AAA Editor Notes
Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Museum, 7450 boul. Ste-Anne, displays the copper artwork of renowned artisan Albert Gilles, born in France in 1895; in the studio, five women of his family carry on the tradition. Prior to his death in 1979, Gilles' clients included such famous figures as Roy and Walt Disney, Mae West, Fredric March and Constance Bennett. He also was commissioned by Pope Pius XII to create a gold and silver chalice, and his work adorns many churches throughout North America, including the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, where he created the copper doors and the gold and silver tabernacles. The museum displays decorative and religious works showcasing the repoussé technique and also describes copper extraction and its practical uses.