• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

Hot Art: Two Shows, One Local Artist

Photo credit: Shannon Armishaw.

Ottawa is filled with plenty of burgeoning young artists. One such talent is Shannon Armishaw — a grad from local arts high school Canterbury and a student of the University of Ottawa’s visual arts program — whose modern works straddle the line between painting and mixed media collage. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the city, including Opaque Surfaces/Shattered Landscapes at Gallery 115, Young Guns show at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, Factory Arts Party, Fight the Stereotype (a University of Ottawa campaign week against stereotyping and violence), and Red Mercury. This busy bee currently has two shows on view, and we highly recommend you check them out. At Flock Boutique in the west end, experience “Rose Tinted,” a retrospective that highlights the development of the artist’s visual vocabulary with images and ideas that have been a constant throughout her work, albeit in a variety of forms. With a range of media on display, the exhibition encompasses portraits, paintings, Paris dreamscapes, and other visual delights. She’s also got a show on at the Ottawa Art Gallery Art Rental, entitled “Outsides Insides.” This show features Armishaw’s latest paintings: prismatic landscapes inspired by the aesthetics of age and decay, as well as images of interior spaces and cities against a backdrop of turbulent skies. This artist’s strengths lie in capturing the world around her in its unlikely beauty, whether it’s an expression on a subject’s face, a moment in time, or architectural spaces that often go unnoticed. In conjunction with the show at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Armishaw will be hosting an artist talk on Aug. 24, which features an overview of her history and artistic growth, the development of themes and practices that have led to larger bodies of work, and the influences, aspirations, experiences, and passion that have driven her to live a life of artistic pursuits. Both shows are on view until Aug. 31.

Leave a Reply