If you want to become acquainted with Ottawa-area artists, visiting the Red Handed art show at Cyclelogik at 1111A Wellington St West is a great place to start. Until December 25, some 40 artists from the national capital are displaying their works with several intriguing pieces for sale. The vivacious and talented Andrea Stokes, an artist herself, has been curating the show for the last eight years.
“I organize this show every year as a love-in for emerging and established local artists. I usually allow space for a few artists each year who have never shown work anywhere before. It’s meant to be very democratic in this way, and they get a chance to show works in a show with some really hot, more established artists.”
The hostess’s energy and the community spirit of the guests contributed to a successful evening. About two-hundred people showed up.
This year’s theme was the colour red, with many of the artists integrating the colour into their works.
“I chose Red Handed as the theme because red is a Christmas colour, and the work is made by talented hands. Every year I choose a broad theme, and I think it provides the artists with a minor challenge and makes for a thematically tight show, even though the techniques are so different.”
Artists in this year’s show included: Marc Adornato, ARPI, Sally Bender, Crystal Beshara, Natasha Beaudin, Drew Bernard, Clare Brennan, Heidi Conrod, Tom Cole, Julie Cruikshank, Justy Lisa Dennis, Mat Dube, Andrea Emery, Juliet Emery, Katrin Emery, Alison Fowler, Scott Fairchild, Stephen Frew, Jennifer Gibbs, Anna Griffiths, Greta Grip, Angela Hillier, Leah Howes, Timothy Hunt, Christopher James, Gayle Kells, Joa Keur, Ali Kramers, Jennifer E. Kwong, Denise Landriault, Jeannie Jeffries Polisuk, Izzy Pouliot, Daniel Martelock, Angela Mcgowan, Drew Mosley, Jennilee Murray, Patti Normand, JJ Rhoades, Alison Smith-Welsh, Joe Skuce, Andrea Stokes, Anne Wanda Tessier, Stefan Thompson, Guillermo Trejo, Sara Tue-Fee, Melanie Yugo, Eryn O’Neill, Sharon VanStarkenburg, Kathrin von Dehn, and Colin White.