Guide to Montreal’s Commercial Art Galleries

© Tourisme Montréal, Mario Melillo - Galerie Le Chariot© Espace VERRE, Michel Dubreuil - Espace VERRE

© Tourisme Montréal, Mario Melillo - Galerie Le Chariot

February 10, 2016 — Have you ever visited a museum and wished it were a shop? Short of becoming a game-show millionaire, you may never be able to buy a Monet or a Borduas – but you can get close. Montreal has a slew of commercial galleries that enable both experienced collectors and more timid art lovers to invest in a masterpiece (or three) of their own. Here are some spots to start with.

The city’s biggest contemporary commercial art complexes in terms of sheer size, the Arsenal in Griffintown is also one of the most important, as it shares its space with Division Gallery. The artists represented are both emerging and mid-career. Whether you treat yourself to a eerie portrait by Karel Funk or a moody photograph of the night by Montrealer Vincent Lafrance, either way you won’t regret your investment.

Galerie Elca London
Right in the heart of Old Montreal, this is your source for Inuit sculpture both contemporary and historical. Passersby are welcome to come in and browse among the incredible treasures under glass – the owners not only purchase pieces from artists and Inuit collectives for resale, but also from auctions and galleries around the globe in order to continue building the impressive collection on view.

Canadian Guild of Crafts:This important and historic address in the Montreal art circuit is THE place to start if you’ve got a special gift to give – from jewelry to ceramics to sculptures, by either contemporary Canadian or First Nations artists, they’ve got it all and each piece is a unique work of art.

Want more? Lovers of Inuit art, keep hunting for the centerpiece of your living room at Galerie Héritage or Galerie Le Chariot, both in Old Montreal. Craft lovers will find amazing glass work, both decorative and utilitarian, at Espace Verre in Griffintown, while contemporary art lovers looking for a painting to wow visitors, come accros a treasure in several galeries of charming Old Montreal.