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Pas de Colporteurs!

Posted by Laura / June 7, 2007

Tonight, right now, as I write this very entry, 46 artists are using Avenue Mont Royal as a canvas, a "tableau noir." By tomorrow morning, eight blocks of the Avenue between Saint Hubert and De Lannaudiere will be filled with artistic meditations on the theme, "Pas de Colporteurs!" No Door-to-Door Salespeople!* Is this an ironic nod to the sponsors, the Mont Royal development society, which is made up of businesspeople and salespeople? Or a ruse to get lots of paintings featuring film-noir-like salesmen knocking on doors and looking mysterious in the glow of the streetlights?

When I strolled through at 10:45 this evening, the street was bustling with artists, friends, and spectators. The artists were interacting with each other and with people on the sidelines, resulting in a vibe of truly public art. One artist did grumble to me that he thought this year's theme was a bit less "fun" than in other years, but I'm not so sure about that. The diversity of the paintings was wide; with a mixture of veteran Montreal comic artists and painters participating, the finished product is sure to be worth a look.

For the continuation of this and the other events on Mont Royal this weekend as part of the Tableau Noir festival, see this website.

*Sounds angry to me, but the publicity material chooses to meditate dreamily: "Chaque fresque commencera par un doigt sur une sonnette…une porte qui s’ouvre…et après…tout sera possible."

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