WALL SPACE GALLERY + framing is thrilled to announce X.
This year we celebrate a decade of our vision to exhibit exceptional artists, grow our community by supporting local charities, and make art accessible! Please join us on September 14th for the opening! We will be raising awareness for Candlelighters.net because it's childhood cancer awareness month and we've been supporting Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs for 10 years.
Who knew that expanding our framing + art business by opening an ART GALLERY + framing in the Westboro Village area of Ottawa during the recession of 2008 would be so fruitful?
Yes, it was touch and go at times. Yes, we struggled to find our place in the art world. Yes, we are a local business representing regional + Canadian artists. Yes, we have juggled family with business life for more than 30 years now. We heart art, love what we do, and are so grateful for all those whom have passed through our doors. EVERY. ONE. OF. YOU.
We have learned to embrace the ebb and flow of running a commercial gallery/expert custom framing studio. It was our decision to open in a trendy (read expensive rent) street… in our hometown of Ottawa… with 6 months of winter… where the vast majority shop in covered malls.
What we did not expect was the blatant, sometimes foul, but often beautiful critiques of the artists whom we have been proud to represent. Cue the tears, the anxiety, and the “WTF” are we doing this for? Certainly not for the $!
So with this in mind, we pitched X to 10 artists."How have you evolved in the last 10 years? What drives your practice? What the F@XX do you get out of it? Oh, and would you like to be part of this group show with a talented collection of visual and mixed materials artists who’ve developed and excelled in their practice?"
RICHARD AHNERT, Toronto, ON, Canada
ELLE CHAE, Ottawa, ON and Seoul, South Korea
KELLY GRACE, Toronto, ON
JOY KARDISH, Ottawa, ON
NICOLE KRISTIN, Toronto, ON
VANNESA MCKERNNAN, Toronto, ON
DREW MOSLEY, Ottawa, ON
STEFAN THOMPSON, Wakefield, QC
AVA ROTH, Toronto, ON
ERIN VINCENT, Toronto, ON
“Ultimately, beyond each artist’s expressed message, there resides a sense of freedom in the showing of these ten artists, who range in their artistic careers from emerging to established.”~ Erin Crowell, gallery associate and exhibition curator
We look forward to 10 + more years! See you soon!
Patricia Barr, Director xox