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Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery

Hot Art: Art that says “I Love You”

"Love" by Patrick John Mills is just one of the pieces you will see at this exhibit.

With longer nights, cold wind, and Valentine’s Day around the corner, we all need a little love. An exhibition at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery brings you just that. “I Love You,” an exhibit running from Jan. 19 to Feb. 25 features 15 artists, all of whom bring their own interpretations and media of choice to the idea of love. Check out the LOVE Art Party on Feb. 14 for a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day. Skip the commercialism and head to the gallery, where they will have music, live painters, fire spinners, body painting, and kissing booths (for $15 you can even get babysitting on site). Sure beats dinner and a movie!

Hot Art: I Killed the Group of Seven

A painting by Lorena Ziraldo from "I Killed the Group of Seven."

An exhibition called “I Killed the Group of Seven” is sure to be an attention-getter. So it’s no wonder that this group show at Patrick John Mills Gallery drew 1,500 people last year, or why it’s back again in 2011. The exhibit pays homage to the Canadian artists’ legacy while simultaneously reversing and re-conceptualizing all that the group represents. It also encourages people to think about Canadian art, where it was 100 years ago, and what new artists are creating today. And one thing’s for sure: the show draws people who loved the iconic collective of artists, and people who hated them. At this year’s event, check out the variety of responses to the buzz-worthy theme. Of particular note is local artist Lorena Ziraldo, who has three pieces featured in the show. Ziraldo is known for pushing fundamental concepts, and for subtle but important touches, such as sophistication of brush work, original placement of pigments, and selection of colour. Says gallery owner Mills, “Her work is penetrating in a delicate manner.” Works in this show will be displayed until Oct. 29. For more on this thought-provoking exhibition, and to learn what went into creating some of the pieces, take in the artists’ talk on Oct. 6 at 6pm.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for the Long Weekend

The Rideau Canal Festival offers up a variety of fun family activities.

Friday, July 29
Everyone in Ottawa knows the Rideau Canal is the grand dame of the city, a scenic waterway that winds its way through downtown. Both locals and visitors alike can celebrate this historic landmark at the Rideau Canal Festival, now in its fourth year. The five day party offers non-stop activities, including a cycling fashion show, sculptural installations, canal cruises, and Colonel By Day celebrations with musical acts and children’s games. The festival kicks off July 28 and runs all weekend.

Saturday, July 30
Jugglers, comedians, storytellers, fire-eaters, magicians, musicians, clowns, and many other strange and wonderful performers convene on the Sparks Street Mall for five days of outdoor entertainment at Buskerfest, running July 28 to Aug. 1. Don’t forget to bring plenty of change to drop into the hats of those who most tickle your fancy.

Missed seeing the Beatles the first time around? Then take in The British Invasion, a tribute show that will take you on a nostalgic trip through time. John, Paul, George, and Ringo impersonators will journey through the hits of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last moments as a band, all in a spectacular multi-media production. Plays July 28 to 30.

The Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery hosts its legendary Big Art Party in the gallery’s exhibition space and sculpture garden. Every art form will be performed in this massive community event, which includes music, dance, poetry slam, and a large collective collage work.

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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 4 to 6

Friday, March 4

"Naked Naked Naked" is on view at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Photo credit: “She is Sunshine... She is Love. Oil on canvas.”

Artists bare their souls in “Naked Naked Naked,” on view at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery until March 26. This group exhibition of paintings explores the theme of the word “naked,” from the literal meaning to more metaphorical interpretations about the soul, truth, and pure expression. Stop by the exhibition grand opening on Thursday, March 3, and catch a sultry burlesque show by The Sin Sisters. Visit the Facebook page to add your name to the guest list for the vernissage.

Enjoy a Vegas themed evening at “Drag for a Wish” that includes casino-themed games, a drag show by some of Ottawa’s top performers, and silent auction. Presented by Algonquin College’s Event Management program, which is raising money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. (more…)