Art, fashion and whimsical pop up stores: Beauty is to be found all around Montreal !

Reflections at Galerie 203

She’s always been running the show from behind the scenes… now she is the one in the spotlight !

Corinne Asseraf, Founder and Curator at Galerie 203 in Old Montreal, and artist Sylvia Cohen have joined forces to create a visually stunning new exhibition – “Reflections.”

Thirty-five pop culture icons from the past and present are made larger than life with cheeky humor and ancient wisdom that catapults them into the modern age.

After curating and hosting thousands of artists for the past 12 years, I was finally able to take time for myself this past year and reflect about where I am, and what I still want to do, and that’s creating art again,” says ”said Moroccan born creator Corinne Asseraf.

Asseraf reached out to longtime friend and artist Cohen and an artistic collaboration was born. Each piece is hand painted and embellished to make it a show stopper in any home.

“My goal is to create paintings that are striking and intriguing. When I start working, I no longer care about the beauty of the image, but rather how it speaks to me.
I think of these works as studies of characters rather than portraits, ” says artist Cohen.

With “Reflections”, these two women make the portraits of celebrities like Edith Piaf, Basquiat, David Bowie, Chanel, Sol, Charlebois, Twiggy, Jack Nicholson, Madonna and many others speak. These paintings, mixed media on canvas, all have
messages that can be read loud and clear in these uncertain times with quotes from these stars who marked their times in the form of collages.

“Reflections” will be exhibited at Gallery 203 from June 18 to July 4, 2021. Due to limited capacity, the June 18 opening reception is RSVP only and will run from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Please text Corinne’s Galerie 203 at (514) 261-0899 to book an appointment.

ARTROCKS BY MANIK, a new high-end fashion brand made in Quebec!

This June 2021, Montreal-based international fine art photography gallery ARTROCKS DESIGN will launch its first travel-inspired ARTROCKS BY MANIK clothing collection!  

A fine art – fashion collaboration between Artrocks Design, Manik Fashion and Envers by Yves Jean Lacasse.  

This collaborative initiative with local fashion designer Manika Gaudet will offer high-end dreamy cuts and prints featuring photos by several renowned photographers such as Christian Chapot, Helge Meier-Siems and the gallery’s founder, Kirsten Meier

MANIK FASHION‘s original and elegant designs for ARTROCKS DESIGN will appeal to both men and women featuring high technology prints on silk, neoprene and other luxury fabrics that will showcase the waterfalls of Jamaica, the aquatic flowers of Cuba, the relics of Sicily and the more urban landscapes of Manhattan. 

The new ARTROCKS BY MANIK brand, exclusively designed in Montreal, aims to stand out in its approach by offering limited edition prints made by renowned high end designer Yves Jean Lacasse. The House of Envers, renowned for its know-how and the quality of its clothing, will give a couture finish to the collection, as well as export it to international markets. 

EXOTICA: The art of travelling through clothing  

The first spring-summer 2021 capsule entitled EXOTICA will be presented at the ARTROCKS DESIGN gallery at 377 Laurier West in Montreal from June 16th .

Please visit for more details !

DESIGN – College Lasalle launches it’s 2020- 2021 graduates Look Book !

Due to the pandemic, LaSalle College couldn’t present it’s usual end of year fashion show, however the college is very proud to launch their inaugural Look Book: Signature : a 200-page collector’s book that presents in glossy, high end magazine format, the creations of their 2020- 2021 fashion design graduates.

The book also called upon the contribution of Quebec’s creators who are alumni of the College such as Marie Saint Pierre, Denis Gagnon, the duo behind Matières fécales/Fecal Matter or Markantoine Lynch-Boisvert.

“This compilation is our way of celebrating fashion and our local designers,” explains François Bousquet, director of the International School of Fashion, Arts and Design at LaSalle College. “ These two cohorts stand out by their open-mindedness throughout the pandemic: even though they have lived through a difficult period, there is this deep desire to see the world without constraints. They have been inspired to design clothes that correspond to our needs, and that very often have a social thought,” says Bousquet.

This book is a collectors edition that will definitely leave its mark in time. It’s also a way of saying together that we are happy to live in a city like Montreal, which celebrates the arts, fashion and beauty,” says François Bousquet.

Copies of the book are currently on sale in the ephemeral space “Le Lab” of LaSalle College, at Place Montréal Trust (level 2-Metro).

Creations by the College’s graduates are also currently on display in this space.

Go back in time and discover the fantasy world of ROUGE TRIBAL

From this Saturday June 12 come and meet the experienced costume designers and seamstresses that are able to bring your fantasy, sci-fi and medieval dreams to life !

This weekend , the couture team at Rouge Tribal are happy to launch the opening of their new store at 107 rue Notre-Dame in Charlemagne. Present on site will be the costumed ogres from Les Forges de Chek, Mitryl and the team from Boucliers de Johnny Kuenzi!

In addition to the varied ready to wear clothes available in store, it will be possible to speak with the designers to custom order special pieces for your wedding, role playing events or costume projects at Rouge Tribal!

Please visit their facebook page or call 438-492-2226 for more info on store opening hours or to book an appointment.

IG: @rougetribal