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Feature: Colourful Paintings of Montreal Houses and Neighborhoods

Feature: Montreal artist and illustrator Michelle Darwin

Montreal artist and illustrator Michelle Darwin draws and paints portraits of Montreal neighbourhoods, laneways, houses, and buildings. She founded her company, Painted Stories as a creative house for her hand-crafted paintings and illustrations.

Based in the Plateau area of Montreal, Michelle loves to wander local neighbourhoods looking for interesting sights to capture in her paintings and drawings. She recently began a series of playful illustrations of Montreal houses and hopes to spend the warmer months creating portraits of local gardens and green laneways. In addition to a range of personal works – many for sale as originals or prints – she also runs a business, Painted Stories, through which she creates custom artwork for clients.

Painted Stories is based around the idea that custom paintings of favourite city place or home are a perfect way to remember, celebrate and cherish the places that are important to us. Michelle loves working with clients who are looking to express the personality of a special place through a custom painting. Custom paintings are often inspired by an aspect of a client’s personal or family history, a celebration of a current milestone, or an important life event – such as selling a family home, a wedding, anniversary, or an illness in the family. Her illustrations make wonderful, heartfelt and truly unique gifts for someone special and are sure to be cherished for years to come.

Painted Stories specializes in:

  •  Watercolour paintings and illustrations
  • Gouache paintings
  • Lively drawings with pen and/or ink
  • Paintings of places with a personal story

While houses make up the bulk of Michelle’s subjects, she’s more than happy to create portraits of any building or place that has personal meaning: a library, wedding venue, neighborhood, cottage, garden, city landmark, church, or shop.

Postcards and prints of Montreal neighborhoods and houses will be available soon on Etsy.

Browse a full portfolio of work and learn more about custom artwork at www.paintedstories.co

You can follow Painted Stories on Instagram @painted_stories

 

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What to Visit When in Montreal Part 1: World Trade Center Montreal

Montreal World Trade Center also known as Centre de Commerce mondial de Montréal), is a mix of both offices and a hotel located in the Old Port of Montreal, an area called the international quarter.

The place itself is beautiful, and I always tend to bring my friends who are visiting for a walk and a look around.

What makes this place special?

  1. History,  the place was built in the early 90s, yet the items on display inside go way back.

There is a piece of the Berlin wall on display, which I find a beautiful reminder, especially for our younger generation.

Montreal Berlin Wall in world trade center

There is also a fountain by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal.

2. The architecture of the building

The whole area looks like two buildings have been put together, in the most intelligent and artistic way possible.

The ceiling is a transparent glass ceiling.

There is a mesh of stairways along the way that adds this modern effect, while keeping it simple.

3. The open space

In the open space through the building, there is a reflecting pool, coffee shops, boutiques and other services.

Here is how it looks:

World Trade Center Montreal World Trade Center Montreal

This is some panoramic footage taken June 2017.

If you are interested in discovering more history around Montreal. You might want to check the historic Fort de Chambly. 

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Feature: Montreal Spa That Helps Your Body Recover From Stress

Montreal Spa Oasis

A Montreal based spa bringing the latest and the greatest to its clients.

Spa oasis is a Medi-Aesthetic Boutique Spa that aims to bring wellness to human body.

By combining therapies from both Asia and the West, Spa Oasis aims to offer the most complete range of spa services from personalized body maintenance and weight management programs, to anti-aging cure and skin condition treatments.

Whether you are suffering from migraines, sciatic nerve pains, muscles pains or stress related tensions, Spa Oasis’ therapeutic treatments will provide you great relief.

Managed by a group of entrepreneurial Montreal women, the spa is always aspiring to bring the latest and the greatest in the beauty and treatment industry.

Here is where you can find the spa:


Here is what you can expect when you are visiting the spa:

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You can reach spa oasis by phone at 514-747-1111

Opening Hours:
Wednesday 10AM–8PM
Thursday 10AM–8PM
Friday 10AM–8PM
Saturday 10AM–7PM
Sunday Closed
Monday 10AM–7PM
Tuesday 10AM–7PM

Email: info@spaoasismtl.ca