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World renowned artist and sculptor leaving Hudson for new home in Vaudreuil-Dorion


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Leo Schimanszky in his garden gallery with his iconic red fibreglass sculpture that stood opposite the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for over 20 years.

For decades, his sculptures and paintings have taken pride of place in prestigious galleries and exhibits throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe and his works can be found in public and private collections throughout the world, including several banks.

For many years, people passing his Hudson home on Côte St. Charles between Windcrest Street and Route Harwood have been known to stop and stare in wonder at the outdoor sculptures in what he has transformed into a veritable art gallery of his own.

His name? Leo Schimanszky, who emigrated to Canada exactly 50 years ago from Vienna, Austria, and who has been proud to call Hudson home for the past 32 years. Now, at the age of 73 and “not getting any younger,” he has decided - albeit reluctantly - to call it a day, downsize, and move with his wife Jeannine at the end of August to a new condo in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Where, beginning September 21 and running through the fall into winter, many of his works will be displayed for all to enjoy both inside and outside the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges building at 40 Saint-Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Says Nadine Maltais, MRC Agente de développement culturel et social, who met with Shimanszky earlier this week, “We are so pleased to mount this exposition and welcome him to our community. While he is obviously well known in art circles throughout the world, he is perhaps not so well known by many residents and other members of the artistic community here in Vaudreuil.”

Said Shimanszky, in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal, “I am truly honoured. And while we will be kind of sad to leave Hudson after so many years, this will be a wonderful welcome to our new community. Which, after all, is not very far away.”

Added Schimanszky, “There comes a time in everyone's life when one has to recognize that time is passing ever more quickly. So many of my contemporaries - both artists and gallery owners alike - have passed away in recent years. And while artists, such as myself, never really retire, it is time to slow down a little and enjoy life to the fullest.”

From now until his move, some 40 of his sculptures and about 60 paintings, will be available for viewing and sale directly, and not through an art gallery, at his home at 147 Côte St. Charles, Hudson. For more info about this truly extraordinary artist, check out his website at www.schimanszky.ca or call him at (450) 458-7166.

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