The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio was created in 2011 with a mandate to promote the integration of visual arts, music, drama, and other...
Pop Up Art
What is Pop Up Art Renfrew County? Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), in partnership with the Community Resource Centre—Killaloe, has received a one-year...


The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio was created in 2011 with a mandate to promote the integration of visual arts, music, drama, and other creative arts into the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the Ottawa Valley. 

We work in partnership with local cultural and service organizations to bring people together to explore their stories, images, and creative possibilities. 

Our team of trained artist-facilitators host workshops and activities designed to enhance creativity, personal growth and community well-being. 


Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio

2018 Board of Directors and Staff

Andy Trull, Artistic Director: Andy is an Artistic Director of the Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio, weaving creative arts into the life of rural community. For the last 15 years he has worked at the intersection of community engaged arts, ecology and social change. He has a PhD from Concordia University in the philosophy and poetics of participation. His current artistic practice integrates participatory poetry, landscape sculpture and wood art.

Anya Gansterer, Artistic Co-Director: Anya is a curator and arts advocate living and working in rural Renfrew County. She began her career at the Wrexham Arts Centre and Museum in North Wales and from 2001 to 2017, she held the position of Culture and Tourism Coordinator for the Township of Madawaska Valley. Anya is recognized by her peers as having the ability to understand the zeitgeist of the times and create space for relevant conversations to take place through a variety of art forms and other cultural expressions.

Doug De La Matter, Co-Chair

Amy Rouillard, Co-Chair

Joyce Burkholder, Treasurer

Maureen MacMillan, Secretary

Genevieve Townsend

Bev Ritza, Director

Bee Stillar, Director

Thank you

The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio is grateful to our community arts partners; Jumblies Theatre and Red Dress Productions, as well as our funders; the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, New Horizons for Senior Program, and Ontario Theatre.

We also wish to thank our community partners and supporters, including the Community Resource Centre, the Killaloe and District Lions Club, the Palmer Rapids Lions Club,  Killaloe Friendship Club, the Killaloe Public Library, South of 60 Gallery and Railway Station, Township of Bonnechere Valley, Township of Killaloe Hagarty & Richards, Township of Madawaska Valley, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County.

And we are eternally grateful to the many community members who have volunteered time and donated money and art supplies to the Studio. As a community arts organization, we wouldn’t be here without your support.

Pop Up Art Renfrew County

What is Pop Up Art Renfrew County?

Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), in partnership with the Community Resource Centre—Killaloe, has received a one-year seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to create Pop Up Art, a travelling art exhibition and community art workshops for Renfrew County.

Pop Up Art travels to public venues throughout the county over a six-month period starting in April 2019. Pop Up Art also has a website and social media presence so people can follow it around the county and participate online as well as in person.

CLICK HERE to download the Call for Artist Proposals for Pop Up Art Renfrew County

Pop Up Art features a curated exhibition called Extra-Ordinary Renfrew County. The exhibition is a multi-artist and multimedia exhibit exploring how the extraordinary can be found in our everyday lives in Renfrew County.

The exhibition pops up in unexpected places, such as municipal facilities, community facilities, private businesses and other public places. In conjunction with the exhibition, the public is invited to participate in community art workshops as the exhibit tours through the county.

Why Build a Mobile Art Space?

Currently, Renfrew County does not have a public art gallery, but we do have many of artists and other cultural workers. Renfrew County is very large geographically and we don’t have public transportation.

We explore the impact and viability of bringing mobile art experiences to people living in rural communities. OV-CAOS, the CRC and the Ontario Trillium Foundation believe that by creating a mobile art space and curating an exhibition about Renfrew County by its artists, residents will have increased access to meaningful artistic experiences.

Who is this Project For?


Pop Up Art Renfrew County is here to address the need for Renfrew County residents to have more opportunities to interact with art in public spaces.

Between April and September 2019, the general public has the opportunity to experience the Extra-Ordinary Renfrew County exhibition at various locations throughout Renfrew County, as well as opportunities to participate in community art workshops.


Extra-Ordinary Renfrew County features five to ten works by Renfrew County artists. OV-CAOS is hiring two artist-facilitators to develop and implement the community art workshops.

For more information about submitting a proposal for the exhibition and/or applying to be an artist-facilitator, please visit www.ov-caos.org, or email anya@ov-caos.org.

Venue Owners and Managers

Pop Up Art Renfrew County travels to six communities throughout Renfrew County between April and September 2019.

If you are interested in hosting Pop Up Art Renfrew County at your venue, please visit www.ov-caos.org or email anya@ov-caos.org.

Contact Us

The best way to contact us is by email: arts [at] ov-caos.org (or use the form below)

The mailing address is P.O. Box 101, Killaloe, Ontario, Canada, K0J 2A0


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