Tucked away in the medieval streets of Annecy, Au-delà des Apparences is a small gallery showcasing a hand-picked selection of paintings and sculptures. Owner Christian Gueux’s philosophy is based on the emotions and thoughts that a work of art evokes (au-delà). Always on the lookout for new talent, Gueux carefully selects his exhibits by visiting artists’ studios, showcasing the Renaissance-inspired paintings of Martine Bligny and the monumental glass sculptures by French West Indies-based Mancour.
Au-delà des Apparences, 15 Rue Filaterie, Annecy, Haute Savoie, France, +33 4 50 52 94 34
Situated on the shores of Lake Annecy, Veyrier-du-Lac is an idyllic setting for Sylvie Platini’s gallery. Aware that the Haute Savoie is not accessible to everyone, Platini has opened her gallery to visitors around the world through her partnering website. Not only can visitors explore the works of talented contemporary artists, but they can also attend opening events through the site.
Situated at the foot of the mountains four kilometers from Megève, Galerie Temps des Arts is an integrated part of the village of Praz-sur-Arly, best known for hot air ballooning. A past exhibition included a partnership with the Lions Club, featuring the work of some 20 artists to raise money for handicapped children in France to go on a skiing holiday. From portraits made of jigsaw puzzle pieces by Claudio Perina to the New York landscapes by Yong-Man Kwon, wander around the gallery and end your stay with a cup of Dammann Frères tea.
The Galerie Mario Colonel in Chamonix specializes in photography, showcasing breathtaking images of Mont-Blanc and the Alps alongside creative works depicting mountains across the globe. Mario Colonel comprises an exhibition area and a wide selection of affordable posters, calendars and framed prints of his work. For mountain and photography enthusiasts, Mario organises trips to discover mountainous regions across different parts of the world.
Galerie Mario Colonel, 19 Rue Whymper Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, +33 4 50 91 40 20
After travelling the world with his camera, native artist Olivier Tops finally settled in Megève and opened a gallery to showcase his work. Characterized by large-scale paintings in primary colors and photographs from his travels printed on giant canvasses, Tops’ work is highly recognizable. He also pioneered “nailshading,” a technique using thousands of nails placed on the canvas with precision to create shadow images.
Olivier Tops, 132 Rue d’Arly, Megève, France, +33 6 18 06 56 69
After a visit to the famous medieval Château des Ducs de Savoie in Chambéry, contemporary art lovers will be pleasantly surprised to find the Galerie Ruffieux-Bril on one of the oldest streets leading down from the castle. Art curators Jean-Loup Ruffieux and Emanuelle Bril have juxtaposed the ancient with the modern in their 14th century gallery, showcasing artists from the region and beyond. Their temporary exhibitions often bring together two or three artists and kick off with well-attended opening events. The first temporary exhibition in 2012 showcased the works of Polish born artist Adrianna Wojcik Muffet-Jeandat, who, based in Megève, continues to display her interesting portraits and landscapes here. Other names to look out for in the gallery are Rudolf Reumann, known for his engravings on plexiglass, and William Laperrière, specialist in wood sculptures.
La Galerie Ruffieux-Bril, 30 Rue Basse-du-Château, Chambéry, France, +33 4 79 44 11 70
The Galerie d’Art Perbet is situated in Annecy’s “Little Venice,” a stone’s throw away from the river Thiou that runs through the old town. Jocelyne Perbet’s busy gallery displays the works of some of internationally renowned artists, ranging from paintings that pay an amusing tribute to women with a fuller figure by Jeanne Lorioz, to 3D pop art sculptures by Gerstein or the works of Thalie blending digital art with painting. The gallery has a second address in Annecy – Nouvelle Espace – on the Faubourg des Annonciades, where Jocelyne showcases more young artists, organising brunch parties to open the temporary exhibitions. A full agenda of events is available on the gallery’s website.
Galerie d’Art Perbet, 20 rue Perrière, Annecy, France, +33 4 50 45 78 42