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Vol. 4, No. 5, 2005
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Robert J. Lewis
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Bernard Dubé
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Marissa Consiglieri de Chackal
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Serge Gamache
  Arts Editor
Lydia Schrufer
Mady Bourdage
Emanuel Pordes
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Guy Benson
Eric Bertrand
Lyne Bastien
Kapal Harnal
Nguyen Tai
Magdalena Magiera
Charles Malinksy
Marc Fortier
Bernard Dubé
Remigio Valdes de Hoyos
Mylène Gervais
Christina Coleman
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward



by Lydia Schrufer


It’s October, the weather is cooler, the kids are back in school, you no longer have to skim the pool or mow the lawn, and the art world goes into overdrive. If you’re wondering what to do tonight, or where to take the kids during the weekend, check out your local or regional newspaper under the art and entertainment section, where you’ll find listings for all the art exhibitions and gallery openings in and around your neighbourhood.

Going to art galleries and other art venues is not only visually stimulating and thought provoking, it’s loads of fun and for the most part free. Even if you decide that the art on exhibit isn’t to your liking, you will have experienced and learned something new. In contrast to blockbuster museum exhibitions, there are no entrance fees at art galleries. In fact, if you attend the vernissage -- the opening evening of any art show that introduces the artist and his or her work to gallery guests and interested media -- you’ll most likely be treated to a glass (or three) of wine and a few nibblies.

Contrary to what many people think, art galleries are not daunting, foreboding places. You will be met by welcoming gallery representatives and perhaps the artist him or herself, especially if it’s opening night. Galleries attract interesting people and stimulating conversation, lending credence to the adage: “the more the merrier.” Give it a try and get into the good habit of seeing as much original art as possible. Who knows, you could be among the first to discover and own, at bargain prices, the art of the next great artist. And if you’re looking to meet new people with similar interests, I would pick a real art gallery over unreal Internet dating any day of the week.


Still in the spirit of discovery mentioned above, don’t overlook the tool by which, with a simple click, you can explore the art world globally: the Internet. The World Wide Web not only features thousands of galleries and artists’ biographies but also wonderful images posted by artists from all over the world. Artnet, for example, is not only encyclopedic in its coverage, it includes links to other equally interesting web sites. Among search engines, Google is excellent. Art magazines, which usually print web addresses of artists and the galleries that feature them, can be fabulous sources of information.

Laura HollickLaura Hollick, a multi- faceted artist, introduced herself to our publication through the Internet, and is one of our graphic contributors this issue. Even though we have never spoken, I've scanned her website and now feel I have a good grasp of her opinions, art and philosophy. Not being able to journey through her studio or gallery is definitely not the obstacle it used to be. Through her website I can tour her categorized art at my convenience. And from there, if I want to know more about Laura Hollick, or a particular work’s texture, frame or price, I can correspond electronically.

So my message to you is get out there and get involved with art. Whether the artist is in your neighborhood or from a distant land, the world’s art is now your oyster. Bon appétit.

For more information on the artist, please contact Arts Editor Lydia Schrufer.


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