got 30km wind, it came with 50km gusts.  I can remember getting tossed up in the air like a rag doll one day on the water with the board which was on a leash whizzing past my head in a slingshot effect.  After the third toss I packed it in and started to swim.

Kite surfers are lucky that waves are not required though they add to the fun but wind is a requirement.  I was not fortunate enough to have wind on my first visit to Pelee but hope to try again soon.  I would like to surf at least one of the long sides of Pelee and perhaps circumnavigate the island one day although that is moderately dangerous since on one of the sides the wind would be in an offshore direction.

Thanks Michael!

Copyright: www.thekitemuseum.com 2008-11


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