I’ve walked in front of Le Livart on Montreal’s St Denis street more times than I can count, the old stone building always very impressive from the sidewalk. Even so, I have not yet had the chance to visit as much as I would like. As a nonprofit organization and multidisciplinary arts centre, Le Livart has plenty to offer. The building is used as a gallery, class room, studio, boutique and shared art space.
Besides simply showcasing up-and-coming artists, Le Livart helps create more artists in the community. The program changes regularly, but there are frequent workshops, discussions, as well as art classes for children.
So far I have only visited Le Livart on the night of an exhibition’s vernissage. The atmosphere was energetic and curious, and the white walls made the space feel open so that it didn’t feel too crowded. Visitors sipped at glasses of wine as they walked from room to room through the exhibit. The main exhibition area flows through a few rooms on the ground floor. The wall panels, fireplace, and large window overlooking the street make the space feel like a home.
Whether you attend a drawing class, enroll your kids in the summer camp, or visit for the opening of a new exhibit, Le Livart is sure to be an interesting time.