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Kenna McCall

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"My name is Kenna McCall and I am a jewellry artist and my media are gemstones
and silver. I design and create gemstone art jewellery under the brand TerrAdore
Art Jewellery. I am a lapidarist (gem cutter), silversmith as well as an art jewellery
designer. I specialize in Canadian stones and rare, single source stones that are not
commonly used in jewellery. I have dug/collected the rough gem material myself
or I ethically source it from other lapidarists/prospectors that I know and trust.
After assessing and preparing the rough material, I cut and polish the stones into
unusual shapes guided by the pattern within the stone. I try to keep the focus on the
gemstone and highlight the natural art and beauty it presents throughout the design
process (TerrAdore means love the earth). My designs are considered
contemporary and are inspired by the mid-20 th Century Modernist and Brutalist
artistic design traditions, particularly those from Scandinavia and Montreal,
Canada. I use traditional and ancient methods of jewelry making, including Viking
Knit which hasn't changed since the Vikings used it to make adornments and
armour."

Bette Belanger

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Gatineau based artist Bette Belanger has been honing her skills in observing and painting
nature for over 20 years. Originally a Watercolourist, Bette has changed mediums to oil and
works in an alla prima style. Her growth and development as an artist have come from her
continual applied curiosity and exploration of painting. Bette is a self-taught artist and her work is predominantly plein aire. She likes to explore the scenery of Georgian Bay where she grew up, along with the Outaouais and Ottawa area where she now lives. She often develops her smaller plein aire paintings into larger studio works.

"I find painting outdoors very addictive. The pursuit of capturing the landscape as you see it is always a struggle and challenge. I feel that this is translated to my work through my brush strokes. The light changes fast so you need to work quickly. Decipher the scene compose it and paint. There is no time for anything else. I am driven to paint on a daily basis throughout the year."

Karen Light

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"I have only recently begun to consider myself a real artist and it was quite a journey getting here. Since the 60's, I have always been creating something -- crocheting, knitting, felting, pottery, gardening, painting etc. My partner at the time used to call me "a dabbler". Though I don't think he meant it as an insult, I always considered that I wasn't really an artist, just a dabbler. But in October 2011, I went to Newfoundland. It was there that I saw the most beautiful rugs that were like paintings, telling a story. I desperately wanted to buy one but when I saw the price tag, I not only realized the value of them but that if I wanted one, I'd have to make it myself. As soon as I got home to Toronto, I googled "rug-hooking teacher" and found one in Scarborough. That was it! There was no stopping me! My teacher, Vivien Thompson, got quite a kick out of my enthusiasm and often chuckled, wide-eyed, while watching my intense, speedy progression. I also took 3 on-line courses with Deanne Fitzpatrick from Nova Scotia, as well as attended one of her workshop in Amherst. This course was called "The Art of Rug Hooking" and it was part of my process of accepting myself as a real artist. Now, after 2 years of hooking, I am having my first art show. So I'm 67 and finally have found my niche. Rug-hooking! I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I love creating them."

Cecile Huneault

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Cecile was born and raised in Orleans, Ontario. She is the second last of ten siblings. As a young child, her father would buy paint-by-numbers, frame and hang them for inspiration. This was the start of her love of painting. Life then got busy and Cecile married very young, raising three children. She now has five grandchildren. She has worked in various sectors over the years and, due to lack of time, she had put her artistic talents on hold. Being semi-retired allows her to devote more time to her art. She enjoys working with acrylics and using various palette knives on her large canvases. Oils were her medium in the beginning and now she prefers acrylics and different mediums like modeling paste. Bold colours truly inspire her. When visiting friends and family she is most happy to see her works hanging on their walls. Cecile will continue to experiment with different mediums and make works that connect with the viewer.

Sylvie Cloutier

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Born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec in 1957, Sylvie Cloutier has been involved in the arts for many years. She holds a certificate in “Arts d’Impression” (impressionist art) from UQAM, a Fine Arts degree from Concordia University, as well as a diploma from Université de Montréal in Sciences and Education. She has been vigorously pursuing her artistic research for more than 30 years, always working to improve and refine the unique characteristics of her abstract works. Today, the artist shares her passion for art with others through teaching.
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Kadinsky, Klee, Pollock, Riopelle and Braque, Cloutier uses both a geometrical and a lyrical approach to her art. Her pieces offer extensive fluidity, conveying the sense of having well controlled “body language.” Often executed on blocks of wood, toile or paper, her work is original and creative. Contrasting vibrant pigment with subtle soft mid-tones and utilizing an array of texture, her pieces are guided by simple forms while various layers force the observers’ gaze to dive beyond the surface to see what lays underneath.
Although Cloutier relies on the impulse of spontaneity while creating, her artistic instinct is the trait that gives her works of art life. While viewers may find some abstract works to be cold and difficult to connect with, Cloutier’s works offer a great number of possible starting points to guide and draw the observer in, all while facilitating analysis.

Kathy Harker-Fiander

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Kathy spent the first 25 years of her career in the animation industry after graduating from the Classical Animation Program at Sheridan College. It was a wonderful career animating on various productions including "The Care Bears", "The Raccoons", and several productions with Disney Television. In 2003 the animation industry went digital, but she wasn't ready to give up that tactile feeling of pencil on paper. Reacquainting herself with watercolour and oil, inspired by her garden, she began to paint the beauty all around her. It gave her the opportunity to explore the true passion of making Fine Art. Kathy volunteered for many years at her young son's school and drew over 800 portraits as the children sat for her during their classes. It was a magical time of learning, as she continued to explore colour, composition, structure and light. In 2004, Kathy began teaching adults at community centres. She feels great joy when teaching, and the enthusiasm is contagious. Kathy decided to take the "Bargue Drawing Course" at "The Academy of Realist Art" to understand the secrets of the old masters. It was insightful to practice this intense academic system in order to understand how to achieve accuracy. She is inspired to use all that she has learned to continue to create the art she wants to make.

Alexander Putov

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Alexander Putov was born in 1940 in Kamensk, Rostov district, Soviet Union. His interest in the plastic arts drove him to earn a degree in the Moscow Institute of Architecture, on top of studying under the Moscow painter Shwarzman. He immigrated to Israel in 1973 and maintained a studio in Haifa. His work contains many tragic symbols the central theme being the man with two heads and a divided soul who is looking for an answer which he cannot find. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Russia, Germany, Israel, and now, here in Ottawa's very own Rothwell Gallery.

Alexander Putov est né en 1940 à Kamensk, district de Rostov, Union soviétique. Son intérêt pour les arts plastiques l'a conduit à obtenir un diplôme à l'Institut d'architecture de Moscou, en plus d'étudier auprès du peintre moscovite Shwarzman. Il a immigré en Israël en 1973 et a maintenu un studio à Haïfa. Son œuvre contient de nombreux symboles tragiques, le thème central étant l'homme à deux têtes et à l'âme divisée qui cherche une réponse qu'il ne peut pas trouver. Son travail a été exposé dans des galeries et des musées en Russie, en Allemagne, en Israël et maintenant, ici, dans notre propre galerie Rothwell d'Ottawa.

Special Collection: Alexander Putov

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Alexander Putov was an expressionist painter born in 1940 in Kamensk, Russia. His interest in the plastic arts drove him to earn a degree at the Moscow Institute of Architecture, and he also studied under the Moscow painter Mikhail Schwartzman. He immigrated to Israel in 1973 and maintained a studio in Haifa. He later moved to France, where he became involved in the Art Cloche movement. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Russia, Germany, Israel, and now, here in Ottawa's very own Rothwell Gallery at affordable prices ranging from $60-$100. Our special collection showcases Putov's affinity for figurative work, and depict his motifs of the man with two heads, the divided soul, and mother and child.

Alexander Putov est un peintre expressionniste né en 1940 à Kamensk, en Russie. Son intérêt pour les arts plastiques l'a conduit à obtenir un diplôme à l'Institut d'architecture de Moscou, et il a également étudié auprès du peintre moscovite Mikhail Schwartzman. Il a immigré en Israël en 1973 et a maintenu un studio à Haïfa. Il a ensuite déménagé en France, où il s'est impliqué dans le mouvement Art Cloche. Son travail a été exposé dans des galeries et des musées en Russie, en Allemagne, en Israël et maintenant, ici, dans la propre galerie Rothwell d'Ottawa avec des prix abordables variant entre $60-$100. Notre collection spéciale met en valeur l'affinité de Putov pour le travail figuratif et représente ses motifs de l'homme à deux têtes, l'âme divisée, et la mère et l'enfant.

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Louise Naud

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Over the past 20 years, the imagination of illustrator and painter Louise Naud has entered the privacy of thousands of homes. Her works of art with sceneries and faceless characters carry us to her playful and colorful universe.
A self-taught artist of French Canadian origin, Louise lived an extremely joyful childhood in Barraute, a village in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in northwestern Quebec. A region renowned for its lakes and rivers where dozens of mining shafts reaching out to the sky to extract rich minerals from its fertile gold bearing earth where the forest ignites just before the twilight, where the northern lights dance on a star filled sky, where we can enjoy the long hot summer days as well as the rigorous winter nights… It is in this rich and colourful universe of wonderful landscapes packed with heart warming ambiances that filled Louise’s childhood memories, which joyfully inspired several scenes that she so cleverly brings back to life with her paint brush.

“I have often been asked why my characters are created faceless. For me, you cannot define a person by his appearance. There is a story behind every human being. To define a person, you have to look beyond his face, you have to see his soul. I believe that my faceless characters allow people to find themselves, to define themselves, to revive memories and sometimes even to create a story of their own. These faceless characters have always been my way of inventing them“

Au cours des 20 dernières années, l’imaginaire de la dessinatrice et artiste peintre Louise Naud est entré dans l’intimité de milliers de foyers. Ses œuvres d’art aux décors et personnages sans visage nous transportent dans son univers enjoué et coloré.
Artiste autodidacte d’origine canadienne française, Louise a vécu une enfance des plus heureuses dans le petit village de Barraute situé dans la région de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue au nord du Québec. Une région réputée pour ses lacs et ses rivières où des dizaines de chevalements miniers s’étirent dans le ciel pour extraire de riches minéraux de ces sols à saveur aurifère, où la forêt s’embrase juste avant le crépuscule, où les aurores boréales dansent sur un tapis d’étoiles, où il fait bon profiter de chaudes et longues journées d’été tout comme de rigoureux hivers… C’est donc de cet univers riche et coloré, de ces paysages immenses et de ces ambiances chaleureuses que proviennent plusieurs scènes qu’elle fait revivre sous son pinceau.

« On m’a souvent demandé pourquoi mes personnages sont créés sans visage. Pour moi, on ne peut définir une personne par son apparence. Derrière chaque être humain, il y a une histoire. Pour définir une personne, il faut regarder au-delà de son visage, il faut voir son âme. Je crois que mes personnages sans visage permettent aux gens de se retrouver, de se définir, de raviver des souvenirs et parfois même de se créer une histoire bien à eux. Ces personnages sans visage, c’est ma façon depuis toujours de les inventer »

Wendy Trethewey

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An international portraitist, Wendy Trethewey has painted hundreds of commissions for the military and institutions. Her private clients include adults, children, and pets - particularly dogs.
Trethewey's work is held in private and public collections throughout Canada, USA, Australia and England. Her pieces are represented in the permanent collection of the Canadian War Museum, amongst the other work of living artists featured in the museum's oral history.
Trethewey is a Premier Pastelist, winner of the highest award of the Pastel Society of Canada.
She is also a miniaturist whose work has won Best of Show.

"I stand for all that is beautiful in the world and see myself as a recorder of people, animals, landscapes, and interiors. Lately, I have been concentrating on pet portraits. It is very rewarding to see the joy my portraits bring their owners."

Une portraitiste internationale, Wendy Threthewey peignais des centaines de commissions pour la militaire et autres institutions. Ses clientèles privé inclus les adultes, enfants et animaux de compagnies - particulièrement des chiens. Ses œuvres sont exposés dans des collections publiques et privés tout autour du Canada, les États-Unis, Australie et l'Angleterre.
Ses pièces sont représentées dans la collection permanente du Musée canadienne de la Guerre parmi les autres artistes vivants, présente dans l'histoire orale du musée. Thethewey est une Pasteliste Première, gagnant de la récompense de la plus haute signifiance de la Société Pastel du Canada.
Elle est aussi une miniaturiste qui a gagné Best of Show.