Labour Day Weekend — Sundance Artisan Show 2016

sundance_studioMark it on the calendar! I hope you will join me for Sundance Artisan Show, 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 over an hour’s pleasant drive West of Ottawa into the countryside and the “Land of Lakes” known as Maberly.  🙂

  • When: September 3rd-5th.
    Sat. & Sun. 10am-5pm, Mon. 10am-2pm
  • 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. No admission fee.
  • Where: Behind Fall River Restaurant at 21980 HWY 7, 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.

  • 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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Farm Update: new garden 2016

tractor-discs-above-260pxAnyone new to Art By Choleena may not know that it is located on a beautiful, 1860 farmstead where I grew up. Here is a dedicated page describing the farm and how we’re trying to save it. Every year we try to bring it a little closer to its glory days as a fully-operating farm. This year, we’ve expanded beyond planter and deck gardens.

A lovely neighbour (retired farmer and physician) offered to break sod so that we can have an in-ground garden. Here, “Dr. John” pulls discs behind his tractor to break up chunks of earth after having driven the plow through it. In the next newsletter, I’ll show more photos and video of our progress.

Here are snap-shots showing some of the many steps from plowing to planting. I hope to get some video uploaded for you in the next few months.









It’s grown significantly since these photos were taken in March-June, 2016. I look forward to showing you our progress in a subsequent update.

All my best hugs,



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All things fish

Anyone who knows me knows my love of fish and recycling. I’ve dipped my toe in watercolour, acrylic, recycled objects, abstract, and mosaic. And, I’ve produced my images on T-shirts, in jewellery, and in greeting card format. This is not an exhaustive selection but it does well-represent my art on the theme. Enjoy!

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Art and Tea in the Garden – June 25-26, 2016

I hope you will join me… If you’re in Ottawa, I will be showing with Alice Hinther, and other talented artists 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 and bring your kids to this relaxed and enjoyable weekend.

• 619 Westview Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
• June 25-26, 2016
• Rain or shine (we’ll have a tent and roofed areas set up)

art and tea in the garden, ottawa, ON, Canada

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FUNDRAISER: Re-building a home for the ethical egg

We are preparing for hens at the farm! …
In this day of mass farming, where millions of chickens are mistreated for the almighty egg production market — you will be doing your part to humanely supply cage-free, well-loved chickens with a loving (they will get hugged daily!) and peaceful home in order to provide people with the ultimate ethical egg. Not only will they be cage-free, they will be outdoors (free-range) during the day. To create this reality, we only need $1200. 


How the money will be spent: We need to rejuvenate this old coop with a new floor to keep foxes out, a new outdoor run to keep the hens out of the garden, and nesting, water, and food stations. We also need to purchase beautiful Road-Island Red Laying Hens. My family and I will put all the construction hours in for free, and document the process in photos/video for you.


Donors have a choice of these benefactor categories:

***** The Kindness Poacher: Every penny counts — donate ANY amount up to $24, as your pocket book allows. Rewards: inner peace knowing that you did your part to make sure that hens are living a full, fresh-air and active life.

***** The Sunny-side-up Eggs Bene-factor: Be 1 of 12 people needed to donate $25. Rewards: as above, PLUS a hen named in your honour, and a photo of ‘your’ hen.

***** The Double-yolker Supporter: Be 1 of 9 people needed to donate $50. Rewards: everything as above, PLUS you will receive a dozen of the first eggs produced (either as pickled or fresh – depending on how far away you are!)

***** The Egg’cellent Philanthropist: Be 1 of 4 people needed to donate $100. Rewards: everything as above, PLUS your hen’s footprint/name immortalized in the cement walk-way of fame!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ If we manage to beat this goal, more space and more outdoor areas will be built for our avian friends.

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$100 and Under Christmas Sale

100-and-under-emailIf you come on Saturday, make a day of it and attend the Carp Farmers’ Christmas Market, and the St Paul’s United Church Christmas bazaar at the same time!

  • Fri. Dec. 4th, 2-8 pm
  • Sat. Dec. 5th, 8 am to 4 pm
  • Sun. Dec. 6th, 12 noon to 4 pm
  • St. Paul’s United Church (downstairs), 3760 Carp Road, Ottawa, ON

More information.

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All-ages, or adult coloring books are all the rage!

I’ve just launched my first colouring book! This one features 20 Flora & Fauna images from my original mosaic artworks. They are $20 each. Bulk orders/prices available. It is a fundraiser for the farm where my Art By Choleena studio is located. I hope you will consider buying one. They are on Etsy. Thank you!


Did you know that colouring for all ages has become a European and North American fad? Colouring is an effective de-stresser for adults. It is also being praised for the calming effect that it has on geriatric patients, especially those who are stroke victims.

“The practice [of colouring] generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses, and creativity.” —



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TARDIS Tealight and other Doctor Who items

tardis-candle-lit-dark-260px-IMG_2206I’ve taken my TARDIS artwork and turned it into an LED tea-light. Since it’s flame-less, there is no worry of fire. I cut each window by hand, then glue four copies together to make a four-sided cover for the tea-light. So cute! Just $20 for members. Get in touch if you’d like one. The first three photos in the gallery below show other angles of this tea-light. 

I have also turned my TARDIS into a number of other funky things. Here is a gallery showing many of them.

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Farm Update – June 2015

This Spring, we found ourselves host to 4 families of Canada Geese, rearing 17 babies. What a lovely sight on the pond every morning. Bird romance is not the only thing budding here… wild flowers abound as the season heats up. We’ve also found wild asparagus, which we made into an amazing breakfast. (If you’re new to the farm, please read my original post with background on what we are trying to do and how the farm got to a foreclosure point.)

For the newly-arrived Summer, we built raised planters for Mom so that she could easily weed them. We recycled old lumber and orange baler twine to keep costs low. And, we re-purposed the unfinished gazebo into a make-shift climbing garden. We’re looking forward to potatoes, peppers, and other fresh veggies throughout the season.  The last photo in the gallery is of a metal contraption that we found here. Anyone care to take a guess at what it is?

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HeartHugs from 300 acres of wildlife,


P.S. If you’re new to the farm, please read the background on the farm to learn why it is in a state of foreclosure and, with your help, what I’m trying to save. Thank you.

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Glebe Art in Our Gardens and Studios Tour

I am THRILLED to have been juried into this tour. It is considered one of the loveliest studio tours of the city, and I am honoured to be among this talent. We are 18 artists lovingly nestled into 9 artful gardens and studios in the beautiful Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa. There will be three of us at Studio #3. I hope you will join us.


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