The Ottawa School of Art ByWard Market Campus is proud to present The Last Stable in Lowertown | Cundell Stables, an exhibition of paintings by Karen Bailey. This exhibition is on display online from Jan 5, 2022 to Jan 31, 2022. Then moves to an in-person exhibition from Jan 31, 2022 to Feb 27, 2022 at the Ottawa School of Art. Gallery located on the main floor of the Downtown Campus at 35 George St., in the ByWard Market.
Karen Bailey is an Ottawa based artist whose diverse artistic career has spanned four decades. From heraldic painter to war artist, Bailey is a visual storyteller with many of her paintings focusing on the under-recognized or behind-the-scenes workers. It is from this viewpoint Bailey seeks to recognize the contributions made to the City of Ottawa by the Cundell family, and their horses, over the generations.
“Stepping onto my balcony, the earthy smell of horse manure, the clip clop of hooves and the sight of two massive Belgian Draft horses pulling a coal black carriage out of the laneway below instantly transports me to an earlier century […]
The Cundell family have been working with horses in Lowertown since the 1870’s and at 113 – 115 York Street since 1940 […]
Historically, humans’ relationship with animals has been economic, passionate and complex. In examining issues of equine service in urban setting we are confronted with nostalgia and the inevitability of change. Horses evoke a mix of strong emotional responses: curiosity, empathy, a yearning for the past and awe. In The Last Stable in Lowertown, the public are offered an opportunity to confront these emotions using art and essay as a medium for understanding […] “- Karen Bailey, Artist
Bailey collaborated with writer and local historian Marc Aubin, who researched and wrote a history of the Cundell family, to create a bilingual catalogue. This catalogue will be available for purchase on Jan 31, 2022.
The gallery will be open to the public starting Jan 31, where you can view the exhibition and catalogues will be available for purchase.
Come meet Karen Bailey and hear more about this exhibition, as well as the catalogue at our online Artist Talk and Book Launch.
Artist Talk and Book Launch Online: Thursday January 20, 2022 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Register for the meeting.