Geneviève Boivin-Roussy's "art house"

Geneviève Boivin-Roussy’s “art house”

Geneviève Boivin-Roussy celebrated the first anniversary of her Galerie G de BR, in Danville, in the Eastern Townships, which she rightly calls an “art house”. We visited the premises on the occasion of the opening of the collective exhibition of artists Jean-Sébastien Huot, Léa-Marie Jean, Francis Gingras and Marilou Patenaude.

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Emilie Cote

Emilie Cote
The Press

(Danville, Eastern Townships) Something promised, something due.

In December 2020, we went to meet Pilou in Saint-Adrien to visit the church he has converted into a place of recording and multidisciplinary creation.

When we arrived, the man with a thousand projects specified that he had to leave at a certain time, because his lover, the artist Geneviève Boivin-Roussy, had an important meeting with the notary. “My girlfriend is going to open an art gallery in Danville. You will have to come back. »

— I promise.

A historic building


PHOTO MAXIME PICARD, LA TRIBUNE

Galerie G de BR occupies a former saddlery for horses that dates back more than a century, in Danville.

On a warm spring Friday, it was a charm to discover downtown Danville and park in front of the charming portico of BR’s Galerie G, which has already celebrated its first anniversary.

The shop, the café, the exhibition space: the place invites you to enter and stay there just at first sight!

Geneviève Boivin-Roussy showed us around before the opening of the exhibition Field of possibilities Act II. It is clear that it is much more than a gallery that she operates: rather an “art house”, as she likes to say.

Small parenthesis. You probably know Geneviève Boivin-Roussy as an actress for her roles in District 31, O’, All life, The fault Where Classified Secret. She also often burns the boards at the theater (recently in Those who have evaporated at the Center du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui and The night of 4 to 5, broadcast on Télé-Québec).

The game has always been done in parallel with his work as a painter and visual artist. She recently illustrated Marie-Chantal Perron’s first novel, The twelve months of Mary.

“I had been looking for a place for a fairly laborious project for 10 years. I wanted an art gallery, a shop for creators and a safe space for poets”, launches the one for whom poetry should be everywhere.


PHOTO PIERRE-JEAN MOREAU, PROVIDED BY GALERIE G DE BR

The shop at the entrance to the gallery

I wanted to create the place of the blank page. The place where we allow ourselves not to be in the performance.

Genevieve Boivin-Roussy

The historic Danville building she acquired on Water Street has four stories. “We are in an old tack room for horses from 1893,” she explains as we take the wooden staircase.

In the basement, a room can accommodate courses and workshops of all kinds. Upstairs, she has fitted out an apartment which she calls “La grande dame” and which welcomes creators in residence. “We notably received Gabrielle Lessard [lauréate du Fonds de dotation Michelle-Rossignol du Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui], who came to write her next play. »

“The apartment is a journey through time,” says Geneviève Boivin-Roussy, who has preserved all the original elements she could, including the wallpaper. Ladies from the nearby village of Val-des-Sources (formerly Asbestos) gave her trinkets and tea sets. She even recovered wooden planks from the confessional of the church of Saint-Adrien.


PHOTO PROVIDED BY GALLERY G DE BR

The Wes Anderson-inspired dining room of the apartment at the top of the gallery

The dining room is inspired by “Wes Anderson”, emphasizes Geneviève Boivin-Roussy, but her favorite room remains “the poet’s room with the spirit of Oscar Wilde”.

“Time stops here,” she says with good reason.

“A sense of attachment”

Geneviève Boivin-Roussy, who is raising her daughter with Pilou in Saint-Adrien (located 25 km from Danville), is proud to be part of the movement to revive former mining towns in the Sources region. Danville, for example, presents an Arts Symposium in September.

Art is the soul of a people.

Genevieve Boivin-Roussy

It wants to narrow the gap in cultural offerings between the major centers and the countryside. “For my gallery, I wanted to go for a more fragmented and contemporary style of art. »

Many people may feel intimidated to enter an art gallery. This is not the case at G de BR, in particular because of the shop and the café. “The idea is to bring art to people without forcing them with a place of passage and encounters. »

In fact, Geneviève sees her gallery as a port. People come, stay, leave and come back “with a sense of attachment”.

She also likes to create “bridges” between creators and buyers, and the word of mouth that can ensue. Example: Fanny Bloom, who shot her most recent clip at the church of Saint-Adrien, recently bought a work by Monique Verville, an artist from Warwick, who gives pottery workshops in the basement of the gallery.

Entrepreneur and matchmaker, Geneviève Boivin-Roussy? By force of circumstances. She sees herself primarily as an artistic director.

“Art direction, for me, is staging,” she says. And staging, basically, is making things easier for artists and making them possible, and then presenting their work to an audience.

The exhibition Field of possibilities Act II

Since its opening in May 2021, Galerie G de BR has presented no less than eight exhibitions.

  • Geneviève Boivin-Roussy with the artists Jean-Sébastien Huot, Léa-Marie Jean and Marilou Patenaude

    PHOTO CLAUDE ROUSSEL, LA TRIBUNE

    Geneviève Boivin-Roussy with the artists Jean-Sébastien Huot, Léa-Marie Jean and Marilou Patenaude

  • Jean-Sébastien Huot had already exhibited in Montreal and Spain, but never in the Eastern Townships, while the poet and visual artist lives in Sherbrooke.  His series of paintings Residences is also the title of his seventh book.

    PHOTO CLAUDE ROUSSEL, LA TRIBUNE

    Jean-Sébastien Huot had already exhibited in Montreal and Spain, but never in the Eastern Townships, while the poet and visual artist lives in Sherbrooke. His series of paintings mansions is also the title of his seventh book.

  • “I was writing poetry about the figure of the mother and it took me back to the homes of childhood.  Houses have always been present in my approach”, indicates the one who returned to painting after having abandoned it.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY GALLERY G DE BR

    “I was writing poetry about the figure of the mother and it took me back to the homes of childhood. Houses have always been present in my approach”, indicates the one who returned to painting after having abandoned it.

  • The painter Francis Gingras, absent during our visit to Galerie G de BR, paints still lifes in a very realistic way, so that one has the impression of being able to touch the fruit.  A magnifying glass available to visitors allows them to look at his paintings to admire the many details.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY GALLERY G DE BR

    The painter Francis Gingras, absent during our visit to Galerie G de BR, paints still lifes in a very realistic way, so that one has the impression of being able to touch the fruit. A magnifying glass available to visitors allows them to look at his paintings to admire the many details.

  • This is Marilou Patenaude's first exhibition in life and even before the opening, the self-taught artist had sold two works.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY GALLERY G DE BR

    This is Marilou Patenaude’s first exhibition in life and even before the opening, the self-taught artist had sold two works.

  • Marilou Patenaude, whose work above is titled Brise-glace, is fascinated by glaciers.  “They are an endless source of inspiration as well as a perfect representation of power, calm and vulnerability,” she says.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY GALLERY G DE BR

    Marilou Patenaude, whose work above is titled Icebreaker, is fascinated by glaciers. “They are an endless source of inspiration as well as a perfect representation of power, calm and vulnerability,” she says.

  • “My discourse is above all aesthetic, but I expose the relationship we have with our environment,” explains Léa-Marie Jean, who made a series of works with balloons entitled Pete not my balloon.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY GALLERY G DE BR

    “My discourse is above all aesthetic, but I expose the relationship we have with our environment”, explains Léa-Marie Jean, who made a series of works with balloons entitled don’t fart my balloon.

  • Léa-Marie Jean wants people to ask themselves the question: “Is it a sculpture or a painting?  At the bottom of his works, a string also reproduces the letters of a word.  The work above is titled The Soldier.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY GALLERY G DE BR

    Léa-Marie Jean wants people to ask themselves the question: “Is it a sculpture or a painting? At the bottom of his works, a string also reproduces the letters of a word. The work above is titled The soldier.

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Besides its founder, Galerie G de BR can count on a solid team: Hélène Gallant Roberge, Emma-Lou Gladu-Rajotte, Laurie Ménard and Élizabeth Mercier.

The current exhibition brings together works by artists Jean-Sébastien Huot, Léa-Marie Jean, Francis Gingras and Marilou Patenaude.

The Galerie G de BR team was in contact with Jean-Sébastien Huot when Geneviève Boivin-Roussy saw copies of his book mansions by visiting the Montreal offices of the publishing house Mains libre, for which she illustrated the book The twelve months of Mary.


PHOTO MAXIME PICARD, LA TRIBUNE

Galerie G de BR during its inauguration in May 2021

She had the idea of ​​contrasting the series of paintings mansions by Jean-Sébastien Huot with the hyperrealist painting of Francis Gingras. “I wanted these two men to meet. »

Otherwise, she was seduced by the work both in precision and deconstruction of Marilou Patenaude and by the environmental poetry of Léa-Marie Jean.

“Basically, the goal is to create a dialogue between the approaches of the artists. »

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