OV-CAOS Ottawa Valley Community Arts

Pop Up Art LIVE Galleries

There are three Pop Up Art galleries in the Ottawa Valley:

Fifth Chute Café, 291 Bridge Street, Eganville, 613-223-9436, fifthchute.com
Arnprior Public Library, 21 Madawaska Street, Arnprior, 613-623-2279, arnpriorlibrary.ca
Garrison Petawawa, Dundonald Hall Fitness Sports & Aquatic Centre, 57 Festubert Bld, Petawawa (Currently only Military Personnel have access to this facility. Stay tuned for updates regarding when the general public will be permitted.)

ON NOW at the Fifth Chute Café Pop Up Art Gallery:

June 10 to August 21, 2022

Fifth Chute Café
291 Bridge Street, Eganville
613-223-9436, fifthchute.com

If you live, work or play in the Ottawa Valley, you know it
is a region steeped in a rich and diverse history. Luckily, much of this history is preserved and on display at more than 20 local museums and heritage sites. The artifacts you’ll find there tell a story of life in the past and the vital role that domestic objects played in people’s
lives. But what about the stories held within those everyday items? What happens to the
stories once the objects are no longer in use?

These are the questions that a group of Ottawa Valley artists explore in a new exhibition
currently on display in the Pop Up Gallery at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville. During the
summer of 2021, these artists visited museums across the Ottawa Valley, with a mission to
find historical objects – from tea cups and washboards, to mason jars and clock
mechanisms – that sparked inspiration.

The result is ARTifacts, an exhibition of new contemporary artworks by seven local artists:
Kathryn Bossy, Michael Dombroskie, Jennifer Kelly, Tanya Lyons, Kelly MacLeod, Heather
MacMillan, and Sylvia Tennisco. The exhibition, which features paintings, sculptures and
needlecraft, will remain in Eganville until August 21 st before moving to Arnprior in the fall
and Petawawa over the winter.

ON NOW at the Arnprior Public Library Pop Up Art Gallery:

Honouring Seniors
June 10 to August 20, 2022

Arnprior Public Library
21 Madawaska Street, Arnprior
613-623-2279, arnpriorlibrary.ca

Billions and billions of photos are taken every day as we scramble to save each moment before it passes. But the truth is, one thoughtfully captured image can often tell us much more, perhaps even a whole life story.

Photographic artist, Maureen MacMillan of Gal Capone Photography, spent time with 62 seniors in the western Ottawa Valley during 2020 and 2021, creating portraits that offer a glimpse into their diverse lives and experiences. Those portraits are featured in a new exhibition, Honouring Seniors, which opens March 25th in the Pop Up Gallery at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville.

“This project was a dream come true for me,” says MacMillan. “I have such a soft spot in my heart for seniors, their lived history, and what they have to offer the world.” And although the people featured in the portraits come from all walks of life, MacMillan says the one common thread was how vibrant, lively and involved these seniors are in their communities. “There is always that forward momentum and so much living to do.”

The Honouring Seniors exhibition features 50 portraits of individuals and couples ranging in age from 66-103, and is accompanied by a sound art compilation by Kathy Blomquist and Tristan Whitton. It is presented by Ottawa Valley Community Arts (OV-CAOS) along with project partners Barry’s Bay and Area Senior Citizen’s Home Support and the Community Resource Centre Seniors Active Living Centre. The exhibit will remain in Eganville until June 5th before moving on to other Pop Up Galleries in the Ottawa Valley.


ON NOW at Garrison Petawawa Pop Up Art Gallery:

People and Place
June 10 to August 20, 2022
Dundald Hall
57 Festubert Blvd., Petawawa

Water is one of the strongest forces in nature, and here in the Ottawa Valley we are no strangers to its awesome power. It has carved a path through the Canadian Shield for millennia, shaping the landscape we know and love.

These waterways are the inspiration for a new work of art that envisions the familiar lakes, rivers, and streams of the Ottawa Valley in a whole new way.

Working in collaboration with 51 creative people from across the Ottawa Valley, artist Genevieve Townsend created People and Place, a mixed media tapestry exploring the intersection between people and the natural landscape. Now on display at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville, People and Place is a map of our local waterways unlike any you’ve seen before.

“It is a true community collaboration,” says Anya Gansterer, co-artistic director at Ottawa Valley Community Arts (OV-CAOS). “The concept for this piece grew out of a desire to support people in working on a project together yet apart during the early days of the pandemic. People and Place pays homage to the places where we feel connected to one another and the land from which we draw inspiration and livelihood.”

People and Place is the latest installment in the Pop Up Art series, presented by OV-CAOS. The exhibit will remain in Eganville until March 20, 2022, before moving on to the Arnprior Public Library for the spring and then Garrison Petawawa later this year. The goal of Pop Up Art is to offer Ottawa Valley residents the opportunity to interact with art in public spaces, and to have meaningful encounters with art in their day-to-day lives.