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There are works that strike us like lightning and others that reveal themselves gradually, little by little. Sometimes, it’s a detail that captures our attention, that arouses our curiosity as to its history, its raison d’être. We feel instantly drawn to it, by a distinctive feature or perhaps by a message of personal significance. Excitement is followed by exploration. Then it’s too late: We fall irrevocably under its spell. We absolutely must have it. And what of the surge of adrenaline once we’ve bought the piece, or the affection we feel for “our” work every time we set eyes on it? And what about the pride we feel when it sparks discussions or debate, when it expresses something beyond words, or when a child gazes at it with fresh eyes? We also feel proud to have contributed to keeping contemporary art alive. An art that is sometimes surprising, sometimes moving, shocking, or amusing, and that, no matter what, never leaves us indifferent. An art that enrichens our culture, an art that brings people together; an inclusive art that casts a different light on the world and contributes to our evolution.

All this expresses what contemporary art is to me. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a neophyte keen to get started, I invite you to discover and support Canadian artists through our Vendu–Sold benefit auction. By doing so, you will also be actively contributing to the continued development of Éditions esse on both the local and international scene. Who knows, perhaps you will find a work that will perfectly enhance or even mark the beginning of your collection. Either way, I promise you a truly memorable evening in celebration of art and creativity.

Véronique Gaumond-Carignan

Véronique Gaumond-Carignan

Véronique Gaumond-Carignan is a partner at the law firm of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Her practice is focused on commercial real estate, finance, and private equity, as well as hedge funds and venture capital. Known for her drive and responsiveness, she develops innovative solutions for her clients’ most complex problems.

She is involved with the Young Associates Committee of the Opéra de Montréal. As president for the past two seasons, she guides the committee’s governance and, through her artistic creativity, has developed innovative management decision-making.

Véronique Gaumond-Carignan has also acted as vice-president for the ARISTA Provincial Contest of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal. The competition rewards and showcases young Québec business leaders who demonstrate outstanding leadership and innovation in their category.

She studied law at Université Laval in Québec City and at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg.