Artists & Venue
#1. UMI CAFE // Florence Yee
Florence Yee is a Montreal-based artist that has recently finished a 4-month residency at the Ottawa School of Art. She now studies at Concordia University for a BFA in Painting & Drawing. As an Asian-Canadian, she is acutely aware of being an Other within this culture, and thus makes artwork to counter stereotypes.
#2. CLEAR SKY VAPE // Studio La Mouche Group Show
The ‘Partners in Grime’ exhibition will feature artwork by Kurt Walther, an Ottawa based artist who works primarily with acrylics, pen and ink and markers on paper or bristol. Kurt creates unique textures by using natural elements such as puddles of water, dirt and dried grass in his techniques. In his mixed media pieces you will often find bright colours and prints from the various printing blocks he has created.
Another local artist taking part in this exhibition is Ben van D, a graphic designer whose illustrations have been described as coarse and vulgar, with their sinewy lines. Drawing for the most part in pen and ink, Ben will often use digital manipulation to bring high contrast and bright colours to his grotesque characters.
Ottawa artist Andrea Warren is the third artist on the roster for this exhibition. Her vibrant paintings possess incredible texture and layers upon layers of vivid colours. A master of all things acrylic and colour mixing, Andrea’s abstract canvas pieces and monoprint composites capture and captivate all who lay their eyes on them.
#3. KOREAN PALACE // Tracy Dransdield
I paint dynamic watercolour streetscapes that capture the nature of the city they are set in. My submission would consist of a number of new paintings of scenes from around Chinatown and area as well a few selected pieces from my existing work. New work would be of a similar style and feel to the examples provided.
#4. DUMPLING SHOP // Samantha Clausiau Lawlor
Samantha Clusiau-Lawlor is an Ottawa based graphic designer whose art is inspired by fashion, feminism, and female empowerment. With her digital art, Samantha merges the arbitrary fashion world with body diversity to create meaningful conversations. In doing so, she hopes to honour and represent women from all walks of life.
#6. SHANGHAI // Francois Cambe
François Cambe was born in the South of France in 1980. Professionally trained in wrought iron work, bronze foundry, ornamental wood carving, and with a BA from the Superior School of Applied Arts, in Lyon, François Cambe knows how to use almost any tool and work with any medium. For his most recent sculptures and installations, however, François decided to leave the majority of his tools behind and work with the least possible: With his hands, a pair of scissors and tape; he mixes textile, cardboard, plastic bags, leaves, and likes to twist objects from their practical functionality. François Cambe has lived in France, Ecuador, and Uruguay where he has had several solo exhibits, and is currently residing in Ottawa, Canada.
#6. SHANGHAI // Nature Group Show
Title: Nature Nurture – Ottawa Female Illustrators Show
Artists: Clare Brebner, May Greyfrost, Natalie Roy, and Grace Scorrar
Curator: Maya Hum
Clare Brebner, Mae Greyfrost, Natalie Roy, and Grace Scorror are four local female illustrators. In their beautifully detailed works, one can sense their calling to work in themes of nature and nurture. A mixture of paintings, traditional prints, and digital artworks will be on display.
Clare Brebner is an Ottawa-based visual artist and arts instructor. She received her BFA from the University of Ottawa, and has shown work in Canada and the United States.
Email: email@example.com Website: clarebrebner.wordpress.com
Mae Greyfrost is a local autistic artist who found her greatest inspiration through motherhood. She is a self-taught illustrator and watercolorists, with an academic background studying animation at Algonquin College.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org facebook: facebook.com/Mermama Instagram: @MaeGreyfrost
Natalie Roy is an Ottawa-based artist who has lived in Toronto, Yellowknife and Iqaluit. Her work explores mythology, nature, life, death, isolation, acceptance, alienation and organic designs. Natalie has an academic background in Geology, Fine Arts, and currently is studying comics at Université du Québec.
Email: email@example.com Website: seulementdupapier.blogspot.ca
Grace Scorrar, born and raised in Ottawa, is often inspired by nature, folk art, and coffee. She holds an Honours degree in Studio Art from the University of Guelph as well as a Graduate Diploma in Professional Illustration from Algonquin College
#6. SHANGHAI // The Great Crate Show – Group Exbibition
The Great Crate Show – Group exhibition curated by Don Kwan
A select group of local artists are invited by Don Kwan to re-invent & re-design the crates he builds. Come by the Shanghai Parking Lot and view all the crates side by side.
participating artists include:
Eliza Von Beyer
#7. MAGIC OF PAIN // Valderngrave Okumo
Valdengrave Okumu is a self-taught artist specializing in graphite and charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings depicting human beings, nature in a unique artistic mood. He has collections of his work around the world and has completed several major commission works. His inspiration for his work can originate from something tangible, an event, or even other works of art and literature. His fascination with nature inspires him to incorporate its elements into his paintings. Through his art, he hopes to inspire, evoke criticism and delve into the unknown.
#8. ORIENTAL CHARM GIFT SHOP // Jacqueline Milner
Core values of family and reverence for “the circle of life” are the subjects that inspire me and are anchored in my work. Expect images, photographic, painted or mixed media, to sing and mirror the vital role that family, and our extended family – our living earth – play in our lives.
#9. BAR BOBO // Mique Michelle Live Painting
#10. POSSIBLE WORLDS // Caitlin Mcdonogh
Possible Worlds presents the illustrated works of British Columbia visual artist Caitlin McDonagh in Fabulous Beasts.
Inspired by bestiaries of the past, McDonagh reflects on the blurred line that separates humans from animals from otherworldly beings, creating an alternate reality where are all forms of life are seen as equal. Reminiscent of creatures such as dragons, griffins and centaurs, these new imaginary creatures take their own place within traditional folkloric backgrounds, rich with symbology and mythical elements. By mixing fact and fable in Fabulous Beasts, McDonagh comments on the precarious balance between life and death, chaos and peace, and good and evil, universally present in the myths of diverse lands, cultures and histories.
#11. KOWLOON MARKET // Dan Martelock
Last year I had constructed two “walls” out of barn board where the
community was encouraged to spray paint the “walls with water based
spray paint in the parking lot of Shanghai Restaurant.
This year I have taken those walls apart and cut them down to 24”x 24”
and 30”x30” so that they can be displayed in one of the venues in
Chinatown for Chinatown remixed 2016 as art pieces, where the
community that painted them last year can enjoy them as displayed art
#12. SHIRAZ // Claude Chapdelaine
I have been painting for more than 30 years but have only recently enjoyed showing my work to the general public. I like painting allegory themes in stylized form. I like to push the envelope on how to tell hidden stories on canvas. I like to use bold colours and strong wavy lines to accentuate and define my themes where balance exist. I like to think that nature plays a large part in how I use them to frame my layouts and settings. The themes that I tend to explore in my artwork revolve around: family and genealogy, life’s journeys through historical events and mythologies, urban and wilderness lifestyles, and most of all humanity, when it comes to love and its consequences
#13. LITTLE LATIN AMERICA // Improbable Treasures Group Show
Improbable Treasures – a group collage art show featuring works by:
Regreta Brown http://
Michelle Casey http://
Kristina Corre http://kristinacorre.com/
Olivia Johnston http://
Tahini Moitra http://
Ella Sab https://www.instagram.com/
Annie Taylor http://annietaylor.ca/
Collected treasures, found images, daily detritus, imbued meanings, and a full spectrum of approaches to the medium including handcut collage, assemblage, scanography, and entirely digital works will be presented side by side with the everyday treasures of a Latin American grocery shop.
Curated by Kristina Corre
#14. DALHOUSIE COMMUNITY CENTRE // Ottawa School of Art Kids
#15. DOUBLE HAPPINESS // Nate Nettleton
Nate Nettleton is an artist living and working in Ottawa. Nate has shown his work across Ontario, and has recently been featured in Canadian and American art publications. Ideas and concepts explored within his paintings and sculptural work include movements & natural forces and the formations they create, as well as producing physical representations of invisible happenings.
#16. KAASHI // Joejene C. Santos
My works have evolved from realism to non-figurative form or abstract. I see this shift as a creative challenge in the discovery of one’s creative expression or “Creative Identity”. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Philippine Women’s University in 1996. As a student, I was actively involved in different visual arts groups and participated in various art exhibitions which further developed my passion as an artist. I held different artist roles including art instructor, children’s art workshop facilitator, graphic artist, book illustrator and theme park designer. These jobs brought me to different places in the Philippines and the Middle East before I came here to Canada in 2006. Since then I worked my way back to painting while holding a full time job as a newcomer to a foreign country.
#17. MY SWEET TEA // Valerie C. Burton
Educated in photography in Toronto, Canada, Valerie received the first Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in photography ever granted in Ontario. She has been a fine art and commercial photographer since that time, working in Canada and in France. Directing a gallery of photographic art, The Burton Gallery in Toronto, she curated one of the first spaces in Canada dedicated solely to contemporary photography. She was an instructor of still photography at Ryerson Polytechnical University and Humber College in Toronto as well as at Tufts University in France and Parsons School of Design, Paris. In 1995, Valerie wrote and illustrated an instructional book of photography for children, that was a best seller in Canada and was also used as a text for adult students. She has exhibited widely, in Canada and internationally, and her work is featured in many public and private art collections
#18. PURPLE URCHIN // Ben Woodyard
Benjamin Woodyard is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Ottawa’s Chinatown. Using a variety of media Woodyard explores existential questions through a humorous lens. On display at Purple Urchin will be figurative pottery, screen-printed shirts, and comics. All works will be for sale through the artist.
Shanghai Parking Lot
May-Jun Li // Performance
Torin Sollows – Hula Hoop
SmilyOm Yoga – Acro Yoga
The TaskMasters // Performance
Farmer Doug – Stand UP FARM