MY FIRST YEAR with Perth Autumn Studio Tour

Perth Studio Tour coverI am _very_ excited to have been judged worthy of this amazing, 22-year-running, annual artist studio tour. It is designed to pack a load of artists (24!) into 7 studio locations (all within a few minutes drive of each other) with the autumn-coloured backdrop of meandering country roads that are our inspiration. The Perth area is known for its high-quality craftspeople and artists. I am beyond proud to be considered one of them!

Perth Studio tour map-and-particpants-2014Where: Various studios in the countryside around Perth (about an hour West of Ottawa) along HWY 7. Map (896 KB PDF), printer-friendly.

When: All three days of Thanksgiving long weekend. Oct. 11, 12, 13, 2014 ~~ 10AM-5PM each day.

BONUS: $200 draw for art! Entry forms at each studio.

Official Perth Autumn Studio Tour website.

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Real Dragonfly Wings in Jewelry

Real dragonfly wings and hand-made paper in a necklace. Many colors to choose from, including yellow, lime, green, blue, orange, purple, pink and cream or white. On my walks on the farm, I come across dragonflies that have died. Their life cycle is very short but they live a good life on this property where I treat it like a wildlife preserve, encouraging bio-diversity and a healthy environment. I make the wings into necklaces; in this way, I raise funds to promise a healthy future for their next generation here. (More about the farm that I am preserving.)

$35 plus a few dollars for shipping, depending on where you live.

These necklaces contain hand-made paper (the coloured background), real dragonfly wings, silver-plated brass elements, and a lush, glossy surface. All made with love in my studio. Please contact me should you wish to order one; let me know your preferred color. Thank you.

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Mini Peacock about to launch!

I am proud as a peacock to be launching this new mini artwork. :) Here it is shown unframed but all my artworks come framed. This will be a limited edition of 25. Contact me anytime to reserve one. Thank you.


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Art on your ears!

earrings-dragonfly-close-upIf you like my mosaics, you can wear them now!

All my images (listing at the bottom of this post) are available as earrings, bookmarks, and necklaces. High-gloss surface and silver-plated (copper core) ear wires with silver-plated (pewter core) “frame” charms make these artworks add a pop of colour, high quality and conversation to your outfit.

Just $18, tax-free.
Very affordable shipping available. Get in touch anytime and let me know which of my images you’d like.


Designs Available:

Chickadee • Clematis • Da Vinci Flying Machine • Don’t Panic • Dragonfly  • (Spiral) Fibonacci Mondrian • Fish • Gears • Hermit Crab • Hummingbird • Keep Calm and Carry On • (LOST T.V.) Dharma Chicken Soup • LOVE • Gas Mask • (Minecraft game) Diamond • Mistletoe • Mondrian Fish • Octopus • Peacock • Poinsettia • Rose • Iris • Scorpion • Seahorse • Skull • Snail • Telephone Booth • Tiger Lily • Tree Frog • Tulip • Zeppelin


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Labour Day Weekend ART FESTIVAL

sundance_studioMark it on the calendar! I hope you will join me for Sundance Artisan Festival, a three-day outdoor event 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. 30-Sept. 1, 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.”

fall-river-restaurantOur Hosts

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.

  • 613-268-2197 21980
  • HWY 7, at Maberly (West of Ottawa)

sheep-forestCheck out the online Artist Gallery of images.

Featuring artists working in these mediums/techniques:

  • cabinet-making
  • canoe-making
  • carving
  • cast stone
  • clothing
  • felting
  • fibre art
  • glass
  • gold-smithing
  • jewellery
  • knife-making
  • mosaic
  • painting
  • pottery
  • salvage/recycling
  • sculpting
  • watercolour
  • weaving
  • wood-turning
  • wood-working

patio3We’ve saved a seat for you. Have a lovely weekend.

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Art and Tea in the Garden – June 21, 2014

I hope you will join me… If you’re in Ottawa, I will be showing with Alice HintherEdwina Sutherland, and Rachel Gill against the backdrop of a beautiful back-yard tea and garden party. Drop by to view our latest creations and enjoy some home-made goodies and tea. Feel free to invite your friends for this relaxed and enjoyable day.

• 619 Westview Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
• June 21, 2014
• Rain or shine (we’ll have a tent and roofed areas set up)

"Art and Tea in the Garden" Sat. June 21, 2014 • 10am-5pm

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LOVE artwork perfect for “Paper” 1st Anniversary

LOVE is my paper mosaic which pays homage to the iconic Pop Art image by American artist, Robert Indiana. This little package delivers big sentiment to a loved one.  Limited edition of 25. Let me know if you’d like to reserve one. $75, tax-free and framed. It is easy to ship world-wide.

paper mosaic "LOVE"; homage to Robert Indiana's Pop Art

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Art Booth at ByWard Market, Ottawa, Canada


From May to October, I will be at my outdoor art booth in Ottawa’s famous ByWard Market on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. I’d hate for you to waste a trip to see me so please check my status on Art By Choleena to know if I’m at the market the day you hope to visit. I may not be in the same location as when you saw me last — it is a random draw to ensure that we all have a chance at the best locations. I will put my location in my status.

Of course, my online Etsy shop is open 24-7!

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New Home and Studio!

Farm-pond-daytime-mac-coffee-IMG_7592I’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.)

farm-chickadee art fundraiser

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.



Farm - Snow-covered small barn


Have a super day!


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This weekend! West End Studio Tour.

west-2013-e-invitationThe West End Studio Tour (WEST) is a pleasant walking, biking or driving tour of artist studios located in the West end of Ottawa, Ontario.

I’ll be showing at 619 Westview Ave, Ottawa, with the talented artist, Alice Ruth Hinther.

I hope to see you there!

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