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Photo by Ming Wu.

Figure Figure on display at Studio Sixty Six until Aug 27

By Sonya Gankina on August 23, 2022

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On August 18, Studio Sixty Six opened its doors to guests for a Summer Soiree to celebrate reuniting in person and to shine a light on the group exhibition Figure Figure, on display until August 27. With live beats by DJ Olivia Johnston filling the space, attendees mingled and reconnected while sipping on tropical cocktails. I saw many pals from the creative community in Ottawa, including folks from other art galleries. A few of the artists in the exhibition were present as well, including Atticus Gordon and Laurence Finet.

Photo by Ming Wu.

“After two plus years of business shut-downs and social isolation, tying our summer exhibition to the genre of figurative artwork seemed fitting and relevant,” says Gallery Principal Carrie Colton in an email. “Figure Figure is especially exciting to us because this is an opportunity for the public to re-experience our welcoming, vibrant, and inspiring gallery space again and to showcase a wide selection of our artist’s new works, much of them produced during the pandemic.”

“During the pandemic, the most challenging part of staying in business was staying in touch with our collectors when they could not visit the gallery for the better of two years. During the few periods we were allowed to open, virtually no one came in because of everyone’s understandable fear of visiting public spaces. Physical proximity and interaction are integral to connecting with art, so we had to pivot and produce more content to make up for that missing link. Traffic in the gallery is slowly improving as life returns to normal, and this get-together is an important event to reconnect with our artists.”

And so it was! The event accomplished everything from celebrating to reconnecting and more. We can’t wait to see the future exhibitions at Studio Sixty Six and attend future receptions.

“The genre of figurative art in history, and still to this day, represents the affinity we all find in the human form and its connection to each other’s lived life experiences,” writes Colton. “This exhibition and reception celebrate Life, Art, New Beginnings, and Summer!”

The artists in the Studio Sixty Six Figure Figure exhibition include: Amy Barker, Andrew Morrow, Alex Sutcliffe, Atticus Gordon, David Gillanders, Florence Yee, Kristy Gordon, Laurence Finet, Julia Campisi, Natalie Bruvels, Neeko Paluzzi, Norman Takeuchi, Maryann Camps, Sam Loewen and Troy Moth.

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