Group exhibition


21 — 30 mai

Thursday, May 21
5 pm

MAI Gallery

Without pretension or artifice, free of conventions and bordering on the whimsical, SALONESQUE invites you to dress how you like, to be who you are! With no theme but comfort and inclusion, SALONESQUE includes guest artists The Royal Pickles, a septet of swinging ‘swing’ musicians.

Borrowing from a tradition when the royally sanctioned Académie des beaux-arts held its first semi-public art exhibit at the Salon Carré in Paris. In 1725, the Salon was held in the palais du Louvre and was essential for any artist to achieve success in France, marking a sign of royal favor. The MAI’s version of this historical event takes the form of a non-juried exhibition where section by section of the gallery walls will be filled from floor to ceiling (the more art, the more wall space covered).

This evening gala officially opens this non-juried exhibition running from May 21st through to the 30th, 2015.

With no shortage of applicants, over 150 artworks have been received to date, grouping together nearly one hundred visual artists of diversity and of the Milton Park area! Gala SalonEsque celebrates World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and the democratization of art.

Swing by for cocktails, degustation prepared by French Chef Olivier Chaudet, formerly of the restaurant Le Paris Beurre à Outremont, and music by Les Royal Pickles, a septet of swing musicians about to embark on a European tour. Before developing quite the reputation, Les Royal Pickles could often be seen playing in public places throughout the city of Montréal, a story that has a direct link to BUSCAR : ECLECTIK 2015, to be presented here at MAI on May 29th and May 30th.

Two spectacular events that honour the diversity of imagination and that close MAI’s 16th season with elegance and musical eloquence. All are welcome.

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