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Introducing Melody McKiver: Q&A with Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger

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Photo by John PailléPhoto by John Paillé

Melody McKiver is a (self-described) Anishinaabe musician, writer and interdisciplinary media artist. Trained as a classical violinist, she performs improvisational work on the viola and laptop (she’s also a percussionist and singer). More recently, she has been experimenting in composition, digital video, photography and online curation. A recent recipient of SAW Video’s Aboriginal Voices grant, she has also been selected as the Artengine Critical Resident Blogger for 2013. Over the course of the residency, Artengine and Apartment613 will be cross-posting Melody’s writing in the hopes of encouraging discussion and fostering... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part II

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Photo by Jo-Ann HoldenPhoto by Jo-Ann Holden

This week we conclude our two-part series on local photo-blogs (see Part 1 here), by looking at three more photographers from the National Capital Region. Jo-Ann Holden (Musician on Skis) Surfing the local blogosphere is like going through a family attic filled with stuffed boxes, suitcases and trunks. It’s difficult to predict beforehand what you’ll find, but if you take the time to search, you can come across wonderful treasures. This joy of discovery is particularly true when it comes to local photographers. Since starting to write earlier this year... | Continue reading article

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Resonant Currents by Manuel Báez – an iconic art piece for Hub Ottawa

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Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.

For the longest time, I’ve been encouraging Vinod and co. to emphasize art at HUB Ottawa. Little did I know they had a major piece of art in the works for the past year. The piece, created by Professor Manuel Báez, is set to be installed this summer at the Hub. I met with Manuel to discuss his passion for art, architecture and the inspiration he takes from natural phenomena. Architecture and art intertwine seamlessly in Manual Báez’s life. From a young age he knew he wanted to become an... | Continue reading article

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Le pARTy fundraiser at the Ottawa Art Gallery + ticket giveaway

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Eric Ladouceur, Marquis Henry de Manhattan (2011). Digital print, courtesy of the artist.Eric Ladouceur, Marquis Henry de Manhattan (2011). Digital print, courtesy of the artist.

On May 30, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is hosting their annual fundraiser, Le pARTy, and we have a set of tickets to give away! The event is a great way to support the gallery, meet and connect with local artists and take home an original piece of art. With over 60 participating artists, the selection and range of work is sure to be diverse – there is something for everyone. Some of the artists include Bear Witness, Pat Durr, Tony Fouhse, Jonathan Hobin, Manon Labrosse, Penny McCann, Ron Noganosh, Andrew and Deborah... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part I

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Photo by Scott H. WilsonPhoto by Scott H. Wilson

The National Capital Region is blessed with fantastic photographers.  On my personal blog alone, I have linked to more than a 100 local photo-blogs, and am confident that there are many more sites, (perhaps even hundreds), that I have not seen yet.  To showcase some of this great visual talent, we are posting a two-part series on photo-blogs.  Part one begins today by looking at three local photographers, while part two will be published next Saturday. Scott H. Wilson It has been said that photography is a picture painted by the... | Continue reading article

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Studio Visits: Manon Labrosse blends the abstract and real

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Studio photos by Diane BondStudio photos by Diane Bond

The National Capital Region has numerous talented artists.  To showcase this artistic cornucopia, today we begin a new feature called Studio Visits, where we profile local artists inside their work spaces.  We begin our tour with local painter Manon Labrosse. On the second floor of her home, in a room filled with guitars, books and walls smeared with colourful brushstrokes, Manon Labrosse creates her intriguing abstract paintings. For several years, her practice combined abstract forms with images of telephone poles or power lines, such as the painting below (one of... | Continue reading article

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Painting Signs with Mr. Sign: CreativeMornings and Maker brings Dave Arnold back to town

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Disclosure:  Author Sharif Virani is the co-organizer of CreativeMornings, a monthly speaker series and morning gathering of creative types. What does that mean? Who is this prodigal son of Oakville? Why is he known as Mr. Sign? Well, for those of you that have been either living under a rock or captivated by this past season of The Vampire Diaries (I’m not judging… and I’m a season behind so no spoilers please), Dave Arnold is Montreal-based visual artist best known for his unique Pop-Art. His aesthetic combines a modern sensibility with a penchant for... | Continue reading article

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Portraits of an Artist – Claude Marquis Returns to the Canvas

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Photo courtesy of Claude MarquisPhoto courtesy of Claude Marquis

For the people who comprise his community of supporters – friends, fans, peers, patrons – the question has lingered whether local artist Claude Marquis would ever paint again. His star had been on the rise from the mid-90s to the early ‘00s, so it came as a surprise when sometime after his critically-acclaimed “Nature Boy” show at Galerie Montcalm in 2003, he stopped. The artist swapped his brushes for recording software and went about breathing life into a catalogue of some 100+ original songs that he’d quietly amassed since youth.... | Continue reading article

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Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut”, the festival will showcase more than 250 artists over ten days. SWARM starts with a gallery crawl at 6pm — to get around the city you can walk, bike or take a ride... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: National Capital Rock and PhotogMusic

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Photo by Andrew Carver (copyright)Photo by Andrew Carver (copyright)

Ottawa is blessed with several excellent blogs that cover the local music scene.  In the near future, I hope to publish a story on the numerous musical bloggers in town, who cover everything from metal to classical to blues to Irish folk songs.  For this week’s column, however, I want to focus on two local photographers who are doing a fantastic job in documenting the music scene in the National Capital Region. Let’s begin with Andrew Carver, who has been photographing Ottawa musicians for years.  Since starting his blog National... | Continue reading article

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