Martin Lawrence Galleries presents contemporary artist Rene Lalonde

“Calling All Stations” -- Photo courtesy Martin Lawrence Galleries

Looking for something culturally enriching to do after hitting all the Black Friday specials on Nov. 24 and 25? Take a ride out to Lahaina and stop in at the Martin Lawrence Galleries to meet French Canadian contemporary artist, Rene Lalonde.

Born in Montreal, the oldest of four children, Lalonde was drawn to the arts at an early age. He bought his first serious set of paints, brushes and canvases at 12. Graced with a rich imagination, Lalonde was swept up in the 1960s and the excitement that was rock ‘n’ roll and the artistic movements which spawned the psychedelic revolution.

Lalonde attended L’Ecole du Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, a school that was attached to The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It was there that he discovered Pablo Picasso’s late Cubism work, along with the color and infused light found in the art of Maxfield Parrish and Marc Chagall.

“The primary goal for me is to create images with one idea in mind — to bring a sense of pleasure to the viewer, whether it is peace or joy or stillness,” said Lalonde.

Martin Lawrence Galleries discovered Lalonde’s work at the New York Art Expo in 1999.

“Boat House on the Beach” -- Photo courtesy Martin Lawrence Galleries

Blending the traditions of surrealism, cubism and fauvism, his art shows both an emotional force of vivid and unusual color along with the simplicity of flattened-out planes. Though his works are vibrant and intense, they somehow project a sense of calm, serenity and, at times, an easygoing buoyancy.

Lalonde’s use of houses in his work is meant to bring about the coziness, warmth and security all are searching for in life.

Lalonde’s exhibition is scheduled to run through Dec. 15, but the opportunity to meet the artist and have him sign a copy of his book (which will be available for purchase at the gallery) will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25 at Martin Lawrence Galleries, 790 Front St. (at the corner of Front Street and Lahainaluna Road). RSVP if you’d like to attend and meet the artist.

For more information or to RSVP, call 661-1788.

“You, Me and the Sun” -- Photo courtesy Martin Lawrence Galleries