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City Hall Art Gallery

Arbor Vitae At Ottawa’s City Hall Art Gallery



Arbor Vitae on display at Ottawa’s City Hall Art Gallery

Lorraine Gilbert and Christopher Varady-Szabo collaborate in their new exhibit Arbor Vitae at Ottawa’s City Hall Art Gallery. Varady-Szabo, originally from Australia, now spends most of his time between Gaspé and Gatineau, and is currently studying for his M.F.A at the University of Ottawa. Gilbert has been producing photographic works since 1980, which can be seen across the world — from the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa to the Polaroid collection in Amsterdam. Together, the two artists share their photographs and photo-drawings of trees, majestic plants that act as a medium for the flow of visible and hidden energies, in Arbor Vitae. The exhibit runs until April 7 at the City Hall Art Gallery.

Ottawa Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for September 16 to 18

"Of the Appearance of Bees" by Andrew Smith. Photo credit: "Involution," 2011, oil on canvas.

Friday, Sept. 16
This date night, why not grab dinner and a show? And by “show,” we mean “art exhibit.” There are lots of public and commercial galleries downtown with interesting exhibits that range from traditional to contemporary. On now at City Hall Gallery is an exhibition of abstract paintings entitled “Of the Appearance of Bees,” by Andrew Smith. Using colours and figures, these oil-on-canvas images depict the working lives of the winged insects, and you’ll be inspired to ask, “How do bees think, act, and feel?” The gallery will be buzzing with Smith’s works until Oct. 23.

Avid Potter fans probably saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 when it debuted its epic final chapter in July. But if you want to see it with 30,000 watts of sound and a 3D screen that’s more than 16 metres tall, check it out tonight when it opens in 3D at the IMAX theatre at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. See Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson reprise their roles for the last time as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger when they head towards a showdown with Lord Voldemort.

Saturday, Sept. 17
Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch is the place to be as the leaves change colours and the air turns crisp. Today is the launch of Fall Family Fun Activities, which runs until Oct. 30. This seasonal event boasts a plethora of quirky and exciting entertainment that includes pig races on the Hugli’s speedway (seriously!), a six acre corn maze, plus pirate ship, hay, and pumpkin mazes, pumpkin cannon shows, a hay jump, and puppet shows, among other activities. In the upcoming weekends there are also giant pumpkin weigh offs (Sept. 24) and giant pumpkin boat races (Sept. 25), and other Halloween-themed events.

The West End Studio Tour, which runs Sept. 17 and 18 and 24 and 25, gets art lovers out of the gallery and into the studios and homes of some 20 artists. We recommend checking out Rob Huntley‘s landscape images (especially the aerial ones) for an interesting perspective on cityscapes and landmarks. Other artists taking place include Alice Hinther, Wendy Feldberg, Shlomo Feldberg, Deidre Hierlihy, Andrew King, Jeff Wiebe, Paul Wing, and more. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for June 10 to 12

"The Vampire Stalker" launches June 10.

Friday, June 10
Everyone knows that vampires are currently the hottest other-worldly characters out there. With the young adult novel, The Vampire Stalker, local author Allison van Diepen poses the question “What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world – and came into yours?” The book launch takes place tonight at Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books with a reading by the writer and Q&A, plus cake and blood-red refreshments.

Add a little respite from your busy day with the National Arts Centre’s “Young Artists Program: Music in the Afternoon.” Starting today and running until June 23, these free noon hour concerts at the University of Ottawa showcase plenty of new talent from the Summer Music Institute.

"Poppies" by Kathryn Rebecca.

Wall Space Gallery hosts “RED,” a travelling group exhibition by the members of Jewel Envy Studio in Toronto. This show explores nine different personal interpretations of the colour through jewellery. Themes addressed by the artists include death, madness, romance, beauty, natural disasters, health, and more. The show kicks off today and runs until July 3.

Saturday, June 11
Celebrate diversity at the folkloric festival, Carnival of Cultures, which takes place at Marion Dewar Plaza. Running Friday through Sunday, this event not only highlights an array of cultures, but also promotes creativity and artistic expression in a variety of folk arts. Just a sampling of some of the performances you will see: highland dancing, Bollywood entertainment, Argentine tango, Lebanese dancing, an Ottawa Chinese arts group, and a Zimbabwean band. (more…)

Ottawa on a Budget

Where Ottawa intern Dana Carman does a day in the city with just $30 and a sense of adventure.

In a town with a large population of students (and their visiting friends), lavish galas, gourmet restaurants, and pricey festival tickets can run a little deep in the linings of your pockets. But what is there in the capital for the purse-string-clasping visitor? Come with me on a day to see the best of Ottawa for under $30. Seriously. (more…)