Jumping off from film noir and Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, Toronto artist Kelly Grace explores film narratives, nostalgia, and person memory in her newest work. Between Light and Shadow will encompass much larger pieces than Grace's past body of work, as well as paintings done in vintage cigarette tins, and works on paper.
WALL SPACE GALLERY is excited to welcome Ontario artist, Jay Dart.
As Canada and the nation's capital gets ready to celebrate it's 150th year, Toronto based artist, Marjolyn Van der Hart explores Canadian women's roles in shaping our identity.
New works by Richard Anhert. Follow @richardahnert
Marney McDiarmid: Big Dreams I Jeannie Pappas: Manifestation
Opening Reception on Sunday, March 5th, 11am - 1pm.
Join us as we celebrate the opening of our exhibtion celebrating ceramic artists Marney McDiarmid and Jeannie Pappas. Brunch bites and DAVID's TEA will be served.
In 2016 the Bank of Canada invited members of the public to nominate an iconic Canadian woman to grace the new design of the nation’s $10 bill. In just over a month the Bank received over 26,000 submissions. Four hundred and sixty one of these nominations met the criteria. An independent advisory council created a long list of twelve names and then a short list of five. Viola Desmond, a Black civil rights activist from Nova Scotia, was ultimately chosen for the new bill.
The nomination process drew much public attention and, in addition to aiding in the redesign of the banknote, this national discussion brought the contributions of many Canadian women into the public conversation.
Big Dreams is a continuation of this dialogue. Each of the ten ceramic wall pillows features the image of a significant woman in Canadian history. The women are accompanied by botanical line drawings that speak conceptually to the person’s life history. For example Dianna Boileau, the first person in Canada to receive gender confirmation surgery, is surrounded by lush drawings of Plumeria, a plant symbolizing beauty, grace, spring, and new beginnings. The native rights activist Anna Mae Aquash (pictured above) is accompanied by drawings of groundnuts or “wild potatoes”, the sustenance crop indigenous to the area where she grew up. White poppies, a symbol of peace, adorn the wall piece featuring Violet Clara McNaughton, a pacifist active in the women’s farm and suffragette movements. Flowers have long been associated with feminine beauty yet a deeper look at this imagery reveals a layered symbolism of persistence, strength, dignity and determination that is characteristic of the women themselves.
I grew up in Cabbagetown, one of Canada’s most diverse neighbourhoods, the youngest of four children of immigrant parents. This became the ground of my experience: a world of individuals torn between the safety of community and the quest for freedom through assimilation. It is from within space that I seek to expose the interplay of the familiar and the hostile other.
My work reflects the condition of uprootedness and estrangement. It probes the search for meaning and identity within the shadows of the strange and bounded by disruptive narratives of normalcy and belonging. It explores the left-behind refugees, rejects, and delinquents who are drawn to the very norms that have cast them out, characters who reside within a homeless space between past and future, self-possession and alienation, assimilation and native fealty.
Working with porcelain clay with light washes of underglaze, my figures suggest narratives of tension: between body and mind, play and drudgery, the grotesque and the beautiful. Both individual and archetypal, these figures repel and attract, giving grace to the human made monstrous by conventions that shun in order to preserve the purity of their systems. In each I invite viewers to write their own stories, to reflect on their masks and their own Janus-faced identities.
New & Review welcomes Manny Trinh
For the month of December, WALL SPACE GALLERY will be exhibiting a selection of small works by gallery artists. A wide selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and jewellery will be on display in a section of the gallery for gifting or for you.
Vernissage: December 8th, 2016 from 6-8 PM
During the month of December, WALL SPACE Gallery is proud to present the gallery's first solo exhibition for Ottawa artist, David Lidbetter.
During our inPROCESS exhibition we will be hosting a special, hands-on workshop at WALL SPACE Gallery. Participants will be provided with a variety of materials and encouraged to create their own artwork inspired by pieces in the gallery. All ages are welcome. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before November 26th, 2016.
Workshop entry is by donation. All donations and partial proceeds from jewellery sales during the inPROCESS exhibition (Nov. 10th-27th) will go to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs.
WALL SPACE Gallery is pleased to announce inPROCESS, an exhibition featuring works by Marianne Burlew, Heidi Conrod, and Molly Mask. Through painting, drawing, assemblage, collage and sculpture, each artist demonstrates a deep understanding of material and process.
WALL SPACE Gallery is excited to welcome Ottawa-based artist Patti Normand for her solo exhibition, Canadian Gothic. This will be Normand’s first showcase of her dioramas and photographs together.
"On the surface the miniature worlds I create seem safe, but look closer and it becomes apparent all is not as it seems.” – Patti Normand
WALL SPACE Gallery presents two concurrent shows by Toronto oil painters Brian Harvey and Julie Himel.
Wall Space Gallery is proud to present Marney McDiarmid's "The Garden Growing On Within Us" From June 29th-July 20th
The Secrets We Keep
WALL SPACE GALLERY is very excited to welcome Stewart Jones this June. In Stewart Jones’ latest series, Urban Couture, the Prince Edward Country artist applies his unique perspective to cities from Toronto, to Vancouver and Los Angeles. Using characteristically strong brush strokes and attention to shape, Jones explores the roughened charisma of the urban environment. Urban Couture takes viewers on a journey to stylish niches of the human landscape.
Exhibition Dates: June 10 - 26th
Meet the Artist, Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 1-3pm
WALL SPACE GALLERY is excited to present Ottawa-Gatineau artist, Mat Dube in his first concurrent solo show. Dubé’s figurative compositions, “illustrate the subtle facial expressions, and simple hand gestures that take shape beyond consciousness.” An expert sculptor and illustrator, in the series Land Locked the artist seamlessly combines sculptural and painterly subjects on a two-dimensional plane. Viewers are presented with relatable figures, full of life, that challenge us to consider the connections between our subconscious and physical being.
Meet the Artist, Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11th from 1-3 PM
“I am interested, not in the conclusion, but in a half told story.”
In her latest body of work, acclaimed Toronto artist Nava Waxman leaps into the void which separates the permanent and the ephemeral – questioning what art is and what it can be, with poignantly beautiful results.
Opening & Featured Performance Thursday, May 12, 6 - 8:30pm
CRYSTAL BESHARA: FIRST BLUSH
SHARON KELLY: BLUE MINDS
PATRICE STANLEY: LES MYSTERES DU BAYOU NOIR
WALL SPACE Gallery presents the latest expressions of Ottawa artist, and Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Ottawa, Elle Chae.
Join the WALL SPACE curatorial team for a fanciful exploration of art, song, and life’s strongest emotion. Just what has love got to do with it anyway?
Stop in this January for a vibrant escape from winter.
Featuring new works by west-coat artist Erica Hawkes and Toronto's Laura Culic.
We are pleased to be part of Michelle Valberg's newest exhibition of Arctic Kaleidoscope at Trinity Art Gallery. We invite you to join us in celebrating the artist on Sunday, January 10, 1-3pm for a special opening of Arctic Kaleidoscope at Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre.
More information can be found on Michelle Valberg's website
*SHOW DATES EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 3rd
Artist reception December 5th, 2-4 PM.
WALL SPACE GALLERY is delighted to welcome new and exquisite glass works by Toronto artist, Nick Chase.
Join us on November 25th at 6 PM for our Sparkling Cause Jewellery and Fashion Event to benefit Candlelighters Cancer Support Group Programs.
Opening Reception: November 6, 7-9 PM
WALL SPACE GALLERY is excited to present a new body of work by Richard Ahnert: Northland. The traditional feel of luxurious oil brushwork, abruptly interrupted by animal motifs, characterizes Ahnert's coveted paintings.
WALL SPACE Gallery and Framing will be participating in lectures at the Ottawa Art School Fair this October 31st.
WALL SPACE GALLERY is pleased to present Point of View, a new body of work from featured artists of Canadian Art Collective: Laurie de Camillis, Peter Rotter, Stewart Jones and David Lidbetter.
Please join us for an engaging talk with featured artist Sharon VanStarkenburg as she discusses her spectacular exhibition The Debutantes.
***Meet the artist September 11th, 6-9pm.
Sharon VanStarkenburg’s The Debutantes is a series of works that are at once imagined and experienced, luxuriously attractive and viscerally jarring. We are proud to showcase this great Ottawa talent in her first solo show at WALL SPACE GALLERY, September 12th to October 4th, 2015.
Come learn what's in your river! Enjoy children’s activities and crafts, provided by Westboro’s WALL SPACE GALLERY, and learn what you can do to help protect the Ottawa River.
Artist, David Lidbetter will be setting up his canvas in preparation for The Canadian Collective Show this coming October.
When: Friday, August 21.
Where: Winston Square, Westboro Village