Living in Kanata, a sub-urb of Ottawa, has some pros and cons. On the one hand being close to nature (Greenbelt, Trans Canada Trail etc) and work, on the other hand being far away from museums and art galleries which are mostly located in the down town core. I have to confess, I really miss being out and about and stroll through exhibitions. That's why I was so looking forward to the 22nd Annual Kanata Artists Studio Tour! It took place last weekend.
Every year, Kanata artists open their home studios to the public on the first weekend of May. This year, the artists were:
Janis Miller Hall
And the participating Guest Artists:
|Some of Beulah McLellan's abstract acrylic works which were on view at her home during the Kanata Artists Studio Tour 2013. Copyright by Beulah McLellan.|
I finally had the chance to see some art close to my place, so I visited Beulah McLellan's studio. I chatted a bit with her about her encaustic technique (she also uses acrylic, but I liked the encaustic works more). It is made of beeswax and pigment, and other materials can be encased into the surface which makes it such an exciting artistic medium. Actually, it's a very old technique, developed in Egypt during the Coptic Period. Further, its texture is great – and that's why it is the medium of choice for Beulah who also integrates everyday objects into her works (like newspaper letters, pictures etc.).
|Some of Beulah McLellan's encaustic works at the Kanata Artists Studio Tour 2013. Copyright by Beulah McLellan.|
|"Sheepish" by Beulah McLellan.|
According to her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BeulahMcLellanArt) she has sold several paintings over the last weekend. I assume that the Kanata Artists Studio Tour was a success for all participating artists, and for me it was a great opportunity to see contemporary, local art in Kanata!
|At Beulah McLellan's studio during the Kanata Artists Studio Tour 2013. Copyright by Beulah McLellan.|