Montreal’s Downtown Street Art Gallery

IMG_0019Located on rue Saint-Catherine, Fresh Paint Gallery occupies the historic La Patrie building, which was built in 1908 and once housed the Quebec daily paper of the same name. The Gallery, a temporary art project, was developed through the collaboration of Under Pressure, Montreal’s annual graffiti festival started in 1996, and the Church of Scientology, who purchased the building but later abandoned their own plans to renovate the space and allowed the gallery to take it. IMG_0010

Dedicated to street art and graffiti, the Gallery exhibits rotating artists who display an array of art ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, murals and installations that playfully interact with the inherent nature of the space. The Gallery also regularly hosts Beaux Degats/Fine Mess art battles, whereby several blank walls are turned over to team of artists who transform them in front of a live crowd who vote (generally by dropping their empty beer cans in their favorite teams trash can) for a winner.

221 Sainte Catherine E, Montreal (relocated in 2013)