Date(s) - Tuesday, May 2
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Experience Mélange, a celebratory exhibition of work by the Rectory Art House artists, curated by Dale Smith, in The Kildare Room, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St Patrick St., Ottawa. The exhibition kicks off with a vernissage on Tuesday 2 May, 5pm-9pm, and continues until Saturday 6 May. All are welcome.
Mélange refers to the storied 150 year history of the mixed inhabitants of Lowertown – Irish immigrants, French-Canadians, entrepreneurs, merchants, farmers, butchers, canal and lumber workers – and also describes the divergent work of the seven artists who create from the Rectory Art House on Murray Street in present day Lowertown: Tiffany April, Karen Bailey, Gwen Frankton, Sharon Lafferty, Jeannie Polisuk, Karen Rasmussen and Lori Victor.
In the Kildare Room of St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, you’ll find a floating vessel, environmental themed installations, a new take on old masters paintings, stuffed toys transfigured. images exploring guide dogs dancing, psychological perception, explorations of memory and the ocean’s liminal zone.
Built in 1890, Saint Brigid’s played a vital role in Lowertown as the Catholic church serving the Irish population. Now deconsecrated and transformed into an arts centre, Saint Brigid’s continues to contribute to the rich heritage of both Lowertown and the Ottawa area. Mélange adds to this cultural tradition with an exhibition of painting, installation and video.
Vivid and thought provoking in turns, Mélange has something enticing in store for everyone.