Early June this year I have embarked on an exciting journey as an Artist, Curator and Manager for a Pop-up Art Gallery in Westboro Village (in between two trendy Ottawa neighbourhoods Westboro and Hintonburg).
It is called Galerie Côté Créations after the artist who got the space in the first place, Yan-Éric Côté (a painter from the Mont-Tremblant area).
We’re located on the ground floor of a complex of condominiums in an unfinished retail space and it is gigantic so much so we’re using only half of it.
We give part of our proceeds to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
We’re now 12 artists + a pianist-in-residence who comes to play almost every day we’re open on his baby grand piano.
Our address is 98 Richmond Road (just west of Island Park Drive, across the CIBC). We are open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm except for the first Thursdays of the month (until 9 pm).
I am proud of what we have accomplished so far and will keep on improving our customers experience.
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After a big Fall storm, some people were brave enough to come and have a chat during the Reception for my show at the Ottawa School of Art.
Fellow ceramic artist Hilde Lambrecht got me a wonderful bottle of wine with a Seahorse on it called “Promised Land”. It was very “À propos” for this show. Thanks Hilde! Thanks as well to all of those who showed up and those who have already visited and left a note in my book, as well as those who will come prior to Wednesday (when I’ll take it down).
A big thanks to Dawn Dale as well for graciously accepting to interview me for a YouTube video.
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Last week on Wednesday I set up my Artist in Residence Exhibition. Here are the pictures of the show that will be in the Lee Matasi Gallery until October 21. Reception will be this Thursday evening. Unfortunately on of my pieces broke its tail during the week-end (most likely because part of it was mended with glaze prior to the second firing and it couldn’t hold part of the weight once attached on the wall, although it was attached o the wall in 3 different points). Oh well, lesson learned. It has also been advertised on the Ottawa School of Art Website.
“Seahorses are fascinating creatures that have long captured our imagination. Part chameleons with their independent eyes and ability to camouflage, part horses with the shape of their head and long neck and part monkey with their prehensile tail, these odd fish still hold many mysteries for scientists.
Seahorses are being harvested and decimated by the millions every year. When climate change and pollution threaten the natural habitat of these coastal-living animals, they are facing yet another challenge.
When your population is driven to the point of extinction, what do you do? Do you adapt, stay and fight? Do you migrate against your own nature? Where can you seek asylum in foreign territories? ”
This is one big step forward for me in my artistic career as I decided to apply to a juried show in Montreal. It’s a first for me to be exhibiting in a big city outside of Ottawa. I’m very excited. We are 31 artists. And in case you didn’t notice, it is right up my alley with the sea/ocean as a theme. And the poster has one of my pieces on it. 🙂
The gallery is called “Le repaire des 100 talents” (the hideout of the talented 100s). Here is a gallery tour (slideshow) including the boxes I brought with my pieces ready to be hung/put on a shelf. Some walls are barren because this is the time in-between shows when some artists are picking up their works and others are bringing theirs.
I am hoping to be able to make it for the April 5th Reception. If you can’t make it, here is a sneak peek of some of the work that will be presented.
Dates: April 1rst – May 10th, 2015 (Reception in the presence of artists on April 5th from 4:30 pm – 9 pm)
Address: 5867 St-Hubert blvd, Montreal QC (Rosemont Subway)
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Starting in February I have been focusing on implementing ideas for the Lines in Nature Project/La nature des choses Project.
Here are some photos of the work in progress. (more to come)
Note: I have also posted some sketches and concept developed during the partnership with ceramic artist Paula Murray on the Project’s blog.
Sorry for being late with my posts, I did some updates on my Website (CV, Links, News and Press sections) and it takes time and I have been working on a large piece for the Lines in nature Project (photos are coming soon). I also have also been working on a mangrove piece for my end of residency show using both black clay and my white porcelaineous Laguna Frost clay. It’s pretty long and wide enough that it didn’t fit a half kiln shelf so the tech will have a hard time putting it in. I hope it’ll be OK… (I did offer my help in case she needs a second pair of hands). I also glazed my second piece for the bell jar and prepared some tiles for the Lines in nature Project (spoiler alert: I might try some terra siggilata on them).
I am honoured to be one of the 2015 recipients of the Ontario Arts Council granting programme aimed at Francophones “Visual artists and Craft artists”. It will allow me to better explore the “Lines in Nature/La nature des choses” theme of the upcoming exhibition at La Fab, Chelsea (May 23 – June 21). I have mentioned this in a previous post.
J’ai le plaisir de faire partie des lauréats de 2015 pour le programme de subvention “Artistes visuels et des métiers d’art” du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario. Cela me permettra d’explorer le thème de “Lines in Nature/La nature des choses” pour ma prochaine exposition à la Fab, Chelsea (23 mai – 21 juin). J’en avais parlé dans un billet précédent.
I had the pleasure to be invited to appear live on a local French TV show called ”Entre-nous” on Tuesday, January 27th. The TV Rogers hosts Barbara Laurenstin and Pierre-Antoine Rivard Paquet were very nice and we talked about my work and the reasons behind it. The interview felt too short and I wished I had been smarter in some of my answers but I believe we covered all the messages I wanted to convey (the Ottawa School of Art Alumni show running until February 8, the Exhibition at La Fab opening May 23, the fact that I am an artist in residence at the Ottawa School of Art and the link to my website so people can get all of the info they want). I don’t have a tape of the show yet but will post it as soon as I can get my hands onto it. In the meantime, here are some pictures taken on the set.