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Maihaa Rayne – “Tulip Time”

April 11 - April 23


Maihaa Rayne

“Tulip Time”

April 11 to 23, 2024


Artist talk:

Thursday April 11, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Artist will be present in the Lee Matasi Gallery to talk about her artwork and answer any questions between 12 pm. (noon) to 1 pm. on Thursday, April 11th.


Galerie Lee Matasi Gallery
35 rue George St. | Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5

“Canada 150 Tulips”, Watercolour painting, 18” x 12”, 2024.


Artist in Residence Maihaa K Rayne will be completing her term at the OSA ByWard Campus with a showing of her watercolour sketch paintings all created this year! Since Maihaa had not painted any watercolour paintings during the past 50 years, and only two when she was 18 – 19 years old, she is primarily self-taught in this medium. Maihaa was inspired by memories of going to the Ottawa Tulip Festival with her family and friends and her newborn daughter in 1977-1970, snapshots of tulips she took in late May of 2023 while revisiting Ottawa after 44 years, and also photographs taken by her son in 2021. Bryan David Anthony Backman-Beharry gave her permission to show ans well as work from his photos as “studies” for her new artworks.

Maihaa has “fond memories” of Ottawa and her successes in art between 1976 – 1980, when she had the married surname of Mary J. Backman-Beharry. You can see the 25″ h. x 200′ w. wall mural she designed and won the OSA Competition for The City of Ottawa in 1978, recently repainted, at The Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Station Rd., Ottawa.

Maihaa Rayne previously taught Clay Modelling of the human figure as well as mixed media art classes for teens at the Ottawa School of Art at the former 150 Forward Avenue location in Ottawa for several years, up to 197, before the OSA moved to it’s present ByWard Market location. She was a student of Leanord Gerbrandt in Printmaking, as well as Gerry LaForce and Bruce Garner in wood and Stone Sculpture, plus Drawing for Sculpture at the earlier location.

MULTI-MEDIA: ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PENCIL SKETCH, PAINTINGS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF TULIPS BY MAIHAA K RAYNE, (along with a few photographs by her son, Bryan D. A. Backman-Beharry, that were the inspiration for some of her watercolour sketches, paintings and mixed media artworks.




Maihaa Rayne

« Tulip Time » (Le temps des tulipes)

11 avril au 23, 2024


Causerie avec l’artiste : jeudi 11 avril, de 12 h à 13 h

Salle : Galerie Lee Matasi


Galerie Lee Matasi Gallery
35 rue George St. | Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5

“Canada 150 Tulips”, Watercolour painting, 18” x 12”, 2024.


Maihaa Rayne inaugure le printemps avec ses toutes dernières œuvres multimédias, notamment des croquis à l’aquarelle, des peintures et des photographies de tulipes.

« Pourquoi les tulipes ? Que signifient-elles pour vous et moi ? La signification de cette fleur dans le temps, son histoire et sa symbolique. Pourquoi choisir une photographie “instantanée” plutôt qu’une esquisse ou une peinture ? »


April 11
April 23
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Ottawa School of Art Downtown Campus
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Lee Matasi Gallery
35 George Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8W5 Canada
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