Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Launch of the Canadian Photography Institute today!

Tonight is the launch of the Canadian Photography Institute and the opening of three inaugural exhibitions: The Intimate World of Josef Sudek, Cutline: The Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail, and PhotoLab 1.

Very excited to be there!

Canadian Photography Institute
Opening today, Oct. 26, 2016
6 p.m. @ National Gallery of Canada
Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour

Wander, Savour, Collect. That's the motto of this year's Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour in and around Almonte and Clayton, just West of Ottawa.

I got very excited when I picked up the pamphlet. You can check out their schedule under

Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour
October 8, 9 & 10, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Various locations around Almonte and Clayton

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

owaa gallery

I'm a true supporter of local arts and just want to give you an impression what the Ottawa West Arts Association has on display at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex. I love how these kind of exhibitions in community and recreation centres bring art closer to the people.

The not for profit Ottawa West Arts Association (OWAA) members consist of a diverse group of painters, photographers, sculptors and textile artists who exhibit a varied eclectic mix of works in the owaa gallery located in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.


Link: http://www.artsoe.ca /en/membership/directory/visual-arts.aspx?id=228

Exhibition at Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road, Stittsville, Ontario. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ottawa School of Art Open House

Ottawa School of Art on George Street, archival photo

The Ottawa School of Art will be opening its doors to the public on September 10th from 12pm to 4pm for its annual open house. There will be free information, live demos and workshops in a verity of artistic fields.
Sounds interesting!


Ottawa School of Art
35 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K2

Thursday, June 23, 2016

West Arts Conversation

Loved the West Arts Conversation by the AOE Arts Council last night. There's definitely more going on in the arts in the West End of Ottawa than you'd think!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Maura Doyle: the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer'd, how deep is your love?

Maura Doyle at CUAG, Ottawa.
Maura Doyle's unique pottery and installations are now on view at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) as one of its big summer exhibitions. The fabulous exhibition title is inspired by Persian poet Omar Khayyam's The Rubaiyat (1120A.C.E.).

In various handmade stoneware sets on custom-built supports, Doyle contemplates the vessel, a hollow form with a hole, and explores how we use, represent, and display it. She also demonstrates how rich in metaphor the vessel is: pots have been written about by poets and writers for thousands of years. Besides her own pottery, Doyle chose a number of pre-Columbian pots from Carleton University’s collection to be displayed as well – an amazing juxtaposition!

“Cradled in / terra cotta crust / in sea salt- / leaves, grass / leaves / grass / leaves / grass / leaves / Banana peels / tunnel through / horse balls and beaver chips- / An orange peel! / Molten apple core, / shelled peanuts / surrender" (2015). Pit-fired stoneware with underglaze. Copyright by Maura Doyle.

These photos were taken during the opening of the CUAG summer exhibitions on May 2nd, 2016. What an exciting show!

Exhibition shot during the CUAG opening, May 2nd, 2016.

From the exhibition: Maura Doyle: the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer'd, how deep is your love?

Maura Doyle: the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer'd, how deep is your love?
02 May – 28 August 2016
CUAG Artist Talk: Maura Doyle, Monday, 20 June 2016, 6:00 p.m.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Exhibition No. 11 @ SPAO and CONTACT Festival

Under the motto “Vision. Content. Craft.” showed the SCHOOL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS: OTTAWA (SPAO) in “Exhibition No. 11” various photographic works by SPAO first year, graduating students and artists in residence. This year's exhibition focused on historic and contemporary photographic processes and tools.

Unfortunately, the exhibition was just on for a short time (April 22 - 29, 2016), but it will travel to Toronto, to the 2016 International Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Actually, the exhibition was to be packed up shortly after I left – I took the very last chance to see it here in Ottawa.

These were my favorites (a very personal selection – so please go to CONTACT and judge yourself):

Christine Fitzgerald's “Threatened” Series at SPAO, April 2016. Copyright by the artist.

Christine Fitzgerald's “Threatened” Series caught my eye right away. She uses the fascinating nineteenth-century collodion process. The soft, brownish tones and imperfections of the process resonate with the subject matter of distinction of threatened species.

Joyce Crago's portraits at SPAO. Copyright by the artist.

Also outstanding were the large-scale portraits by photographer Joyce Crago of strong women in politics, like e.g. Catherine McKenna. Straightforward, honest and unprettified.

In SPAO's hallway, a small wall was reserved for Richard Robesco as Artist-in-Residence who is – according to his own words – stylistically inspired by the Düsseldorf School painters and photographers. His “Revelations” series of windows photographed at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, is fascinating. (Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good image of his works, so check out his web site:

Some works by first year students at SPAO, April 2016.

On the opposite wall hang some of the works of first year students. My favourite piece: a self-portrait by Michael Kuby where the photographer can be seen in a mirror, taking the picture of a woman in the room at the back (here the photo on far right side). I love the play with perspectives, and the visual signature of the photographer as participator and creator of the shot.

A wonderful show!

Exhibition installation "Exhibition No. 11" at SPAO.

Jason Clifford Champagne: photographic portraits collage. Copyright by the artist.

Exhibition No. 11
April 22 - 29, 2016
SPAO, 168 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa;

and during the 2016 International Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, May 4 (Vernissage @ 4-7pm) to May 18, 2016 at the Arta Gallery, Distillery District, 14 Distillery Lane, Toronto, ON.

Featured Artists Works: 
Jason Champagne, Joyce Crago, Christine Fitzgerald, Genevieve Labbe, Katy Lopez, Rey Martin, Judy Morris Dupont, Austin Wing, Hannah Evans, Mel Harris, Andrew Macartney, Matthew McIlkenny, Michael Kuby, Danni-Rae Mistaken Chief, Neeko Paluzzi, Adelita Rose, Christian Villemaire, Glenn Bloodworth, Richard Robesco