Quebec: L’Atelier de l’Ile en Val-David

Val-David has a population of about 5,000 and attracts 100,000 visitors a year.

Their focus on arts and crafts as well as outdoor activities is commendable, and enticing.  Seems also that the Government of Quebec understands and is willing to invest in cultural tourism. This is very good news for Quebec artists!

The artist run contemporary printmaking centre, L’Atelier de l’Ile, occupies the second floor.  It’s an impressive and well-equipped space.

Paul Ballard, Studio Technician, and Printmaker Marie-Claude Arnaud welcomed me warmly.  Paul also gave me an in-depth tour. Turns out we were studying at the Alberta College of Art and Design at the same time.

Marie-Claude rocking a large copper plate.

Lots of storage for lots of very fine prints.

And an intimate gallery packed full of many fine pieces is at the entrance.

Also in the gallery, the cabinet showcase, with an exchange project between artist books of Holguin in Cuba and Atelier de l’Île printmakers.

Fascinating display of artist ‘books’ that crossed borders, disciplines and technologies, all in digital cases. They are jewel-like boxes of information.

“Information travels more quickly on the internet. A must is access to a free safe, fast and reliable network. What is Art in this technological ferment?”  This is the question their project posed.



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