Friday, June 3, 2016

Galerie Q

Yesterday the KAGS Outdoor Painters' Group painted at the Cavan Art Gallery and Galerie Q, which are two art galleries located side by side on County Road 10 in Cavan Monoghan, Ontario.

In the afternoon the Group went to Galerie Q and were given a tour of the Gallery with a dialogue on the various artists and their paintings.

Their current exhibit for the month of June presents a one time opportunity for the public to start or add to their art collection of original paintings for $1,000.00 or less each.

The Gallery's collection of Canadian masterpieces consists of over 500 pieces of original art by artists who have attained the RCA (Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) designation.

In addition to this collection they feature the works of selected and very talented emerging, mid career and senior artists who have shown mastery in their field of art.

The beautifully laid out gallery is a feast for the eyes. It displays approximately 125 paintings at a time, with the exhibition changing each month during the summer and every other month in the winter.

The accent pieces placed throughout the gallery are delightful. Sculptures in metal, porcelain and marble together with enchanting pieces of hand blown and formed glass.

The dark, polished hardwood floor adds warmth to the rooms and reflects light from the windows and the pale coloured walls.

The inviting table and chairs in the centre of the main gallery on the lower level beckon people to sit and relax with a beverage and enjoy and reflect on the artwork presented.

The first floor is not the only place to find wonderful art work.

There is another large room upstairs on the second floor where you may even be able to view the new works that have arrived for the upcoming exhibition.

The historic, two storey building has hosted a variety of businesses throughout the years.

It started as one of two post offices established in Cavan Monaghan Township on 06 January 1830, the second one was in Bailieboro.

Since then it has been a butcher shop, a grocery store, a restaurant, a tearoom and a variety store before sitting empty for almost a decade, before the gallery owner purchased the building.

Then spending seven years renovating the building to its current state before the Gallery could hold its official opening on Friday, 12 December 2014.

If you are in the area be sure to visit Galerie Q at the four corners (Highway 7A and County Road 10) in Cavan Monaghan Township. I am sure you will return often.