Artist’s space

“For years, my husband and I have wanted to live in Old Montreal,” says Sylvie, a well-known Montreal businesswoman with a notable career path. After graduating from HEC, she became the youngest person – and first woman in North America – ever to run a Lexus dealership. She acquired five dealerships by the time she became the first woman president of the Montréal International Auto Show in 1995. Just before she turned 50, Sylvie enrolled in the art school at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, taking sculpture, abstract art and live model classes. “I chose Boca Raton to be close to my daughter, who was going to school there,” she explains. “Then my husband privatized and sold part of his software company, and we decided to leave our home in Rosemère and move into the Héritage du Vieux-Port, which had been on our radar for some time.”

“We fell in love with this condo the first time we saw it. The views of the city and the river were simply spectacular. I gave myself six months to turn this 7,500 sq. ft., five-level space into our new home, and set up my art studio.” The work ended up spanning an entire year. “I chose all the colours and materials with the long term in mind. I did not want to remodel every five years, like we had before.” She is particularly fond of the dining room, with its reflective ceiling. “In winter, you can see the snowflakes dance, as though they were rising up to the sky.”

After taking first place for painting at a competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, this mother and breast cancer survivor decided to dedicate herself to her art. With two other artist friends, she also published a book, Une chance qu’on s’a, an ode to Jean-Pierre Ferland. In keeping with her altruistic nature, she then proceeded to make another dream come true, creating a private art gallery in the five-storey stairwell of her new home. Opus 3, as the gallery is called, is intended as a means to promote emerging artists. “It was an instant success,” says this remarkable woman, who signs her works Sylvia Dilore. “I have finally created a timeless space, untethered from the whims of fashion. I have fulfilled my enormous need to live in an environment conducive to artistic creation.”

sylviadilore.com

opus3.ca

Photos: Adrien Williams

Artist’s space – e-mag

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