This month, #balanceforbetter focuses our attention inward at the fine arts industry on both a global and a local level. As curators in the era of #TimesUp, we wish to highlight the skillful works of artists and empower them with the ability to express themselves through their art, no matter their gender. Each artist has, in their approach to their practice and/or in their statements, addressed this theme. They have responded to their inner voices, their roles in society, and how it is to be an artist in a field with few female role models.

On March 8th, our gallery launched the show on International Women’s Day with an incredible celebration of artists, art patrons, and fellow entrepreneurs including oleologist, Elizabeth Kilvert of The Unrefined Olive. It was a grand event that brought together a wonderful community, while raising funds for iSisters Technology Mentoring, a local charity that empowers women with the knowledge and skills to be able to create brighter futures.

The exhibit featuring the works of Alex Chowaniec, Sharon Kelly, Ariane Beauchamp, Lori Richards, and Marjolyn Van Der Hart, curated by Erin Crowell and highlighted by Ottawa Magazine is on display until March 30th.

Strong Women. Strong People. Strong Voices.

Fields of Colour and Moody Lakeside Walks: Lori Richards' "The Painted Season"

In an interview with Lori Richards on the evening of the opening of her latest show, The Painted Season, she talks about the emotional connection she has with the land conveyed in her works. Her ever-evolving works demonstrate the intensely personal connection she has with colour theory and abstraction. Her latest works, fields of colour inspired by modernist painting and moody lakeside walks inspired by the landscape painting of Peter Doig, are emotionally charged representations of geographical forms that demonstrate the wonderment and joy she derives in experiencing nature. 

Watch the entire interview below: