Ottawa Valley Artists were asked to share a view into their world during a time of uncertainty.
Visit Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville to experience the miniature worlds of nine Ottawa Valley Artists.
Welcome To My World is on display at Fifth Chute Coffee from March 5 to May 16, 2021.
Fifth Chute Coffee
291 Bridge Street
March 5 to May 16, 2021
Tuesday to Saturday
8 am to 4 pm
Please adhere to the current COVID-19 protocols when visiting Pop Up Art at Fifth Chute Coffee. Safety protocols include: mandatory masks; sanitize upon entering (available at front entrance and at cash); maintaining 6-foot distance between families/individuals; toilets are closed; dine-in is available but very limited due to space constraints.
Welcome To My World exhibit is best seen live, this gallery will give you a glimpse into these miniature worlds.
Shanti McPhee, Killaloe
Hidden Hearth: The world I retreat to when faced with the unknown is a place where I feel the darkness, uncertainty and isolation together with the comforts and connection that carry me through my challenges. I dwell in a cave surrounded by thorn and bramble. Deep in the heart of the cave there is the light and warmth of my own fire. Everything I need is here.
Debbie Montgomery, Pembroke, Past Life Present
Eppo Van Houten, Deep River
Paperclip People: When I was sent home this spring I spent a lot of time in my studio working on all sorts of creative things, from sewing to working on my boat, drawing, writing and hanging out with paperclip people. The paperclip people first entered my life a few years ago when I started a job that left me feeling devoid of creative stimulation. I worked the nightshift and started making little paperclip people in different situations for people to find the next day. Now they have found their way into an art exhibition!
Eppo Van Houten, Deep River, Paperclip People
Debbie Montgomery, Pembroke
Past Life Present: Early memories, beloved people, creating hands, laughter, love!
Past and present lives, woven together…
Feeling their love once more by re-imagining, reusing, remaking, recreating…
Seeing their talents, listening to their voices, hearing their stories one more time.
A moment and place of peace;
Embracing nature, arts, love, identity, memories in the cabin on the water,
Bathing in the past,
Longing, dancing, flowing,
Feeling their warmth and light surrounding my soul…
As abstract passions
Marry textures, colours, rhythms, time and light,
They join together,
Creating hope in my inner space?—?welcome to my world!
Stephanie Keon-Pinkerton, Eganville
Hearth Keeper: My dual roles of mother and teacher require me to keep an eye
on the emotional well-being of all the young people in my life.
This vigilance requires time to rest, cry and process. I hold their worries and tears. I whisper reassurance, remind them of joy and create a safe place for them to rest in the midst of this pandemic.
For me, living “in isolation” is a desire for actual isolation. I escape to
an inner world where I am all alone with enough time for my thoughts
to quieten, where being is more important than having or doing.
It’s not a place to stay forever, but is always available when I want to deeply rest and dream, and refill the well from which I draw love.
Stephanie Keon-Pinkerton, Eganville, Hearth Keeper
Sylvia Tennisco, Pikwakanagan
Tennisco Studio: Welcome to Tennisco Studio, named after my grandpa Billy Tennisco, whose land I live on.
During this time of uncertainty, I have spent countless hours at my
kitchen table painting and creating art objects. A creative person’s
journey can start anywhere and end up in the most interesting spaces. I imagine a world where the artwork I create in my kitchen is exhibited in a beautiful Algonquin art gallery located here on Algonquin Territory. My little gallery, Tennisco Studio, presents my Algonquin culture and its unique contribution to art history. Spending time at Tennisco Studio gives me peace of mind and a warm feeling in hanging around with some of my ancestors.
Sylvia Tennisco, Pikwakanagan, Tennisco Studio
Bridget Haworth, Brudenell, Lasting at Home
Bridget Haworth, Brudenell
Lasting at Home: It is said that our inner world is reflected onto the outer world and that the only thing we have the power to change is within our own selves. This concept has led me to the question, “What must I accomplish within myself that will reflect as heaven outside of me?” The butterfly shows the accomplishment of inner change as it emerges from a torus. The torus, a donut shaped pattern, shows that the direction of change is from the inside to the outside and brings validity to why the inner world must be heaven before it can be recognized on the outside. The arrangement of items and images reflects the building of heaven on this tiny piece of earth that I call home.
Wren Crossland, Killaloe, Embraced
Wren Crossland, Killaloe
Embraced: When faced with the unknown I ‘go to ground’. I snuggle down in a secure place that warms my soul and helps me reconnect with Mother Earth. Sometimes I find this place in my hammock, or snuggling with a cherished pet, surrounded by the soothing sounds of laughing water, rustling leaves, birdsong. Other times I find this place while digging in the garden, moving rocks, witnessing new green growth; or deep in the woods as I soak up heady scents of cedar, birch and pine with my face to the sun and whispering wind. And always. Always. This place lives deep in a childhood memory: nestled down in my small, rustic, self-made, higgledy-piggledy treehouse. Feeling cocooned and protected by strong limbs of ancient trees.
Genevieve Townsend, Eganville
Haven: Since March of 2020, I found my mind obsessing about three main things: food security, hugging folks again, and creating art as an antidote to fear. Through gardening and art-making, I calmed myself to a place where I knew we were all still connected even in our physical isolation.
The mediums I chose for this piece are ones I use to relax and be creative, especially when feeling anxiety and depression. Creating art is my way of calming my mind and working through strong emotions.
Haven is a depiction of my inner mind - dreaming up movement and creating things to play with, explore, and ultimately help to personally comprehend the reality of the pandemic.
Paula La Pierre, Pembroke
Your Life as a Chapter in a Long Living Story: When I face the unknown, I rely on my knowledge of my intergenerational family experience, especially how women in my heritage found strength and courage. I know that as a biological being I am a product of previous generations and a series of combined experiences, decisions and impacts. I try to look at my current circumstances through a lens remembering the challenges of the past, and what we overcame, to bring us to this place, this time, this lesson. Central to that survival has always been a celebration of life and its relationship to our natural waterways. The Ottawa River in Pembroke holds special significance to me.
Paula La Pierre, Pembroke, Your Life as a Chapter in a Long Living Story