Last Saturday’s vernissage of a new exhibition, La ville est belle, by artists Elaine Archambault and Martha Markowsky’s was a great success. Organized as a fundraiser for the Cedars Breast Clinic of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the exhibition will run through to Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Salle d’Exposition l’Entrepôt in Lachine.
On hand to open the exhibition to dozens of patrons was the mayor of Lachine, Claude Dauphin, and guest speaker Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, Eminent Surgeon, Professor of Surgery and Oncology, and Director of the Cedars Breast Clinic and Archambault’s doctor. Two and a half years after she was operated for HER 2 positive breast cancer, Archambault considers herself lucky to be a survivor and wants to give back to the clinic’s medical team who gave her a new lease on life.
The Cedars Breast Clinic offers a revolutionary approach. It provides an accurate examination, testing and a diagnosis all on the same day or evening, even on the weekend. This means a single hospital visit! In addition to providing physical support for women, the Clinic provides emotional support in collaboration with Cedars CanSupport and the psycho-social services of the MUHC. The Cedars Breast Clinic provides state-of-the-art care to over 20,000 women per year with surgeons, radiologists, specialized nurses and radiology technicians.
Friend, teacher and well-established fellow artist Martha Markowsky joined Archambault in exhibiting some 70 paintings with nearly half of the proceeds going to the Cedars Breast Clinic. Markowsky has paintings in the collections of past prime ministers, large corporations and prominent individuals across Canada. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions, has won prestigious awards and has taught art and lectured at numerous workshops and art associations as far as in Limoux, France. Archambault has participated in about 20 group exhibitions in the past decade and has won several prizes in both Quebec and Ontario. “My passion for painting has helped me get through a very challenging period in my life,” says Archambault. “I am so pleased to give back to those who gave me a second chance with the art that helped me through it,” she added.
Sponsors for the vernissage were Barefoot Wines, Resto-Bar Barbie’s, Baroque Framing, and Avenue des Arts. Money from two draws for paintings and other gift certificates will also be donated to the Clinic.The draw will be held on December 14, marking the end of the exhibition and fundraising effort. The Salle d’Exposition l’Entrepôt is located at 2901, boul. Saint-Joseph, Lachine.