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Gallery 101’s There’s Room explores global mass migrations

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Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth engagement coordinator/arts educator.  You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. When we saw the picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, the world stopped to feel the impact of such a horrific tragedy. That single picture caused tidal waves. Politicians took to the podium to speak; scholars and ordinary people debated views in the news and in boardrooms; social media feeds blew up with “unlikes”, viral shares and heated commentary; social scientists... | Continue reading article

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Artist Profile: Manasseh Tagoe and his philosophy of “tears unknown”

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Painting by Tagoe, from his website.Painting by Tagoe, from his website.

When he isn’t busy excelling in his rigorous industrial design program at Carleton University, the creative and talented Manasseh Tagoe is inspiring other with his Tears Unknown philosophy that has carried him throughout the years, using art as a means of transmitting his mantra to others. Manasseh is an international student from Ghana spending his second year abroad here in Ottawa. The young artist has always used painting and drawing as a creative outlet but has now  come to find deeper meaning to it. As he grew older, he began... | Continue reading article

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Tahini Moitra’s collages mix modern commentary with vintage imagery

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Detail of a collage by Tahini Moitra, all images courtesy of the artist.Detail of a collage by Tahini Moitra, all images courtesy of the artist.

Tahini Moitra is a third year graphic design student here in Ottawa.  Born in Mumbai City, India, Tahini has been studying in Canada for the past seven years, most recently at Algonquin College.  While wrapping up her program, she was eager have a few pieces of her work stand out from her classmates’ work.  This led her to step away from her computer, and pick up some old magazines and scissors. “I had a few magazines laying around and decided to cut them up and made them into a collage... | Continue reading article

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Tom Hogan’s works on sale at OSA

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Tom Hogan's painting on display at the Ottawa School of Art. Photo from their website.Tom Hogan's painting on display at the Ottawa School of Art. Photo from their website.

The Ottawa School of Art‘s Annual Holiday Fundraiser began November 26 and runs to the end of this week, closing on December 20th. Each year, a wide assortment of distinctive art pieces created by students, instructors and alumni are on display and available for sale at very attractive prices. All funds collected from this event go towards the OSA bursary program that finances art classes for youth facing economic or social hardships. Included in this holiday sale, will be the works of the late Ojibway artist, Tom Hogan who bequeathed... | Continue reading article

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Local artist Ariane Beauchamp explores natural world with digital illustration

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Photo by Alexa MazzarelloPhoto by Alexa Mazzarello

Local artist Ariane Beauchamp’s medium of choice has typically been ink and watercolour.  The themes of her work, being nature, death and decay lend themselves perfectly to the unpredictable nature of the materials she uses.  “The ink tells me what is going to become of the piece. It will move, fall and dry in a way you won’t expect or plan for. Like in nature, I let it tell me what it’s going to be.” The imagery used in her work is heavily influenced by her upbringing in Northern Ontario,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Stefan Thompson to the Idle Hands Facebook eventPhoto posted by Stefan Thompson to the Idle Hands Facebook event

Another weekend has arrived, here in Ottawa and we at Apt613 have you covered. Here is this week’s edition of the Weekend Roundup – full of tons of great ideas on how to spend your weekend! For all those a fan of a good craft fair, this weekend has plenty. The Ottawa Maker’s Market: Holiday Night Market is happening tonight, at Orange Gallery. Come meet 14 different artists and makers from Ottawa, up close and personal. Entry is pay what you can and 50% of the door proceeds help support... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live! for November 3, 2015

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Rendering of the south terrace of the new Arts Court building. Image from the City of Ottawa website.Rendering of the south terrace of the new Arts Court building. Image from the City of Ottawa website.

First off, thanks to all your kind donations and support during the CHUO 89.1FM funding drive. If you missed out and are still interested in donating, it’s not too late. Just visit their website to donate online. Lovely listeners who donate $35 or more to Apt613 Live! will get a Support Local t-shirt. We interview the Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery, Alexandra Badzak, who talks about the Arts Court redevelopment project. Tune in to CHUO 89.1FM every Tuesday at 6pm.

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Urban landscapes with a twist at Exposure Gallery

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Bill McCloskey, "Gatineau Detention Centre", pigment inkjet, 102 x 61 cm. All photos courtesy of the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa.Bill McCloskey, "Gatineau Detention Centre", pigment inkjet, 102 x 61 cm. All photos courtesy of the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa.

Who would pretend that photography is not a legitimate art form these days? Certainly not the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) and Exposure Gallery. Their partnership has led to a number of quality photographic exhibitions in Ottawa. The current show titled distURBANce makes no exception. It presents artworks by Glenn Bloodworth, Freeman Keats, Bill McCloskey, Maureen Murphy, Richard Perron, and Richard Robesco, all members of the Studio Zone V collective. Exposure Gallery’s interior layout is typical of old houses with doors, windows, a stairwell, and checks in the walls.... | Continue reading article

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Radium Girls: A glowing performance at Kanata Theatre

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All photos by Wendy Wagner.All photos by Wendy Wagner.

Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor living in Ottawa. You can find him on tumblr and Twitter. Radium Girls is based upon a real-life group of women that history has come to know by that very name. These women were employed in factories that paint luminescent watch faces for the war effort, with a glowing paint made of an adhesive mixed with a radium powder. Radiation and radioactive particles are notorious throughout history for not being fully comprehended by the people trying to make use of them. This... | Continue reading article

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Monet at the National Gallery

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Claude Monet, Le pont de bois, 1872, oil on canvas, 54 × 73 cm. VKS Art Inc., Ottawa. Photo © NGC, Ottawa.Claude Monet, Le pont de bois, 1872, oil on canvas, 54 × 73 cm. VKS Art Inc., Ottawa. Photo © NGC, Ottawa.

Don’t look for soothing water lilies in the current Monet exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Subtitled A Bridge to Modernity, this series of 12 paintings bring together visions of war and visions of hedonism. Monet becomes a prophet of the contradictions of the 20th century, what we’ve called modernity. Impressionist painters wanted to move away from monumental historical works. They developed plein-air execution in touch with their direct response to scenes, unpolluted by conceptual considerations. As a result, the size of the canvasses in this exhibition is relatively... | Continue reading article

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