Martin C. Barry
The artistic creations of up to 65 artists from all over Quebec – including a good number from Rosemère – graced the lawns next to Sainte-Françoise-Cabrini church on Grande Côte Road on June 1-2 during the Rosemère Artists Gathering’s second annual 2019 Rosemère en Arts Symposium.
While we now live in turbulent times when the weather can change completely overnight, the Symposium’s organizers got in at least one full day of sunshine on Saturday, although by Sunday rain threatened and it was a touch-and-go matter.
Music complements art
The Symposium opened on Friday evening with a VIP cocktail event. On Saturday, musical entertainment was provided by the jazz-oriented band “Ol Blue Eyes,” performing an homage to Frank Sinatra. On Sunday, there was more musical entertainment with the Duo Annie Gaudreau. Lead singer Roy was accompanied by pianist Stéphane Ménard.
To encourage this major biennial event, the Town of Rosemère provided financial support of $10,000, as well as the loan of equipment and personnel for the technical aspects of the event. The Symposium was fully managed by the Rosemère Artists Gathering (RAR).
Young collectors were also invited to visit La petite galerie, where they could purchase a signed canvas that they could take the time to choose for themselves.
Chance to win a painting
A silent auction was also held in the library’s atrium. Participants also had a chance to win a painting by the Symposium’s guest artist, Madone Simard.
As Rosemère, with its tall stands of trees and riverside views, is a particularly beautiful area of the Montreal region, it was apparent that many of the local artists drew inspiration from the beauty of the setting in their paintings and other artistic creations.
One of the Symposium’s special features was a collectively-created mural painted by children and adults under the supervision of noted Montreal muralist Sophie Stella Boivin.