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This year’s Yes Art Expo will be held June 2nd and 3rd at Marché Bonsecours. I will be one of more than sixty artists attending and look forward to this great opportunity to meet other Montréal based artists and network with the local talent. Last year’s expo was a huge success and let’s make it happen again!
Come check out some new things I’ve been working on.
June 2nd: 1-7pm
June 3rd: 12-6pm
Location: Marché Bonsecours, 350, rue Saint-Paul
Marché Bonsecours image courtesy of Gribeco
The Montreal YES Art Expo held June 3rd and 4th at the Montreal Science Centre was a huge success. With more than 60 artists in attendance and countless visitors the exposition had something for everyone. I had a great time meeting the other artists and seeing what drives them and their style. Business cards, ideas, jokes, emails, and sometimes personal works were exchanged at the YES Art Expo Montreal 2012.
I couldn’t find the time to speak with everyone, but I did have my favourites. Round the corner from my table was Damien Siqueiros the photographer, and on the other side was Andrew Da Silva the artist. Both talented and driven individuals whom I had the pleasure of meeting. I traded with Andrew a piece of my art for one of his and wish I made a lot more trades.
Across from me was another painter named Marion Pynn whose large paintings drew a lot of attention and I believe she said a commission has begun with one of her customers. Congratulations!
Another painter, Stephanie Payne had some large bright canvases which caught the sun just right during the day. Be sure to check out her stuff.
Genevieve Gallant showed me her interesting sculptures. Some looked like pieces of coral and others looked like fossils. Very natural work.
Claire Anderson and Steven J. Woodruff had another table worth looking at. Both glass artists of a very high caliber, I enjoyed our frank discussions about art and life in general. Glass being a medium very interesting and difficult to understand for most, these two know what they’re doing.
After making my rounds I ran into Andrew Johnson. He had a painting of a hawk which caught my eye and it turns out he is soon opening a bike shop. These bikes will be custom made for you out of bamboo.
Here is a tip. If you want anything made out of leather, check out Atelier C2 Workshop. Very hilarious and down to earth people who have a lot to offer.
I could see a giant painting of lips from where I sat. Who painted these? Layla Folkmann did. Have a peek!
Another photographer whose work I saw went by the name Nasuna. Highly talented individual that I did not get to meet unfortunately. She looks at things in an interesting way.
Have you ever had a look at what Jessica Renahan is doing? Her Zombie Bunnies looked good enough to eat.
I do not have enough room to mention all that took place and if I forgot to mention you, tough. Deal with it like an adult and write me a letter. I will keep in touch and hope to see everyone again. Keep on working and congratulations to everyone.
A full list of artists HERE.
After filling out the appropriate paperwork, sending in my CV, attaching appropriate samples of my work and writing an artists statement I have the pleasure of announcing I have been selected by a jury of artists to attend and participate in this years Montreal YES Art Expo. Details HERE.
This June 3rd and 4th you can come and see 60 artists of varying disciplines for free at the Montreal Science Center in Old Montreal.
The next few weeks will be very busy for me. The plan is to produce a new piece every day for the rest of the month in preparation for the show. With a high level of exposure and a lot of traffic this expo will be quite a success. I am very excited to be a part of it and look forward to meeting some new contacts. It’s going to be a blast.
This Saturday started late. If you get a chance to sleep in once and a while, take it.
The main objective of the day was to check out the artist-run centre Eastern Bloc. I did this after walking to ABC Cycles on Avenue du Parc and getting a pedal wrench. Park Tool makes an excellent one.
Eastern Bloc is located at 7240 Clark just off of Jean Talon. Focusing on new media and interdisciplinary art, it is unique in that it caters
“…specifically to young artists or post-graduates in the first five years of their professional career working in New Media and related disciplines.”
I was interested in the audio/visual installations and took a few pictures. The gallery itself was very large and had plenty of space for the large screens in some of the rooms.
I decided that as an illustrator/painter, joining this collective wasn’t right for me. The search goes on. If you are a recent graduate or emerging artist dealing with media arts, make sure to stop in and talk to these guys as they have an excellent set up.
There are approximately 400 galleries in Montreal. If you have talent (or don’t but other people say you do) you’ve most likely thought of displaying your work in one. Where does one start? At the beginning.
First off, you must have a body of work to show. It’s a good idea to track down the types of places and people who can help you with materials, framing, and any tools you need. That roll of canvas you like for your painting might be cheaper if you can get it from another source. Spending more money on the creation of your work than you make off of the sale is bad business. If your goal is to make money off of your art, you may not need gold leaf or pure ultramarine from the mines in Badakshan. Now create. Challenge yourself and try something new. Repetitive style may stagnate your creativity.
The artists in Montreal are a mixed bag and there are some with a lot of talent. You could be the most talented artist in Montreal but if nobody knows you exist, your talent alone won’t help you. Get busy joining artist networks. Joining supportive services for artists gets you set you up with a community of like-minded people who can offer assistance, training, certification, financial and/or legal assistance. Learn to like paperwork. Become adept at writing and develop the particular professional language that you will require. You will need to set aside time for yourself to fill out forms, state your artistic mandate, and tweak your CV.
I began by joining YES Montreal in February and recently picked up a great deal of information at a seminar about grants. I am in the process of becoming a member of RAIQ and will hopefully be a member of Eastern Bloc by next week. Also on my list are ELAN and RAAV. All of these organizations help to authenticate your status as an artist, open up opportunities, and allow you to spend more time creating and selling. All of a sudden you find yourself with many resources at your fingertips.