Grow with Art Speaker Series; Open Studio; Arteast Blooms at Canadian Tulip Festival; Contact Information for Newsletter Editor

1. Grow with Art Speaker Series

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (note correction of date)

  • 7:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet
  • 7:30 p.m.: Presentation

Where: 255 Centrum Blvd, Orléans (next to the Shenkman Arts Centre)
Title: Watercolours... A magic carpet ride

Speaker: Elvi Edwards

Elvi Edwards will explain how she uses her photos to execute her paintings. She will take a few examples and discuss in detail how they were conceived.

Abstract realism...using illusion to create reality. It is always a journey.. That magic carpet ride. This presentation will be an open forum addressing all that Elvi has learned in the past thirty or so years painting and teaching her watercolours.
Elvi Edwards paintings

2. Arteast's next Open Studio: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Open Studio days are the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
At St. Laurent Complex Centre, Visual Arts Studio
525 Côté Street ,Ottawa, ON, K1K 0Z8.
Open Studio provides opportunity for members to meet and work
on their artworks in a casual setting. (Bring a lunch, tea provided)
Sign up by email: openstudio@arteastottawa.com
More info: website link: Open Studio: http://www.arteastottawa.com/openstudio.php

3. Arteast Blooms at Canadian Tulip Festival

Thanks to Lindy Nadarajah, who spearheaded Arteast's participation in the Canadian Tulip Festival, a number of Arteast members contributed in various manner to the different tulip theme exhibitions and demonstrations.

4. Change of Contact Information for Newsletter Editor

Effective immediately, the newsletter editor has a new e-mail address:  editor.arteastottawa@gmail.com.  Therefore, please send articles and any other e-mail communications intended for the newsletter editor to that address.

5. AOE Announcements


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Working with the Media

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Your Instructor: Heather Badenoch, the Chief Strategist at Village PR, she provides communications planning and implementation, public relations, social media engagement, and training across Canada.

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Excel 101

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Thursday, May 24, 2018. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Your Instructor: Maria Lahiffe, Education Officer with Volunteer Ottawa, has worked in Engineering, Education, and Business across Canada and around the world.

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