Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Art on the Grass - Carp

At the Carp Farmers' Market

I'm always pleasantly surprised how local arts and crafts thrive in rural communities. On my recent visit to the Carp Farmers' Market, I've discovered not only a great variety of fruits, vegetables and backed goods, but also amazing crafts. In the market halls I've found pottery, jewellery, sewed and knitted textiles, wood crafts and even photographs and fiber art. It's really worth a visit!

Carp Farmers' Market

And on August 16th, the fairgrounds in the village of Carp host “Art on the Grass”: A Show & sale of fine art and handmade crafts. Organized by the West Carleton Arts Society, it's a wonderful opportunity to see works (and demonstrations!) by local artists and craftspeople. That sounds terrific!


Art on the Grass
Carp Fairgrounds
August 16, 2014, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Carp Farmer's Market:
Every Saturday in Summer

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Controversial Exhibit at Karsh Masson Gallery

Entrance to Rehab Nazzal's "Invisible" at Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa

The current exhibition at Ottawa City Hall by Palestinian artist Rehab Nazzal has recently caused controversy. The art exhibit, titled “Invisible,” includes images of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, among other art pieces that portray the West Bank and Gaza.

Some pictures of the exhibit at Karsh Masson Gallery, now located in City Hall:
Exhibition view of Rehab Nazzal's "Invisible" at Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa

Exhibition view of Rehab Nazzal's "Invisible" at Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa

Rehab Nazzal's "Invisible" at Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Poster

More about the controversy about the exhibition:

Rehab Nazzal: Invisible
Karsh Masson Gallery
May 9 to June 22, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Art in Odd Spaces

Invitation of the RIA House Tour, 2014. The photo shows: Lynda Hall, Attic Stairs.

A basement, a guest room, a storage room, an attic, a lavatory or a staircase... all these “odd spaces” host art installations during the RIA House Tour next weekend. Research in Art (RIA) has been a hub for discussion about the state of contemporary art here in Ottawa for a while now, and the house tour proves how exciting the Ottawa art scene actually is.

The invitation mentions strange features of these spaces like a secret staircase and a hidden door. Behind them you will find unexpected works of six well-known Ottawa artists:

Gail Bourgeois, Vera Greenwood, Dipna Horra, Deborah Margo, Stephanie Nadeau and Svetlana Swinimer.

The works – in video, sound, drawing, and sculpture – refer to the history and present use (or non-use) of these odd spaces. The tour may be an amazing opportunity to explore art with a unique approach. I hope I will still get a spot, since all participants have to register in advance!

May 3rd, 2014, 1-5 p.m.
May 10th, 2014, 1-5 p.m.
Please register at researchinart.ria@gmail.com
This is Tangent # 6 in conjunction with Deborah Margo’s Salt and Paper project. For more information on RIA, the Salt and Paper Project and its Tangents, visit: http://researchinartottawa.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kanata Artists Studio Tour

Save the date: Next weekend is the Kanata Artists Studio Tour!

10 artists of the Kanata area and 2 guest artists open their homes and studios to the public (for the 23rd time already, isn't that great!).


May 2-4, 2014
Various locations in Kanata
Link: http://www.kanataartists.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Polke and Richter...

Invitation to the polke/richter exhibition at the SKD, Dresden; copyright Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

...I wish I could go!

State Art Collections Dresden, Germany
polke/richter - documentation of an exhibition
April 8 - June 1st, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Accolade connects art and audience

Accolade website, http://artsaccolade.ca

Where art, artists and the audience connect: a new microsite of the AOE Arts Council features works by and information about their members. But that's not all. Accolade promises to show “innovation, imagination and art in all its forms in our dynamic city. You will be able to discover artists, enjoy their work, find arts instruction and support the arts.” Accolade aims to be a forum not only for professional artists, but also for recreational, community-based, and emerging artistic expressions.

That sounds great! Check it out under the link: http://artsaccolade.ca/

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Triage: An Artist in Kandahar

© copyright Karen Bailey, all rights reserved

Recently, Picasso's 1949 book illustrations for “Carmen” came to my mind. They are quite amazing – showing scenes from the novella by Prosper Mérimée (later adapted into the famous opera) with wonderful portraits of Carmen and of course Picasso's characteristic minotaur. A wonderful book.

It's also a great example for interdisciplinary 'cross-fertilization' of visual arts and literature. Now I encountered a project that went the opposite way, so to speak: first were the paintings and than the literature. The School of Music poets responsed to “Triage: An Artist in Kandahar”, an exhibition of paintings by artist Karen Bailey. Karen Bailey's astonishing paintings which she created when she was a volunteer appointed military artist with the Canadian Military Forces at the Role 3 Hospital, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, were the starting point for a group of Australian poets. Their aim is to “explore the relationship between poetry, music and other art forms by providing a wide variety of rich artistic experiences”. Now the impressive poems about Bailey's paintings were published online and in print.

Karen Bailey's Artist Statement:

Poets and painters share a similar history in documenting war. Without the efforts of artists the human story of war would never be memorialised; for generations poets have written about the effects of conflict, history books are filled with images depicting war.

The poems here are moving, the compassion shown is palpable. It’s as if each poet was with me during my experiences in Kandahar. You have been able to put into words what I can only say with paint. I feel privileged to be part of this collaboration with the poets of Canberra, Australia.

Karen Bailey, December 2013

Link to the publication: http://sompoets.wordpress.com/projects/response-to-triage/
Link to Karen Bailey: http://www.karenbailey.ca/