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In May 2004 we purchased the building at the corner of Mont Echo and Knowlton Road and established the Knowlton Gallery, successfully promoting the best local artists as well as other well-known Quebec artists.
While a number of other Galleries came and went, in the spring of 2006 the Knowlton Gallery underwent major renovations and expanded its current location to double the space available.
In 2007, The Knowlton Gallery, through its advertising in major art and culture magazines, regional newspapers and through its mailing and on its new web-site, began to promote the unique nature of Knowlton as a destination where art and culture, heritage and nature all meet to create a unique experience.
The Gallery decided to expand its horizons by offering to promote local authors, such as Harrison Yates, Joseph Singerman, Klaus Bremer, and Donald J. Davison with book launches at the Gallery.
This was then followed with evenings of wine tasting given by well-known sommeliers and promoting regional wineries.
Needless to say, our current expanded premises have served the cultural and the arts community well.
In the spring of 2007 we sold our building and began to search for a new location. One that would not only once again double our current space, but more importantly, a place that would truly fulfill our vision of combining art, culture, heritage and architecture. We wanted to make the Knowlton Gallery an experience as well as a destination.
In the summer of 2008 our vision came true. The majestic Victorian Brome Lea building at 49 Victoria became available. Originally, it was known as the Chrysler Building, built in 1886 by Zeon A. Chrysler.
While much work needed to be done to restore this building, with its twelve-foot high ceilings, archways, fireplace, spiral staircase, and unique woodwork, I believe that once completed, it will be worthwhile. To date it has taken four months to restore four rooms.
This new chapter in the evolution of the Knowlton Gallery would never have been possible without the support of the Town of Brome Lake, and more importantly, our new neighbors, And lest we forget, all the people who have supported the Gallery over the last five years.
It is also important to mention that Knowlton’s newest art gallery, Carpe Diem, and its owner Nicole Taillon, who has restored the historic old tannery, also shares our belief that Knowlton can become an art, cultural, heritage and architectural destination.