Gallery Calendar

Shenkman Arts Centre is home to six visual arts exhibition spaces as well as public art installations. Works by a diverse set of local, regional and national artists are exhibited throughout the Centre. Admission to all of the galleries is free. Meet the artists at monthly receptions. Consult our Events Calendar for details.
 
AOE Gallery

The AOE Gallery showcases visual art by emerging and professional artists who are members with Arts Network Ottawa. The office space doubles as a gallery and is equally suitable for readings, gatherings, meetings and presentations. Individual, duo, and artist collectives show their work here in 2D and 3D mediums. Arts Network Ottawa provides the space to local artists so they can add to their exhibition experience, to sell their work and have conversations with the community.

Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Open on select Sundays for Meet the Artist, 1 pm to 3 pm


 
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Owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, the Trinity Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists in two exhibition salons. Artists are selected through an annual peer assessment process. For submission information go to ottawa.ca. Trinity Art Gallery Salons A and B are located on the Lower Level of the Shenkman Arts Centre.
 


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Ottawa Watercolour Society: Brush and Water

January 10 to February 12, 2019

Ottawa Watercolour Society (OWS) is pleased to present the best in brush and water techniques from top watercolour artists in the Ottawa region. View over 30 masterful paintings and award winners chosen by jury at the Society’s seventy-ninth juried show.
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Arteast: Mosaic

February 14 to March 19, 2019

Member artists, from the beginner to the professional, were encouraged to submit their best two and three-dimensional works to this recurring juried exhibition. The selected works display the diverse talents of the Arteast membership.
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Paul Nijihia: Katikati
March 21 to April 21, 2019

Katikati is Swahili for Middle. I am constantly looking for that stability in my Art journey. This exhibition is about finding that inner beauty, strength, stability and celebrating it. The people, wildlife, landscape, vibrant colors, texture and patterns provide the vehicle.
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Young at Art 2019: East Ottawa Exhibition
April 25 to May 19, 2019

Young at Art is an exceptional opportunity for Ottawa visual artists between the ages of 12 and 20 years to reach out to their communities – and beyond – through the experience of a citywide, juried art exhibition.
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Spiro Metaxas: Little Moments
May 23 to June 18, 2019

This street photography series presents chance encounters caught throughout the urban and suburban parts of Ottawa. Ultimately, it is one photographer's attempt at capturing moments of peculiar interest and mystery, binding serendipity and composition into brief stories for the viewer to enjoy.
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Rob Snikkar: Off-white Project – Prelude
June 20 to July 16, 2019

Systemic. Implicit. Inherent. Unseen. Overt. Self-Blindness. Bias .Position. Power. Advantage. Hierarchy. Class. Dominant. Defining. Validating .Framing. Subjective. Default. Precepts. Assumptions. Limiting. View. Perspective. Perception. Interpretation. Linguistic. Cultural. Aesthetic. Local. Global. Colonial. Imperial. Effects. Reflection. Introspection. Awareness. Knowledge. Belief. Responsibility. Actions.
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An Nguyen: Play
July 25 to August 27, 2019

Using the theme of “Play”, and inspired through travel, music and culture, this exhibition of acrylic paintings investigates the dynamics of urban landscapes and human interaction in public spaces.
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Yvette Besner: A Delicate Survival
August 29 to September 24, 2019

A showcase of beautiful yet vulnerable animals, all at risk of extinction. Inspired by folk art, Yvette Besner uses shapes, swirls and continuous lines to make connections with these disappearing creatures.
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Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists: From the Ground Up!
September 26 to October 22, 2019

The Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists blends artistry and accuracy to create contemporary botanical art. By drawing and painting plants as they grow and flourish, we hope to inspire in others a greater sense of wonder and awareness of our natural world.
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Tina Petrovicz: Surroundings: perceptions and impressions
October 24 to November 26, 2019

Perceptions of our surroundings in a time of visual hyper-stimuli and changing interactions. Splicing and layering parts of her compositions, Tina Petrovicz creates constructed scenes in intaglio prints and animated devices.
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Danielle Dumas: People and the City
November 28, 2019 to January 7, 2020

I look at the city and its inhabitants and I see an energy that lends itself well to painting. Purely cerebral observation moves towards the physical and visual observation of the individual, whose multitude forms this collective that we call our society.
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Danielle Beaulieu: Blast from the Past
January 9 to February 11, 2020

As life becomes more complicated, antiques remind us of simpler times. The common items we find in antique shops are often overlooked by many people. These hold mysterious knowledge waiting patiently to be revealed. This exhibition will give a renewed life to the old often forgotten objects.
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Arteast: Mosaic
February 13 to March 17, 2020

Member artists, from the beginner to the professional, were encouraged to submit their best two and three dimensional works to this recurring juried exhibition. The selected works display the diverse talents of the Arteast membership.
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Ralph Nevins: Cirrus'ly

January 10 to February 12, 2019

An interactive cloudy exhibit presenting elements of Conway's Game of Life and new media art; completely artificial in nature.
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Arteast: Mosaic

February 14 to March 19, 2019

Member artists, from the beginner to the professional, were encouraged to submit their best two and three-dimensional works to this recurring juried exhibition. The selected works display the diverse talents of the Arteast membership.
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Gloucester Pottery School – Dust Evans Gallery

The Dust Evans Gallery, located on the lower lobby of the Shenkman Arts Centre, is operated by the Gloucester Pottery School. Each year the work of six professional artists who sculpt in clay is featured. Most exhibiting artists also give workshops in the school’s studio.


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Upcoming exhibitions

Chandler Swain
December 14, 2018 to February 13, 2019

Lisa Creskey
February 15 to April 10, 2019

Maria Moldovan
April 12 to June 12, 2019

Richard Gill
June 14 to August 14, 2019

Yumiko Katsuya
August 16 to October 16, 2019

Don and Leta Cormier
October 18 to December 11, 2019
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On the Centrum Level of the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa School of Art-Orléans Campus Gallery features a broad range of works by local, national and international artists. Please note that this gallery is closed on Sundays.
 

 
Promenade Arteast

The City of Ottawa and community arts organizations own visual arts spaces for exhibiting artwork. They are operated and programmed by the community arts organizations. Promenade Arteast features works by members of Arteast on the lower level of Shenkman Arts Centre.



Member Exhibit
Upcoming Exhibition dates:
  • January 10 to March 19, 2019
  • March 21 to May 20, 2019
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LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space

The LaLande + Doyle exhibition space in the lower lobby area at Shenkman Arts Centre features touring (mostly national, but some international) exhibitions of an artistic nature, embassies promoting artists with origins in their countries, festivals, special events and other short-term exhibitions. 
 


Linda Girard
Metamorphosis

January 4 to 27, 2019

In art, as in life, change is a constant, and transformation requires creativity. Seven artists selected by jury were challenged to stretch their creativity by adding new dimensions to their work. They have been asked to present an artwork using their familiar creative process, and design two other pieces, expressing the original thought, but using a completely different visual language or expressing a change in direction of the original idea.

Carol Bretzloff, Sylvia Bretzloff, Valerie Bridgeman, Cheryl Dolan, Linda Girard, Louise Guay, Dale Shutt.

A traveling exhibition presented by artPontiac

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Brenda Dunn

January 30 to February 21, 2019

Community-Engaged Artist Brenda Dunn is creating a giant colouring book covered in sites and scenes from Ottawa! This giant drawing of scenes from all over our city will span a whopping 70 feet when it's done! That's a lot of paper!

Thanks to the ARTicipate project grant and the Awesome Ottawa Foundation, this drawing will be filled with your suggestions of special spots in our city. To make a suggestion, head to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or go to Art in Jest. It's a big colouring page so we'll need your help!

Once the colouring page is done, we'll need to colour it in! Come out to the Lalande + Doyle Exhibition Space, on the lower level of Shenkman Arts Centre, from 10 am to 2 pm on February 2. As part of Fête Frissons we'll be bringing this giant colouring page to life!

Big thank you to CBC Ottawa, media partner and crayon sponsor!

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Sarah Lacy: Un{fashion}able

February 5 to 21, 2019

To “fashion” something is to mold it into the shape we desire. Un{fashion}able is a show about self-possessed bodies we cannot fashion to our whims, painted in an unfashionable way, eschewing a contemporary aesthetic for an 18th century one. The lens these figures is viewed through is one of grace, humanity and power; one that traces the stories life has written upon their skin and bones.

“We are presented daily with a relentlessly homogenous view of the “perfect” human body - preferably thin, white and young - as though that is the only body-story worth telling. In a world often viewed and assimilated by means of camera lens, filters and Photoshop, how often do we see honest, truthful bodies? How often do we ask ourselves to truly see and understand the world and the people around us?

There is power in witnessing the narrative of someone’s body, in representing the truth of their form. Even surfaces have stories to tell; their contours tell us of the world that lies beneath. Our stories connect us, even our unspoken ones.”

Sarah Lacy

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