I’ve recently moved to the country and am enjoying being closer to nature. This photo is of the view from my studio in September, the month that I moved here. My morning coffee has never tasted better.
Nature is very inspiring. I’ve started a bird series. Chickadee has just been launched and it actually contains bits of the farm in it! It is a fundraiser to help us keep this beautiful 300-acre farm intact. I am making only 25 of these artworks. They are $95, including framing and tax. If you would like to enquire about the status of the edition, please contact me any time. Your support is humbly appreciated. (A little back story on the farm: we have stepped in during the threat of foreclosure and have come to an agreement with the bank and the township to get the property back on its feet.)
Below are a few shots through the autumn and winter seasons. I will post more when I’ve had a chance to setup. In the meantime, if you’re on Facebook, I’ve got “The Farm” album of photos up there already.
I hope to be part of the local studio tour and would be happy to send you an invitation. If you are not yet on my mailing list, you may subscribe here.
I hope you will join me for Sundance Artisan Festival this weekend. Three days of art, live music, and locally-made, micro-brewery ale all in a countryside setting.
Sundance Artisan Festival is just an hour’s pleasant drive West of Ottawa into the countryside and the “Land of Lakes” known as Maberly. No admission fee.
When: Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Sat. & Sun. 10-5, Mon. 10am-4pm
What: An annual festival celebrating artists of all kinds, including fine art, food, and ale artisans. All with a focus on locally-made, high-quality craftsmanship.
Where: Fall River Restaurant, Maberly, ON. Corner of HWY 7 and County Rd 36.
Art along a riverbank
Artists bring their studio to you for this “studio tour”. You park once and let us do the rest. We’ve set up artisan food ‘stands’, a micro-brewery ale ‘stand’, a live music ‘stage’, and our ‘studios’ so that you can experience local arts in a natural setting along the bank of the Fall River. One visitor put it perfectly:
“It’s such a pleasure to have time to talk, time to stroll and time to sit by the river or enjoy the food and music, and not have to rush to the next studio… what a great idea.”
This festival is hosted by Fall River Restaurant & Pub, an award-winning locale with accolades for their choice of organic, local, sustainable food sources, their energy-efficient building, and their fine menu. Since the festival is partnered with this locally-owned business, you’ll have ample free parking, easy access to facilities and a place to stop for a tasty meal during your visit. Make a day of it by visiting the pub, gift shop, greenhouse and patio. Check out the “hay-bale construction” of their energy-efficient Coffee House.
This paper mosaic piece is entirely handmade, including the frame. This is an original process creating the visual effect of tile mosaic using various handmade, recycled and acid-free crafting papers and acrylic gel. The glass-like, glossy finish is easy to keep clean and can be safely dusted or wiped with a damp cloth. The frame has multiple coats of paint and varathane to ensure a solid finish. Mounted with a wire hanger. Although it looks like tile mosaic it is very light, easy to hang and offers no worries about transport.
This piece is signed and logged in a series of 25.
To celebrate my bringing art to the streets of Ottawa (ByWard Market), here is some very impressive actual street art, painted directly on the pavement to give the illusion of a 3D space on a flat surface. WOW, these people are talented!
From May-October 2013 I will be at my art booth in Ottawa’s famous ByWard Market. I am going to try to be there at least 2 days a week: Fridays and Sundays, weather permitting. If wind and rain keep me away, I’ll make it up during the week. Check my status on Art By Choleena to know if I’m at the market the day you hope to visit.
I’m very proud to announce that I have become one of just 40 Official Artists of this year’s Canadian Tulip Festival.
In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Second World War. In 1953, an 18-day festival was born to preserve and celebrate that heritage. It has become the largest tulip festival in the world.
I am honoured to be called a 2013 Official Artist of the festival. The 40 artists’ renditions of tulips can be seen at City Hall throughout the festival.
If you’re in the Westboro neighbourhood, check out my solo show at Linda Street Gallery (lobby of the city’s Dovercourt Recreation Centre). I’ve got an excellent cross-section of my paper mosaics there from May 1 to May 30th.