Nicolas Rannellucci • Marcher sur les cendres

Vernissage: Thursday, September 29 at 6 pm
Exhibition: September 30 to October 19, 2016
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm

Galerie McClure is honored to present Marcher sur les cendres, an exhibition of Nicolas Ranellucci’s most recent paintings.  In this new corpus of works, the artist employs the motif of the ruin to explore the poetic space of memory and to understand the extraordinary forces that continue to escape destruction or annihilation.  The sense of the ruin is evoked through images that juxtapose eclectic elements of various origins, interacting in diverse and provocative ways.  Included are fifteen figurative works from small, medium, to large format, several watercolours as well as an installation of small objects ‘in decline.’

Ranellucci presents the ruin as majestic and rebellious – beyond ‘disappearance.’ It thus opens up all kinds of possibilities, even the most seemingly contradictory.  Moreover, the artist`s use of the motif of the ruin invites us to remember anew, to rewrite or revalorize our own narrative, all towards a greater freedom as to what is possible.  ‘When the building is in ruins and freed of its servitude, the spirit emerges and is revealed.  Memory becomes the support for a new collaboration between men and things, indeed, an exploration of a union as yet unexplored.’

Born in 1983, Nicolas Ranellucci lives and works in Montreal. He holds a Certificate and a Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts from ‘l’Université du Québec à Montréal’. He won an Award for Excellence in painting in 2010 from the McAbbie Foundation and in 2012 was among the finalists of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Since 2014, his work has been shown at, among others, the Artists’ Centre AXENEO7, Galerie Dominique Bouffard as well as Usine C. In 2016, he will present an installation at the Maison de la culture de Gatineau in addition to the current exhibition at Galerie McClure. Ranellucci’s work can be found in many public and private collections in Quebec, Canada, and Europe. 

2nd Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale • Épisode

Phoebe Cummings, Benjamin DeMott, Janet Macpherson, Meghan Smythe. Curator: Linda Swanson


Phoebe Cummings, Antediluvian Swag, 2015

Vernissage: Thursday, October 27 at 6 pm
Exhibition: October 28 to November 26, 2016
Curator and artists’ exchange: Friday, October 28 at 6 pm

Episode is the second edition of the Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale which will run between 2014 and 2022. Curated by Linda Swanson, it will feature three emerging ceramic artists, Phoebe Cummings, Janet Macpherson and Benjamin DeMott, whose work expresses new practices in contemporary ceramic art, embracing both the conceptual and the perceptual.

Eva Richardson • Surface


Eva Richardson, Untitled/Sans Titre (Red/Rouge), 2013

Vernissage: Thursday, December 1st at 6 pm
Exhibition: December 2 to 22, 2016
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, December 8 at 7 pm

In Eva Richardson’s paintings, semi-geometric abstract forms are suspended in fields of colour. Several paintings will be accompanied by some twenty small collages inspired by the materials and textures that surround the artist in everyday life: graffiti covered walls, rusted metal surfaces, old pieces of fabric and pre-used packaging materials.

Joëlle Morosoli • Chaos pénétrable


Joëlle Morosoli, Trame funestre, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, January 5th at 6 pm
Exhibition: January 6 to 28, 2017

Joëlle Morosoli will fill the gallery with large mechanical installations that create a space that is both intractable and menacing. Playing upon the theme of prisoners and jailers, the artist creates an allegory of the secret world of our weaknesses and taboos. Visitors will be invited to enter into this space and experience the feelings it provokes.

Conçue en couleur

Barry Allikas, Caroline Hart, Jennifer Lefort, Susannah Philipps. Curator: Leopold Plotek


Caroline Hart, The Abduction, 2014

Vernissage: Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm
Exhibition: February 3 to 25, 2017
Artists and Curator Exchange: Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm

Conceived in colour presents four completely different ways of painting in colour. Reserved contrasted with exuberant, fluid with formal, planned with improvised; this exhibition is a clash of harmonies. Contemporary painting, live and direct. Featuring the works of Barry Allikas, Caroline Hart, Jennifer Lefort and Susannah Phillips.

Sarah Stevenson • Fragile


Sarah Stevenson, Jambon, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm
Exhibition: March 3 to 25, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm

Several light, insubstantial sculptures will be suspended from the ceiling and will appear to float within the space of the gallery, pivoting in reaction to the movements of the visitors. The surface of each shape will be covered by a network of fine lines made up of threads which form a fragile cage, suggesting transitory or imaginary dwellings and oneiric spaces. The sculptures will be accompanied by drawings of the same forms.

Annual Student Exhibition 2017


Vernissage: Thursday, March 30 at 6 pm
Exhibition: March 31 to April 15, 2017

Students registered in the winter session of the Centre’s School of Art are invited to exhibit their work. The exhibition includes a variety of media and gives students the opportunity to exhibit in the context of a professional gallery. It’s also a chance to appreciate the great diversity of creative activity that takes place at the Centre.

Frédérique Ulman-Gagné • Les Choses


Frédérique Ulman-Gagné, Erotic Objects, 2015

Vernissage: Thursday, April 27, at 6pm
Exhibition: April 28 to May 20, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm

This painting and installation project poetically links different indoor and outdoor places, bringing together observed or mnemonic spaces, large, small, open and closed. Objects are enumerated without decoration. They are removed from their context and presented without hierarchy.

Brown’s Hill

Sara Colby, Renée Duval, Holly King, Peter Krausz, Song Nan Zhang. Curator: JoAnne Meade


Peter Krausz, Panoramic Landscape, Evening, 2016

Vernissage: Thursday, May 25 at 6 pm
Exhibition: May 26 to June 17, 2017
Artists and Curator Exchange: Thursday, June 1 at 7 pm

In the Eastern Township of Stanstead, is an undulating gravel road, “Browns Hill”.  Moving through endlessly rolling valleys, receding to a distant range of mountains and sky, Brown’s Hill is the site of inspiration for this exhibition. Five artists are invited to interpret this evocative ‘paysage’: Sara Colby, Renée Duval, Holly King, Peter Krausz and Song Nan Zhang. The exhibition travels to the Colby Curtis Museum, July 2016.  Catalogue available.