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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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Ottawa Creatives: Tomas Pajdlhauser sketches the overlooked & underappreciated

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Tomas Pajdlhauser. All photos by Andrew Szeto (@szetoszeto).Tomas Pajdlhauser. All photos by Andrew Szeto (@szetoszeto).

Tom Pajdlhauser’s love of travel sketching began in Vietnam in 2012. As a production designer and art director for animated television shows produced by Disney, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon, a big part of his job is honing his drawing skills – capturing moments and stories from his life and, for Tom in particular, drawing the places and spaces which he discovers throughout his travels. What began as a means of practicing his drawing skills quickly evolved into his passion, the development of a personal style, and a way of capturing... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Dominion City Brewing Co. are Makin’ it Grain

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Photo by Blair GablePhoto by Blair Gable

October is a mighty fine month. Fall arrives in full force and everything is beautiful, covered in fall colours. Here in Ottawa, we’ve another reason that October is, arguably, the best month of the year: October is Support Local month – a month-long celebration of local initiatives that make Ottawa great. This year, food is the focus, and on October 29th Dominion City Brewing Co. will cap off Support Local month with an amazing Pop Up Dinner, Makin’ it Grain. For this one night affair, the brewery will be transformed... | Continue reading article

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Art in Fashion 613 hosts night of visual spectacle

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Image by Liz Atmore Vitols from the Art in Fashion 613 web page.Image by Liz Atmore Vitols from the Art in Fashion 613 web page.

Fashion is sometimes dismissed as the most frivolous of the artistic pursuits. But Art in Fashion 613, an event hosted October 17th at Library and Archives, is hoping to change that. The inaugural event is the product of a partnership between Bombshell Revival Designs, an Ottawa-based fashion design venture, and CreativeOttawa.com. Kym Brown, the founder of Bombshell Revival, left a career in corporate law to pursue her vocation as a fashion designer. She formed her business on the premise of empowering women, citing fashion as a way to embrace one’s own... | Continue reading article

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A visual proposal on social media by digital artist Mónica Márquez

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Ling Tam / 2010 / 52 x 79 cm / digital image face-mounted on plexiglass.Ling Tam / 2010 / 52 x 79 cm / digital image face-mounted on plexiglass.

Everything has been said about social media. Not so, claims painter, photographer, and digital artist Mónica Márquez in an exhibition titled One and No One at the Voix Visuelle artist-run centre. She presents two visual proposals on Twitter and on Facebook. The Twitter series – which Márquez identifies with a butterfly instead of a bird, shows snapshots of daily public life in various parts of the world. The photos are framed by banners which resemble the format of a tweet. But not quite. One wonders if these can really be... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for October 7, 2015

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The bread into which Jaymes White's predictions are baked. Photo from @StevesMgkStudio on Twitter.The bread into which Jaymes White's predictions are baked. Photo from @StevesMgkStudio on Twitter.

This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella interviews mentalist Jaymes White, who does a spooky cold reading on her!  White recently made some predictions about the future here in Ottawa, which were written on slips of paper, sealed in an envelope, placed in a tin, and then baked into a loaf of bread, currently on display at Boko Bakery on Elgin.  His predictions will be revealed on October 9th. We also report on a show happening at the Daily Grind with multi-disciplinary visual artist Mailyne Briggs, who is part of the Zero... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Colin White illustrates Ottawa since 2006

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Colin White. Photo by Chris Roussakis. All oher images from colinwhite.ca.Colin White. Photo by Chris Roussakis. All oher images from colinwhite.ca.

When Colin White moved to Ottawa in 2006 after completing his Master’s in Typo/Graphic Studies abroad, he began freelancing as an illustrator and designer. To familiarize himself with his new surroundings, he began taking walks around his neighbourhood, sketching buildings that he found aesthetically appealing and recording interesting interactions in a series of short comic strips. These sketches and strips turned into Cool Drawing, Dude, a short book of comix which he self-published. When people saw his work, they told him he should sell his illustrations as prints and begin... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Don’t pick your nose!

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Graphic by Ljubomir BabicGraphic by Ljubomir Babic

Boogers are not something that one mentions in polite company. Even among close friends or family, this is not a topic that draws a lot of cheers. So what can one say about Thomas Jardine’s unusual comic The Boogerball, which describes how a little girl fights off a monster made of, you guessed it, boogers? Beautifully illustrated by Ljubomir Babic, (bet you never thought you’d see the word “beautiful” in a booger-related story), this comic book is a truly mischievous read. As I flipped through the story, I couldn’t help but think... | Continue reading article

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Urban/Nature on now at Orange Gallery

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Urban/Nature. 48x60. Oil on Canvas. All images from eofineart.com.Urban/Nature. 48x60. Oil on Canvas. All images from eofineart.com.

Local visual artist Eryn O’Neill has launched a new solo show at Orange Gallery entitled Urban/Nature. The series depicts O’Neill’s perspective on cities, with an emphasis on Ottawa. Her pieces illustrate non-traditional vantage points, what she calls “seeing the city from weird angles.” O’Neill says that the she has chosen sites that have made a conscious effort to maintain a relationship with nature by incorporating it into the space. Her previous work considered aspects of the High Line Park in New York City, but this is her first series to... | Continue reading article

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