The cautious easing of the pandemic means people are travelling again and local galleries and artist’s shops are open to visitors. The Route des Arts in Argenteuil and neighbouring municipalities is encouraging everyone to tour the local roads and arrange to visit the various studios and galleries before August 8.

There are 17 artists and artisans participating. Until August 3, anyone hoping to visit a studio or gallery must make an appointment. From August 4 to 8, appointments are not required.

At the Galerie and boutique at 76 rue Clyde in Lachute, the work of 27 artists and artisans from across Argenteuil is on display and for sale in the Loco-Motion exhibition, which continues until August 8. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public health measures in accordance with Québec’s green level regulations are in effect. COVID-19 is one of the reasons visitors must make appointments to visit artists on certain dates. Route des Arts also used the appointment requirement during the 2020 season. According to President and St-Placide artist Danielle Roy, approximately half of the visits in 2020 were by appointment.

Route des Arts and the Galerie also offer educational and art instruction programs.

“It’s good for the public and the children,” said Lise-Anne Bernatchez, the Project Coordinator and Secretary of Route des Arts, and an artist herself.

Visitors to all 17 studios and the Galerie in Lachute can collect a keyword at each location and then enter to win a $500 credit at the studio of their choice. The contest ends on July 8.

The Route des Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the visibility of professional artists and artisans, encourage art appreciation among the public, and encouraging cultural tourism in the southwest Laurentides. In 2020, 57 per cent of the visitors to the Route des Arts were from within its territory, but 34.7 per cent of visitors were from Montreal, Laval, the north shore of the St. Lawrence River and other regions of Québec. Just 2.1 per cent of visitors were from Ontario in 2020.

For a complete list of the participating artists and artisans in Route des Arts, visit the Galerie in Lachute, or go to .