Galerie Elena Lee was the first gallery to represent the Studio Glass Movement in Canada. This Movement, born more than 50 years ago in the USA, took glass out of the factory and into the artists’ hands, who proceeded to explore it beyond its craft origins. In Quebec, François Houdé, co-founder of Montreal’s glass school Espace Verre, dramatically changed the way glass is viewed. He insisted to forget about its decorative and functional aspects and concentrate on its essential characteristic, even its breakability, to create a language, uniquely suited to express ideas. It is this spiritual aspect of contemporary art glass that Galerie Elena Lee has been defending during the 40 years of its existence. Obliged to close its Sherbrooke Street space due to market forces (exorbitant taxes, a changing art market), the gallery continued its efforts in a beautiful warehouse space in the Complexe du Canal Lachine for 3 years. Although a few clients remained faithful, the remote location did not attract many new clients and the gallery was forced once again to close its doors in December 2017. Moving forward, Galerie Elena Lee will promote Canadian glass artists through a virtual art gallery.


Old location on Sherbrooke Ouest