Local residents Stanley Sklar and David Chandler present unique exhibits at Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Two Côte Saint-Luc residents are exhibiting their art work in January at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Born and raised in Montreal, Stanley Sklar's passion for art began at an early age. He was an award-winning fashion designer.

He studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York and at École Contoir Caponi in Montreal. He then pursued his studies in Fine Arts at École des Beaux Arts. Stanley also taught the art of draping at Montreal's Sadie Bronfman Centre.

Throughout his career he always continued painting and evolving as an artist, working often on glass. Fascinated by reflections that light cast on his images, Sklar continued creating three-dimensional architectural sculptures. This culminated in his latest art form. His imagination transforms his houses into homes. Meticulous attention to detail, from the hand-crafted bricks, worn stairs, to the people that inhabit each neighbourhood, makes this art unique. These sculptures are encased in clear Lucite boxes. They may be displayed free standing or hung on a wall. This art may be purchased or commissioned to capture everlasting memories of your home to be shared for generations.

The exhibit can be viewed in the fiction section of the library.

David Chandler’s exhibit runs until January 31 and is titled "Antique Maps from the Holy Land to New France.” It can be viewed in the Community Art Space section of the library. The exposition consists of 56 maps printed between the late 16th and late 19th centuries that depict either the Holy Land and surrounding areas, or early North America (including Montreal). This exhibit is informative and beautiful. The amount of artistry and dedication that went into creating these maps is nothing short of inspiring.

Chandler has been interested in maps from an early age and in the 1980s began using antique maps in his history and geography classes. This eventually grew into David becoming the only antique map dealer in Québec, under the name Ptolémée Plus. David’s current collection consists of several thousand maps from all parts of the world.

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