Located in the heart of North Hatley, on the shores of Lake Massawippi, the Galerie Jeannine Blais is dedicated to offering works of art of great quality: painters and sculptors of here and elsewhere.
To run an art gallery in the enchanting setting of North Hatley is more than a job or profession; simply put, it is to intensely live a passion.
This gallery is worth visiting if only to discover different artistic styles but especially the naïve art it features in all its facets. This gallery has been helping to make this colourful and optimistic art form known for more than 32 years with collectors and art lovers.
Here is a short list of the artists we represent or offer at our gallery.
Blanche Bolduc, Yvonne Bolduc, Michel Blouin, Danielle Corrivo, Denis Chiasson Desson, Marcel Dargis, Nérée De Grâce, Marie ClaudeDemers, Colette Falardeau, Louis Gagnons, Anouck Goulet, Claudine Hébert, Jenny Hellers,Normand Hudon, Solange Hubert, Geneviève Jost, Rajka Kupesic, Hélène Labrie, Steven Lamb, Sophie Lavigne Uberti, Royal Léger, Sharon Mark, Marc Martel, Dragan Mihailovic, Marie-Christine Payette, Claudine Pieters, Lise Poirier, Jacqueline Rivard, Alexandru Savu, Zeljko Seles, Nicole Taillon, Miyuki Tanobe, Arthur Villeneuve, Mihai Vintila et Danièla Zékina
In the boutique section of our website you will enjoy discovering illustrations of paintings and sculptures by renowned artists, several books, biographies and a wide variety of gift cards without texts reproducing many of our paintings. We also publish a beautiful 13-month full-colour large-size calendar on naïve art.
Our virtual art gallery gives you a general idea of the artists we represent; it’s a colourful gallery that is sure to delight art lovers.
Naïve art, folk art, self-taught art—no matter which name is ascribed to it, the art that is practiced outside official training meets with the approval of a wide public. Beyond the well-known sudden thrill of collectors, the interest in these works—in the same way as in those of official art—can be assessed from many different criteria. However, certain qualities remain fundamental: authenticity and spontaneity.
Without relegating them to a particular school or movement, self-taught artists can be classified in four main groups: the contemporaries who talk to us about their life and interests; the folk artists who are interested in a bygone past by recalling scenes, facts or legends belonging to an ancient tradition; the oneiric artists whose works inspired by imagination are most often aestheticizing; and the major group of the so-called raw art, which encompasses therapeutic art and the one through which people with a disability or severe personality disorders express themselves. Such classifications are obviously not watertight and in fact are more relevant for comprehending the works than the artists themselves.
The contemporaries provide a particularly interesting contribution since they are part of an unstructured, but emerging, movement, which, in a largely educated and informed society, gives self-taught artists the opportunity to exist outside a traditional world. In naïve works, one must now expect to see skidoos, ATVs, references to popular and scholarly literature, construction sites, as well as popular celebrations where there is no more square dancing.