Every now and again a new place to visit comes along that really makes me SMILE . . . The Chalet des Créateurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is one such venture.
The Chalet des Créateurs is many things at once:
- a gallery showcasing local creative talent (45+ créateurs, and always changing);
- a boutique with unique hand-made, local goods/gifts;
- a place for children and adults to try out workshops!
A little history
Charlotte Paget is the protagonist in this artistic venture, and here is how she describes (on her website) her inspiration to start up the Chalet des Créateurs: «Ma motivation première est de répandre l’énergie créative des talents français et locaux que je rencontre et ainsi vous faire découvrir le fruit de leur audace. À travers ma galerie-boutique, je vous embarque dans l’univers de créateurs passionnés». (My primary objective is to spread the creative energy of the French and local talents that I meet, and hence to enable you to discover the fruit of their innovative work. Through my gallery-boutique, you can enter the universe of these passionate creators).
Charlotte decided on Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, at the foot of Mont-Blanc, to bring her idea to fruition and she chose an old 20th century family sawmill (scierie), the first in Haute-Savoie to use electricity rather than water power, to house her venture.
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, a melting pot of art & creativity
It is no mystery why some of the most famous artists have been/are attracted to our alpine mountains and lakes: the changing seasons and the play of light on mountains, snow, glaciers and water are magical and inspirational . . .
From the earliest depictions of the expeditions up Mont-Blanc, through to JMW Turner, Cézanne and Hodler, so many artists have been drawn to the majesty of our high peaks, to our valleys, to our mountain lakes and glaciers. Nature and art: they go hand-in-hand . . .
Some of the Romantics’/Impressionists’ visions of Mont-Blanc and Lac d’Annecy (JMW Turner, Gabriel Loppé, Albert Bierstadt, Cézanne, Hodler) . . .
And some more modern depictions of Mont-Blanc (Vahe Yeremyan, James Hart Dyke) . . .
And so it seems truly apt that Charlotte and her team should choose a location in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to showcase their project . . . recently, this alpine town famous for its thermal springs, has become a pioneering contemporary artists’ hub, with its mayor Jean-Marc Peillex backing several innovative projects: 2KM3 (the newly renovated multi-storey car-park; street art throughout!), Pile Pont Expo (the exhibition space in one of the two pillars of the viaduct), the exhibition space in the Maison Forte de Hautetour, the Salle Géo Dorival, the open air museum in the Parc Thermal in Le Fayet . . .
In the gallery-boutique of the Chalet des Créateurs, you will find all sorts of artistic creations: paintings, photography, greeting cards, jewellery, home-made beauty products, «c’etait hier» products (traditional artwork), interior design items, children’s toys, fashion goods and even craft beer and other food! To see some of the artists currently showcasing their work, see here.
Le Chalet des Créateurs is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10h to 12h and from 15h to 19h.
900 route de Megève
Lieu-dit Le Robinson
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 46 69 / +33 (0)6 02 33 11 75
Website: Chalet des Créateurs