West-End Studio Tour – Sept 23-24

Years ago, when I lived in Westboro, I was a part of the West-End Studio Tour. This year, I am back as a visiting artist. A “visiting artist” is one who lives outside the area but is deemed worthy to be part of the tour. I am thrilled to have that status. I have been graciously invited to share the studio of Paula Mitas Zoubek at 193 Daniel Ave, Ottawa. I hope you’ll join us. “WEST” is an annual studio tour celebrating Westboro-and-area artists of Ottawa, Ontario. Although generally two weekends, this year, we’ve compacted it into one weekend, but everything else is the same — a show and sale of art right in the artists’ studios.

Our Artists:

  • Andrew King
  • Alison Fowler
  • Choleena DiTullio
  • Claire Paulin
  • David W. Jones
  • Deidre Hierlihy
  • Lenka Cutler
  • Lynette Chubb
  • Manju Sah
  • Margaret Chwialkowska
  • Miriam Silburt
  • Paula Mitas Zoubek
  • Paul Wing
  • Sarah Marie Lacy
  • Tracy Armstrong
  • Find them all online here.


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Sundance Artisan Show, Sept 2-4, 2017 – Maberly, Ontario

In its 11th year, the annual Sundance Artisan Show is a 40-artist outdoor art exhibit always held on Labour Day Weekend. This year, the dates are Sept 2-4, 2017. The show is held at 21980 HWY 7, Maberly, Ontario, behind our hosts, Fall River Restaurant.

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Now to Sept 28, 2017 — art show in Ottawa!

I am thrilled to announce that I have 25 pieces hanging in the second-floor lobby of the beautiful “Adobe” building on Preston Street in Ottawa!Adobe Building. www.theadelaide.ca Copyright The Adelaide.

I would like to thank the Ottawa School of Art, Preston Square and Waterford Properties Group for the coordination and use of this space. Photo from The Adelaide.

  • Now to September 29th, 2017
  • 347 Preston St., second level, Ottawa, ON K1S3H8
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Classes with Art By Choleena!

The Spring 2017 classes will be held on weekends in February and in March. Gift certificates never expire so if you miss an opportunity, just sign up for another class! 🙂

Learn how to make Wooden Photos (transfer images to wood) in just one class. $40, materials included. All skill levels welcome. Enjoy an artful afternoon (about 2 hrs) in the beautiful town of Perth, where we will create two images. Maximum 20 seats per class — classes offered throughout the year! The gift certificate does not expire; use it any time. For more information or to register for yourself or a loved-one, contact me! See sample of a photo transfer to wood, below. The gift certificate can be used for a class, art, or commissioned work.

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Gift Certificates — for classes, commissions, and art!

Gift Certificate or Classes.

Contact me with questions or to register for a gift certificate in the amount that you wish.    Your gift certificate can be used for classes anytime throughout the year. Check my next art class.

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Wood Transfer garden signs!

lifes-a-garden-dig-it-IMG_3555The perfect year-round gift for the yard- or garden-lover, these signs are hand-made in my studio using recycled wood found around the farm. I can add different text, if you wish.

They run from $20-$50, depending on the size. I am happy to mail them to you.

Yes, I can transfer your own images onto wood!

Below is a sampling of what I make.

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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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