From bedazzled ukuleles to whimsical paintings, and even to a pair of shorts made out of a tree stump, Usine 106U is definitely one of Montreal’s most fantastical and bizarre art galleries.
Located at 160 Rue Roy E. just off Saint-Laurent, the gallery features over thirty different local artists, each with their own unique style and medium of choice. The museum specializes in “la figuration hors-normes” (art that is out of the ordinary). All artists contribute to the management of the gallery, each paying a small fee every month that goes towards a portion of the wall space as well as the cost of the building’s rent. The gallery has one particular goal in mind: to abolish barriers between artists and the public, which will bring out the artist and art historian in everyone regardless of their background or past experience. A quick trip into this unique space clearly displays this goal in fruition. Art truly exists in all forms at Usine 106U!
Usine 106U was originally founded in 2006 by Eric Braün, Karine Fournier, and Mimi Traillette as a week-long exhibition sale. The original one-time exhibition became a smashing success, and five more temporary exhibitions opened following it. By 2007, the founders were able to start renting their first studio and gallery space. Since then, the gallery has continued to curate art and fuel local artists’ creativity.
At the start of each month, Usine 106U usually holds a public art exhibition to display its artists’ new creations for the upcoming month. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery was unable to do this at the start of October, but they are hoping to be able to hold exhibitions once more when Montréal is out of the red zone. Although no opening exhibition will be held this November, the gallery remains open throughout the month, and art can always be viewed and purchased, making it an appealing place to check out for both art lovers and casual viewers. The price range varies greatly from item to item, but everything in the store is generally affordable (and a great way to support local artists!) Usine 106U also provides free magazines each month featuring the work of some of the gallery’s current artists along with their contact information.
Usine 106U boasts a truly fantastic collection of art, including sculptures, paintings, dolls, and even comic books! One of the gallery’s main artists and original founder, Eric Braün, creates what he calls “chimera art” based on the idea of ancient Greek mythological monsters composed of different animal parts. Braün uses paints as well as other various materials to create his unique chimera dolls…some of them even play music!
I had the opportunity to visit Usine 106U a couple of times this month, and I bought my first piece of art from the gallery this past Saturday. The artist, Mjal, has an absolutely beautiful collection of framed watercolor paintings. There are still a couple left, so get them before they sell out!
Usine 106U is an art studio in Montreal truly worth visiting. It takes whimsical to the extreme, and I mean that in the best way possible. The studio is always on the lookout for new patrons and new artists. If you’re interested in submitting work, buying local art, or just browsing a cool new spot in the city, Usine 106U is definitely the place to go.
Feel free to contact them or visit the gallery at any time. You can reach them at 160 Rue Roy E. or check out their website for more information here.
Former Vancouver Canucks goalie’s art featured in Kelowna Art Gallery exhibition
Richard Brodeur used to make his living holding a goalie stick, but these days, the man formerly known as “King Richard” by Vancouver Canucks fans, is more likely to be found with a paintbrush in his hand.
“It’s always a challenge like [when] you play professional hockey, you have a challenge every day, every game and then I feel the same every time with a painting. It’s a challenge every time you face the canvas,” said Brodeur.
The new Okanagan resident is one of three artists featured at the Kelowna Art Gallery in an exhibit that reveals the story behind the artwork.
“I’ve been dealing with depression for over 30 years and I have had about 13 concussions when I played so that didn’t help,” said Brodeur. “You gotta find something that will get you out of it or help you anyway and that’s what my painting did.”
The Art Council of the Central Okanagan is striving to bring art to the community safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
“With what’s going on in the world there is really nothing we can do to control it but we can control our own environment,” said Kirsteen McCullouch, Arts Council of the Central Okanagan executive director.
“I think it’s really critical to bring joy and peace and harmony in a time of darkness and through art, we do that.”
Storytellers also feature Summerland artist Danielle Krysa and Vernon’s Jude Clarke. Clarke’s story is inspired by her environment.
“The lake made a huge impact on me, water is really a beautiful environment for me I was in the water, I was on the water, I was around the water and hiking in the hills all the time,” said Clarke.
As for Brodeur, his work is telling the story of his childhood, playing pick up hockey on outdoor rinks growing up in Quebec.
The exhibit will be open to the public until Jan. 31 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.
Vernon Community Art Centre holding annual Christmas art sale – Vernon News – Castanet.net
You will not find any of these gift ideas in a big box store.
The Vernon Community Art Centre is hosting its 15th annual Artsolutely artisan sale full of Christmas gifts.
Sheri Kunzli, with the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, said all of the works are made by local artists and are a one-of-a-kind creation.
The art centre sells art year round, but in December they shut down their programs and dedicate the entire Polson Park building to the art sale that is open seven days a week through Dec. 24.
Works from more than 35 artists are on sale.
Every piece is carefully handcrafted and locally made, and each artisan is selected through a jurying process to ensure the highest quality throughout.
“Everything is hand made, unique quality and all of the artists go through a jurying process to participate which keeps the quality up,” said Kunzli.
“The Arts Centre is one of Vernon’s gems. It’s more than a place to shop, and it is more than an arts education facility. It’s a community space that offers a place for people of all ages and abilities to create, play, laugh, gain skills, release stress, heal and develop friendships. Having to shut down the Arts Centre in the Spring was devastating on many levels.
“As a non-profit, the closure set us back significantly, but it also impacted the hundreds of people that utilize the Centre. We are working hard to keep the doors open because our community needs us. This place tells the stories of why the arts matter to individuals and our community at large. It’s a place that has been a haven for creatives and allowed people to thrive.”
For more information on Artsolutely, click here.
North Vancouver's Anonymous Art Show identifies safe way to hold exhibition this year – Vancouver Is Awesome
A well-known annual event where anonymous local artists are encouraged to sell their original works will now feature a buying public who will remain largely unseen as well.
North Van Arts’ 16th annual Anonymous Art Show has moved online this year in order to follow new provincial health orders.
Following a week-long preview, the sales begin tonight (Nov. 26) at 7 p.m. and will continue until Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.
Unlike live performance venues, arts retail spaces and galleries – such as CityScape Community ArtSpace where the show is usually held – are technically allowed to remain open under new COVID-19 restrictions put in place on Nov. 19, as long as no formal community events are held.
While the exhibition is being installed and will remain at CityScape, North Van Arts has opted to essentially suspend its in-person exhibition this year and is instead encouraging the public to check out and purchase the pieces online, according to Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director at North Van Arts.
“Normally on opening night we would have 300 people going through this gallery. Obviously that’s not going to happen right now,” said Powell. “Viewing it online is really the way to go.”
Original artwork from 250 emerging and established artists from North and West Vancouver will be up for grabs for $100 apiece. Proceeds from the art show are split between the local artists and North Van Arts, who will use the funds to supports ongoing programming.
The artist behind each painting will remain anonymous until their work is sold and their name is revealed, according to Powell.
“It’s a great test-place for people,” said Powell. “I think it’s an important show because we’ve got the whole community at the table.”
More than 125 would-be art buyers have already registered for the opening night of sales, added Powell.
Click here for more information about this year’s Anonymous Art Show.
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