Kathy's Summer 2011 in Montreal

A great 7 weeks--painting, reading, taking in art, theater and music events, and meeting with friends...


Jan OKelley

Photos of works in progress, above. I made good use of both the kitchen and the living room of the apartment I was subletting (from a young woman who is also a painter--thank you, Danika!). Lots of sunlight, good vibes, inspiration.

I shared my progress through calls (phone or Sype) and email with my sweetheart José.

Also checked in once a week with "coach Jan", who (re-)introduced me to the book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, which has been a great guide for me this summer.

I found homes for the two large pieces painted on cardboard shortly before leaving town: the screen titled Departure was traded to a Mcgill music student, and I donated the painting Heartflow to a restaurant /charitable organization called Robin des Bois(Robin Hood), right next-door to me. The smaller pieces came back to Tucson with me, and I'll be posting photos of them when they are finished!

José Carrillo


Les Filles

Painter Sylvia Meillon, a new friendPatricia Murphy, Montreal neighbor from 2 years ago Rocio Perez, director of Centre Yoga Plus where Jose taught

Sarah Pleydell, writer/ actress, visiting
for a few days from Washington DC.

Nancy Caron, a Montreal friend who
has moved to Ottawa.

Tania Reyescartin, a young
video/ performance artist
from Mexico

see her website



Memorable Performances

Qui Est Ce Ionesco
performed in a little button and ribbon shop near the Jean Talon market.

Richard Letendre, Lori Hazine Poisson and Aliona Munteanu

Music at Quai Des Brumes
listen on youtube

Josee Allard, Anique Granger, Valerie Pichon................................ Pascal Dufour and Valerie Pichon

Performances by the Throw Poetry Group
at the Mont Royal Street Festival



Brilliance in Unexpected Places

A beautiful exhibit of
works by Pol Turgeon was on view
at the
Mont Royal Library
He is a graphic artist
who has done work
for the Cirque du Soleil

Paintings by Frederick Ouellet at the Quai des Brumes Bar



Galleries at the Belgo Building
(an old high-rise near the museum of Contemporary Art, with a feel similar to the soho galleries buildings)

The critic's visit --funny video by Shari Hatt
at Galerie Donald Brown

My favorite: Christian Knudsen's monotone mixed media works at
Galerie Nicolas Robert (although this photo doesn't show the one I liked the most)

A museum-quality retrospective of black/white photography from the 1970's at SAS Gallery


Good Reading

Feux de Brindilles by Ginette Paris

Rue Des Boutiques Obscures, Patrick Modiano

Les gens fidèles ne font pas les nouvelles
by Nadine Bismuth

La Montagne de Minuit
by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès

Les Hommes Sirenes
by Fabienne Juhel

Le boudin d'air by Gaétan Leboeuf