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Ceremony to formally inaugurate Sidney Shoham Place set for Sunday morning, September 25

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will formally rename a section of Hudson Avenue to Place Sidney Shoham Place at a ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 10am.

Beth Zion Congregation will host a small reception afterwards, which the entire community is invited to attend. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors, followed by the unveiling of the street sign.

Rabbi Sidney Shoham passed away on September 21, 2015, at the age of 86. He retired 10 years earlier as the founding rabbi of Beth Zion after having served in that role for 50-plus years. Rabbi Shoham continued to remain very active in synagogue life and in fact, passed away only hours after attending the synagogue’s annual Cantorial Concert, of which he was most involved.

Beth Zion president Earl Rosen said that it would be most fitting to rename the portion of Hudson Avenue, and the synagogue address 5740 Hudson Avenue, to 1 Place Sidney Shoham Place. He extended his appreciation to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillors Mike Cohen and Allan J. Levine for their assistance. Councillor Cohen is responsible for naming rights; Councillor Levine represents the district. At the ceremony, the new street sign will be unveiled and there will be words of welcome from Mr. Rosen, Mayor Brownstein, Rabbi Boruch Perton and a member of the Shoham family. 

On Tuesday, September 27, Beth Zion will host Scholar in Residence Rabbi Benjamin Blech at the Rabbi Sidney Shoham Memorial Lecture and then, on Thursday, October 6, the newly renamed Rabbi Sidney Shoham Tribute Concert called “The Gift of Music” will take place.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland the son of the late Rabbi Yechiel and Rebbetzen Ethel Shoham, Rabbi Shoham attended the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and then went to Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, New York. While studying at the yeshiva, Rabbi Shoham attended Brooklyn College at night and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology. Later, he attended graduate school at New York University, School of Psychology and continued his studies in Montreal at the Allen Memorial Hospital – McGill University where he furthered his degree in Pastoral Psychiatry. 

Rabbi Shoham arrived in Montreal in 1955 to visit his brother Gilbert, who was Rabbi of the Beit Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue on McKenzie. While here, he met with an enthusiastic group of individuals anxiously waiting to build a new community in the western suburb of Montreal. After discussions with the committee, he was quickly hired as the Rabbi of Beth Zion. Over the years, he had been active with nearly every Jewish organization in the city, notably Combined Jewish Appeal, B’nai Brith and State of Israel Bonds and the founder of the much needed Miriam Home. 

Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra to perform benefit concert in support of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee on August 23

The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC) will hold its annual fundraising concert on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30pm at the Syd Wise Auditorium of the Marymount Adult Education Centre at 5785 Parkhaven Ave.

Featured performers will be the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (www.musiciansoftheworld.ca), conducted by Joseph Milo. Some members of his orchestra will also present solo performances. Funds raised from A Bouquet of Classics: The Music We All Love will go towards the CSLCC’s Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program. 

“This benefit concert is an opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy an evening of fine music while contributing to a good cause,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This is another example of how the city promotes arts and culture, close to home.”

Nutrience Pet Food by Hagen and D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum, will be the evening’s official sponsors.

“There are many feral cats in the community,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for animal protection in the city. “The CSLCC’s team of volunteers sets out to trap as many as possible, have them sterilized and then adopted or returned to the spot where they were originally found. The committee has also rescued many kittens and found homes for them. In recent years the city has adopted cat licensing bylaw.”

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) was founded in 2006 by conductor Milo and his wife Lucy Ravinsky. This one of a kind orchestra is composed of 55 musicians: about 80 percent of its members are from 15 countries around the world, while the remaining 20 percent are natives of Montreal who successfully facilitated the integration of the newcomers. They have been rehearsing at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for many years and as part of the arrangement, they agree to perform a benefit concert once a year. The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee and Educhat are the 2016 beneficiaries.

Tickets are only $12 each (tax included) and can be purchased now at the following locations: the main desk at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.); the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.); and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals (7930 Baily Rd.). Tickets can be purchased at the first two locations by credit and debit card or cash and cash only at the Animal Hospital.

Councillors Cohen and Sam Goldbloom, who are co-chairing the event, note that information will be available that night for people interested in possibly joining the committee or adopting a cat.  A bake sale will be held at intermission. For more information call 514-485-6806, ext. 2200 or log on to www.cotesaintluc.org/cats.

 

The Côte Saint-Luc smoke detector brigade visiting homes this summer

For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade are ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors and replacing dead batteries where needed.
 
The smoke detector brigade recently completed the south-east corner of the city including Borden, Randall, Alpine and Pinedale Avenues and surrounding east-west streets. It is now moving on to David Lewis and surrounding streets near the Décarie Square area.
 
“Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Too many deaths occur in Canada that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector.”

This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. Smoke detector brigade volunteers will be wearing vCOP uniforms and carry a photo ID. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.

“Once again, our vCOP teams are providing another level of preventative safety to residents,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is the council member responsible for vCOP. “Whether they are checking smoke detectors, spotting garage doors left open, or watching out for homes of vacationers, our vCOP volunteers are helping Côte Saint-Luc remain one of the safest cities on the island.”

Côte Saint-Luc has a long history of fire prevention, including By-law 1556 requires smoke detectors in all new homes and buildings, which was adopted in 1977.
 
 

Technology Fair & Hoopla Digital Coming Soon at the Library

Technology Fair & Hoopla Digital Coming Soon at the Library

 

Côte Saint-Luc, July13, 2016 – The Côte Saint-Luc Library hosts its first Technology Fair on Thursday, August 4, from 12 to 8 pm.  

Residents can experience all of the library’s electronic services and devices including Hoopla Digital, which is being launched on that day. Hoopla is a digital media service that allows library members to stream videos, music, audiobooks and comics to their computer, or download titles to the smartphone app.

The Technology Fair will introduce library users to other devices and library services such as 3D printers, iPads, Naxos (streaming music), Zinio (online magazines), Mango (language learning resource) and more.

“The Côte Saint-Luc Library has long prided itself on being innovative,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “As the world shifts from physical media to streaming and download services, we want to be there to offer our residents content the way they want to receive it.”

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to add this easy-to-use, interactive and crowd-pleasing service to the long list of services we currently offer to our members.”

To begin enjoying Hoopla, library members can borrow material via our website (csllibrary.org) or they can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device. Using their library barcode, thousands  of  titles from major  Hollywood studios,  record  companies  and  publishers are available  to  borrow  24/7,  for instant streaming to computers or streaming/temporary downloading to smartphones and tablets . 

Hoopla  digital  partners  with  public  libraries  across  North America  to  provide  online  and  mobile  access  to  thousands  of movies,  TV  shows,  music, ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape –a trusted partner of public libraries for over 25 years. 

For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 and speak with a Reference Librarian or visit (csllibrary.org). 

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

Annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic to honour community leader Pierre Brunet

The  37th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic will take place at Meadowbrook  Golf Course, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Rd. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. 

Some 100 golfers will tee off beginning at 7 am, with a special awards banquet honouring long-time community leader and McDonald’s Restaurant franchisee Pierre Brunet set for the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) at 5794 Parkhaven Avenue at 1 pm p.m.

Co-chairs, city councillors Mike Cohen and Sam Goldbloom, note that this year’s event will repeat the popular new  format launched in 2016, as well as the two  specific age classifications whereby players can compete (on a friendly basis) amongst their own age groups: MASTERS (age 65 and older) and EAGLE (age 64 and younger). The title sponsor this year will be La Capitale General Insurance. McDonald’s Restaurants of Quebec and Freemark Apparel Brands Inc. and its Bench brand are also among the sponsors. Veteran Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Ron Yarin is back as the honourary chair of the event along with Mark Routtenberg, president of Freemark Apparel Brands and former minority owner of the Montreal Expos. We are also pleased to once again thank Paul Steinberg and Silver Star Montreal for sponsoring our Hole-in-One contest. A hole in one will bring you a Mercedes-Benz on a free loan for one month. 

The event will honour Brunet as the Personality of Distinction. He will be recognized for more than 30 years of dedicated service, not only as franchisee of two local McDonald’s Restaurants in Côte Saint-Luc, but for his undying support for community events. In addition, the event will pay special tribute and raise funds for the Manoir Ronald McDonald. This is a temporary home away from home for out-of-town (more than 70 km) families of children with critical illness who must travel here for medical treatments. Traditionally, Côte Saint-Luc directs proceeds from its annual Winter Carnival events to this facility located next door to Ste. Justine Hospital via a pancake breakfast. This has resulted in donations of close to $50,000 for the Manoir. 

Côte Saint-Luc resident Matthew Ross, the host of TSN 690 Radio’s Game Points and the founder of Expos Nation (www.exposnation.com), will be the special guest speaker. Expos Nation has been working towards bringing professional baseball back to Montreal. Legendary broadcaster Dick Irvin will be among the golfers.

In case of thunderstorms on Thursday, July 7, the luncheon  will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Centre and golf will be postponed until the following Thursday, July 14. History will note that this event has never been rained out before.

The registration fee will remain at $27 (tax included),  which includes nine holes of golf, a catered sit down buffet luncheon, award-winning trophies for contests such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the opportunity to win one of many door prizes. A minimum donation of $10 is also being requested for the Manoir. Businesses can also sponsor a hole for $100, with proceeds going to the Manoir.

For more information, contact Harold Cammy or Alvin Fishman at hcammy@cotesaintluc.org or afishman@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-6806.

>> View photos from the 2015 Golf Classic
 

CSL Library gets jazzed up for its 50-year landmark anniversary

On Wednesday, June 22 at 7 pm rising-star pianist Emie R. Roussell and her jazz trio will perform the concert Quantum, featuring music from their critically acclaimed CD of the same title.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library’s circulation desk. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

Winners of the Felix Award for Best Jazz Album 2015, critics and jazz lovers alike are unanimously referring to the Emie R. Roussell trio as “one-to-watch”.

“I am so proud of the library and its outstanding programming,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “I hope residents can join us for a delightful evening of jazz music and get a sneak preview of what the trio will be offering at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. Don’t miss your chance to hear them first right here in Côte Saint-Luc.”

We will also be inaugurating the library’s own baby grand piano. We were able to acquire this gem of an instrument through various fundraising initiatives including our heartfelt 88 Keys to Music Campaign, allowing us to honour donors’ names on a plaque to be unveiled outside the Harold Greenspon auditorium the evening of the concert. We are thrilled to be able share this piano with our community, and our hope is that it will be enjoyed for years to come.

"I want to thank all those who contributed to our 88 Keys campaign and our dedicated staff and volunteers for the efforts they put into the library’s books sales, proceeds of which helped pay for the piano and achieve our goal,”  said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for library and culture.

As the library’s 50-year landmark anniversary approaches, please stop by on June 22 and pick-up your free list of anniversary-related activities and events leading up to our mega birthday party on Sunday, September 18. If you’re a Côte Saint-Luc resident and haven’t joined the library yet, bring some ID and we’ll sign you up for free. Tell your friends and family, and help us continue to make the Côte Saint-Luc Library the perfect place to discover, share, create and connect.

For more information about these events and programs, visit csllibrary.com or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

 

Extended hours on Sundays at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be staying open until 10pm on Sundays starting May 29.

“Council is very responsive and attentive to the community and this modification is a testament to our commitment to address resident concerns in a timely manner in order to provide the highest quality of service,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We listened to residents who asked that we restore late hours at the library, particularly on Sunday evening, which was a popular study time for students.”

Starting May 29, the updated Côte Saint-Luc Library hours are from 10am to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday.

“We worked hard to find a way to restore the Sunday hours,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for the library. “Careful re-organization of our staffing plan by Director Janine West made this modification possible.”

The virtual library remains open 24/7 with online access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and reference material. Library membership is free for Côte Saint-Luc residents.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

Côte Saint-Luc reaches tentative agreements with two labour unions

The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today tentative agreements with two labour unions representing its workers.

Côte Saint-Luc negotiators and those from the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429) who represent white collar employees, agreed to a tentative agreement on May 17, 2016. Once officially signed, the collective agreement with cover the period from 2013 to 2018. The city currently has approximately 150 white collar employees.

Côte Saint-Luc also reached a tentative agreement with Syndicat des Professionnelles et Professionnels Municipaux de Montréal, the union representing professionals, such as librarians. This agreement will cover the period of 2013 to 2018.

The general terms of the agreement will be released once the agreement is official signed in the next few weeks.

“We thank both unions for working with us to find terms acceptable to both sides, and which are in the interest of our workers and our taxpayers,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We have long enjoyed very good relations with our unions and these agreements demonstrate the value of mutual respect and reasonable compromises.”

Côte Saint-Luc also has four days of negotiations scheduled in the next two weeks to try to finalize the collective agreement with its blue collar workers.

71th anniversary V-E Day commemoration ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 pm 

The annual Victory in Europe (V-E) Day commemoration takes place on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm at Veterans Park, in the City of Côte Saint-Luc. 

The ceremony will highlight the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Europe from the armed forces of Nazi Germany, on May 8, 1945. 

In attendance will be members of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, the Côte Saint-Luc city council, dignitaries, veterans and residents. 
 
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the City Hall.

The cenotaph at Veterans Park honours the memory of those who gave their lives in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. 

Veterans Park is located next to the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by union’s decision to hold one-day strike

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is disappointed in the blue collar union’s decision to hold a one-day strike on Monday, May 2, 2016.

The union’s purported reason for the strike is that the city has stalled negotiations. Despite the union’s allegations, the city has made every effort to advance negotiations. Since the negotiation process began in February 2014, an internal union election delayed negotiations and led to a change in union negotiators. In fact, the union has changed negotiators four times in two years. In addition to the union’s internal changes, it also stalled negotiations several times in order to protest the Quebec government’s pension plan law, also known as Bill 3 or Law 15.

“We respect our employees and have been negotiating in good faith for two years with the blue collar’s negotiating team,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We want a collective agreement that is fair to our workers and taxpayers. We have historically had good relations with our unions, and we see no reason why that should not continue.  We have certainly given the union no reason to act in this way.”

“We have always negotiated in good faith and respected our undertakings,” said Interim City Manager Nadia Di Furia.  
However, it appears that union negotiators have chosen confrontation over conciliation.  

Last Wednesday, the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the union reached a deal with respect to a grievance. The next day, the union reneged on the parties’ agreement. Then, later that same day, the union called for a strike, much to the city’s disappointment. Their salary increase demands are double what other blue collars have received in other cities on the island of Montreal.

Côte Saint-Luc management, white collar workers, and professionals remain on the job on Monday, May 2 to deliver services to residents. Waste collection is provided by an outside contractor and is unaffected by the strike. Côte Saint-Luc is in contact with the union to ensure that essential services provided by blue-collar works will continue.

As a result of the one-day blue-collar strike, the following services or installation will be closed: the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the Public Works Yard. In addition, baseball games have been cancelled at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and Kirwan Park.
The Côte Saint-Luc Library, Aquatic and Community Centre, Gymnasium, and City Hall remain open.

 

New wildlife sculpture garden part of soon-to-be renovated Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be home later this summer to 10 bronze sculptures of wildlife animals, donated by one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors, Shalom Bloom.

“We are honoured that Shalom Bloom is donating these impressive sculptures to Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Our new Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be a one-of-a-kind attraction, unlike anything else in Montreal. When people visit the island, this will become one of the must-see stops.”

An exhibit of the works of Shalom Bloom is currently on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Library Art Gallery at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

The Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be part of the overall renovation project at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park approved by the City Council on Monday, April 11. 

“The park renovation also includes the reconstruction of the pathways, the replacement of the lighting, new playground equipment, new landscaped areas and furniture, a new water feature and an upgrade to the electrical supply for special events,” Mayor Brownstein said.

The overall cost to renovate Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is $2.6 million. The work is scheduled to start in April and be completed by the end of October 2016.

Plans and specifications for the refurbishing of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park were prepared by the consulting firm Stantec Experts‐conseils. The city received 10 tenders for the work. The lowest tender received was from Les Excavations Super Inc. for $2,607,789.45, which includes taxes.

 

Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptor presenting his work at the Côte Saint-Luc library art gallery

An exhibit of wildlife sculptures from Shalom Bloom will be on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library’s Art Gallery from March 31 to May 29, 2016.

The vernissage is April 14, 2016 at 7pm.

Bloom is considered one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors. Many of his sculptures are on display at corporate headquarters worldwide as well as in White Tail Deer Park in Elliot Lake. His work has been commissioned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to create a sculpture for their headquarters in Montreal. 

Just as fascinating as his art is his personal story. Bloom, who is today an active resident of Côte Saint-Luc, only started working on his sculptures at age 50, while creating a successful career building his own businesses. He was CEO of Arlington Sports, the South Africa Diamond Company, as well as a chain of restaurants. Starting in 1995, he devoted much of his time to pursue his art.

He stumbled across his talent by accident when his children were working with plasticine modeling clay and asked for his help.

“The minute I got my hands on the wax, it changed my life,” Bloom said. “All my inner thoughts, philosophies, and my yearnings and doubts came out in the wax. I became the master and wax became my tool.”

Bloom credits his wife for encouraging him in his new endeavour.

Bloom says there was one incident that convinced him to get into art more seriously.

“One day my secretary was standing at the door of my office with her 5-year old son,” Bloom said. “The young boy was standing there just staring at the life-size sculpture of a sleeping cub. Then he ran to the sculpture, gave it a hug and kiss, and shyly turned back. I realized that if I am able to evoke that kind of reaction from a child, then I should enter it seriously.”
For many years, Bloom worked in his studios as well as his garage at home. Often after dinner, the children on the street would sit near the driveway and watch as he worked. He would explain what he was doing and often allowed his young audience to add small pieces of wax to his sculptures so they could feel they contributed something.

“On many occasions, someone would be driving down my street, glance in my garage and stop the car so suddenly that one could hear the screeching of the brakes,” Bloom said. “They thought they saw a real life-size bull in the garage.”

Bloom, an opera lover, created most of his sculptures with the music of Puccini in the background.

“A businessman achieves success with his head and tongue, while an artist creates with his heart and hands, providing something that outlasts material wealth,” Bloom said. “Each human being is like a mine and you must constantly dig to find the vein of talent that is hidden. Once you find it, it can lead to endless beauty and interesting directions—changing your life forever.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Library remains open on all statutory holidays from 12 pm to 5 pm. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

 

Shalom Bloom scultures

 

Mitchell Brownstein acclaimed as Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc

Mitchell Brownstein became the new mayor of Côte Saint-Luc on Friday March 11, 2016.

Mayor Brownstein, who has served as a Côte Saint Luc councillor since 1990, was the only candidate to have submitted nomination papers before the close of the nomination period.
 
"I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support from my colleagues and the residents of Côte Saint Luc over the last many months,” Mayor Brownstein said. “I am honoured to be returning to work on Monday as Mayor of Côte Saint Luc."
 
Mayor Brownstein will be sworn in to office on Monday, March 14 at 8 pm as the first order of business at the Côte Saint-Luc council meeting at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). He will be making his first public statement as mayor at that time. He will also be available for interviews prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

Enlightening new art exhibit at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc

A new exhibit of paintings by Dennis Ekstedt runs from January 21 to March 20, 2016 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Art Gallery.

Ekstedt will present his large-scale paintings depicting masses of many small lights and luminous forms in a series entitled Lodestar. The lights and forms evoke nighttime images of the earth from a bird’s eye view. The lights represent an interconnected system, like that of a living organism. In his work, the artist is concerned with the rapid and excessive population growth around the globe. 

A vernissage to mark the opening of this exhibit is on Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm.

Dennis Ekstedt lives and works in Montreal. He received his Diploma in Fine Arts in 1986 from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C and his M.F.A in 1993 from Concordia University. He was the Eastern Canada winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2002 and his paintings are included in many public, corporate and private collections. He is currently represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Alberta and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto, Ontario.

His current artworks can be viewed at www.dennisekstedt.com

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It is open from 10am to 5pm on statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

 

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.