Billy Mavreas Workshops

Tonight was the third and final installment of Billy's workshops here at 211 Bernard. I had the pleasure of eavesdropping on collaborative round tables of creation with Billy, Sarah, Enriquez, Flavia, Murielle and Isabel.

The workshop was geared towards adults (30+) who had the chance to investigate the accidental, and explore and challenge the notion that art is only for "artists." The materials used were simple, just pencil and paper really, but the discourse opened up between strangers was totally complex and layered. What a total delight!

The final piece ended up looking like a surrealist map of sorts, after being cut up and reassembled:

They even ended up with a little zine!!

You may know Billy from around the neighborhood; he's a Canadian cartoonist and artist living in Montreal. Billy's responsible for Expozine, one of Canada's raddest Zine fairs (which is coming up at the end of the month, by the way!), and is the curator/resident-at-large of Monastiraki, a "shop and gallery of wonders" on Blvd St Laurent. If you haven't ever been into Monastiraki, I suggest you hit it up immediately, as it's one of Mile End's brilliant and sparkling diamonds in the rough: 5478 St Laurent, (514) 278-4879, .

And please, keep your eyes and ears peeled for the next opportunity to sit in on one of these powerhouse sessions of creativity. You'll be totally glad you did!

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