Arteast Exhibit; Members' exhibits and announcement; Other Announcements; AOE Arts Council

1. Arteast exhibits

Claire Ouseley: Exhibition of Paintings – Reflections: Flowers
I am the lover's gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

(Excerpt from Song of the Flower XX111 by Khalil Gibran)

Flowers have inspired artists throughout time, irrespective of age, language or culture. Despite their ephemeral nature, they survive in memories as symbols of important events in our lives. Flowers appear in different forms and contexts, evoking emotional and esthetic responses, and express feelings that defy words.

In this collection, Claire has painted flowers that represent significant moments in her life. The bees, butterflies and dragonflies serve as a reminder that although for us, flowers may be symbolic, they are essential to the survival of the natural world.

Claire Ouseley (Chi’Kan) is an Ottawa artist whose works are found in private and corporate collections. Contact: chikanartworks@gmail.com

This exhibition runs form April 1 to June 24, 2016 at the St Laurent branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 515 Côté Street, Ottawa K1K 0Z8
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 - 8:30 Friday: 1:00 - 6:00 Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday: closed

Claire Ouseley

Gwen Cowan “Peared” Up  At Luna Sole for April and May
Pears are the featured subject for Arteast member Gwen Cowan in her exhibition at Luna Sole Restaurant.

A life-long interest in art was first fostered in her upbringing, then in her education and on into her work life. For many years, Gwen worked in social services working with children of all ages. “My artistic training helped me a great deal in terms of what I could offer the youth I worked with,” she explains. She moved on from social work to picture framing then returned to helping school children develop their artistic interest and abilities.

Now she is taking part in activities that focus on the art-health connection, teaching cartooning to elementary school children and looking for other teaching opportunities while also creating new works in what she describes as “stylized realism”. “Usually my message is peaceful and my intention is to evoke good feelings for the viewer,” says Gwen. “I love to draw and paint and probably always will.”

The exhibition continues at Luna Sole to May 10
Luna Sole is located in the mall at Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard and Laverendrye Drive (opposite the Bob McQuarrie Centre) and is open every day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

2. Members' Exhibits and announcements

Kerstin Peters offers the following courses through the City of Ottawa:
at Francois Dupuis Recreation Centre, 2263 Portobello Boul., Ottawa,ON, (613) 580-8080 :
Painting like Famous Artists Adult
        Tue, 7 pm-9:30 pm, April 19: Discover the Greens of Emily Carr, $22 1029443, 19 yrs+
        Tue, 7 pm-9:30 pm, May 17: Painting Vibrant Flowers Like Vincent van Gogh, $22 1029573, 19 yrs+

Draw on This
Tuesdays, 5:55 pm – 6:55 pm, April 12 – June 14, 2016, 7-12 years, $89.25, 1027055 

Animal and Cartoon Drawing
Wednesdays, 5:55 pm – 6:55 pm, April 13 – June 15, 2016, 7-12 years, $89.25, 1027177 

Sketching and Painting
Wednesdays, 7 pm – 8 pm, April 13 – June 15, 2016, 7-12 years, $109.25, 1027190

 at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, 1490 Youville Dr., Ottawa,ON, (613) 824-0819:

Art for Kids – Painting like Famous Artists
Sun, 1 pm-2:30 pm, May 15-Jun 12, $62.50 1032050
8 yrs-12 yrs, 4 classes

Art for Adults – Intro to Colour Mixing & Painting Techniques
Mon, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Apr 11-Jun 6, $110.75 1032054
19 yrs+, 7 classes

Registration can be done in person or online at http://join.ottawa.ca/.

Life of Pie - Stars Photography by Lois Siegel
1134 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X6
(Just South of Hopewell on the West side)
Phone: (613) 693-1853
May 3 – June 5, 2016
Vernissage, Thursday, May 5
7- 9 p.m.
 Please RSVP by email lois@siegelproductions.ca
Lois Siegel  (613) 830-2509

Photography by Lois Siegel
Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli
1321 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: (613) 722-8753
 Wednesday, April 6 – Tuesday, July 7, 2016
French Artists -  Actors, Filmmakers, Musicians
Contact Lois Siegel
(613) 830-2509

3. Other Announcements

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams
Announcing the Spring Break-a-Brush! Workshop Program - plein-air and studio!

This Spring, we're looking forward to hosting another great workshop series: Over 6 workshops, we cover key painting subjects, walk with some incredible master painters and, with weather cooperating, some plein-air expeditions to boot!

On location with Frank Carmichael and the Group of Seven - Saturday 16 April 2016

Inspired by Frank Carmichael and other members of the Group of Seven - sketching and painting expedition in the Canadian wilderness.

The Spring Landscape - plein-air and studio!
Session one - Saturday 23 April 2016
Session two - Saturday 14 May 2016
Session three - Saturday 04 June 2016

Develop your landscape drawing and painting confidence! Over the course of three workshops, we will cover sound practices as they apply to both plein-air and studio endeavours. These workshops will include optional plein-air sketching and painting expeditions at nearby scenic locations, with a return to the studio to create spectacular finished works.

The Urban Jungle: People and people places
- Saturday 07 May 2016
Explore creating vivid living compositions in dry media and paint and exploring people in real world situations as means of expression.

Towards Modernism with Paul Cézanne
- Saturday 28 May 2016
Combinations of landscapes, figures and abstracted forms in modernist styles, inspired by the master Cézanne.

All Workshops are from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm at Rothwell United Church, 42 Sumac Street, Ottawa, K1J 6P7. $95.00 per session or $75.00 each for bookings of 4 or more sessions. Additional details are found on our website:

These workshops appeal to a wide range of skill levels: from relative beginners to practiced artists wanting to pursue a new style. Together we will dispel myths and develop sound practices, creativity and expression! France and I would like to invite you to join us for an exciting spring painting program.

Reserve by email to
france@davidkearn.com  or via Paypal: http://davidkearn.com/courses_e_paypal.htm

A memorable season of painting awaits!


Rockliffe Spring Book sale

15,000 + donated books at bargain prices!
Lots of books on art.
Collectors’ table, DVDs, CDs and vinyl!

When: Saturday, April 23
10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 24
11 am – 5pm
Where: Rockcliffe Park Community Hall, 380 Springfield Road, Ottawa, K1M 0K7
Cash and cheques only please!
Proceeds support the Rockcliffe Park Branch of the Ottawa Public Library

4. AOE Arts Council
AOE Arts Council is pleased to announce that we will be the beneficiary of a portion of Shepherd's Springtime in Paris event!
You are invited to join us

Le Conseil des Arts AOE est ravi d’être le bénéficiaire d’une portion des fonds amassés lors de l’événement de Shepherd's Le printemps à Paris !
Vous êtes invités à assister.