Community Outreach

Arteast with St. Brother Andre School

Tulip Festival project


On April 2nd, Arteast artists volunteered  their time to help the children of St. Brother Andre’s Catholic school paint 8 “five foot tulips” for the upcoming Tulip Festival on May 10, 2019 and 3 paintings in the study of the Group of Seven.  A big “Thank You” to Wallacks for helping with the paint supplies!

Among the volunteers were (left to right) Maureen Rooney Mitchell, Kokila Jeffery, Wendy Glover, Fran Falconer, Debra Corkery, Cheryl Mattice,  Claire Ouseley, (next row) Nasri George, Ginette D’Aoust Castonguay, Nahid Shakrulla, Rachel Lapalme and Lindy Nadarajah (not shown).


On April 3rd, the Arteast volunteers painted with the children showing them how to use a palette, mix colours  and paints various themes. The teachers will sent small groups throughout the day with the artist. Volunteers shown left to right Debra Corkery, Dorothy Zorn, Josee Bourassa, AngèleGagnon, Wendy Glover, Mary Ann Varley, Fran Falconer, Monique Laframboise, Nahid Shakrulla,(next row) Maureen Mitchell Rooney, Nasri George, Kokila Jeffery, Lynne Ethier and Lindy Nadarajah (not shown)


On April 5th,  Arteast volunteers touched up the Tulips and  finished up with varnished.


Gr. 1 – Unicorn and Rainbows Tulip

Gr. 1/ 2- Outer Space Tulip

Gr. 2/ 3 -Tulips with a Stunning Sunset

Gr. 3 – Military theme with Poppies Tulip 

Gr. 4 – Books we love! Tulip

Gr. 5 – The 4 Seasons Tulip

Gr. 5/ 6 Underwater Tulip

Gr. 6 – Group of Seven Tulip

3 Canvases

Left to Right Maureen Rooney Mitchell, Roxanne Decelles, Wendy Glover, Nahid Shakrulla, Chery Mattice, Rachel Lapalme, Daisy Desson, Fran Falconer, Lynne Ethier, Claire Ouseley, Lindy Nadarajah . Ginette D’aoust Castonguay and Nasri George (not shown).

Shenkman 10th Anniversary June 2019

The Shenkman, 10th anniversary June 2019  celebrations will take place in front of the building and the upper lobby. Kids’ activities will be in the upper lobby  and at 7:30 pm different activities are taking place in the upper lobby, other activities will take place outside.

Arteast will create a face cutout stand with a painting featuring the #10 will work best. I will need a group of artists to paint a picture on the wood.  The Arteast stand will be used for the following year. Arteast website and name will also be featured in the painting. If you are interested in signing up, please contact

Adult Brain Injury Workshop   October 2019

Arteast Outreach project to paint with the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist -Acquired Brain Injury Day  Class. Students really enjoy learning to draw and paint with acrylics.  An artist will demonstrate a painting at the front of the class while the volunteer artists assists and encourage the students in the right direction. We had a lot of fun last week with ABI and Variety East projects and it went by very fast last year. Arteast aprons will be provided for you to wear. The exact date to be determined in October.
When: Oct TBD . 45min-1 hour.
Where: 1490 Youville Drive, Hall A (first door on the left when you enter by the front entrance)
If you are interested in signing up, please contact

Variety East Outreach project #1 Project:  October 2019

We will be helping the developmentally challenged adults paint a work of art.  An artist will demonstrate painting the picture step by step. Artists are needed to assist the students select colours and help them paint if they need it.

When: Oct TBD . 45min-1 hour.
Where: 1490 Youville Drive, Bob McQuarrie Recreation Centre Hall D
If you are interested in signing up, please contact

BAZ Art November 2019

This year’s Baz’Art will be November 23 and 24, 2019. Arteast artists will demo and display their work.  Artists are encouraged to show and tell regarding your art and to encourage interested audiences members discover our Arteast membership and activities.

Arteast will have tables set up in front of the Arteast Promenade.  Last year we have 12 artists participating.  If you are interested in signing up, please contact

Past events

Outreach Project with Acquired Brain Injury Day Program

On Oct 10, 2018, Arteast volunteers had the pleasure of hosting a paint class with 15 Adult Brain Injury clients  enrolled in Therapeutic Recreation class at the Bob McQuarrie Complex in Orleans.

Arteast donated their time and supplies for this class. The clients really enjoyed learning to paint an autumn landscape by mixing  colours and try various brushstrokes.  They had so much fun, they want us to return for a 2nd class soon! We only had 45 minutes to paint so the volunteers worked fast to get paint and assist with instructions. The artist volunteers that helped the clients were Lynne Alsford, Catherine Nima, Kim N. Gazo, Nahid Shuckrulla, Daisy Desson, Lynne Ethier, Rachel Lapalme and Lindy Nadarajah.

A good time was had by all.  Thank you to all the amazing Arteast volunteers and the wonderful photos by Lynne Alsford

Arteast Outreach Project with Variety East  Program

Photos courtesy of Lynne Alsford
On Oct 2 2018, Arteast volunteers hosted a paint class with 14 Adult Developmentally Delayed adults enrolled in Variety East program at the Bob McQuarrie Complex in Orleans.

Arteast donated their time and supplies for this class. The students created various colours to paint an autumn landscape and abstracts.  Most of the time we were laughing and having fun. We only had 45 minutes to paint so the volunteers worked fast to get paint and assist with instructions. The artist volunteers were Lynne Alsford, Mary Anne Varley, Daisy Desson, Lynne Ethier, Rachel Lapalme, Debra Corkery, Ginette D’aoust Castonguay, Pari Zati and Lindy Nadarajah.

Thank you to all the amazing Arteast volunteers who kept changing the water, adding paint and helping the students paint. The students were sensitive to having their photos so we held up their artwork in the group photo of the volunteers. Thank you for the wonderful photos by Lynne Alsford.

Outreach Projects of 2018

by Josie De Meo

This spring, Arteast was really busy with several community outreach projects. These Community outreach reach projects were sponsored by DeSerres. We want to thank the Manager, Thomas Baribault and staff.

On April 21st, Arteast artists painted a 5-foot tulip for the Canadian Tulip Festival during the Hello Spring Event at centre court in the St. Laurent Shopping Centre. Ginette D’Aoust-Castonguay, Clarisse Cheseaux, Corinne Feasey, and I braved the crowds and donated our personal time to present our talents and smiles. Special thanks to the marketing team of the shopping centre.

Then, on April 26th, 27th and 28th, I was at it again painting a second 5-foot tulip in the DeSerres store with some amazing artists: Ginette D’Aoust-Castonguay, Maureen Rooney Mitchell and Marilyn Carpentier. We want to thank store Manager, Thomas Baribault and his staff.

Finally, on May 15th, Arteast hosted a day of art at the St. Brother André Catholic Elementary School, a school for children with special needs. With the help of Educational Assistant, Debra Corkery, and the Principal, Sean Crookshank, we organized a day of painting for 200 students, from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school also asked that we help the
kids paint a “buddy bench”. What is a “buddy bench”? It is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.

The devoted and talented Arteast volunteer artists guided the students to create artworks in print media and watercolours, and to contribute to six large artworks in acrylic, as well as the “buddy bench”. The kids had huge smiles and enjoyed the experience, and we all received personalized thank-you cards at the end of the day. Thanks to all volunteers who contributed to this special day for the kids: Cheryl Mattice, Maryse Hatchard, Bill
Lee, Mary Ann Varley, Anne Warburton, Carmen Dufault, Corinne Feasey, new members Kim and Catherine Niman, Kate Daller, Claire Ouseley, Maurene Atherton and Lindy Nadarajah. A special thanks to my husband Marc, who helped load and unload all the equipment, and to Ginette D’Aoust-Castonguay and Anne Desrochers for volunteering their entire day with me.

Community Outreach Brother St Andre

Photos by Catherine Niman and Josie De meo

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Community Outreach Tulips

Photos by Maureen Rooney Mitchell

Photos by Josie De Meo

Arteast & DeSerres Sennelier & Raphael brush workshop

by Josie De Meo

Arteast Ottawa Community
Outreach Projects of 2017

by Josie De Meo

Arteast members volunteered in many outreach projects in 2017. The following is a brief review of these activities:

May 2017: We had the unveiling of our massive maple leaf Canada in Leaf, created by over 30 artists for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Now it has found a new home at the front entrance of the Nepean Centrepointe Library.

June 7th: We worked with the Variety East group at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, creating with watercolours. Over 10 participants played with water and paint creating small artworks for two hours. Five Arteast members volunteered.

October 1st: Culture Days which raises awareness of artistic activities is held every year around our beautiful city. We, Arteast members, have always participated to engage the public in the arts. Our demonstrations featured Maureen Rooney-Mitchell painting a portrait in oils and Raymonde Wolfe and I created small watercolors. This provided the opportunity to discuss our techniques and our love of creating. This year’s
Culture Days coincided with our vernissage on Promenade Arteast at the Shenkman Arts

November 4th: Artpreneur ( held at the Shenkman Arts Center) is an annual conference for all artistic genres. Lynne Alsford, Lindy Nadarajah, Maureen Rooney Mitchell and I were present to promote Arteast’s activities and the value of a membership. We were successful in attracting new members and intend to participate in this event every two years.

November 24th -25th: Baz’Art is an annual event held by the Shenkman Arts Center with various artists exhibiting and artisans selling their creations. We were strategically placed in front of Promenade Arteast to promote Arteast and the talents of our members. For the two-day duration of this event, over 15 members demonstrated in oil, acrylics, watercolors, drawing and other media. These members were given the opportunity to
sell some of their works without commission. Over $800 worth or artworks were sold. Congrats to all!

November 28th: We partnered with DeSerres for a free Golden workshop with Andrea Warren. Over 14 members participated. More partnership events are being planned, so keep reading your weekly emails. Do not forget Arteast members get 10% off their purchases at the DeSerres in the St. Laurent Shopping Center.

November 30th: We coordinated the Acquired Brian injury Day Program at the Bob McQuarrie Recreation Complex. Three members volunteered their time and talent to help 10 participants create Christmas cards and small creations over a two-hour period. We have been invited to return next year.

Many thanks to all our volunteers involved in 2017 projects:
Maureen Rooney Mitchell, Lore Organ, Patricia Fish, Ginette D’Aoust Castonguay, Lynne Alsford, Lindy Nadarajah, Raymonde Wolfe, Clarisse Cheseaux, Corinne Feasey, Beata Jakubek, Lissa Rachelle, Anne Warburton, Danielle Beaulieu, Hélène Lepage, Kerstin Peters and Helen Rosseau, Elisabeth Baechlin, Murielle Bérubé, Joyce Buckley, Gwen Cowan, Carmen Dufault, Virginia Dupuis, Erika Farkas, Diane Freeman, Jennifer
Garland, Doreen Hardiman, Maryse Legault, Marie Léger, Cheryl Mattice, Claire Ouseley, Lydia Pépin, Mike Phillips, Rashmi Rehka, Mary Ann Varley, and Dorothy Zorn

We are planning a many outreach and partner projects for 2018. If you want to help, please contact me at

30 November 2017

Photos by Helen Rosseau


Culture Days
1 October 2017

Photos by Helen Rosseau

by Josie De Meo

ARTEAST was invited this year to three community events to promote Arteast and its members at the Shenkman Art Centre. In October 2014, ARTEAST participated during Artpreneur. This event takes place every year at the Shenkman Art Centre. We had a booth to promote ARTEAST. We were all decked out, displaying our beautiful banner, brochures, and membership
applications. We were able to talk to many possible future members and, to our delight, we gained more than four new members because of this event. We are grateful that the following members were able to help: Clarisse Cheseaux, Diane Freeman, Mari Brown, Maureen Rooney Mitchell and Mary Ann Varley.

An annual event, Baz’Art, was held on November 29th and 30th, at the Shenkman Art Centre. ARTEAST was there to introduce our artist members and our organisation to the community. We had 15 artists on two days, demonstrating their artistic talent. We were amazed at the answer to our call for volunteers. We were even more amazed that some of the members sold smaller artworks while they were demonstrating. These artists devoted one to three hours of their time to promote themselves and ARTEAST. A huge “Thanks” go to Kerstin Peters, Anne Warburton, Doreen Hardiman, Murielle Bérubé, Carmen Dufault, Moiya Wright, Mari Brown, Diane Freeman, Maureen Rooney Mitchell, Virginia Dupuis, Maryse Hatchard, Marie Leger, and Mary Ann Varley. Also, we had a non-member who wanted to participate and learn more about us – thanks to Karin Sundin.

ARTEAST received an invitation by a local women’s group from the Community Pentecostal Church. They were holding their Annual Black and White Christmas Gala at the Shenkman Arts Centre in the lower lobby on the evening of December 2nd. Their request was for a few artists, who were in the current exhibition on Promenade ARTEAST, to talk about their displayed artwork and their artistic background. We introduced the 150 ladies in attendance to our organisation and had a few minutes each to talk about our creations. We were honored to have the following artists come to this event and promote themselves and ARTEAST. What a great opportunity it was to connect with some wonderful ladies of our community, and who knows maybe we have sold a piece or two! A special thanks to the following artists who joined me at this event: Lynne Alsford, Marie Leger, Yvette Le Gal, Carmen Dufault, Diane Freeman and Mary Ann Varley.

January 2013 Valentine for the Vets – to read the full story

During the month of January Arteast was invited to host two workshops at Senior Residences.

December 2012 – to read the full story

After two years of preparations, the art festival took place on December 17th. Eight of our fellow artist
volunteered at Marius Barbeau catholic elementary school.

June 2012 Orleans Festival – to read the full story

Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd 2012 , Arteast had a very active role in
our community. Arteast project during the Orleans Festival at the Shenkman’s Art Center

April 2012 – to read the full story

Glen Ogilvy School is tucked along Centrepark Crescent in cosy Blackburn Hamlet.
Book markers, watercolour cards and eight 36 X 36″ canvases were designed and painted.

December 2011 – to read the full story

Projet “Rendez-vous” : Programmes d’Ottawa est pour les personnes
ayant des besoins particuliers/special needs, au Complexe récréatif
Ray Friel/Ray Friel Recreation Complex, Cumberland, Ontario.

April 2011 – to read the full story

École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs, Ottawa
6030, prom. Voyageur, Orleans (Ontario) K1C 2T1

May 2010 – to read the full story

Creating a wall mural with Queen Elizabeth Public School Gr. 4/5 student artists and
Arteast artists.

2009 – to read the full story

Arteast was one of the successful recipients of a Grant from the City of Ottawa.
Part of the grant application has a “Community Service” component. One of Arteast’s
community Service Outreach Project’s involves voluteering “artistically” with Queen Elizabeth School.