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Andrea Kastner Shadow Cities

Andrea Kastner, Home Again, 2017, huile sur toile / oil on canvas, 22 x 26 po/in.

Gallery Tour with the Artist: Thursday October 4 at 5 pm
Vernissage: Thursday October 4 at 6 pm
Exhibition: October 5 to 27

The city is a text being written and re-written, with evidence of revisions in every delicate scar. As buildings are torn down, façades exposed, garbage collected and dumped, drafts, and corrections to the city are made visible. Kastner’s paintings are a half-written poem to the shadow city.

Valleyfield Seminary, c.1955. Photo credit : Concordia University Records Management and Archives

Dr. Clarence Epstein
Treasures of Centuries: The Diniacopoulos Family Collection

Thursday Sept. 27 2018 at 7 pm

Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos arrived here in the 1950s from war-torn Europe. They brought with them thousands of unique objects spanning more than four millennia of civilization. Dispersed several years ago to museums, universities, and collections across the world, join us for the fascinating story of one of Canada’s greatest private holdings of art and antiquities and the extraordinary Montrealers who assembled them.

Conférence Les artistes et la communauté

Artists Reaching Out

A summary of the talk given by our Executive Director Natasha S. Reid in the month of May is now available!

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Recent Publications by Natasha S. Reid

Our Executive Director, Natasha S. Reid, has written chapters in the following three books that have just been published:

Makers, Crafter, Educators: Working for Cultural Change

Dignity of the Calling: Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys

Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art

ARTreach Exhibition 2017-18

Vernissage: Thursday, June 28, 5-7 pm
Exhibition: June 29 to July 26

The VAC’s Outreach Program encourages and facilitates public engagement with the arts. Our goal is to move art more fully into the centre of our lives and to reach those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in the visual arts. In 2017-18, we worked in collaboration with James Lyng High School, École primaire Charles-Lemoyne and Centre des aînés de Pointe-Saint-Charles. Come see the fruits of our collaborations at the McClure Gallery!

Heartfelt thanks to: Fondation Chawkers • anonymous donor

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm

Invited Curators: Qumaq Mangiuk-Iyaituk and Kathryn Delaney

Vernissage: Thursday May 31 at 6 pm
Exhibition: June 1 to 23, 2018
Curators’ Talk: Friday June 1 at 7 pm
Workshop: Friday, June 1, 10 am to 4 pm (Registration required)

(English Follows)

“ᐃᓄᒻᒪᕇᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖏᑦ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑦᑕᒥᒐᐅᑎᒍᑎᒋᓲᖏᑦ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᕐᒧᐊᖓᕗᑦ, ᐆᒻᒪᑎᒥᒃ ᓂᕈᒥᑦᓰᓲᒍᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᐃᓪᓕᓇᕐᑑᓱᑎᓗ.”
— ᖁᒪᖅ ᒪᖏᐅᖅ ᐃᔦᑦᑐᖅ (ᓇᓕᕐᙯᑐᖅ 2015)
ᐃᓪᓕᕆᔭᕗᑦ ᖁᓪᓕᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᕐᓂ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᓂᕐᓯᐅᕈᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᐅᓚᔨᓇᕐᑐᖑᐊᑦ ᑕᑯᑦᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᕙᑦᑎᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐅᕐᑕᐅᒋᐊᓐᖓᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᕙᑎᓄᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐅᕐᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑑᕐᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓂᓗ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᖏᓐᓂ. ᖁᒪᖅ ᒪᖏᐅᖅ ᐃᔦᑦᑐᖅ, ᐃᕗᔨᕕᒃ ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥᐅᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕐᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᑕᐅᑦᓯᑰᕐᑎᓯᔨ Kathryn Delaney, ᒧᓐᑐᔨᐊᒥᐅᖅ, ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖃᑎᒌᖃᑦᑕᓯᒪᓕᕐᑑᒃ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᓯᒐᓱᐊᕐᓱᑎᒃ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑦᓯᒐᓱᐊᕐᓱᑎᓗ ᑖᒃᑯᓂᖓ ᐃᓗᕐᖁᓯᕐᒨᓕᖓᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᐱᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᐅᕙᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᑌᒪᓐᖓᓂᑦ ᑲᑎᓚᐅᔪᑦᓱᑎᒃ 2009-ᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᕐᓯᐅᑎᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᑦᔪᐊᒥ. 2015-ᒥ, ᖁᒪᖅ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖃᑎᖃᒋᐅᑦᓯᐊᓚᐅᔪᕗᖅ ᐃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᑌᒣᑦᑐᑎᒍᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᒃᑯᑦ. ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓚᐅᔪᔪᑦ ᒧᓐᑐᔨᐊᒥ Visual Arts Center-ᒥ ᑐᓴᓚᕿᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᑯᒥᓇᕐᑐᓕᐅᕐᑏᑦ ᖁᒪᖅ, ᑳᔅᕆᓐ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᑦᑎᐅᓯ ᐃᔦᑦᑐᖅ ᐱᒍᒪᐅᒻᒥᓱᑎᒃ 2016-ᒨᓕᖓᑦᓱᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᓂᖏᕐᑎᓯᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᑲᕙᒪᖓᓐᓂᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᓚᕿᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᐆᒥᖓ: ᐃᓪᓕᕆᔭᕗᑦ: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᖏᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᖏᓪᓗ ᑕᐅᑦᑐᓕᓂᒃ, ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᒻᒥᐅᑦ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓂᒥᐅᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᖏᑦᑐᐃᓗ ᑌᒫᒃ ᐱᒋᐅᕐᓴᑎᑕᐅᕙᑦᑎᓗᒋᑦ.
ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᑲᑎᒃᑫᓲᖑᔪᒍᑦ ᑕᑯᒥᓇᕐᑐᓕᐅᕐᑎᓂᒃ/ᑐᓴᕐᓂᑐᓕᐅᕐᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᒻᒪᕆᒻᒥᓄ ᙯᕐᖁᔨᑦᓱᑕ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖁᑦᓱᒋᑦ “ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᓂ ᐊᑑᑎᓪᓗᑐᕐᑕᕕᓂᕐᒥᓂᒃ”. ᐅᖃᐅᓰᑦ ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑑᕐᑐᑦ ᐳᐃᒍᕐᑕᐅᒪᓕᕐᑐᑦ ᐅᖄᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᓱᑎᒃ. ᐃᓚᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᑕᕕᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᓯᑦᔩᓗᑐᑦᓯᐊᓲᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐊᕆᓯᑦᓱᒋᑦ ᑕᐅᑦᑐᖃᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑑᕐᓱᑎᒃ ᓂᑦᔭᐅᑎᐅᔮᕐᑐᒥ ᓯᑯᑦᓴᔭᒥ. ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᑎᑦᓯᓂᐅᕙᑦᑐᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐅᕐᑎᓯᕙᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᐅᑎᒧᑦ ᐃᒪᓕᒻᒧᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᖑᐊᕐᓂᒥ, ᐃᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᐅᐊᕈᑦᓯᓲᒧᑦ ᒥᖑᐊᓐᖑᐊᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓕᓴᕐᑕᐅᖄᓚᐅᑲᑦᑎᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑐᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ, ᒋᐊᖃᑐᐊᕋᒥᓪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᒻᒥᔪᓄᑦ. ᐃᓚᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᒻᒥᓂᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᓐᖑᐊᓲᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᒦᒋᐊᕐᒥᓂᒃ. ᑌᒣᓘᕐᓱᑎᒃ ᐱᒋᐅᕐᓴᑐᑦ ᑲᔪᖏᕐᓴᑕᐅᓚᕿᓲᑦ ᐱᑐᓚᕿᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᖄᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ, ᐃᓱᒪᑖᕆᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᑉᐱᓂᐊᕐᓂᓄᓗ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ. ᑌᒣᓘᕐᓱᑎᒃ ᓴᓇᑐᔫᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓯᔭᐅᓲᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓯᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᐃᓘᓐᓇᓯᐊᖓᓂᒃ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᒥᒃ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᓕᐅᒋᐅᕐᓴᓂᐅᓲᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᖑᐊᕐᓯᒪᔪᕐᑕᖃᕐᓱᑎᓗ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᖑᓕᕐᑐᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᑎᑦᓯᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᑐᖃᖓᓂᒃ, ᐅᓇᒻᒥᓇᓕᕐᑐᓂᒃ ᓵᓐᖓᓯᒋᐊᖃᓲᒍᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᓈᕐᑎᓯᓚᖀᑦᓱᑎᓗ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᑐᐃᓐᓇᒥᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᖃᓲᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᓭᒍᑕᐅᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᐅᓕᒫᓂᒃ, ᑕᕝᕘᓇᑦᓭᓇᕐᓗ ᓲᖑᓰᓚᕿᑦᓱᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓᓂᒃ ᐱᐅᓯᑐᖃᕐᑎᒍᓪᓗ ᑭᓇᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ.

« The stories the Elders share with us are personal, heartwarming and precious. »
— Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk (January, 2015)

The McClure Gallery is honoured to host Illirijavut, a tenth anniversary retrospective exhibition featuring original storybooks from twenty artists created during the Inuit Storytelling and Storybook-Making Workshops. Project leader, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk from Ivujivik, Nunavik, and project coordinator Kathryn Delaney, from Montreal, have been collaborating to develop and facilitate these cultural workshops since they met in 2009 during the Annual Nunavik Art Workshops in Inukjuak. In 2015, Qumaq worked with a non-Inuit population for the first time in the context of these workshops. This workshop took place at the Visual Arts Centre in Montreal and inspired artists Qumaq and Kathryn with Mattiusi Iyaituk to obtain a 2016 {Re}conciliation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for the project Illirijavut: Inuit Storytelling and Storybook-making Workshops, which offered workshops to Nunavik communities and urban Inuit and non-Inuit populations across Canada.

During these workshops, artists gather together and invite an Elder to share their “true life stories.” Inuit words are spoken that have been forgotten. Participants transform Inuit oral histories into original graphic storybooks narrated with Inuit syllabic texts on accordion-style paper. Workshops introduce techniques in ink drawing and watercolour painting with instruction in Inuktitut, or in English and French when necessary. Participants imagine themselves in the story. This sensory exercise encourages artists to connect to the elements, ideas, and emotions in the story. This creative process contributes to their knowledge of the whole story. These workshops and the resulting storybooks explore aspects of Inuit culture, challenge and break down stereotypes, and educate the Canadian public, while strengthening Inuit language and cultural identity.

Participating artists:
Paula Ainalik, Arnaujaq Alaku, Jessica Arngak, Elisa Audlaluk, Kathryn Delaney, Mattiusi Iyaituk, Maggie Jaaka Qisiiq, Sarah Lisa Kasudluak, Louie Qiluqi Makimak, Passa Mangiuk, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk, Mary Mosesiapik, Nooma Oweetaluktuk, Mosusie Padlayat Sr., Caroline Palliser, Mary Paningajak Alaku, Louisa Pauyungie, Manu Qaunnaaluk, Qiallak Qumaaluk, Louie Qungisiruk

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm

Artists Reaching Out

Natasha S. Reid
Thursday May 24 at 7 pm

The Director of the Visual Arts Centre, Natasha S. Reid, will explore links between creative community spaces and contemporary artistic practices that address social concerns. She will share her interest in the stories of art educators and students and how they help identify the ways in which art centres impact their communities.

31 women painters

Intervention: 31 Women Painters

Guest Curator: Harold Klunder
Vernissage: Thursday February 1st, at 6 pm
Exhibition: February 2 to 24, 2018
Conference: Friday February 2nd at 7 pm

The McClure Gallery is honoured to present the exhibition Intervention: 31 Women Painters, curated by well-known Canadian artist, Harold Klunder. As the gallery’s 2018 invited guest curator, Klunder has assembled small-format works by Canadian painters whose careers collectively span six decades; hanging together in one space, they highlight just how creatively and imaginatively women have lent their voices to the continued reinvention of painting as a discipline relevant to our times.

The exhibition is, in Klunder’s view, an exploration, an intervention: “I reached out to women artists who I know to be particularly engaged in the process of painting. The works are small because I wanted to include as many artists as possible. This show is an invitation to these painters to use the exhibition and the space to intervene with their own works and alongside the works of the other contributing artists. I do not see myself as a curator, but rather as a painter who can act as a facilitator, in this case, through access to a shared space. The outcome is to be determined by the artists. Each artist was asked to select their own work for the show, hopefully creating a random freedom that is not usually tolerated in exhibitions. The works will belong together through their diversity and approach to materials. The outcome will be determined by the amalgamation of 31 narratives.”

The participating artists represent a diversity of voices; they include well-known artists as well as those less celebrated but whose artistic output Klunder admires for its authenticity and inventive use of paint. Such an approach aligns well with the Centre’s mandate of accessibility and inclusivity in the teaching and exhibiting of art. The participating artists are: Ann Beam, Kathryn Bemrose, Sarah Cale, Barbara Caruso, Catherine Carmichael, Gathie Falk, Nika Fontaine, Cameron Forbes, Sybil Goldstein, Eliza Griffiths, Libby Hague, Susanna Heller, Gail Hutchison, Rae Johnson, Fiona Kinsella, Dorothy Knowles, Wanda Koop, Rita Letendre, Medrie MacPhee, Natasha Martel, Doris McCarthy, Christiane Pflug, Ciara Phillips, Annie Pootoogook, Louise Robert, Gina Rorai, Janet Stanley, Françoise Sullivan, Marion Wagschal, Diane Whitehouse, and Joyce Wieland.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm

Lynn Price


Vernissage: Thursday November 23, at 6 pm
Exhibition: November 24 to December 16, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Thursday November 30, at 7 pm

How small a thought it takes to fill someone’s whole life! … If you want to go down deep you do not need to travel far; indeed, you don’t have to leave your most immediate and familiar surroundings.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value (1946)

The McClure Gallery is pleased to present the thesis work of Lynn Price. Her exhibition How small a Thought explores the genre of still life, a genre with a rich and complex history that offers a diversity of contemporary possibilities to investigate human relationships with everyday objects. Through a series of paintings on paper, Price works with accumulation as a metaphor for marking increments of time that form a minute, an hour, a week…a life.

Price says: ’’For quite some time I have been making still-life paintings of lemons. It is a consuming process of focusing on something deeply, over time. I conflate the genre of still life and a rule-based process as a means of inquiry into the phenomenology of internal time consciousness, the essential structures of consciousness that make possible the unified perception of an object that occurs across successive moments. Using strategies of iteration, variation, and accumulation, I fill time with an activity that, in itself, is meant to reveal what it is to experience time passing’’.

LYNN PRICE lives and works in Powell River, British Columbia. She is completing her MFA at Concordia University after obtaining a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2013. Her work has been shown in Canada in various solo and group exhibitions and she participated in international residencies in England and Finland.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm

Atelier secret - Secret Studio

Secret Studio – A Fundraising Exhibition

Gala Evening: Thursday, November 9 at 6 pm
Exhibition: November 4-18, 2017
Location: Visual Arts Centre, 350 Avenue Victoria, Montreal, QC H3Z 2N4

A unique fundraising event featuring hundreds of artworks selected from the studios of our community of professional artists. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to discover hidden gems and purchase affordable art while supporting our creative community. Ticket holders for the Gala Event are entitled to first dibs on great art plus wine and hors d’oeuvres.

A unique fundraising event featuring hundreds of artworks selected from the studios of our community of professional artists. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to discover hidden gems and purchase affordable art while supporting our creative community. Ticket holders for the Gala Event are entitled to first dibs on great art plus wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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Karine Frechette Asterismes


Vernissage: Thursday October 5, at 6 pm
Exhibition: October 6 to 28, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Thursday October 12, at 7 pm

The McClure Gallery is pleased to present the recent work of Karine Fréchette. Her exhibition Astérismes explores the phenomenon of natural and artificial light in painting, and thereby indirectly considers an increasingly complex and distorted relationship between space and time. This body of work is fed by a fascination with all sorts of transmitted waves, be they of astral or telecommunication origin. She evokes a flux of oscillations, as if the canvas becomes a receptacle, where undefined currents are mobilized or become the anchor point of an expanding network. The immaterial is materialized through a dozen medium and large format canvases.

Various procedures, such as repetition, modulation, the accumulation of linear motifs, and the echoes of digital or analog representations, serve as matrices of a genuine subject: irregularity. This provokes different illusions and disorientations of optical and spatial perception. A space-time experience that is possible, but unclear.

Karine Fréchette investigates the relationship between colour, light, space, and movement. Her practice is resolutely Neo Baroque, and is close to Op Art and early 20th century abstraction. She searches constantly for ways to activate the space between the canvas and the spectator. Like an asterism, she attempts to create formal relationships, to trace the lines between impromptu ideas, and to uncover analogies.

KARINE FRÉCHETTE lives and works in Montreal. She completed her MFA at Concordia University at the end of 2016 after obtaining a BFA in Visual and Media arts at UQAM (2009). During her studies, she received the Hélène Couture Award, and was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2014). Her work has been shown at Galerie B-312, Art-Mûr Gallery, Stewart Hall Gallery, and at the Gatineau Cultural Centre. This year, after her first artist residency at Banff Center (Alberta), she represented up and coming painters at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Côte d’Ivoire.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm

Cynthia Girard-Renard


Vernissage: Thursday September 7, at 6 pm
Exhibition: Septembre 8 to 30

The artist creates a satirical version of economic concepts such as the law of supply and demand, growth and decline, and free trade. In her paintings, the human figure interacts with the animal figure in bizarre enactments of wild capitalism. She creates a world where painting, installation, and performance meet in an unbridled fantasy, full of humour and poetic moments. During the vernissage the artist will present a “perfinance”. Dressed up as an ant, she will read poetry and publish a small zine entitled “L’écononomie pour les cons”.

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