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Watch the full episode and extended clips of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA to see artists from the Visual Arts Centre draw team Sukhi and Jinder Atwal! We wish them good luck for the rest of the race!

www.ctv.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada

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Figure and Portrait in Watercolour

Fri. 1:00 – 4:00 pm with José Duclos
(fall: starts Sept. 26; winter: starts Jan. 23)

The fluidity of the watercolour medium lends itself to painterly and expressive work from the model. Explore colour and transparency, volume and proportion in relation to both figure and portrait work; wet techniques and direct brush work to be covered. Prerequisite: two sessions of watercolour.

$355 + materials


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Community Gallery Project

Thursday August 21, 2014
4-6 pm
McClure Gallery

To celebrate the unique creative atmosphere of our summer camp, the Visual Arts Centre would like to invite you to a vernissage of this year’s Community Gallery project.

This collaborative project evolved throughout the summer, as campers continued to contribute artworks. The theme of Community is one that has been embraced by campers, teachers and counselors as their interpretations have grown into innovative and lively works of art.


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Art in the Western Sahara with Fernando Pérez-Martin
Wednesday, July 30, at 7 pm, McClure Gallery

Fernando Pérez-Martin, PhD candidate at the University of Granada, Spain, has worked on several occasions in the refugee camps of the Western Sahara giving art workshops and creating art projects. In 2007, together with other members of the artistic group Metasíntesis, he helped to develop the first artistic project in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps. Since then, they have been actively involved in the creation, development and outreach of this artistic project. Speaking to the forgotten conflict in the Western Sahara, Pérez-Martin sheds light on the different art initiatives taking place in the refugee camps.


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Still room in summer courses starting in August.
Call us to register or for more info at 514-488-9558.

- Fine Arts courses
- Jewellery courses
- Ceramic courses


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“Like letters from an exiled place”: art and healing

A Norma Morgan Lecture with guest speaker Dr. Jaswant Guzder
Date: Tuesday, June 10th at 7 pm

How do the parallel identities of artist and therapist collide and reconcile themselves in the life and art of Dr. Jaswant Guzder? Unlike the therapist’s work of engaged listening to the stories of the Other, art making is a personal, private journey. Paintings and drawings emerge by “turning one’s back on the world” and retreating to a hermetic space – a temenos. While psychotherapists hold so many private, often painful stories, the compulsive need to draw and create allow the visual stories to emerge unexpectedly “like letters from an exiled place.” Dr. Guzder will reflect on the themes of journeys, migration, identity and healing as they intertwine themselves in her recent body of work.

Dr. Jaswant Guzder is Head of Child Psychiatry and Director of Childhood Disorders Day Hospital, Jewish General Hospital and Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill. She is also a psychoanalyst and supervisor for Concordia’s Art Therapy Masters Program. In 2013, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as well as the Haile Debas Prize from McGill for promoting cultural and gender equity. Dr. Guzder’s artwork has often reflected her work with multicultural communities and refugee populations and has been exhibited internationally.

This annual lecture series honours the late Norma Morgan, her life long interest in the arts and education. We thank the Morgan family for making this series possible.


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Craft and Design: a complementarity

Guest speaker: Koen De Winter

Date: Thursdays, May 8 and 15, 7 pm

Contrary to popular belief, craft and design are not distant activities. Koen De Winter explores their links in these two conferences, and addresses comparisons between practices and methods that emerged directly out of the industrial revolution. Mr. De Winter will argue for the importance of the complementarity of craft and design within the larger framework of cultural activities in a post-industrial society. These talks will inspire anyone interested in craft, design, and their history.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Koen De Winter received degrees in both ceramics and product design. He currently teaches at UQAM and serves on many professional associations. He is also co-founder of Hippo Design and Atelier Orange. The recipient of several national and international distinctions, he represents Quebec in the permanent collection of the MOMA in New York. In 2005, he received Belgium’s highest distinction for design, the Henri Van De Velde Prize.


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Sandra Paikowsky Seeing Ourselves – Portraying Montrealers

Dates: 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 14 2014

Don’t miss art historian Sandra Paikowsky’s final lecture exploring the way Montreal painters visually portrayed the people of Montreal. These popular, illustrated talks also address how the changing concerns of painting people and the evolution of Montreal itself have always gone hand-in-hand with the way we see ourselves.

Sandra Paikowsky, recently retired from the Art History Department of Concordia University, was the director of the Concordia Art Gallery and the founding editor of the Journal of Canadian Art History.


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A Norma Morgan Lecture with guest speaker Dr. Jaswant Guzder

Date: Tuesday, June 10th at 7 pm

How do the parallel identities of artist and therapist collide and reconcile themselves in the life and art of Dr. Jaswant Guzder? Unlike the therapist’s work of engaged listening to the stories of the Other, art making is a personal, private journey. Paintings and drawings emerge by “turning one’s back on the world” and retreating to a hermetic space – a temenos. While psychotherapists hold so many private, often painful stories, the compulsive need to draw and create allow the visual stories to emerge unexpectedly “like letters from an exiled place.” Dr. Guzder will reflect on the themes of journeys, migration, identity and healing as they intertwine themselves in her recent body of work.

Dr. Jaswant Guzder is Head of Child Psychiatry and Director of Childhood Disorders Day Hospital, Jewish General Hospital and Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill. She is also a psychoanalyst and supervisor for Concordia’s Art Therapy Masters Program. In 2013, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as well as the Haile Debas Prize from McGill for promoting cultural and gender equity. Dr. Guzder’s artwork has often reflected her work with multicultural communities and refugee populations and has been exhibited internationally.

This annual lecture series honours the late Norma Morgan, her life long interest in the arts and education. We thank the Morgan family for making this series possible.


 

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Annual Student Exhibition 2014, April 4 – 19.

Come see the great diversity of creative activity that takes place at the Centre!

Why not embark on an artistic endeavour yourself this spring?
Still room in drawing, painting, watercolour and collage.
Call us at 514-488-9558 for more info.


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Seeing Ourselves – Portraying Montrealers

Guest Lecturer : Sandra Paikowsky

Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Don’t miss art historian Sandra Paikowsky’s lecture exploring the way Montreal painters visually portrayed the people of Montreal. These popular illustrated talks also address how the changing concerns of painting people and the evolution of Montreal itself have always gone hand-in-hand with the way we see ourselves.

Sandra Paikowsky, recently retired from the Art History Department of Concordia University, was the director of the Concordia Art Gallery and the founding editor of the Journal of Canadian Art History.


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Jennifer Wicks
Artist/Teacher/Researcher

an artist talk at the McClure Gallery

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Currently working on her PhD in Art Education at Concordia University, Jennifer Wicks discusses how her experience as a ceramic artist and teacher led to her current research on safe space in the community art classroom.

Jennifer is informed and influenced by her multi disciplinary art/teaching practice, and role as Director of the Youth, Teen and Outreach programmes at the Visual Arts Centre. Her research deals with community art education, with a focus on curriculum, teaching approaches and classroom design to enhance student learning and artistic development. Jennifer has been exhibiting her own artwork in and around Montréal for 15 years. While her work has been mostly in ceramics, more recently she has approached her creative process with a researcher’s understanding, using multi disciplinary, new media installation as a vehicle to explore the notion of experience.


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Leopold L. Foulem Tale of the Initiated

An artist talk at the McClure Gallery
Date: Thursday Feb. 20, at 7:00 pm

“Upon reaching a certain age, we come to understand that our lived experience and how its recounted historically are often very different, so different that even the facts themselves don’t seem to correspond. The “story” I will be presenting covers fifty years of my career as a ceramist in Quebec, Canada and in America.

Considering that technology has rendered obsolete and even inaccessible a number of witnesses to my wanderings and that some have even disappeared, my presentation represents a return to the source, a placing of things in context, which will pay hommage to the actors who shared the journey with us, all the while staying true to our lived experience.”

Leopold L. Foulem has enjoyed a prolific exhibition career. He is the recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award, theSaidye-Bronfman Award for Excellence in crafts, and the Eloizes Award for Artist of the Year in Acadia.


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Only a few days left to view the exhibition Chase at the McClure Gallery.
Last day of exhibition:
Saturday Feb. 1 – Reuel Dechene will be present from 3-5 pm.

 


Winter workshops and intensive courses at the Visual Arts Centre.

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Towards a Personal Language – a painting intensive with Victoria LeBlanc
Monday to Friday Jan. 13 to 17; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

How do you explore an image, metaphor or abstract form and mine it as a subject for your painting or ongoing body of work? This week long intensive addresses the vocabulary of the paint medium – brushwork, translucency, opacity and colour harmony – to reveal the deeper resonance of your subject. Whether you work realistically, abstractly or somewhere inbetween, the emphasis here is on process and the material aspect of paint itself as a conveyor of meaning – in the words of James Elkin, “How does paint mean?” For intermediate or advanced students; personal projects. Wednesday is an open studio with end of day critique.

$475 + materials

Figure Drawing Intensive with Marigold Santos
Mon., Tues., Wed.; Jan. 13, 14 & 15; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Immerse yourself in three full days of life drawing with daily warm-ups, guided exercises and ample time for more developed work. Draw freely with ink, brushes, charcoal and coloured pencils, staying open to a variety of expressive marks and surfaces. Choice of format, from very small to oversize. Afternoons include 2 one-hour poses, plus group discussion and critique.

$310 + materials

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with Peter Ferst
Sun. Feb. 2; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A workshop designed for students who wish to learn the most practical tools within Adobe L Photoshop Lightroom. All the Lightroom modues will be covered but with major emphasis on organizing your images, understanding the Library Module and image manipulation in the Development Module. Participants are expected to be familiar with use of their computer and camera, understand the use of white balance, histograms, etc. and have cameras that can shoot in RAW.

$115 + materials

Watercolour as a Second Language with Elisabeth Galante
Sun., Feb. 9, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

For experienced oil or acrylic painters, this workshop focuses on watercolour as a “second language” of expression, offering a new level of immediacy and freedom to your painting practice. Learn how to handle watercolour paints, make use of the white of the paper and get involved in the flowing quality of the medium. Structured exercises plus more abstract imagery will provide a basis for exploring brushwork and full, wet-on-wet application. Prerequisite: two years of painting (no watercolour experience necessary).

$120 + materials

Aesthetics of Flower Arranging with Heather Midori Yamada
Sun. Feb. 16; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

An Ikebana-inspired approach to the selection and handling of flowers is the focus of this one-day workshop. Flowers, buds and branches will be arranged with simplicity to emphasize their inherent beauty and spirit as well as their gentle influence on our own energies. Instruction and class discussion draw upon Heather’s long standing interest in Japanese philosophy and aesthetics. Each participant will take home two free-form arrangements in their own bowls, vases or containers. No experience necessary.

$115 + $25 (includes flowers)

Water-based Monotype Printing with Matthew Thomson
Sun., Feb.16; 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Monotype is the print technique that most readily combines aspects of direct painting with the special character of the printed image, enabling an artist to experiment freely with colour, composition and mark-making and produce a series of works within a day. This workshop focuses on the use of translucent, water-based inks, a solvent-free and non-toxic medium, offering great flexibility of application. Painters and printmakers welcome.

$120 + materials

 


Square Affair fundraising gala – an amazing success!
Exhibition and sale continues until Sat. Nov. 23, 5 pm!

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Here are some of this week’s submissions for Square Art Affair!

The deadline to submit your work is Monday November 11th 2013.

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Please come and support us. As a non-profit organization, our fundriasing exhibitions are an important means of ensuring the VAC’s financial well-being and ability to continue to offer its programmes and services to the public.

Click here for additional information.

$25 tickets to the Gala Event and Opening Sale entitle ticket holders to first dibs on great art plus wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available in the office or you can call 514-488-9558 or e-mail info@visualartscentre.ca.


Test your art history skills.
Who painted who in these four famous portrait paintings?

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1) Alice Neel’s portrait of Andy Warhol  2) Freida Kahlo’s portrait of Diego Rivera
3) Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein    4) Lucien Freud’s portrait of Francis Bacon

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A fundraising exhibition at the Visual Arts Centre

Gala Event and Opening Sale: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 pm

Exhibition: November 19 to 23, 2013

We invite you to join us in the McClure Gallery for our second Square Affair, an exciting fundraising exhibition featuring over 300 artworks by the “square foot” from small to medium format. All those involved in our dynamic arts community are invited to participate: students, teachers, staff and friends. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view and purchase affordable art in a wide variety of styles and media – all in a square foot format.

$25 tickets to the Gala Event and Opening Sale entitle ticket holders to first dibs on great art plus wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available in the office or you can call 514-488-9558 or e-mail info@visualartscentre.ca.

So please come and support us. As a non-profit organization, our fundriasing exhibitions are an important means of ensuring the VAC’s financial well-being and ability to continue to offer its programmes and services to the public.

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Eva Lapka 10 Years

Exhibition: October 18 to November 9, 2013
Curator: Victoria LeBlanc
Vernissage and book launch: Thursday October 17 at 6 pm
Artist and Curator Exchange: Thursday October 24 at 7 pm

The McClure Gallery is honoured to present 10 Years, an exhibition of works by ceramic artist Eva Lapka. Renowned for her mastery of the clay medium, Lapka refashions the human form in a poetically resonant way, addressing issues of loss, memory, identity and the cycles of life and death. The exhibition regroups nearly thirty pieces created over the past decade and is accompanied by a catalogue featuring over forty images as well as a text by Victoria LeBlanc, director of the Visual Arts Centre and curator of this exhibition.

Eva Lapka is originally from the Czech Republic. She completed her formal studies in sculpture and ceramic design at the École des métiers d’art, in Brno. Since 1988 Lapka has taught at several institutions in Montréal including the Visual Arts Centre. She has exhibited extensively both in Canada and internationally. Her works can be found in collections throughout Quebec, Canada, the United States and Europe. Eva Lapka is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and, in 2013, she became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.


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Seeing Ourselves – Portraying Montrealers
Guest lecturer: Sandra Paikowsky

Date: Wednesday October 9 2013 at 7:30 pm

In the first of three talks, Sandra Paikowsky will look at how Montreal painters portrayed its citizens. From the early 19th century to the 1920s, Montreal portraits gradually became less about exterior appearance and more about the sitter’s personal life. New definitions of painting influenced a move away from the official portrait to images of people in their every-day lives.

Sandra Paikowsky, recently retired from the Art History Department of Concordia University, was the director of the Concordia Art Gallery and the founding editor of the Journal of Canadian Art History.


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Richard Milette – Art major / Art minor

Date: Thursday Oct. 3 2013, at 7:00 pm

Richard Milette will be presenting an overview of his ceramic production focusing on the confrontation between “art major and art minor” and also on the role of the narrative in assessing the relevance of a work of art. Particular attention will also be paid to integrating a specific ceramic character into the works.

Richard Milette is a seasoned ceramist, a graduate of Cégep du Vieux Montreal and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA). He has taught in the ceramic department of Cégep du Vieux Montreal and has exhibited in Canada and U.S since 1982, with solo exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Long Beach (California). A rigorous conceptual approach characterizes his work distinguished by a remarkable technical mastery. His ceramics are found in several collections such as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Gardiner Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, as well as numerous museums in the United States. He lives and works in Montreal.


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The McClure Gallery is pleased to open its new season with Impassable Chasm a solo exhibition of recent works by Montréal artist Matt Shane.

To read more about the exhibition please click on the link bellow:

Matt Shane Impassable Chasm

To view our complete 2013-2014 season at the McClure Gallery please click on the link bellow:

2013-2014 season at the McClure Gallery


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The Visual Arts Centre is pleased to welcome Olaf de Winter as the new Director of the Ceramic Department beginning September 2013. An artist and a designer-maker, he is well known to the ceramics community. His background in philosophy informs his artistic approach as well as his teaching.


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Eva Lapka steps down as Director of Ceramics at the Visual Arts Centre

As of September 1, 2013, Eva Lapka will step down as Director of the Ceramics Department of the Visual Arts Centre.

Eva has been involved with the VAC since 1991 when she and her husband Milan joined the school’s ceramic department. In 1992, Milan became Director. Together they revitalized and reorganized the department and emerged as two of the Centre’s most popular teachers. They were also instrumental in the development of the Centre’s Community Outreach Programme working with at risk you and teens in specialized ceramic projects. Following Milan’s death in 1999, Eva continued these classes singlehandedly. She also assumed the directorship. Under Eva’s tenure, the ceramics department has continued to thrive and we owe her our deep gratitude for her significant contribution. We are thankful she will be staying on as a member of the faculty.

Eva is a ceramic artist of international renown with a prolific and accomplished body of work. She has enjoyed a successful career with exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Her works can be found in many private and public collections. In June 2013, Eva became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In October 2013, a retrospective of Eva’s work of the last fifteen years will be held in the Centre’s McClure Gallery, accompanied by a substantial catalogue.

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The Visual Arts Centre is pleased to announce that our very own Natasha Reid, PhD. has been awarded Concordia University’s Governor General Gold Medal Award in the category of ‘Person & Society,’ and will be leaving us this summer to join the faculty at the University of Arizona in her new position as assistant professor. Congratulations Natasha! We wish you all the best in Arizona. You will be missed!

View the “Using a life-history approach to education” article on the Concordia University website:
www.concordia.ca/now/university-affairs/academic-awards/20130604/using-a-life-history-approach-to-education.php

View Natasha Reid’s Bio on our website

 


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Join us for another fantastic Westmount Street Festival

Sat. & Sun. – June 8 & 9

Art activities throughout the day include drawing, painting, printmaking,
watercolour and pottery wheel demonstrations.

And not to be missed – the 5th Annual Art Walk!


Now available at the McClure Gallery

 

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ELECTRIC FEMINISMS

A Decade of Feminist Interventions in Contemporary Art at La Centrale

 

ISBN: 97802-89091-321-9 – 208 p., 7 x 9 in, 29.95 $ including tax

Featuring essays by Helena Reckitt, Thérèse St-Gelais, Trish Salah, Bernadette Houde, and Aneessa Hashmi, as well as Manon Tourigny in conversation with Stéphanie Chabot and Dominique Pétrin, Reena Katz with Jumana Manna and Onya Hogan-Finlay with Chris Kraus, plus an artist poster by G.B. Jones. Edited by Leila Pourtavaf, with design by Cecilia Berkovic. Bilingual text.
 

Féminismes Électriques considers the evolution of feminist artistic practices over the last decade, shifting a focus on womens’ artistic production to a response to change brought on by the influence of social practices, gender theory and postcolonialism on contemporary art. The book is published by La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, a feminist artist-run centre in Montréal with a 40 year history of exhibiting some of the most exciting and innovative local, national and international feminist and women artists.

Féminismes Électriques focuses on these heterogeneous feminist interventions in contemporary art, and begins with a basic question: how do we understand and activate a feminist politics in our artistic and cultural practices that critically engages with relationships of power in our society?

It puts in perspective the vitality feminist artists experienced in art during the last decade, and considers how new generations deconstructed and reclaimed that renewal.

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A Special Place

A Westmount community art project organized by the Visual Arts Centre and sponsored by the City of Westmount and undertaken in collaboration with the McEntyre Creative Writing Competition.

The art projects were created by elementary students in Westmount with the collaboration of artists from the Visual Arts Centre. We wish to thank the students, teachers, and artists for their creativity and hard work, and the City of Westmount for their generous sponsorship.

Opening:

Friday, May 24, 4 pm – 6 pm

Exhibition:

from May 24 – June 14, 2012

The Gallery at Victoria Hall
4626, Sherbrooke Ouest, Westmount, 514.989.5521

Gallery hours:

Mon-Fri 10 am-9 pm
Sat 10 am-5 pm


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Seeing Ourselves: Visual Images of Montreal

“Beyond Modern”

Guest Lecturer Sandra Paikowsky
Wednesday May 16 at 7:30 pm

In this third and concluding lecture, Sandra Paikowsky discusses how
Montreal artists saw the city from the 1950s to the end of the century. Abstraction and the development of a “Montreal School” of non-representational painting redefined the city as subject matter. Installation art such as ”Corridart 1976” would provide new ways of seeing Montreal, at the same time that the city was reinvented by
artists working more traditionally within an ever changing cultural and political context.


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Westmount Public Library ARTNOW presents: Virginia McClure

Tuesday May 7th at 7 pm

While many know Virginia McClure as founder of the Visual Arts Centre, in this presentation, Victoria LeBlanc, Director of the VAC, looks at Virginia as an artist and the rich autobiographical orientation of her work.

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Upcoming Workshops at the Visual Arts Centre:

Sunday May 26 – Box Art Assemblage

Sunday June 2 – Printing without a Press

Sunday June 2 – Oil Pastel Portraits

Sunday June 9 – A Crash Course in Acrylic Painting

Sunday June 9 – Watercolour in the Park: Afternoon Light

Call us at 514-488-9558, or fill out the registration form, to register for one these exciting upcoming workshops at the Visual Arts Centre.


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Annual Student Exhibition

Vernissage: Thursday April 4 at 6 pm
Exhibition: April 5 to 20

Students registered in the School of Art’s winter session are invited to exhibit their work in our Annual Student Exhibition. The exhibition, which includes hundreds of works in a wide variety of media, gives students the experience of seeing their work in the context of a professional gallery. It also provides an opportunity for students and public to see the great diversity of creative activity that takes place at the Centre.


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Seeing Ourselves: Visual Images of Montreal

“Being Modern”

Guest Lecturer Sandra Paikowsky
Wednesday March 20 at 7:30 pm

In this second lecture of three, Sandra Paikowsky discusses how Montreal painters looked at their city from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Their new subject matter focused on everyday life of people and the places where they lived and worked. The artists’ emphasis on seeing the city in terms of art rather than story-telling also reflects wider cultural, social and political change.


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Artist’s Talk: Audrey Killoran

Thursday Mar. 14, at 7:00 pm at the McClure Gallery

Since 1982, Audrey Killoran has exhibited her ceramics both nationally and internationally while teaching and studying fine arts on a part-time basis. She is represented in numerous private collections and has been the recipient several awards, including the “Prix spécial Gaétan Beaudin” for the quality and originality of her work. With reference to images of her ceramic vessels, Audrey will discuss her personal approach to surface treatment and smoke firing as well as the motivations and influences affecting her work.


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Leopold Plotek Campane

March 1 to 23, 2013
Vernissage and Book Launch: Friday March 1 at 6 pm
Artist’s Talk: Wednesday March 6 at 7 pm

The McClure Gallery is honored to present Campane, an exhibition featuring the most recent work of Montréal artist Leopold Plotek.The approximately twelve large-format oil paintings are succinctly crafted, compelling and eloquent. Their iconic shapes and resonant colours open up a wide emotional register.

Of the exhibition title, Campane (bells), Plotek writes, “Bells are the joinery between time past and time passing, a gathering, a summoning…A key moment for me was when I learned how many bells were melted down for war material by Nazi authorities. . . .The silence that replaced their voices seemed to me a vast metaphor for the attempt to silence the voice of culture and civilization.”

Join us March 6th for this chance to hear one of Montreal’s most articulate visual artists as he discusses his new work, his painterly process and why, for him, painting is a touchstone for our imaginative and moral reflection.


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Workshop: Watercolour Portraits

Sunday, March 3; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with Stephanie Reynolds

This one-day session with model begins with quick line and wash studies and moves toward a fully developed, transparent watercolour portrait. Learn how to depict the head and face from various angles with volume and proportion, mix lively skin-tone colours, capture the movement and texture of hair. Express a particular mood or aspect of personality of the sitter through framing and choice of colour palette. Prerequisite: two sessions of watercolour.

$135 + materials

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Register with Visa and MasterCard, by phone at (514) 488-9558 or by fax (514) 488-7075; or in person during office hours, using cash, cheques, Visa, MasterCard or Interac.


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Workshop: Handmade Artists’ Books

Sun. March 10; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm with Lorna Mulligan

Create unique artists’ book by combining your paintings, watercolours and drawings with handmade papers, using simple bookbinding methods. You will come away with new skills and several beautiful handmade books/artistic journals, that reflect your individual aesthetic and give a new context to your work.
No experience necessary.

$125 + materials

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Register with Visa and MasterCard, by phone at (514) 488-9558 or by fax (514) 488-7075; or in person during office hours, using cash, cheques, Visa, MasterCard or Interac.


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First Exposure – Photography Exhibition

Presenting photographs taken by students of the Visual Arts Centre’s
Personal Directions in Photography course.
Instructor: Peter B. Ferst

Wine & Cheese:
Thursday December 13, 2012
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
at the Visual Arts Centre
Studio F, ground floor (entrance via Somerville)

We do not take photos – we create them!

You are cordially invited to attend an exhibition of prints and slides by students of the Centre’s Personal Directions in Photography Course. Under the guidance of professional photographer Peter B. Ferst this group of students has worked hard to develop an artistic eye while mastering the technical medium that is photography.


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Demonstration Program – Duo Water soluble oil color

An educational collaboration between Visual Arts Centre and Avenue des Arts

Instructor: Branka Marinkovic
December 2 2012, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, at the Visual Arts Centre, Studio F
Registration at Avenue des Arts, 328A Victoria Avenue, 10$
Get free Duo samples!

During this demonstration, you will learn how to best use Duo water soluble oil paints,
how to attain exceptional results using the different mediums; to speed up or slow
down the drying process and how to obtain rich textures or fine glazes. You will also
discover the best brushes to use for different desired techniques and how to clean and care for them.

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November 22, 2012 to November 25, 2012, Opening reception: Thursday, November 22 at 7pm
Studio 105-ELPORO, 644 rue de Courcelle, Montreal

A rare opportunity to see the works of four great artists, well known to the Visual Arts Centre community, in one space. While they are individually known for different bodies of work, from the figurative to abstract, this group exhibition features each artist working masterfully in the landscape tradition.


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EVA LAPKA

EXPRESSIONS

November 7 – December 29, 2012
Opening on Wednesday, November 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Expression is the act of conveying feelings or thoughts with language, movement or art. The title of this exhibition, EXPRESSIONS thus encompasses both the physical and spiritual dimensions of Eva Lapka‟s body sculptures.

Clay, more specifically ceramic (stoneware) has always been her preferred medium of expression, her use of white crackle glaze, her distinguishing characteristic. Colors and glazes highlight textures, further enhancing the material.

Hands resting on a pedestal, heads detached from their bodies, torsos – all suggest suffering as well as great sensuality, an interplay of strength and subtlety. Fragile yet powerful, her figurative sculptures, conceived and presented in fragmentary fashion, testify to her artistic integrity. “I am unable to represent the body as „intact‟, for it does not exist as such,” Lapka states. The contrast between her representation of deformed, tortured bodies and the delicacy of her sculptures simultaneously frightens and captivates.

Her works question the human figure, celebrate life (Illusion 2, stoneware and glaze, 2012) and reveal the fascination with death (Debilitating Sadness, stoneware and glaze, 2009) that so many of our contemporaries feel. They attain a universal dimension because she succeeds in putting us in touch with our experience of our own bodies. “My work reflects my conscious engagement in life and serves as its mirror, covered with a velvet curtain. The reflection is thus obscured and leaves room for personal interpretation.” By depicting such intense bodies and expressions, she questions us about our own existence as living beings and demands that we reach deep inside ourselves. Always appealing and often provocative, Lapka‟s sculptures never leave the viewer indifferent.

Eva Lapka, who was born in the Czech Republic, is a ceramist of international renown. She is the Director of the Ceramics Department at the Visual Arts Centre in Montreal, where she has taught since 1991. She has many exhibitions to her credit in Canada, the United States and Europe, and her works can be found in many collections. Moreover, in January 2012, she became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. One of her works will appear in the latest edition of 500 Prints on Clay, to be published in March 2013 by Lark Crafts Publishing in North Carolina, U.S.A.

Source: Galerie Bernard

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Poetry Book Launch

‘‘Glossing the Spoils’’ by Charlotte Hussey

Friday, November 16, 7:30 pm

Addressing the eternal themes of love and war, Glossing the Spoils time travels its readers back some 1,500 years, while giving voice to the surreal potency of the Western European imagination. The poems explore interconnections between historical, personal, psychological and mythic states.

Charlotte Hussey teaches writing at McGill University and Irish and Arthurian literature at Dawson. She has published Rue Sainte Famille which was short listed for the QSPELL poetry award and The Head Will Continue to Sing.


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Seeing Ourselves – Visual Images of Montreal

Guest Lecturer:  Sandra Paikowsky

Wednesday November 14, March 20 and May 15 at 7:30 pm

In this three part series, well-known art historian Sandra Paikowsky discusses how Montreal painters from the nineteenth century to the present day have seen our city over time. Their visual interpretations reflect the changing concerns of art and the wider cultural, social and political contexts. Images of Montreal and our perception of those representations help define the ever-changing identity of the city.

Sandra Paikowsky, recently retired from the Art History Department of Concordia University, was the director of the Concordia Art Gallery and the founding editor of the Journal of Canadian Art History.


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In Retrospect: Memorializing the Present with artist Marion Wagschal:

A Norma Morgan Lecture

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30 pm McClure Gallery

Referencing images from her paintings, personal photos and artefacts, Marion Wagschal will discuss how art can commemorate the present and the past in unique conjunction, endowing quotidian events with universal meaning. In both her drawings and paintings, Wagschal’s images often focus on friends, family or the internal workings of her life in ways that speak meaningfully to the triumphs and travails of human existence.

Marion Wagschal has been a presence on the Montreal art scene for more than 40 years. Her work is represented in museum collections in Montreal, Quebec and Canada, as well as in corporate and private collections. A major retrospective of her work is scheduled for 2014 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Marion taught for many years at Concordia University, retiring in 2009 to pursue her painting.

The Norma Morgan Lecture Series honours the late Norma Morgan, her life long interest in the arts and education as well as her significant contribution to the Visual Arts Centre. We thank the Morgan Family and friends for making this series possible.


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Galerie Simon Blais

HAROLD KLUNDER

Aquarelle

October 17 – November 17, 2012
Opening: Wednesday, October 17, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Harold Klunder, a Dutch-born artist who grew up and was educated in Toronto, has lived and worked in Montréal for some dozen years. Aquarelle—the first solo exhibition by one of Canada’s most important contemporary painters to be held in Québec—is also the occasion of the first major presentation of his work in watercolour. Galerie Simon Blais is therefore proud and delighted to provide an overview of a rich and diverse corpus created over a span of 37 years. The artist’s distinctive approach, oscillating between representation of the human figure and freewheeling improvisation, is often recognizable in these works, as is his judicious use of colour within a technique revealing his mastery of pictorial composition and the spontaneity imposed by the medium.

The official launch of the monograph Harold Klunder — Aquarelle will be held during the exhibition opening. This publication, which includes an essay by Benjamin Klein, is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of Galerie Simon Blais and Québec City’s Galerie Michel Guimont.

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October 5 to 27, 2012
Vernissage: Thursday October 4 at 6 pm
Invited Curator: Léopold L. Foulem
Curator’s Talk: Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm

 

The McClure Gallery is honoured to present 30, a ceramic exhibition featuring the works of 33 artists and curated by well-known ceramic artist, writer and curator, Léopold L. Foulem. Thirty years have passed since the founding of Interaction, galerie d’expressions céramiques.This exhibition commemorates and celebrates this unique endeavour. The Interaction collective was the only artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of ceramics, a non-traditional art discipline. This remarkable achievement was to last five years.

Artists who were invited to participate all exhibited at Interaction between 1982 and 1986. Of the thirty-three works on display, several were originally presented there and attest to the vitality and the diversity of the ceramic scene of the time. Others offer a portrait of the many facets that creative ceramic artists have been exploring since then.

The McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre was deemed an appropriate venue for this ceramic exhibition; the Centre began as the Potters’ Club in 1946 and was the first clay guild of its kind in Canada. The gallery is thus pleased to be able to bring together such a remarkable collection of work by artists who have contributed significantly to the history of ceramics in Quebec.

Exhibiting Artists :

Suzanne Arsenault, Lucie Baillargeon, Loraine Basque, Jeannot Blackburn, Mimi Cabri, Thérèse Chabot, Dorothy Deschamps, Judi Dyelle, Léopold L. Foulem, France Gilbert, Denise Goyer, Deborah Harris, Michel Harvey, Édouard Jasmin, Andrée Lapointe, Esther Legault, Yves Louis-Seize, Denis Lowe, Denise Martel, Paul Mathieu, Virginia McClure, Susan Meindl, Richard Milette, Paula Murray, Matthias Ostermann, Christiane Paquin, Gilbert Poissant, Francine Potvin, Rebecca Rupp, Raymond Sigouin, Guy Simoneau, Michel Viala, Michel Vincent

Léopold L. Foulem  has enjoyed a prolific exhibition career. He is the recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award, the Saidye-Bronfman Award for excellence in crafts, and the Éloizes Award for Artist of the Year in Acadia.


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Jeanie Riddle Tenor

September 7 to 29, 2012
Vernissage: Thursday September 6 at 6 pm
Artist’s Talk: Friday, September 7 at 7 pm

 

The McClure Gallery is pleased to open its fall season with a solo exhibition of recent works by Montreal artist Jeanie Riddle. Working with ideas from the everyday or domestic in a striking and fearless way, Riddle makes use of formal painting, plywood, MDF, latex house paint, confetti, and tissue paper. For ‘Tenor’, Riddle presents a series of large-scale paintings in a space designed, transformed and constructed by the artist. The exhibition includes three in-situ sculptures as well as paintings within these confines.

Jeanie Riddle’s paintings and architecture break along planes of parallel lines, both conflating and upending ideas of space and place.  The artist writes of her work in alluringly cryptic words: “Possibly, and probably meeting in layers, in color, in cleavage, direction and fractured form. This total architecture is described by the number of directions, sense of space, size of construction and the viewer within this space. The angles between the paintings and architectural form and the degree of perfection of the cleavage are also important to the space. They perform better than random”. The in-situ works in this exhibition reflect a keen and poetic understanding of the interface between two and three-dimensional form. They are spawned in the quotidian where a sense of alterity defines their impact.

Jeanie Riddle lives and works in Montreal where she completed a M.F.A. in Painting from Concordia University in 2005. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and she received a Research and Creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2012. She is Director of the Parisian Laundry Gallery of Montreal.


Here’s a Preview of Events at the Centre this fall and winter:

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Artist Talks

Our artist talks offer students and public a rare opportunity to hear directly from the artist regarding their creative processes, ideas and sources of inspiration.  Presentations are followed by questions from the audience. The following five talks accompany exhibitions in our gallery. Please follow the link to visit our McClure Gallery 2012-13 Season for more details on their work.

Jeanie Riddle

Friday, September 7, 7 pm

Leopold Foulem

Thursday, October 11th, 7 pm

Sophie Lanctôt

Thursday, February 7, 7 pm

Leopold Plotek

Thursday, March 7, 7 pm


Mahmoud Baghaeian

Monday, Nov. 5, at 7:00 pm

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Born into an Iranian family of artists, Mahmoud studied carpet and tile design as well as painting and sculpture. He moved to Canada in 1978 and had his first major exhibition in 1990. Ffluid, Persian-inspired designs and refined, classical forms characterize his work. Baghaeian is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and his work is in many public, private and corporate collections all over the world. In 1999, he was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics. In this lecture he will give a presentation of his work.

Audrey Killoran

Thursday Mar. 14, at 7:00 pm

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Since 1982, Audrey Killoran has exhibited her ceramics both nationally and internationally while teaching and studying fine arts on a part-time basis. She is represented in numerous private collections and has been the recipient several awards, including the “Prix spécial Gaétan Beaudin” for the quality and originality of her work. With reference to images of her ceramic vessels, Audrey will discuss her personal approach to surface treatment and smoke firing as well as the motivations and influences affecting her work.

Poetry at the Centre

Join producer/host Ilona Martonfi for our Poetry and Prose Reading series.  Evenings feature well-known and recently published Montreal poets, prose writers, spoken word artists and musical performances. $5 at the door. Ilona Martonfi is producer and host of the Yellow Door Poetry Series, a published poet, teacher and editor. In English.

Poetry Book Launch: ‘‘Glossing the Spoils’’ by Charlotte Hussey

Friday, November 16, 7:30 pm

Addressing the eternal themes of love and war, Glossing the Spoils time travels its readers back some 1,500 years, while giving voice to the surreal potency of the Western European imagination.  The poems explore interconnections between historical, personal, psychological and mythic states.

Charlotte Hussey teaches writing at McGill University and Irish and Arthurian literature at Dawson. She has published Rue Sainte Famille which was short listed for the QSPELL poetry award and The Head Will Continue to Sing.

Friday Film Club

Our Friday Film Club is finally getting off the ground this fall. We’ll be showing two or three films per semester on a wide variety of art related topics, followed by refreshments and lively group discussion, hosted by the Centre’s Director, Victoria LeBlanc. See our Website’s News and Events for specific films and dates.

‘‘Avenue des Arts’’ Product Demos

A great way to learn about and try new products on the art market. Pierre of Avenue des Arts has organized this exciting series of Demos, given by experienced artists, on topics such as: 1001 Brushes: Knowing which brush to use; 101 Pottery Tools; Varnishing and Preserving Artwork; Choosing the Best Painting Support. See our website and facebook for more details.

Seeing Ourselves –Visual Images of Montreal – Guest lecturer: Sandra Paikowsky

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In this three part series, well-known art historian Sandra Paikowsky discusses how Montreal painters from the nineteenth century to the present day have seen our city over time. Their visual interpretations reflect the changing concerns of art and the wider cultural, social and political contexts. Images of Montreal and our perception of those representations help define the ever-changing identity of the city.

Sandra Paikowsky, recently retired from the Art History Department of Concordia University, was the director of the Concordia Art Gallery and the founding editor of the Journal of Canadian Art History.

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Join us for another exciting chamber music performance with solo artists from Arion. The intimate atmosphere and acoustics of the gallery make this an inspiring and special event for music lovers. See our website for the fall and winter schedule of concerts.

Recent releases at the VAC – a thriving publication programme

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Our latest releases include David Lafrance Les palais inégaux, Virginia McClure Drawings/dessins , featuring over 50 of Virginia’s last fantastical drawings on mylar and Mirana Zuger Vrtlar,  which accompanied our exhibition of Zuger’s abstract expresssionist works. All publications are available in the McClure Gallery. Our growing list of publications, now available in galleries and museums across Canada, feature the works of many of Montreal’s finest artists, including members of the Centre’s faculty. Visit our Website for more information about the Centre’s Publication Program.

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June 1 to 23, 2012
Vernissage: Thursday May 31 at 6 pm
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, June 7 at 7 pm

The McClure Gallery is pleased to present Vrtlar, an exhibition of recent work by Mirana Zuger. The exhibition includes both drawings and paintings ranging from small to large format and is accompanied by a catalogue of over 45 images with an essay by curator and writer James D. Campbell as well as an appreciation by artist Françoise Sullivan.

Mirana Zuger is prolific. She has developed and continues to evolve a personal iconography embedded within abstract fields that range from the most minimal and cryptic to the very expressive and painterly. Zuger works this range with a honed knowledge of her materials and is specific in her choice for each painting – “Chalkboard paint asks for palimpsests and erased brushwork. Rabbit skin glue preserves the look and texture of raw canvas.”  In the drawings, too, we sense that only paper could welcome her fine pencil markings, which seem tentative yet resolutely committed to their own internal necessity. Lines lead to sudden congestions of colour – a halfway house in which to rest, alternately, an emotional cluster to unravel. While the works impact forcefully upon the senses with their celebratory colour and dynamic armature of interlacing shapes, they do not reveal themselves quickly or fortuitously.

Mirana Zuger was born in Canada in 1982, of Croatian and French-Canadian heritage. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s Fine Arts Program in Montréal in 2005. Zuger has exhibited in Croatia, the U.S and Canada, where her work has been included in both public and private collections.

Virginia McClure Drawings/Dessins
A Book Launch and Celebration!

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McClure Gallery, Visual Arts Centre

Ten original drawings will be on exhibit.

Join us as we celebrate the life of Virginia McClure and launch her final artistic project – a monograph featuring over 50 of her last drawings. They constitute a unique body of work, a fantastical exploration of animistic imagery, childhood memory, a bacchanalian world pulsating with wonder, charm, joy, sometimes edge and threat. A rich unexpected gift from an extraordinary woman.

Virginia McClure’s legacies to the Visual Arts Centre have been many. She was, over almost six decades, a teacher, student, director, member of the board and its oft-times president.  At certain critical periods, she was responsible, almost singlehandedly, for the Centre’s survival, not solely as benefactor but equally through her wisdom, common sense and personal understanding of what it means to be an artist.  In recognition of her generous support, the gallery was renamed in her honour in 1992.
 Virginia McClure was a prolific artist during her lifetime, working in many different media from ceramics, plastics and multimedia installations to printmaking, painting and drawing. She gained a reputation for her expressive, original and often witty ceramic sculpture, receiving several awards and participating in ceramic exhibitions throughout Canada; her work can be found in both private and public collections. She has published two poetry books and, most recently, The Yellow Painting, a memoir (2009).

What kind of art does an Internationally renowned Circus collect?

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Special guest speaker:
Martin Bündock, Senior Arts Integration Advisor for Cirque du Soleil.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7:30 pm, McClure Gallery

Mr. Bündock has a refreshing approach to the Cirque’s corporate collection, emphasizing support for the arts with a commitment to building relationships with artists and community.  Besides the corporate art collection, Mr. Bündock will also discuss how to develop and manage a private collection, with reference to his own personal collection and that of the Cirque’s founder, Mr. Guy Laliberté. Mr. Bündock has organized several outstanding exhibitions and is the recipient of many awards for his cultural contributions.

The Norma Morgan Lecture Series honours the late Norma Morgan, her life long interest in the arts and education as well as her significant contribution to the Visual Arts Centre.  We thank the Morgan family and friends for making this series possible.


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1928 – 2012
The Visual Arts Centre is sad to announce the passing of Virginia McClure on Thursday, April 5th, 2012. A talented artist and poet in her own right, Virginia has been the most pivotal figure in the Visual Arts Centre’s history. She was an early founder of the Centre, our steadfast inspiration, mentor, and benefactor who will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her and working with her. The funeral service will be held on April 13 at 2 pm at Westmount Park Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve west, Westmount.

Remembering Virginia
There will be a separate celebration of Virginia’s life and the launch of Drawings by Virginia McClure at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 26th, 2012.

McClure Gallery of the  Visual Arts Centre
350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount
514-488-9558

Please join us.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Montreal International Poetry Prize hosted at the McClure Gallery

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Poetry Reading by Linda Rogers & Mark Tredinnick
Eric Fischl Limited edition giclée print hand signed by the artist.
Broadside poem signed by poet.

Wine and Hors -D’Oeuvres  will be served

Eric Fischl, a prominent American artist and founder of the ‘America: Now and Here’ project, has produced a poetry broadside in support of the nonprofit Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Fischl, a painter and sculptor whose works include the controversial Tumbling Woman, selected a poem for the broadside from the 2011 Global Poetry Anthology recently published by Montreal’s Véhicule Press. Fischl’s selection, “The Grasshoppers’ Silence” by Canadian poet Linda Rogers, is inspired by the true story of Rumana Monzur, who was tragically blinded in an attack by her husband in Bangladesh in June 2011. “I’ve chosen this poem because the image of the one-legged grasshopper won’t let me sleep,” said Fischl of his selection.

The first opportunity to view and purchase the broadside will be a launch held at the McClure Gallery, Visual Arts Center (350 Victoria Ave., in Westmount) on April 27 between 5-7pm. Linda Rogers, the former poet laureate of Victoria, B.C., will be in attendance to sign the broadsides and read her poem.


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February 3 to 25
Vernissage: Thursday February 2 at 6 pm
Artist’s Talk : Thursday February 9 at 7 pm


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Jaap ter Linden and Kate Haynes
Arion Orchestre Baroque
Friday February 10 at 6 pm
For tickets consult the web site, phone 514.355.1825 and at the door.


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Thursday February 16 at 7 pm


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Tuesday February 21 at 7 pm


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June16-30 2012 (Helga Schleeh)
July 01-15  2012 (Cynthia Van Frank)
For more information consult the web page.