I remember many lazy childhood Saturday mornings watching cartoons, eating Cheerios and doodling in my favourite colouring books. Day dreaming, without a care in the world, I would colour meticulously inside the lines, bringing life to Disney characters, flower gardens and superheroes.
I was an artsy kid who grew up to be an artsy adult. So, when I saw articles pop up about the adult colouring book phenomenon, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one. My mum surprised me with a copy of Balance: Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1 and I was so excited to give it a try.
"Even after 15 years it's still magical to actually come in here and weld two pieces of steel together." - Anna Frlan
'Life on the Rock' celebrated at opening reception
Crystal Beshara, local artist and owner of The Studio Café, unveiled her solo show, 'Life on the Rock' this week. Soon after the pieces come off the walls, though, this unique gallery-coffee shop hybrid in Hintonburg will close its doors.
On Oct. 2, the Ottawa Art Gallery celebrated the premier of The Life and Art of Alma Duncan. The exhibit is the first-ever retrospective of the Canadian artist’s body of work, with more than 80 pieces spanning over 55 years of her life.
On Sept. 20, the third annual Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau brought art instillations, multimedia presentations and creative imaginations together for one night of local art appreciation.
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The Nanny Goat Hill Community Garden has been working for over five years with Ottawa Urban Arts to create colourful murals to showcase the passions of both the garden and graffiti communities. A new 20-metre mural, marked by a ribbon cutting in early September, is the latest symbol of artistic collaboration within the community – but it won’t be there for long.
The mural features friendly animals relaxing and enjoying a beautiful day in a blossoming garden. The sky is a clear blue and the sun is shining with a smile over the rich, brown soil.
From the sculptures near Parliament Hill to the street art in the Glebe, there is so much art to see in Ottawa. There are many opportunities to see art simply by walking around, but one landmark in particular stands out: the Maman spider sculpture.
Created by Louise Bourgeois in 1999 in memory of her mother, and acquisitioned by the city in 2005, Maman has become a symbol of artistic excellence in the capital. Though spiders are usually perceived as terrifying creatures, Bourgeois saw them as intelligent and kind, like her mother.