2013 is the Year of the Snake! PROOF Studio Gallery in Toronto once again celebrated Chinese New Year with a touring exhibition and print exchange based on the year’s Zodiac sign. Artists from all over the world participated, including the Ottawa Printmakers Connective.
Exhibition touring dates:
(Past: Proof Studio Gallery & OCAD)
Current-April 9th: Ottawa School of Art Display Cases, 35 George Street, Ottawa Ontario
March 22-30: Concordia University Fine Art Gallery
April: Muskoka Art Place Gallery, Port Carling
Here in Ottawa Snake themed prints have taken over all three glass displays at the Ottawa School of Art (35 George St.) and they look amazing. Make sure to come check them out. Here’s some pics!
Currently on display at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre is a wonderful exhibit of Leonard Gerbrandt’s prints, watercolours, and photography. Leonard Gerbrandt (1941-2010) was instrumental in forming our local printmaking group, now known as the Ottawa-Gatineau Printmakers Connective.
Where: Nepean Creative Arts Centre: 35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners. Unit 11 – main entrance right angled wall.
When: Current – End of April 2013
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-9:30, Sat 8:30-4:30 Sun 11-7pm.
For information and prices contact Ute Gerbrandt at 613-733-3762.
Gerbrandt was an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) for over 32 years and was responsible for setting up its Printmaking Studio named after him. He encouraged students to enjoy learning and to develop their creative skills. From 1975-84 and in 1991 he represented the instructors on the Board of Directors of the School. In 2011, in remembrance of his contribution to the school, OSA established and continues to seek support for an annual Memorial Scholarship in Printmaking which honours his many years as an influential, devoted teacher and passionate printmaker. For more information please visit or contact the Ottawa School of Art.
Throughout March the Ottawa Gatineau Printmakers Connective (OGPC) will be participating in an international printmaking festival: Impress 13, organized by the Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative and takes place in various locations in and around Stroud, Cheltenham and Cirencester, United Kingdom.
To use the theme of ‘Inter-nationality’ to engage in: collaboration both between artists and with the public; educational opportunities and workshops for all (schools, colleges public, artists); talks and demonstrations. Outputs will be: catalogue of contemporary printmaking in UK and from selected international groups, public art, a two day symposium on aspects of printmaking. (From Impress Festival website)
Seven of our members were invited last year to explore the themes “the land” and “native”, in a Canadian exhibit called “Landmarks”:
Mary Baranowski Lowden
Debra James Percival
Furthermore, we have members showing in the “Red Ink” exhibit! As well as giving presentations/ demonstrations. For more info visit participating printmaker Wendy Feldberg’s site.
Congratulations to our talented connective members, if you just happen to be around, check out this amazing festival of prints!
Exhibit information can be found here: http://www.gpchq.org.uk/impress-festival13/
Here’s some pictures of our works. Beautiful location!
Long over due – we know! What a busy start to 2013! We would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has visited us, come to our exhibitions, volunteered, joined our collective and giving us much loved support! It is amazing how much has been accomplished by our connective members in less than 3 years. We could not have done any of this without all of YOU.
Rubber Snake – Year of the Snake by Robert Hinchley (Ottawa)
Lastly, a New Year message from us must include a mention of our long tradition of participating in the International Chinese Zodiac Print Exhibition and Exchange organized by Proof Studio Gallery in Toronto. Happy year of the Snake! To view the wonderful array of snake themed prints submitted this year please visit: http://yearofthesnakeprintexhibition.blogspot.ca/