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La Pastèque marks 15 years with MMFA show And Montreal Galleries website offers one-stop guide to our visual-arts scene

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LLa Pastèque marks 15 years with MMFA show

And Montreal Galleries website offers one-stop guide to our visual-arts scene

By John Pohl

MONTREAL – A little more than 15 years ago, Martin Brault and Frédéric Gauthier turned their passion for bandes dessinées — known in English as comic books, comix or graphic novels — into a publishing business they called La Pastèque.

“There were active artists in Quebec, but no (French) publishers,” Gauthier said in an interview. “We worked in bookstores. We had to learn how to make, publicize, distribute and sell books. We made many mistakes.”

But the pair learned from their mistakes, he said. Their first success came in 1999 with Michel Rabagliati’s Paul à la campagne. Business began to take off after La Presse gave the book full-page coverage, he said.

Quebec’s BD scene is now mature and is being refreshed by new, young artists, Gauthier said. The company’s 15th anniversary “is the right moment,” he added, for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to install Comics at the Museum: 15 Artists From La Pastèque Reinterpret the Collection.

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A new website that provides information about Montreal’s galleries is a welcome tool for art lovers. Mélodie Hébert, whose experience is in tourism and events management, has created a site that, so far, lists more than 120 of them at Montreal Galleries (galeriesmontreal.ca).

The easy-to-navigate site includes private galleries, artist-run centres and museums; each gallery gets a page with a map and a hyperlink to its website. Vernissages, exhibitions and art news are also highlighted.

Galleries are listed alphabetically, by type and by location. A map of Old Montreal, for example, shows all the galleries in the sector and suggests a walking tour that leads to each one.

Hébert said that when she wanted to visit galleries, she had to go to several websites to get information. There are many sites with partial listings. For example, the Belgo Report lists galleries in the Belgo building, and the website of the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) lists its members.

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