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JOIGNEZ-VOUS À MOI! - PLEASE JOIN ME!

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  Version française - *English Version below* JOIGNEZ-VOUS À MOI ! Je suis fier d'annoncer que je participerai à la 3e édition du SALON DES ARTISTES au Marché Bonsecours qui se trouve juste en face de notre galerie.  L'événement a lieu du 18 au 21 juillet et est organisé par la Galerie Lenoir. Le vernissage d'ouverture se fait  sur   invitation uniquement  le jeudi 18 juillet de 18h30 à 22h00. Si vous souhaitez y assister, veuillez envoyer une demande par e-mail à la galerie à l'adresse  Contact@PETERwHART.com  et nous nous assurerons que vos noms figurent sur la liste des invités. Je vous invite personnellement à vous joindre à moi et à voir certaines de mes dernières créations ainsi que l'art de nombreux autres artistes talentueux !   English Version PLEASE JOIN ME!                    I’m proud to announce that I will be participating in the 3rd edition of SALON DES ARTISTES at Marché Bonsecours which is right across the street from our Gallery.  The event takes p

JOIGNEZ-VOUS À MOI! - PLEASE JOIN ME!

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Version française - *English Version below* JOIGNEZ-VOUS À MOI ! Je suis fier d'annoncer que je participerai à la 3e édition du SALON DES ARTISTES au Marché Bonsecours qui se trouve juste en face de notre galerie.  L'événement a lieu du 18 au 21 juillet et est organisé par la Galerie Lenoir. Le vernissage d'ouverture se fait  sur   invitation uniquement  le jeudi 18 juillet de 18h30 à 22h00. Si vous souhaitez y assister, veuillez envoyer une demande par e-mail à la galerie à l'adresse Contact@PETERwHART.com et nous nous assurerons que vos noms figurent sur la liste des invités. Je vous invite personnellement à vous joindre à moi et à voir certaines de mes dernières créations ainsi que l'art de nombreux autres artistes talentueux !   English Version PLEASE JOIN ME!                    I’m proud to announce that I will be participating in the 3rd edition of SALON DES ARTISTES at Marché Bonsecours which is right across the street from our Gallery.  The event take

A HAPPY POLLOCK - UN POLLOCK HEUREUX

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English Version - *version française dessous* HAPPY JACKSON POLLOCKS There are five painters who had a major influence on my art journey.  The first were Degas, Monet and Van Gogh.  I loved Degas’ dancers, Monet’s landscapes and Van Gogh’s use of colour.  Then I discovered Quebec’s own Jean-Paul Riopelle.  The last major influence was Jackson Pollock.   The first time I saw one of his paintings in the early 90’s I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.  But as time went on, I began to appreciate the beauty of his art… especially his drip paintings.  I began to read everything I could about Pollock and his life.  I watched all the films on his sad life and art.  Today, when I visit a museum and see his paintings, they take my breath away!  Pollocks works are stunning and make me feel alive!   Like Pollock, many of my larger canvases are painted on the floor and I use bottles with different sized needles to create my own type of drip technique.  Often, people visit my studio and

THE ART OF SHIPPING ART - L'ART D'EXPÉDIER DES OEUVRES D'ART

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     English Version - *version française dessous* THE ART OF SHIPPING ART My wife Francine takes care of running the gallery and, with the assistance of her colleagues, curates the collection on display.   Francine also oversees the shipping process.   Since we opened the gallery in 2013, she has shipped my art to over 30 different countries around the world.     Usually, smaller paintings are packaged on site and Collectors leave the gallery with them.   We also have a company that specializes in delivering art to locations in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and the Greater Toronto area.   Francine carefully packages these paintings and then we load them directly onto trucks that deliver the art to the Collectors home.   Sometimes, the same company provides a “white glove service” and they will actually install my art in the Collector’s home.   For most other destinations, Francine creates custom crates in wood.  I know for a fact this is the job Francine enjoys doing most

A FAMILY GALLERY - UNE GALERIE FAMILIALE

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    English Version - *version française dessous* A FAMILY GALLERY My wife Francine and I opened the gallery in May 2013.   It was supposed to be a pop-up gallery with the objective of selling 50 paintings by the end of September 2013.   We did that by the end of June and made the decision to keep our gallery open indefinitely.   Our other major objective was to create a “Family Gallery” meaning that everyone would feel welcome regardless of whether they were going to acquire a piece of art or not.   It didn’t matter who you were, we wanted everyone to feel welcome and have an enjoyable experience.     Francine, who manages the gallery, went out of her way to recruit and train her colleagues to greet everyone warmly and answer any questions they had about my art.   If they had children and wanted to browse, they would often give the kids coloring books and crayons.   They would even sit with them as they made their own creations!   If they had pets, they would give them wat

DISTRICT PARTY !

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     English Version - *version française dessous* DISTRICT PARTY This past Thursday, the gallery was invited to join a group of merchants from the Old Montreal district for the District Party evening, an event known to launch the summer season in our historic district. The evening took place at the Bonsecours Market, which is located right in front of our gallery.   Francine, Sara and I met the many visitors throughout this very lively evening where visual art, music and gastronomy were in the spotlight. I had the chance to create two paintings during the evening and several people came to observe my way of working! I greatly appreciated the exchanges that took place, it is always a pleasure for me to share my thoughts on creation and artistic process. But most of all, I love listening to your impressions! Thank you once again to the SDC Vieux-Montréal for this fantastic opportunity. Hoping to retry the experience next editio

MY STUDIO - MON ATELIER

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    English Version - *version française dessous* MY STUDIO Four years ago today, my best friend Cam Ferguson helped Francine and me move my studio to the space directly behind our art gallery on 367 Rue St-Paul in the Old Port of Montreal. My studio had been located at Rideau, where I had worked for most of my adult life.   At the end of the day, Cam and I walked out of Rideau together for the very last time. It was very fitting because we had both worked there since 1972. So it was a very emotional day for both of us. I’m truly grateful for the 48 years I worked in that building. Yes, there were difficult times, but overall, there were many, many more good times. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing people I worked with during my career at Rideau. Together, we created a very special company. Cam passed away last year, but his spirit is always with me when I paint. If you are ever in the Old Port, please drop in. I’d be pleased to show you around my new studio! _ _ _