A group of students taking the Diploma in Art Education are interning at the moment in Montreal classrooms, but they are also exhibiting their own artwork at a private gallery on elegant Laurier Ave.
Professor Elizabeth Sacc‡ calls the show "a wonderful example of community-university collaboration."
Concordia Visual Arts graduate students usually exhibit in pretty rough spaces, such as a former factory with poor lighting on Overdale Ave.
"Andreas Giannakis and Marian Read, owners of the two-year-old Galerie d'Avignon, invited me to hold the exhibit of the Diploma students' art in their gallery," Sacc‡ said. "They had visited our exhibitions in very unrefined spaces the two preceding years and were impressed with the quality and diversity of the work (and the difficult conditions under which we were displaying art). They believe in young artists and wanted to support their work.
"We were delighted to accept their invitation, because their gallery is a beautiful three-level space with excellent exhibition space and lighting. The gallery brought out the best in the artwork."
The students, who are taking their diploma year to be certified as art teachers in the schools, organized the exhibit, called Transitions, and the celebratory reception that opened the show. "In spite of extremely cold temperatures and icy roads, the vernissage drew a huge and enthusiastic crowd," Professor Sacc‡ said.
You can get a glimpse of the students' work by consulting http://art-education.concordia. ca/sacca/Transitions.html. The Avignon Gallery is at 102 Laurier St. W., and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Note: In an article in our January 13 issue about an Art Education students' exhibition called "The Spirit of Community," we neglected to name Linda Szabad-Smyth as the organizer. Our apologies are extended to her.