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Art alive and well in east end

By John Olsthoorn on February 22, 2015

No fewer than four Meet the Artist events were hosted at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans last Sunday afternoon, February 15, helping make access to the arts a lot easier. Each of these exhibitions is open for public viewing giving viewers plenty of time to get their fill of some excellent art from Ottawa area artists.

Jennifer Stewart’s “Silent Stories” at the LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space.

Jennifer Stewart’s “Silent Stories” at the LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space.

In the LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space, Jennifer Stewart’s collaborative piece, Silent Stories attempts to open up dialogue between survivors and the public about domestic violence and to eliminate the stigma surrounding this persistent issue.

The piece is both thought provoking and moving, almost disturbing in the altering of her voice when telling stories she collected via a Kijiji ad. Simple in its presentation, the piece is complex in its subject matter. It runs until February 26.

 

 

One of four Jurors’ Choice Award winners: “Entwined 2” a mixed media piece by Val Roy.

One of four Jurors’ Choice Award winners: “Entwined 2” a mixed media piece by Val Roy.

Arteast Ottawa officially opened two of its exhibitions with the cutting of its 25th anniversary cake by federal MP Royal Galipeau and provincial MPP Marie-France Lalonde. Silver Celebration – Winter at the Promenade Arteast lower level of the Shenkman Centre features 24 artists and their works.

Across the hall in the Trinity Gallery, Arteast Ottawa’s juried exhibition Mosaic features 62 paintings, watercolours, mixed media and sculptures by 58 local area artists. Both shows run until March 17.

 

The six large panels in the Ottawa School of Art Orleans Gallery on the main floor are the first part of a two part series entitled “Allegoryand address human politics and hidden dangers found in complex group dynamics, according to artist Allyson Glenn. The beautiful broad brushstrokes capture subtle details and are quite captivating. The exhibition, entitled The Human Animal, will be on display until March 22. (See cover image at the top.)

Virginia Dupuis’ oil on canvas “Raspberries Squared”.

Virginia Dupuis’ oil on canvas “Raspberries Squared”.

Part of Beau’s Art Series, the oil on canvas works of Virginia Dupuis are featured in the AOE Arts Council’s Gallery until March 18. Her exhibition, Ripe with Colour, quenches your thirst while leaving you with a desire for a bowl of bursting fresh fruit.

Offering residents a one-stop chance to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday, take in five different exhibitions and meet many of the artists is a great way to increase exposure to the arts in Ottawa.

The Shenkman Arts Centre is located at 245 Centrum Blvd. in Orleans.