CrowdPainting In Montréal

It was an evening when people could enter into a space and view the artists’ exhibited paintings and sculptures.

The ambiance was welcoming and friendly; a down-to-earth place where creative blends, rich encounters and open-mindedness was encouraged.

At the entrance, there was a large white canvas placed on an easel and accompanied by brushes, knives, powders and paints.

Brushes, tools and paints available for the crowdpainting / Photo credit Simon Girard

Visitors assumed the set up was part of the decor. Then someone began staining the canvas by tracing a large blue curve with the knife. A small group of bystanders stood in front of the canvas, witnessing its birth.

The first person turned back and invited a second spectator to continue. There was a moment of panic and embarrassed laughter…but then someone else took over. The next one continued, this time dragging along one of his friends, and so on it went. Children, adults, visitors and artists took part in the creative act.

Little girl inspired by the crowdpainting canvas / Photo credit Simon Girard
Crowdpainting in progress / Photo credit Yoann Shon Gehlen

This painting became alive, enriched with the colors of gestures retained and then gestures released.

Each participant added to the markings of the previous “artist.” Everyone was happy to have dared to be there.

Crowdpainting in progress / Photo credit Yoann Shon Gehlen
Crowdpainting in progress / Photo credit Yoann Shon Gehlen

Today we look at this colorful square canvas because it tells the birth story of the first crowdpainting canvas of ArtWe. It is very beautiful.

The final Crowdpainting standing in the subway of Montréal

Mylène – Author

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