This week, immerse yourself in culture by visiting three delightful art galleries. Discover the creative vision of our local artists, absolutely free!

Centre d’action culturelle de la MRC de Papineau

Each year, the Centre d’action culturelle de la MRC de Papineau (CACP) in Saint-André-Avellin presents eight exhibitions of work by professional and emerging visual artists from the Outaouais region and beyond. And I can tell you, the Centre’s staff and volunteers are very dedicated and busy people! Besides the art gallery, this non-profit organization offers workshops for children and youth, art classes for beginning and experienced artists, and a diverse program of public events.

Until April 19, discover Femmexpo, an exhibition of work by 47 women artists, most of them from Outaouais, in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8). This year’s theme is “Bodies and Territories,” and the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and drawings. Be sure to see the impressive textile work created by a three-generation matriarchal line (daughter, mother and grandmother) and the collective painting by three local women artists. A definite must-see!

Galerie Old Chelsea

Galerie Old Chelsea turns 25 this summer! The gallery is nestled in a beautiful open space above Les Fougères restaurant, and art lovers are charmed both by the diversity of works displayed and by the natural light flooding the space. As a special summer bonus, visitors can tour the magnificent gardens behind the building. The permanent exhibition features work created by the gallery’s 10 founding artists, including oils, watercolours, felt art, jewelry, and stained glass.

Until April 1, the gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by local artist Aline Joanis on the theme of “Visual Strength.” And if you should happen to fall in love with one of the works on display, you can purchase it on the spot!

HiddenTreasure |Trésors caché 2015 | Aline Joanis
HiddenTreasure |Trésors caché 2015 | Aline Joanis

Espace Pierre-Debain

An integral part of the charm of Old Aylmer, the Espace Pierre‑Debain gallery presents half a dozen exhibitions a year, from arts and crafts to visual art and multidimensional works. It’s housed in a heritage building that is also home to Cabaret La Basoche, one of the region’s most beautiful theatres.

Until April 19, discover Dale Dunning’s exploration of the expression of individual identities through large bronze and aluminum masks. These amazing sculptures hold up a mirror to those who view them—will you recognize elements of your own inner self in the artist’s metallic creations?

Visit these three galleries to enjoy new cultural experiences with a distinctive regional flavour. For more #outaouaisfun gallery suggestions, click here!

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Credit Photo: Centre d'action culturelle de la MRC de Papineau - Sue Mills

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