Minto Suite Hotel | 187 Lyon St. North
The Minto Suites Hotel exhibition space is located at 187 Lyon St. north, just at the beginning of the concourse on the main floor. These display case measures 53” in height, 191” in length, and 14” in depth and offers access to a high traffic up scale business and vacation traveler clientele.
May 1, 2013 – July 3, 2013
Valorie Laalo - A selection of sculptural creations
Biography Valorie Laalo
Valorie has always been an artist, but is just getting used to the idea that her work is beautiful and should be shared. She enjoys the messy process of creating sculptural artwork from cotton fibre pulp, which is not the same as paper maché! Influenced by stories, dreams and the world around her, Valorie’s work is playful and whimsical, colourful and tantalizingly textured. The completed pieces beg to be touched and dare people to ignore them! Her work is exhibited privately in homes throughout Canada, as well as the Ottawa School of Art, with a couple of pieces having escaped to London, England.
Valorie has only had one exhibition of her work to date (solo) at Minto Place in 2012, which resulted in a number of commissions and secret admirers.
To view other examples of her artwork, please visit her website: www.notjustdragons.com
She can be emailed at: email@example.com
Primecorp Display Windows | Corner of Bank St. and Somerset St.
The Primecorp exhibit space is located at 275 Bank Street, ‘physically’ at the north east corner of Bank St. and Somerset St., just east of Gabriel’s Pizza Restaurant. This exhibit space consists of three, bay style, display windows. Each window measures 120” in width, 87” in height and 14” in depth and offers a streetscape viewing access to the public at a very high traffic zone.
April 30, 2013 – July 2, 2013
Patricia Kirby – A selection of mixed media
Biography Patricia Kirby
Ottawa artist Patricia Kirby uses a paintbrush and watercolours on paper or wood to explore the natural world. Her work aims to capture something in the soul of the subject rather than a mere likeness. She often mixes mediums in unorthodox combinations, currently exploring the application of watercolour and pastel to bleached birch. A portion of sales are donated to Canadian Parks and Wilderness and Jagruti Seva Sanstha, a centre serving disadvantaged women in Pune, India.
Patricia’s work has been juried into the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ottawa Art Gallery, and the Foyer Gallery. She has also exhibited at Ame-Art Gallery in Montreal as well as at Sante Restaurant/Gallery and Parkdale Gallery in Ottawa. Her work hangs in Statistics Canada offices and other collections in North America, Europe and Australia. Her full-page profile was published in Ottawa Life Magazine.
Artist Statement Patricia Kirby
I like playing with layers and fragments… after all, what is a life but layers and fragments of experience, memory, and meaning? Many of my paintings have a decorative quality sitting atop deeper layers as well: the floras’ celebrate intense ripe colour, yet also make the point that life is short. The landscapes provide a breath of fresh air in our crowded cities as well as a plea to preserve the fragments of nature that we still have left.
Watercolour lets light through to “dance” with the surface on which it’s applied. The texture of the surface shows through the watercolour and adds visual interest as well as a dimension of meaning. As I explored the subject of old-growth trees I began to experiment with painting watercolour on birch panel: the wood grain shows through the colour and enhances the painting while underscoring the fact that old-growth trees are still being cut down to produce wood products.
Canadian Tire | 330 Coventry Rd.
The Canadian Tire exhibition space is the newest addition, located at 330 Coventry Road in Ottawa. The exhibition space allows OSA Students, OSA Instructors and general OSA Members, from both the By Ward campus and Orleans campus to exhibit artworks for the general public to view and purchase. The location of the store is a great tie between the By Ward Campus and the Orleans Campus as it is located between both schools.
April 30, 2013 – July 2, 2013
Charlene Walker – A selection of mixed media
Artist Biography Charlene Walker
Charlene Walker is a visual artist living in Ottawa. She tries to make sense of a complex world by distilling the subject matter down to a simple, strong vision of its essential elements. The hallmark of her work is the use of texture and strong colour. Her favored medium is acrylic painting but she also dabbles in mixed-media. She has been painting for several years and has shown her work in various galleries and collections around Ottawa.
More Vicarious Travels
This theme developed organically. Initially, I was very taken with my friend’s travel photos. They showed me mysterious landscapes that I had never seen in real life. I felt the need to experience these places and I did that through painting. Since then, the idea has since taken on a life of its own and now I am always on the lookout for interesting travel photos.
Most of these paintings are based on travels to Africa. There is a dream-like quality to the paintings that takes them a step towards the abstract and away from the figurative. Try to place yourself into the paintings like I did into the photos, and maybe you’ll feel the wind in your hair too.