The art of encounter, The icon

A unique exhibition in Quebec City



The exhibition presents a collection of fifty high-quality icons. These are works of art from a very ancient spiritual tradition of light and products of the earth. With its own techniques and iconographic canons, this tradition has been preserved for centuries in the East. These icons are displayed in several triptychs, presenting a variety of encounters between people, with God, with each other, with Life… The presence of eternity which comes to meet us. The scale of this exhibition is rare, if not unique. This collection of icons offers a spiritual, artistic, historical, heritage, biblical tour, thus proposing a pilgrimage for everyone.


Iconographer Gilberte Massicotte-Éthier (GMÉ), devoted to raising her family of nine children in Quebec City’s Sillery neighbourhood, always had a passion for the arts, especially painting.

After studying visual arts at the Beaux-Arts de Québec, CEGEP and Université Laval, this multidisciplinary artist discovered icons in her sixties. She studied iconography in France and in New York, and then devoted herself exclusively to icons until she passed away in 2013, at the age of 93, having completed the masterpiece: “The Communion of Saints”. The notoriety of this Quebec artist is widespread beyond our borders.

“Kindly do not pass on without stopping to visit”

(Gen. 18:3)


Saint-Michel de Sillery church is a place of great heritage and history, which is reflected in the remarkable art and architecture of the building. The church is located on the site of the first permanent Jesuit mission in North America. This beautiful geographical site on the cliff of Sillery, with a splendid view of the St. Lawrence River, is in itself an already popular attraction. Saint-Michel de Sillery church is located to the east of the delightful Grands-Domaines-de-Sillery pedestrian trail, accessible to all.

The exhibition “The art of an encounter, the icon” contributes to making this place a must-see in Quebec City for visitors interested in art, history, spirituality and religion. This peaceful place along the St. Lawrence River provides an opportunity for a pilgrimage, an experience in outer beauty as well as inner beauty.


Exhibition Address

Saint-Michel de Sillery Church
1735, Côte de Sillery
Québec (Québec) G1T 2A9


Le jeudi 15 août à l’église Saint-Michel de Sillery

19 h Prière du chapelet / 19 h 30 Célébration eucharistique


Public opening hours, permanent exhibition: every Friday and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday tours are suspended for the winter.

Group reservations: flexible schedule upon request for groups of 10 people or more. Please contact us on our website.

Access for people with reduced mobility: door #1.

Free visits of the church: Saint-Michel church is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Eucharistic Mass on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Friday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. The visiting schedule may be modified according to parish activities. Please check the updated schedule on the website.



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Credit: Iconographer: Gilberte Massicotte-Éthier – Photo © Fonds/Daniel Abel – English Translation: Annette Schwerdtfeger – Conception: +