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Arteast is a highly active not-for-profit visual arts organization.
Arteast est une association très active dans les arts visuels.

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Blackburn Library exhibit by

Bolgheyss (Pari) Nikbakhsh Zati


Oct 20th - November 24th, 2018

The Blackburn Library in conjunction with Arteast is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by Pari Zati. This is a unique opportunity for the public to enjoy, encourage and support local artists in their community as well as engaging with the Blackburn Library.
Pari Zati moved to Canada from Tehran where she specialized in fashion. Since moving to Ottawa she has taken many courses at the Ottawa School of Art and is an active volunteer with Arteast.In this exhibition, Pari explores her wide ranging creative spirit presenting works of realistic and abstract subject matter. Many works are memories of places in Canada, her new home. The balance of the exhibition shows a new direction with abstract compositions which explore colour and pattern.
This is a unique opportunity for the public to enjoy, encourage and support local artists in their community as well as engaging with the Blackburn Library.

Contact: Art Coordinator Jessie Parker Jessie@photobasedart.com

Library hours are: Monday to Thursday: 10 - 8:30, Friday: 1:00 - 6:00, Saturday: 10:00- 5:00, Sunday: closed


Love Yourself/ Aimer ce que l’on fait
with Suzanne Valois

This workshop is offered by Suzanne Valois at her studio

Grow With Art/
L'art en herbe

Tuesday Sep 25 -le mardi 25 sep
7:00 meet and greet à 19h
7:30 Présentation à 19h 30
Room 340 - salle 340
255 Centrum Blvd.

Plein Air Painting in Nunavut / Peindre sur le vif au Nunavut
presentation by John Archer

One year ago, John Archer and a group of painters embarked on a challenging trip to capture the remarkable landscape of Canada’s North and the impact it can have on a painter. The particular location was the shores of Ennadai Lake, a long lake running north south and spanning the tree line – black spruce to the south and tundra to the north. It is a landscape remarkable for its simple forms and strong colour and a challenge to paint because of those qualities.

This presentation will cover, firstly, the plein air painting experience and the materials and techniques that were used. Secondly, it will cover the impact that this experience had on the subsequent six months (and more) of studio painting back in Ottawa.

What are the lessons to be taken from this presentation? The first is the importance of plein air painting because of its ability to “inform” your painter’s eye. The second is the importance of reworking a subject (series painting) so that you can automatically deal with form and composition leaving your painter’s brain to focus on pushing the boundaries of your work.


Cette présentation concerne le remarquable paysage du nord canadien et de son impact sur les peintres. La région observée est la grève du lac Ennadai qui s’étend du nord au sud - avec les épinettes noires au sud et la toundra au nord. Par la simplicité de ses formes et la force de ses couleurs, c’est un paysage remarquable.

Cette présentation couvre tout d’abord, l’expérience de peindre sur le vif et des matériaux requis. Puis, de l’impact de cette expérience à peindre six mois (ou plus), au retour, dans le studio d’Ottawa.

Quelles sont les leçons à retenir de cette présentation? La première démontre l’importance de peindre à l’extérieur pour exercer l’habileté visuelle de l’artiste. La seconde est l’importance de retravailler le sujet (série de peintures) où vous pouvez jouer avec les formes et la composition laissant votre esprit ouvert au résultat inédit de l’œuvre

Call for Artists For 2019

St. Laurent Complex Gallery (Don-Gamble Community Centre)

The Arteast Team at the St. Laurent Complex Gallery is excited to issue a call for artists for the 5 upcoming exhibits in 2019.


Each exhibit space can accommodate 4 artists at a time.

Please email stlaurent@arteastottawa.com as soon as possible if you are interested in showing your art work. Changeovers take place on Thursday evenings starting at 5:30 pm.

The St. Laurent Complex is an inviting and fitting space for Arteast members to display their works. Each artist will have a maximum of 10 feet of wall space to display two-dimensional pieces of art for sale. Items must be dry and ready to hang following the Arteast guide lines.

The centre is very accessible. It is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 5:30 am to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 6 pm.

Artists are responsible for all handling and hanging of their artwork. An exhibit fee of $20 per artist applies. Please refer to the Arteast website for forms, regulations and more details. Artwork without proper hanging hardware will, unfortunately, not be accepted.

Reserve your space today!

Erika Farkas
at Luna Sole

September 4th and ends October 16th.

Erika Farkas is a self-taught visual artist born in Transylvania, Romania, and living in Ottawa, Canada since the late 1980s. Although Erika never had any formal art training, artistic creativity has always been a big part of her life. She started exhibiting her figurative pencil drawings in 2013, and has won several awards with them in juried local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online. Later, she took interest in mixed media and acrylic painting, because it appealed to her love of colour and gave her unlimited means express her creativity.

Erika is currently an active member of Arteast, Foyer Gallery, Nepean Fine Arts League, and Arts Network Ottawa. She exhibits throughout the year in several artistic events in Ottawa and online. Her works can be found in private collections throughout North America and Europe.

"I have been continuously trying to challenge myself in finding new ways to combine different types of media. In present times, there is an unprecedented array of media available, creating an opportunity for me to push the envelope of visual expression. For an enhanced visual impact, I use a variety of textures created with modeling paste, glitters and gold leaves, as well as an assorted variety of metallic, polystyrene, leather, and other paraphernalia which I incorporate on the canvas as collage.

I feel that I am only at the beginning of my artistic journey. There is so much more that I can try, so many new ways to challenge myself. This journey is worth all the hard work, because for me it is both deeply therapeutic and emotionally fulfilling."
(Erika Farkas)


AJAE 2018

37th Arteast Juried Awards Exhibition 2018/
Une exposition d’art par jury pour prix
Vernissage and Awards Presentation

Thursday, September 20, 2018
from 7:00 to 9:00pm
The exposition runs from Saturday, September 15, 2018
through Thursday, November 22, 2018
St Laurent Complex, 525 Côté St., Ottawa, On

Arteast showcases the work of its general membership in the latest Exhibition and Sale at the St Laurent Complex

The public is invited to an opening reception for its latest show, the 37th Arteast Juried Award Exhibition. The reception will take place on Thursday, September 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the St. Laurent Complex.

Arteast is pleased to present the work of its general membership. These members form the core of Arteast and due to their numbers enable us to present work in our many venues including the St Laurent Complex,.

The works on view encompass many different media and vary, just like the members themselves, from the amateur to the professional. The recipients of the awards in each category have been selected by an independent jury.

This is an excellent opportunity to support local artists in their creative endeavors and acquire unique art at affordable prices.

Arteast is a highly active, not-for-profit visual arts organization serving Eastern Ontario. Membership in Arteast is open to artists, both amateur and professional, and all who enjoy and want to participate in the visual arts.

  Arteast présente des œuvres de ses membres lors de son exposition au Complexe St-Laurent.

Le public est invité au vernissage de la présente ‘Exposition annuelle par jury pour prix d’Arteast 2018’. La réception se déroule le jeudi 20 septembre 2018 de 19h à 21h, au Complexe St-Laurent.

L’association Arteast est heureuse de présenter les travaux de ses membres. Les membres forment le cœur d’Arteast et leur nombre permet de présenter les œuvres dans différents lieux incluant le Complexe St-Laurent, les bibliothèques d’Orléans et North Gloucester et la Promenade Arteast au Centre des arts Shenkman.

Les œuvres présentées englobent plusieurs médiums, selon la personnalité des membres, tant amateur que professionnel.

Arteast est une association, à but non lucratif, très active en arts visuels de l’Est de l’Ontario. Devenir membre d’Arteast est ouvert à tous les artistes, amateur ou professionnel et à tous ceux qui désirent participer aux arts visuels.



Shenkman Promenade

More Big Ideas – Voir Plus Grand – Vernissage

Le public est invité au vernissage de l’exposition «More big Ideas – Voir plus grand» présenté par les membres d’Arteast.

La réception aura lieu le jeudi 23 août 2018, de 19h à 21h au niveau 1 du Centre des Arts Shenkman, 245 boulevard Centrum à Orléans.

Basé sur le thème des grandes idées, 9 œuvres d’art grands formats présentent avec dynamisme le talent des artistes. Pour faire un équilibre, 4 petites œuvres sont présentées dans le cabinet de l’exposition. Avec une variété de sujets et de médium, les artistes font preuves d’une grande imagination et créativité du plus petit au plus grand!

  The public is invited to a reception for More Big Ideas – Voir plus grand - the latest show to be presented by Arteast. The reception will take place on Thursday, August 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the ground floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans.

Based on the theme of "big ideas", nine artists will grace the Promenade Gallery with dramatic large canvases to present their interpretations of this theme. Four smaller works will also be displayed. The show presents works on a variety of subjects executed in different media and genres, rendered with imagination and creativity.



François Dupuis Recreation Centre
"Full Bloom" Art Exhibition

July 16th - September 17th, 2018

The public is invited to visit Arteast Ottawa’s latest art exhibition space at the François Dupuis Recreation Centre located at 2263 Portobello Boulevard, Ottawa, and includes works from four active volunteers within the Arteast membership.

Four artists bring their best works. Flowers in full bloom abound. Claire Ouseley brings us flowers, large and bright. Anne Warburton has pictures of summer locales to remember. Tall flowers are brought to us by Christine Godin and last but not least Linda Foley brings us entertaining mash-ups of pop culture icons.

"Full Bloom" runs until September 17th at the François Dupuis Recreation Centre located at 2263 Portobello Boulevard in the Avalon area of Orleans. The centre is open seven days a week. All the artwork is for sale and any would make an excellent gift.

For more information on the François Dupuis Recreation Centre, visit the City of Ottawa’s website or contact the centre directly at FDRC@ottawa.ca or 613-580-8080.

For more information on Arteast Ottawa visit their website at www.arteastottawa.com. To contact a member of the Arteast François Dupuis Team, please send an e-mail to francoisdupuis@arteastottawa.com

Whirling by Claire Ouseley



St. Laurent Complex Library Gallery

Christine Gendron - Exhibition of Paintings

St-Laurent Library, in conjunction with Arteast, is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by Ottawa artist Christine Gendron. This solo show is titled Colours (that make me happy) and runs from July 13 to October 5, 2018.

This collection of abstract paintings showcases the artist’s love of using various methods to apply paint on canvas to achieve unusual, interesting compositions. With a flair for colour, she likes to paint in blue, magenta, fushia, purple, black, and silver to create uplifting pieces that are both calming and exciting. Christine paints primarily in acrylic.

This is a unique opportunity for the public to enjoy, encourage and support artists in their local community as well as the St-Laurent Library.

Location: St-Laurent branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 515 Côté Street,
Ottawa K1K 0Z8
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00 - 8:30, Friday: 1:00 - 6:00,
Saturday: 10:00- 5:00, Sunday: closed


Effective immediately, the newsletter editor has a new e-mail address: editor.arteastottawa@gmail.com.
Therefore, please send articles and any other e-mail communications intended for the newsletter editor to that address.

Stephen Quinlan
Behind the Curtain

April 27, 2018 to October 26, 2018

Legal Information Centre of Ottawa
Albert St, 14th floor, Suite 1400
Tuesday through Thursday 9am - 5 pm

The Legal Information Centre in conjunction with Arteast is proud to present an exhibition of Healing Visions at the Rideau Shore titled “Behind the Curtain”, paintings by Stephen Quinlan. This solo show runs from April 27 to October 26.

The works celebrate sunrise over the Rideau Rover as viewed from Strathcona Park.

This is a unique opportunity for the public to enjoy, encourage and support local artists in their community as well as engaging with the Legal Information Centre.

Contact: Art Coordinator Jessie Parker Jessie@photobasedart.com

Arteast Aprons

100% durable cotton
Soil release finish for added stain protection
Two patch pockets and a pen pocket
22” width and 30” length -Large
Chance to win a free apron as one of the many door prizes at the GWA meetings.

Available for purchase at “Grow with Art” meetings for $15.00 ea.!!!!!

St. Laurent Public Library

Call for Artists

Are you interested in having your own solo exhibit?
Opportunities are available starting in September 2017.
Exhibits run three months and your art can be for sale or not.
The St. Laurent Library (515 Côté St, Ottawa) has a great wall space of
21' in length.
Larger works are recommended because of the wall's height.

Please contact Linda Dabros at dabros@sympatico.ca or
613-731-5652 for more information




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