• Brian Gallagher

Baby, it’s cold outside


An exhibition of paintings by artist Atmo Zakes is on display at Café Twigs in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue portraying moments in an otherwise troubled time in war-torn Berlin, Germany.

“Now is the winter of our discontent” – William Shakespeare

Nothing much new happening around the Gallagher household beautiful people. Following up on last week’s column I am staying true to my word. Sweatpants are still my best friend and I have ventured out into this arctic weather only to grab the mail. I’m not sure if opening the front door a smidge and reaching around the opening desperately feeling for the mailbox actually consists of “going outside” but if my forearm made it outside then I have as well. I win on a technicality. Don’t want to be officially branded as a “shut-in” but if the over-sized Homer Simpson fluffy slipper fits, then… besides, my local restaurant delivers not just food but beer and wine. Yes, I live in a very progressive town my dear friends. A veritable sub-zero Shangri-la.

For those of you who unlike me are not waiting for the unofficial new year’s day of June 1 to venture outside, here are some local events you can dog sled out to:

There is a very interesting art exhibit to check out at Café Twigs in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue right now. World War II survivor Atmo Zakes, who is turning 80 years old this year and who has been painting for over 25 years, is showing her oil paintings that illustrate her childhood experiences during WWII in war-torn Berlin, Germany. She says that her aim is to show that, "Joy is always possible” by painting amusing and touching memories. To each one is added a small story (in English and French) to, “situate the image in a broader context.” The vernissage is Thursday, January 24 from 2 to 9 p.m. It’s also a great opportunity to speak with the artist herself and listen to her memories and motivations behind the paintings. If you can’t make it out Thursday you can still see the exhibit at the café until mid-February. The café is located at 85 rue Ste-Anne in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Sure feels like winter this week doesn’t it? So to celebrate, the town of Pincourt has its annual Winterfest this Saturday, January 26 at the Omnicentre at Olympic Park. Runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tons of winter fun for the whole family including dog sledding, tubing, skating, horse sleigh rides and lots more. You can find more details at www.villepincourt.qc.ca.

The Saint-Lazare library (1275 rue du Bois) has an exhibition of works from local artists running until January 31. Admission is free.

For all you artistically inclined folks out there don’t forget the call for artists and artisans for the 16th edition of the Hudson and Region Studio Tour, held the 3rd and 4th weekend in September. They are still looking for applicants located in Hudson, Saint-Lazare, Rigaud, and the western region of Vaudreuil . All Metiers des Arts encouraged and welcome. Deadline for applications is February 3, 2019 – please see www.hudsonstudiotour.com for details and online application.

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for all upcoming events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca. Thanks to everyone who has been sending in suggestions.


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