The Guild has a new home

Montreal Times - - NEWS -

La Guilde (The Guild) has been around since 1906 with the pur­pose of bring­ing the vis­ual arts made by the abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple of Canada to the pub­lic in gen­eral.This past Septem­ber 28,The Guild opened its new art gallery, lo­cated at 1356 Sher­brooke West, in the Mu­seum Quar­ter.

"We are now work­ing within a vari­able geo­met­ric space that will al­low us to bet­ter show­case the hun­dreds of art­work by renowned or emerg­ing Cana­dian artists ex­hib­ited each year, a great part of which high­light Inuit and First Na­tions arts. Ac­ces­si­ble to mo­bil­ity-im­paired per­sons, this new cre­ative lab­o­ra­tory and learn­ing space, favourable for in­no­va­tion, will bring to­gether artists, the pub­lic and art afi­ciona­dos," said Michelle Joan­nette, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of La Guilde.

For her part, La Guilde's Pres­i­dent, Con­stance Pathy, men­tioned the fact that they had pre­sented the first Inuit art ex­hibit in 1950. She then pro­ceeded to of­fi­cially open the first two ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions in the new lo­ca­tion: "Hot Mat­ter / Matière in­can­des­cente" and "Inuit Qau­ji­ma­jatuqan­git / Art, Ar­chi­tec­ture, and Tra­di­tional Knowl­edge." This ex­hibit will be open un­til Septem­ber 8, 2018, and it was the re­sult of an in­ter­est­ing ini­tia­tive. There was a call for Inuit artists across the Nu­nan­gat ter­ri­tory to sub­mit works of art that in turn would be in­te­grated into the ar­chi­tec­ture of the new Cana­dian High Arc­tic Re­search Sta­tion built in Ikaluk­tu­tiak (Cam­bridge Bay), Nu­navut. The around fifty draw­ings and sculp­tures pre­sented in this ex­hi­bi­tion aim at re­flect­ing "the Inuit peo­ple's in­ge­nu­ity and in­ven­tive­ness."

Of course, Inuit art is known for its great beauty, and on this show, one can ap­pre­ci­ate sculp­tures, paint­ings, and draw­ing of ex­tra­or­di­nary qual­ity.The other ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on con­tem­po­rary art­work us­ing glass as the pri­mary ma­te­rial and will be open un­til Novem­ber 25, 2017.

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