GALLERY COR­NER

Natalie Beauchamp Bon­nitta Beauchamp Fay Beauchamp

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• LE BALCON D’ART

• GALLERY 8

• WESTMOUNT GALLERY

Balcon D’art is a fam­ily owned and run gallery and art busi­ness. They have been oper­at­ing since 1985, in the sub­urb of St. Lam­bert, just across the bridge from Montreal. Dur­ing the first six months of 2017 auc­tion prices reached a new high. This hurt gal­leries as some artists have started bas­ing their prices on the cur­rent auc­tion price as op­posed to their selling price in the gallery. "Be­cause this causes an in­con­sis­tency in the

value of the art it can cre­ate a prob­lem for both the artist and the gal­leries that carry their work,” says Bon­nitta. “In 2017,” Bon­nitta Beachamp states, “we con­tin­ued to bring in some new and con­tem­po­rary artists to reach a more di­ver­si­fied client base. One of the orig­i­nal artists with the gallery, Serge Brunoni, has man­aged to stay cur­rent and is al­ways pop­u­lar with our clients. A few of our new artists are in great demand this year and there­fore gallery sales have been in­creas­ing for the first half of the year. We try to keep ahead of our clients’ needs while at the same time con­stantly make the gallery cur­rent for new buy­ers and col­lec­tors. “The phi­los­o­phy at Le Balcon D’art is sim­ple says Bon­nitta, “We must have faith in our artists to pro­duce work that is su­pe­rior and must al­ways be of ex­cel­lent qual­ity. Art is an in­vest­ment as well as some­thing we love.” Spe­cific trends in art are al­ways chang­ing and to­day art leans more to the con­tem­po­rary. “But good art will al­ways re­main col­lectible,” says Bon­nitta. “One of the strong­est in­flu­ences in choos­ing art for the gallery,” says Bon­nitta, “is that we must per­son­ally love the art that comes into the gallery. If we don’t love it, it is hard to sell it to our clients be­cause the feel­ing just isn’t there.” “Adding a piece of art to your home is like invit­ing a long lost friend over and hop­ing they will stay for a while. Art should be some­thing that is hard to live with­out but very easy to live with. For me it is the oxy­gen that I breathe,” says Bon­nitta Beauchamp.

Le Balcon D’art 650, av­enue Notre-dame St-lam­bert, QC www.bal­con­dart.com 450.466.8920

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