Author Archives: Linda

Laila Kassab – Art under seige


Laila Kassab is a self-taught artist who lives in Gaza. She uses art to transform what she describes as a “dismal life” for herself and those around her. She draws on the walls of her home and creates colourful paintings to express her feelings and convey her hope for a better future.

Based in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Laila became part of a small London-based group that aimed to forge links with Palestinians in Laila’s region. The group received some of Laila’s paintings that were smuggled out of her region, wrapped in layers of food packaging. Her work has since been showed in two exhibitions: “Who can sleep in Gaza?” (2014) and “Art under Siege” (2017).

Outside In – a UK charity that works towards creating a fairer and more inclusive art world – has chosen Laila’s work to exhibit at Pallant House Gallery, alongside the work of Scottie Wilson. Outside In needs help funding this exhibit and seeks your help in this crowdfunding venture:

The exhibit will run from June 13 to July 29 this year. Check for further information online.



Film about Bill Anhang

Watch BILLSVILLE, a CBC short documentary about Montreal artist, William (Bill) Anhang. It contains wonderful footage of Bill and his fabulous world of art. Watch it on CBC’s website, or on YouTube.

Palmerino Sorgente

Palmerino Sorgente (Papa Palmerino, the Pope of Montreal) immigrated to Montreal from Italy where he supported his large family through various ventures. He had a vision in 1970, where the Virgin Mary told him that he was the Pope and his mission was to serve God. Sorgente opened an eccentric shop filled with hand-made and purchased religious artifacts.

To those who remember him, Sorgente didn’t think he was the Pope; he was the Pope. He struck a regal posture in his home-made capes, hats, and religious medallions. Customers came to receive his blessing and pray with him in the prayer room at the back of his shop. He was a prolific creator of jewel-studded hats, some of which reached 6 feet in height.