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Art: June 2013 Archives

Alfred Pellan: In the studio

2013-06-12_IL_114.jpgThis summer, you can get a peek into the private world of one of Quebec's most famous artists, Alfred Pellan.

Alfred Pellan grew up and studied art in Quebec City in the 1920s, until he won Quebec's first fine arts scholarship and went to study in Paris. He stayed there until 1940, rubbing elbows with Picasso and Dali and Miro.

Once he got back home, his cubist and surrealist work made waves in the traditional art scene of Quebec.
But he had trouble selling his work. Pellan retired to his home in Laval with his young wife Madeleine, and their forty years together changed his art - according to the new exhibit at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

"Alfred Pellan: In the studio" displays paintings, sketches, love letters and playful objects  -- all coming from a massive legacy left to the museum by his widow. That gift makes the Quebec City museum the largest depository of Pellan's work in the province.

Anne Eschapasse is director of exhibitions for the museum. She talks about the playful side of Pellan that emerges from the new collection. (Photo courtesy of MNBAQ)

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Montreal's Mosaicultures Internationales

mosaicultures.jpgSome of us plant flower boxes of geraniums. Those of us with a real flair plant complex arrangements in their flower beds - thinking about colours and design, shading and shapes. But the art of mosaiculture is all that on steroids. It turns plants into monumental horticultural sculptures.

Fifty of these massive sculptures are on display, as of today, at Montreal's botanical gardens.

It's the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013 competition, which brings together mosaiculture artists from 20 countries. Montreal last hosted the event 10 years ago, but it launched the first one in 2000. Lise Cormier was there.
She's the founder of the prestigious competition and president of the International Mosaiculture Committee,  She speaks with Sonali Karnick from the Botanical gardens, where the event gets underway this morning.

(Photo courtesy of Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal)

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Fringe Fest Preview

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You never know what you're going to get at The Montreal Fringe Festival but it's always something different.  Ticket prices are low and Indie artists are selected by lottery only  - so anyone can apply and they can present whatever they want. . . and they do.

Andrea Stanford is covering the festival for the website bloodyunderrated.net.  She's also a former performer, we talked to her about her own Fringe show two years ago. Andrea did a show based on reading the embarassing bits of her teenage diaries.

She has a must-see list for shows and events at the Fringe Fest
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