Nuit Blanche 2013

Supernova- le Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau 2013

21st September 2013

by Mary Ann Varley

From the very beginning Arteast has participated in le Nuit Blanche. 2013 Supernova was the title of this year’s event. Arteast teamed with The Gallery 240 and the Guild 240 for the Kids Zone, demonstrations, and Ottawa’s first Salon des Refusés. Did it rain? Yes! A lot! Did we get wet? Yes! But it was a really exciting night. Kids Zone was a place for young people to come and paint either in watercolour or acrylic paint. A giant chalk drawing rainbow was planned for the street but was washed out, unfortunately. Despite the lack of children, volunteers- Josie De Meo, Clarisse Cheseaux and Nora Martin were prepared for watercolour cards.
An acrylic mural was painted with a couple of volunteer children and volunteers: Maureen Rooney Mitchell, Margaret Cape, Roger Larose, and Linda Dyson. Helen Rosseau was the official photographer for the event.
Henna painting and Fairy readings by Kita Szpak, face painting, guitar serenades by Lenard Dupuis, made for a wide variety of activities. Under the tents three brave artists- Virginia Dupuis Ricardo Fleuraguste and Maureen Rooney Mitchell did live demonstrations through wind, rain, and even a little thunder. Inside Gallery owner Brenda Martin opened her display space to the first Ottawa’s Salon des Refusés. Participating artist are : Virginia Dupuis, Mary Ann Varley, Maureen Rooney Mitchell, Margaret Cape, Linda Dyson, Clarisse Cheseaux, Ricardo Fleuraguste and Josie De Meo. It takes courage to display works which for a variety of reasons had been rejected either by a jury, a gallery or community organization. The whole evening was very well received by the public. Gallery owner Brenda Warner had nothing but praise of Arteast and its participating members. Josie De Meo provided some really tasty refreshments to sustain all the participants. This is what the Nuit Blanche organizers said:

We would like to thank you for all the work you put in to Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau. We are thrilled with the event this year more than ever. It takes a city of creative individuals and cultural heartthrobs to brave weather like we had during our second Nuit Blanche and we are so proud to have run the course with you.
We have many great highlights saved in our memory banks and we already have some ideas at work for 2014. Please keep in touch and bookmark September 20th 2014 in your calendar, because we know that growing means building up and driving forth. We can’t wait to do that again together, in our community.

Megan Smith + Ariane Nazroo
L’équipe de Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau
Thank you for participating in this wonderful and exciting community event with Arteast.

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