Published on Apr 6, 2021

Among the most beautiful art galleries in the Townships

The Townships offer has even more to offer than only museums when it comes to cultural outings. The region counts myriads of art galleries offering the works of artists from both near and far, specializing in all kinds of medium. For your colourful artistic excursions, here are eight very excellent destinations.

By Natalie Sicard

Galerie Artêria: At the Cutting Edge of Modern Art

Well known by collectors from all around the world, thanks to its participation in international fairs, this gallery represents about forty contemporary and emerging artists of which almost 80% are from Quebec. Paintings are especially showcased here, but we can also admire other art forms such as photography, sculpture, mixed techniques, digital prints, drawings, to name a few.

Now showing until the end of May: the collective exhibition entitled Lueur d’espoir.

625 rue Shefford, Bromont | Mondays to Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

La Chapelle atelier-galerie: An Intimate Place in a Country Setting

Surrounded by tall trees, just a few steps from rue Shefford, this little pavilion exhibits the work of both well-known artists and those who have just received their degree in Visual Arts. Louise Lachapelle, the owner, herself a painter, has taken on the mission to promote promising talents. She set up her workshop in the back whereas the gallery space is dedicated to exhibitions that will offer the works of three to four artists each month.

910 Rue Shefford, Bromont | The beginning of June until the end of October, Thursdays to Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Arts Sutton Gallery: Since 1980

This vast space with museum-quality installations presents 12 exhibitions per year, and a series of activities aimed at making contemporary art more accessible. The main gallery welcomes solo or duo type exhibitions, whereas the Espace Claire-Léger is reserved for the gallery’s 200 member artists’ creations.

Coming soon: a duo exhibition presenting two artists, a ceramist and a painter, from April 8 to May 30; A collective exhibition by the members, from June 3 to July 4, and in September, the 3rd edition of Rendez-Vous Arts Sutton, an outdoor exhibition held in the heart of the town.

7, rue Academy, Sutton | Thursdays to Sundays, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

©Mathieu Dupuis

Galerie Art Plus: Inside the Old Church

The hushed atmosphere of the old Calvary United Church, dating back to 1877, offers the ideal space for discovering contemporary art and all its different disciplines. The artist Brigitte Normandin, director of the gallery, exhibits both local and international talents here.

Coming soon: A collective exhibition followed by two solo exhibitions in July and August.

8 Rue Maple, Sutton | From April 1 to the end of October | Thursdays to Sundays, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Galerie Roccia: Where Bronze Takes the Centre Stage

Established in Magog since 2017, the Gallery, which used to welcome art patrons in Montreal, has now settled here and has become the permanent exhibition venue for the latest works by André Desjardins. Here you’ll discover both his paintings and some impressive bronze sculptures. The gallery represents other painters and sculptors as well with exhibitions renewed regularly in order to showcase their most recent works of art.

25, rue Sainte-Catherine, Magog | Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.; Fridays, 11:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m.

©Isabelle Hayeur

Galerie d’art Antoine-Sirois of the University of Sherbrooke: A Flagship Institution

Since 1964, this space, part of the Centre Culturel, presents exhibitions aiming to create public awareness for contemporary and present-day art. The program also showcases the University’s Collection which includes 1,800 works of art produced by Quebec artists.

Coming soon: an exhibition of works produced by the students from the Visual arts Certificate program, from April 23 to May 15; Téléphone exquis, an original exhibition with the participation of 20 visual artists and 20 literature artists from the Eastern Townships, from May 27 to July 31.

2500 boulevard de l’Université, Sherbrooke | Tuesdays to Saturdays, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

La Centrale Métiers d’art

A vast and luminous space now welcomes the works of the artisan members of the Corporation des Métiers d’art du Québec en Estrie. Textiles, ceramic creations, glassworks, sculptures, jewels, paintings are tastefully gathered here. This new 2,700-square-foot space with its gallery ambiance also allows for happy gatherings with the public because there are always artists onsite. The walls and displays also evolve with each new exhibition.

Coming soon: Works of art relating to nature, Verte par nature, from April 14 to May 9.

210 Rue Wellington N., Sherbrooke | Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Galerie Perkins : A Dynamic Showcase in the Des Sources Region

Established in an old factory dating back to 1850, this gallery which opened its doors in June 2020 has enjoyed quite a momentum. The works of about thirty artists of the region, Canada and the United States are displayed on two floors covering 3,000 square feet. Danny Perkins, the owner, himself a painter and sculptor, already has several exhibitions planned for the upcoming summer. He’s also planning some projects in collaboration with a new neighbouring gallery which will open to the public in May, the G de BR Gallery. Keep an eye out for it!

12 rue du Carmel, Danville | Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Starting in early May: Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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