So, how did I spend my August? I continued work on my Asymmetrical cables socks, and I had a business trip to Montreal. Montreal is one of my favorite cities. It is beautiful, clean, has a fantastic shopping, and even better food. It has a very European feel, with all the conveniences of North America.
I brought a friend with me on the trip, and we had a great time sampling the local cuisine and taking in all the sights. On our last night, as we were walking through Old Town window shopping, I glanced in a window and saw some really great pieces of art. It turns out we had happened upon M Galerie d'arte, a wonderful amalgam of gift shop and art gallery. The owner, Marie, rents out half of the space on a weekly basis to local artists who display their work, then she allows them to sell their work without taking a commission. The exhibits change once a week, so there is a constant influx of wonderful work by local artists.
I loved what I was seeing, so Marie was kind enough to open up the gallery for me and let me walk around a bit. As it turns out, the exhibit was set to open the following evening. I absolutely fell in love with a set of four mixed-media works by Michele McSween. They are called Origenes, Passage, Evolution, and Esperances, and they are absolutely perfect for the wall above my bed :) I was so enthralled with them, that Marie called the artist to see if she might be willing to sell before the exhibit opened. Much to my surprise, she agreed, so I left that night with four beautiful pieces of art having made a much larger impulse purchase than I ever planned on.
I swore before not to buy any more art (my walls are getting full!), but these were too great to pass up. And, of course, what I like best is that they are one of a kind. So please go to Michele's website and check out her incredible work. And if you are ever in Montreal, please check out M Galerie d'arte!