Art Tonik returns after two years of absence

VISUAL ARTS. Drummondville’s Fondation du Cégep charity event, Art Tonik, returns on June 2 for a second edition. This is a return expected by the foundation after two years of absence.

The event will take place under a tent outside the Drummondville Cégep. During the evening, twenty students and graduates of the visual arts program will produce works in front of guests who will be able to bid on each one of them during a silent auction. In addition, some twenty works already carried out for the benefit of the foundation will also be auctioned.

A representation of Mort’s circular work that will be auctioned during the evening. (Photo: Louis-Philippe Samson)

One of these artists is Mort, a graduate of the Cégep de Drummondville and a native of Saint-Bonaventure. Mort is a muralist recognized for his works with colorful proposals inspired by urban culture. He has also created a work especially for the occasion that will be available at auction.

“I was honored when they asked me to be a spokesperson for Art Tonik. The two years I spent in the visual arts program were formative and pivotal years in my journey. The training allowed me to broaden my horizons. The fact that he is a graduating artist who can make a living from his art also sends a beautiful message to students,” said Mort, who graduated a dozen years ago.

For this night of bubble tasting and gourmet bites, the foundation brought on the sommelier behind the Bù wine collection and Drummondville resident, Jessica Harnois, as its second spokesperson. She chose the sparkling wines and champagnes that will be served.

The foundation hopes to raise an amount close to that obtained in 2019, that is, 22,000 dollars, for this new edition of Art Tonik. “We always want to improve the quantity, but we also know that we are coming out of a pandemic. So how will people react? Our first goal remains to promote student artists. This year we would also like to open our doors to the next generation of entrepreneurs during the event”, commented Pierre Vigeant, general manager of the foundation.

The event’s lead partner, UV Assurance President and CEO Christian Mercier, underscored the audacity behind bringing the arts and business community together. “Drummondville’s Cégep stood out with the first edition of this event. What distinguishes Art Tonik as an event is its ability to have a renowned artist at the helm and to involve entrepreneurs. I think it is a unique formula in Quebec that has become essential for us”, said Christian Mercier.

As in the first edition, a mural is currently being made, this time by the student Alyssia Léveillé, on the stairs of door 1 of the Cégep. This will be announced on the night of June 2. Tickets are on sale now on the Fondation du Cégep de Drummondville website.

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