Montrealers noted at Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) this year included Marc DeSerres, director Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) of Montreal, Jean-Claude Baudinet, Stéphane Aquin, Cheryl and Alan Goffman, Joanne and Douglas Cohen (in from Palm Beach), Carmel Mintzberg, gallerists Jeannie Riddle, Donald Browne , Brian Brisson and Alexandra Conners and Pierre François Ouellette – who showed Quebec artists Adad Hannah, Dil Hildebrand, Luc Courchesne, at AQUA, one of the satellite fairs.
Also noted was Kristian Verono – who had his first vernissage at ABMB! Félicitations! Not only did he have a show: he sold most of his works! Montreal artist ZILON shared the gallery space, but did not make it to the vernissage. The glamourous photog /slash / model Pascale Bourbeau and other guests mingled and sipped Veuve Clicquot, as waves crashed gently on the shore. Pascale had just attended the ONE DROP event the night before, where Claudia Barila and Guy Laliberté watched the Cirque du Soleil with France Chrétien Desmarais (daughter of former Canadian PM Jean Chrétien) vice-chair of One Drop, and André Desmarais, president and co-CEO, Power Corp. The sold-out smash success was presented by Vancouver-based Gianni Kovacevic and co-chaired by Montrealer Louise Courey Nadeau. The uber-glam eve raised $450,000 for One Drop, a foundation that aims to provide clean water to everyone in the world.