Summer is slowly but surely drawing to a close and although most of you will feel a certain sadness at that thought, it’s not all doom and gloom – especially if you’re into art and craft. The wonderful thing about September is that the weather still allows for lots of outdoor events – such as the farmers’ markets and studio tours – but with the busy fall & winter season almost upon us we also see a significant increase in the number of indoor events . ‘Sounds like the best of both worlds to me so, without further ado, here’s my selection of shows, tours, workshops and other “creative stuff”:
Until September 13: Jacquelyn Trowell of Dragonfly Studio’s solo exhibit at Oz Kafe (361 Elgin St.). Pencil, watercolour, charcoal, pastels, acrylic and oil. For more information visit the website.
September 12 – 13 (10am to 4 pm daily): OVCC Guild and CreativeOttawa.com host their first “Creative Weekend” at La Charrette (460 Hunt Club at Merivale). Artist networking, guest speakers, registration for various fall/winter events and much more. All creative minds welcome! Visit the event’s website for details.
September 12 – 13 (10am to 5 pm daily): The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 20th annual Fibrefest. At two locations -the Museum and the Almonte Arena -visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits- a full two-day festival of fibre arts! Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms. 3 Rosamond St. E , Almonte
September 12 and 19: 613flea, a not-for-profit marketplace where Ottawa’s creative community along with entrepreneurs and small businesses can showcase their products and creations to shoppers. Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park.
September 12 (1pm to 6pm): the Harvest Food & Drink Show at the Almonte Agricultural Hall (195 Water Street, Almonte) features a variety of brewmasters, cooks, wine makers, coffee roasters and culinary artists. See website for details
September 12 – 13 (10am to 5 pm daily): the 19th Discovery Tour showcase the diverse art and farm products of rural south Ottawa (North Gower/Kars area). Visit artist studios, watch demonstrations, or stroll through a tree farm – all in one day. For more information visit the website.
September 19 (7:19pm to 4:20am) Nuit Blanche, Ottawa-Gatineau’s festival of art offers over 70 projects in various locations. Check out the full program on the Nuit Blanche website.
September 19-20 (9am to 4pm daily): “Landscaping with Purs & Pastes”, a mixed media acrylic workshop with Bob Pennycook. Barrhaven Loblaws Community Room, 304 Greenbank Road, Nepean. More details here.
September 19 – 20 – 26 and 27 (10am to 5 pm daily): the West End Studio Tour (WEST) is a pleasant walking, biking or driving tour of art studios located in – you guessed it! – the West end of Ottawa. For participating artists and brochure, visit the WEST website .
September 20 (11am to 3pm): Artisan a Fair at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. in Orleans.
September 26 (9am to 4pm): Etsy Made in Canada at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata.
September 26 (10am to 4pm): Friends of Barnet Park Craft Show in Calabogie
September 26-27 ( 10am to 6pm daily): Merrickville Artists’ Guild Studio Tour: a free, self-guided tour including painters, mixed media artists, sculptors, potters, a photographer, a glass blower, a fine press printer, textile artists, an iron founder and a maker of rustic furniture. For more information, visit http://www.merrickvilleartists.com.
September 24 – October 20: The AOE Arts Council’s “SELECTIONS” exhibit promotes Ottawa artists by featuring work by its members. The fourteenth annual juried art show will take place from September 24 to October 20, 2015 in the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
That’s all for now; have a creative week and don’t forget to support local!