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Nancy M. Green: Variable Change
My work is mostly about change and the strength and vulnerability that are a part of it. This series explores various relationships and is concerned with the adaptability of the natural world.
Variable Change is a term lifted from the inside text on a series of damaged weather barometers that I altered and wired with small plastic figures of whales, fish, and dinosaurs, to make a comment on climatology. This work evolved into a series of framed clay tiles marked with actual plant life and insects, affected by reoccurring drought. Repurposed materials now join the reclaimed clay tiles and include handmade paper, metal, and found objects. The series relies upon design and aesthetic, and draws upon 19th Century museum practices. Each piece is worked into an unlikely marriage of materials until I am satisfied that they have achieved a purpose. Eventually, the frame is sealed with an air of silence and left for alchemy to make its changes.
Montreal born artist Nancy M. Green studied Visual Arts at CEGEP John Abbott and Fine Arts at Algonquin College. She apprenticed and taught in the Ottawa community, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio) degree from the University of Ottawa.
Nancy’s Solo Exhibitions took place at the City of Ottawa Public Art Galleries (Atrium, Gloucester), the Annex Gallery at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, Arbour Gallery (VanKleek Hill, Ontario), and a two-artist exhibition at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
Some of her Juried Group Exhibitions include the F.H.Varley Art Gallery (Unionville), the Ottawa School of Art Gallery, the Woodstock Art Gallery (Ontario), Definitely Superior Art Gallery (Thunder Bay), Latcham Gallery (Stouffville), Salle Augustin-Chenier (Ville-Marie), Tom Tompson Memorial Art Gallery (Owen Sound), and Gallerie Intersection (Ottawa).
Nancy has taught art to children and young adults in urban centres and in rural settings, and to Special Needs adults and to Gifted young adults. A full term on the Executive Board Committee for an Artist-run Centre in Ottawa and mentoring local emerging artists has been a part of her art practice.
Tribal Masks of Urban Culture, by Timothy Hunt
From giant junk cocoons to bicycle wheel chandeliers, found object artist Timothy Hunt’s amalgamations celebrate new possibilities for the discarded and mundane. Proudly paired with ZenKitchen for Chinatown Remixed 2012, Hunt continues his series of tribal masks of urban culture.
All right, I collect junk. Let’s just get that out of the way. For over 20 years, I have been making art from “found objects;” not to reduce my carbon footprint (a happy byproduct), but because these are the things that inspire me. Rusty nails, bicycle parts, things that fall off cars and all manner of unidentified corroded objects make their way into my carefully selected inventory of art supplies. I’m never sure how I’ll use these items when I find them, but each one has a sense of history and purpose that I can’t pass up.
Timothy Hunt is an artist and Sculptor living in Ottawa. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (English and Psychology) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Ottawa, he has participated in numerous shows across Canada with his company, Mobius T-shirts, and his artwork has been shown in many local venues and Art in the Park events. For the past three years, Tim’s installations have been featured at the Lumiere Festival in New Edinburg’s Stanley Park. Tim has taught art for the City of Ottawa and has been a keen promoter of local artists as past Organizer for Urban Art in Minto Park.
Tim can be contacted at
Tribal Masks will display until September, 2012.
For more information about the artist, visit timothyhunt.blogspot.com
Sustenance - Karen Flanagan McCarthy, Photographer
Sustenance¸ an exhibition and print sale of works by local photographer Karen Flanagan McCarthy, opens April 16 and runs until May 11. This is a fundraiser, with 25% of the sales to be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.
The images featured in Sustenance are drawn from Karen's explorations of coastlines, riverbeds, city streets and countryside...of that which sustains us and that which we leave behind.
Sustenance is Karen's third solo exhibition. Her work has also been featured in juried exhibitions at Exposure Gallery and Red Wall Gallery and has been published in Photo Life, Ottawa Magazine, Folk Prints, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and the National Gallery of Canada’s magazine, Vernissage.
If you would like to buy a photograph or would like more information, contact Karen by email or through her web site:
About Karen's most recent solo exhibition, Fugitive States:
" McCarthy's works are a fascinating exploration of the minute complexity and hidden beauty of nature at an almost microscopic level…a testament not only to the underlying complexities of something as simple as ice, but to the veteran photographer's practiced eye and ability to bring to life the fleeting fragility of nature."
Adam Volk, Express, 24 March 2011
(Elle)…a longé les berges de la rivière des Outaouais pour y croquer des images "impossibles à saisir une seconde fois'…Grâce à ses clichés, où le figuratif et l'abstrait se confondent aisément, le spectacle est désormais immortalisé.
K. LeVan, Voir , 14 Avril 2011
Exhibition of New Work by Jess Weatherhead, Farmer and Painter
Jess is Assistant Farm Manager with Roots and Shoots, an organic farm located near Manotick Station. She began farming as a young child giving her an appreciation for, and insight into, the relationship between local food production and the communities that are nourished and fed.
For Jess, both farming and painting are a meditative process. Working from her own photographs, as well as older family photographs and those from antique stores, the subjects of her paintings explore daily life on the farm, market days and human interactions with one another and the natural environment.
This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to view works by an artist and farmer at a restaurant that features the produce she grows.
All paintings are oil on canvas. Until November 9, 2010
1. Harvest Day - $950 (shown above)
2. Water Break In May - $800
3. A Song Once Sung - $1000
4. We Might Go Somewhere - $650
5. Party At Todd’s Point – not for sale
6. Our Song - $750
7. John Oliver - $250
8. Weeding - $120
9. Commuting - $230
10. Busking - $180
11. Halifax Market - $140
12. We Went To The Beach - $550
13. Picnic - $350
14. Rock Cradle - $350
15. Snorkel - $300
16. Trapped In My Head - $350
17. Sunflower Sketch II – not for sale
18. A Winter Walk - $280
19. Seeds In My Pocket - $250
For purchase works or for more information, please contact Jess Weatherhead at
All proceeds from sales go to the artist.
New Works by Andrea Stokes. Until August, 2010
ZenKitchen Restaurant is pleased to be hosting an exhibition of twenty-two new paintings by Andrea Stokes. Using vibrant colours and depictions of humans and animals, these works are an exploration of our relationships, both physical and metaphorical, to the world around us.
Many of Andrea's subjects evoke feelings of sweetness and innocence, yet, there is an implicit or, in some cases, an explicit menacing quality that gives her work an "edge".
Andrea’s paintings will continue to be on display at ZenKitchen until August 8th, 2010, and are available for purchase. While visiting Andrea’s exhibition, check out the gourmet vegan cuisine at ZenKitchen.
To get in touch with Andrea, please contact:
Art Coordinator, ZenKitchen
New Paintings by Andrea Stokes
All paintings are acrylic on canvas or wood
1. "Saving the Moon" - $375 (shown above)
2. "Yellow Moon" - $375
3. "Five Balloon Forest" - $400
4. "Tiny Town III" - $400
5. “Mother Goose" - $400
6. "Grace" - $400
7. "Keeping You" - $200 sold
8. "Keeping One" - $200
9. "White Flag" - $225
10. "Between Points" - $225 sold
11. "Sisters" - $275
12. "My Bubble" - $200
13. "I want to keep you" - $225
14. "White Rabbit" - $225
15. "Red Dress/Red Bird" - $200
16. "Red Hat" - $200
17. “Hanging Little Mouse” - $200 sold
18. "Balancing Act" - $200
19. "Tiny Town II" - $200
20. "Reverse Rabbit Hole" - $200
21. "Letter from Rural Route #2" - $375
22. "Party for one" - $375
If you would like to purchase a painting, or would like more information, please contact Andrea:
Photographs by Kim Elmslie and Richard Weintrager, until Jan 3, 2010
Each photographer brings their personal experience and technique when creating an image. While the works in this show can be enjoyed individually, they also complement each other through colour, form and content. The recurring themes of everyday objects captured in razor sharp detail evoke feelings of calm and tranquility in the viewer.
Ottawa area photographer Kim Elmslie’s interest and passion for photography began at an early age when taking her first pictures with her grandfather. Since then she has experimented with both SLR and Digital imagery.
Kim's work as an animal welfarist allowed her to travel extensively and provided the opportunity to photograph a wider range of unique and unusual subjects. More recently, she has turned her lens on the objects that surround her in her daily life, finding the exotic in the familiar as seen in the images chosen for ZenKitchen.
A dedicated public servant and painter, Richard Weintrager brings both of these passions to his photography. Since 1985, he worked exclusively in black and white emulsion creating complex narratives with technical- and medical-grade film stock.
Since meeting Kim Elmslie in 2006, Richard has been exploring social themes using colour photography. This has transformed his work both stylistically and aesthetically. In contrast to his earlier photographs Richard’s current work has evolved into more nuanced explorations and intimate views of everyday subjects captured in sensually-toned palettes of vivid colours.
While having shown in private and public spaces, ZenKitchen is the first venue to exhibit Richard's new body of work.
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