_ a collection of things
_ the act or an instance of bringing, gathering or coming together
_ an object made of pieces fitted together
_ an artistic composition made by grouping found or unrelated objects including odds and ends
I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.
When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us.
As it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!
O my friend -- but it is too much for my strength -- I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.
I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies.
Drawing on a professional network developed over 10 years in the global (art)world, and my in-depth experience on the field and in theory, as a Legacy Steward I provide a unique range of services. With the help of my collaborators, every project is researched and refined for the best possible outcome.
How We Work
At Assemblage, our approach is people-centred. Whichever service you need, we begin with a discussion on your vision and how we can help you achieve it.
Next, as Creative Legacy Stewards, we carry out our research and then provide you with a detailed roadmap showing viable options for our services and those of external professionals (as needed), along with a cost estimate.
In all the services we provide, Assemblage follows best practices and maintains high standards to make sure that, at the end of the process, you can be confident your creative legacy remains relevant.
Creative Legacy Services are specialty services tailored to meet the needs of collectors, artists and creatives, and to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of estate and legacy planning.
Estate planning can be a difficult and complex task, and yet end-of-life is something we must all confront at some point. It’s possible, of course, to look at estate and legacy planning in a positive way: as an opportunity pass on, and therefore share, what has enriched your life.
Consider how you have spent hours, days, weeks, and years assembling your collection or on your practice. Like life itself, it represents an assemblage — of impactful moments, of memories, of experiences, of traits you’ve discovered about yourself. Recognizing the worth of a collection or a practice worked on assiduously over a lifetime brings home the importance of estate and legacy planning. It is an essential part of your journey through the art world.
_ Advisory services and support for estate and legacy planning
_ Advisory services and strategies for collecting and collection legacy
_ Advisory services and strategies for artistic practice and legacy planning
_ Art appraisal for the following purpose
_ Estate planning
_ Certified Cultural Property (CCEEBC)
_ Photos and documentation
_ Condition reports
_ Collection management & collecting policies | guidelines
From Creative Chaos Manager, a term I coined while working with artists to establish strategic plan for their projects, to refining my vision and becoming a Creative Legacy Steward, I have one mission: to make sure that what you have assembled — as a collector, a creative or an artist — will live on and will remain relevant. In my capacity as a curator, writer, creative strategist, and fine art appraiser, I am a passionate and seasoned art professional dedicated to providing a wide range of carefully planned, well-executed services. I work in collaboration with collector, creative or artist and other professionals to customize solutions that meet the specific needs of each client, and to generate the greatest and lasting cultural impact to artistic communities.
My track record reflects my success in both the public and private sectors, and over a decade of wide-ranging experience in the creative industry across Canada and in England. I have contributed to the board of the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation, the executive committee of the Young Philanthropists’ Circle of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the fundraising committee of L’imprimerie, an artist-run centre in Montréal, and have been part of the mentorship team at artsvest, working with several mentees in the province of Quebec. My clients include private collectors and estate owners, artists, cultural enterprises, as well as the Canada Council Art Bank, the Global Affairs Canada Visual Art Collection, Seneca College in Toronto, Palais des congrès de Montréal and Kamloops Art Gallery.
I hold a Master’s degree (Merit) in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, England, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Distinction) with a major in Print Media, a minor in Photography and a minor in Art History, from Concordia University in Montréal. I am an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers, and I am fully proficient in English and in French.
Where some see difficulties looming, Assemblage welcomes compelling challenges and opportunities. Assemblage was born first and foremost from my own confrontation with mortality, and from the realization that we can face the inevitable in a different way by diving into the difficult conversations that we invariably choose to avoid. Through discussions with clients and other arts professionals, I came to see that there are many steps involved in estate and legacy planning. Each unique journey in the arts — as a collector, artist or creative — will call for a different assemblage of services and professionals at different times. Understanding this led me, first, to create my own legacy, relative to my personal and professional experience and my passion for the arts and, next, to the vision of helping others do the same. Creative Legacy guarantees the endurance of art, the passion of collectors, the vision of creatives and the dedication of artists. It supports those who understand the power of art and are determined to see that their intent, as a collector, creative or artist, will last and remain true to your values and that their wishes will be honoured through their estate and legacy.
Assemblage offers not only an amalgam of services, but also the expertise of a trusted network of professionals ready to contribute to the shared vision of its founder and its clients.
Based in Montréal and Ottawa, Assemblage services clients in-person and remotely, across Canada and internationally.
To inquire about a collaboration, book a consultation, request a quote or to simply say Hello, please call or email us.