New boutique-gallery Loongese in Laval presents the exhibition “Building a Bridge – Tea, Zen and Mysterious Orient”

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New boutique-gallery Loongese in Laval presents the exhibition “Building a Bridge – Tea, Zen and Mysterious Orient”

 Laval, November 12, 2019 – Opened on October 19, the boutique-gallery Loongese is the only establishment in Laval dedicated to presenting Oriental culture through a combination of teas, artworks, and paintings. It is located at local 8 of Galeries Laval. The exhibition named “Bridging a Bridge – Tea, Zen and Mysterious Orient” by artist Annouchka Gravel Galouchko will be presented from November 17 to December 15. In addition to the artist’s work, several kinds of tea, potteries and some Asian artworks will be on sale, making great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Visitor will also be able to experience time-honoured Asian culture and the charm of the mysterious Orient with several free activities focused on tea, pottery, and art.

Originated from China, the owners of Loongese, Juan Guan and Guodong Zhang, arrived in Quebec in 2011 and have been living in Laval since 2017. “At Loongese, we want to create a space that shows the beauty of the Orient, supports local artists and builds a bridge between the East and the West. The exhibition of the artist Annouchka Gravel Galouchko is a starting point and a very good example. We invite people to come and talk with us while enjoying one of our teas,” said Juan Guan.

Annouchka Gravel Galouchko is a multidisciplinary artist with international recognition. She considers each of her creations as a journey of self-revelation and integrates into her works all of the cultures that have inhabited her and crossed her path over the years. She has published several Asian-inspired youth books including Shõ and Water Dragons, which won the prestigious Governor General of Canada Award in 1995.

Following are free activities to discover tea and the transcultural art of an exceptional visual artist:

Nov. 17        Opening of the exhibition of Annouchka Gravel Galouchko,

accompanied by a tea tasting

Nov. 23        Pottery demonstration

Nov. 24        Introduction to Zen meditation with Annouchka and Stéphan

Nov. 30        Japanese tea ceremony with traditional music (Shamisen and Koto)

Dec. 8          Family workshop with Annouchka and Stéphan

Dec. 15        Initiation to Mandarin

All activities take place between 2 pm and 5 pm.

You can get to Loongese at Galeries Laval by the door located at 1545-1, boul. Le Corbusier, which lies just north of the Archambault store.

 Website of Loongese:

Website of Annouchka Gravel Galouchko:


For more information: Sylvie Castonguay, 514 713-8302


Opening of the boutique-gallery Loongese on October 19, 2019, at Galeries Laval

Photo of the artist Annouchka Gravel Galouchko

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