DIMENSIONS 2018 OPENING NIGHT

It’s finally here – DIMENSIONS 2018!

It’s opening night and a first look at the spectacular work of the National Capital Network of Sculptors!

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Meet the Artists

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Gypsy Dance by Sandra Marshall

We’re just days away from our 20th Annual Sculpture Exhibit, DIMENSIONS 2018. We’ve shown you little bits and pieces of what you can expect and we hope we’ve peaked your curiosity. Come visit us in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park to see the whole collection by the National Capital Network of Sculptors. This unique and biggest “Sculpture Only” art exhibit happens once a year, don’t miss it!

DIMENSIONS 2018

Friday, October 12th – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday, October 13th – 10:00am to 9:00pm

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Upper Canada Cow by Thomas Murphy

Sunday, October 14th – 10:00am to 5:00pm

Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park

FREE ADMISSION

FREE Stone Carving Workshop on Saturday, October 13th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Artists – DIMENSIONS 2018

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Come meet the artists at DIMENSIONS 2018 and learn their stories and the stories behind the amazing sculptures they create. As a collector, it’s not just the art that attracts you, it’s also the story and how it relates to you. That’s one of the benefits of supporting local artists – you get to meet them in person. Here’s a look at some of the figurative sculptors you’ll meet at this year’s exhibit.

Above left to right:  “Soft Landing” by Polymer Clay Artist Maria Saracino; “Party Boy” by Paverpol Artist, Mary Lou Devine and “Balance” by Mixed Media Artist, Edna Lemyre.

Below:  “Time for Plan B” by Glass Artist, France Grice: “The Musician” by Clay Artist, Sandra Marshall and “Briefing for a Descent to Earth” by Clay Artist, Taunyee Robbins. You’ll recognize this last piece as our feature sculpture on postcards and posters for our exhibit.

DIMENSIONS 2018

FREE ADMISSION

Friday, October 12th – OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION – 6:00pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 13th – 10:00am to 9:00pm – FREE Stone Sculpting Workshop from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday, October 14th – 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Happy Thanksgiving

We are so thankful to the clients, sponsors and family who have supported each of the artists who make up the National Capital Network of Sculptors. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope to see you all at our show DIMENSIONS 2018.

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Just like Thanksgiving feels like a big warm family hug, art can also evoke similar feelings. Enjoy NCNS member, Sheree Bradford-Lea’s article . . . 

Art:  Buying It Is True Self-Care

Sheree Bradford-Lea, Cartoonist & Multimedia Artist

Buying art is like giving ourselves a warm, happy hug. The energy from an art piece comes through to the buyer. This is energy that isn’t present in the day to day necessary mass-produced items we buy, for example that new coat or another pair of shoes. Why? Because those items are mass-produced. Mass-produced items are items that are stamped out to be the same, lifeless, without any energy of their own. That isn’t their job. Their job is to perform a certain function, not give a warm, happy hug. And because of that, buyers of only mass-produced items tend to find their purchases don’t give them any kind of lasting pleasure.

Art works differently. Art has wonderful energy to give  from the moment it is created by the artist. Each art piece is unique to the artist who created it, and that’s exciting. The artist creates each individual art piece from nothing. Once the artist has an idea, they build an art piece step by step, and, beyond the love of it, use their specialized training, skills, thoughts and emotions to transform it into a unique art piece that can virtually hug the people who need that particular energy, not once but again and again and again. When we buy art we are able to simply receive that warm, beautiful energy. We don’t have to give anything in return, it is completely there for us. And because of that, buyers who make space in their lives for buying art tend to find these purchases do give them a world of lasting pleasure.

 

 

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Meet the Artists – DIMENSIONS 2018

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Ekundayu, clay sculpture by Colette Beardall

In just a few days we will be opening the doors to our 20th annual Sculpture Exhibit, DIMENSIONS 2018. It will take place Friday, October 12th to Sunday, October 14th at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building. Our artists work hard all year long to prepare for this major exhibition and every year we add a few new artists to our line-up. Opening night at DIMENSIONS 2018 is a perfect opportunity to meet them and learn the story behind their art; what inspired them; and their process. This year you’ll see several animal themes in the show. Here’s a little sneak peak of what you can expect.

Above you’ll find some animals by our stone sculptors. From left to right:                    Down by the Fishing Hole, Brazilian Soapstone by Terry Schaub; Snow Owl, White Alabaster by Uwe Foehring; Looking Back, Brazilian Soapstone by Tom Murphy; Exit Stage Left, Black Chlorite by Patrick Imai.

Working in mixed media check out Edna Lemyre’s Snowy Owl. On the right is an example of France Grice’s new glass sculptures from her “Animalibus” Series. Pictured here is The Young Buck. Below is Sapere Aude, the aluminum metal art of Angèle Lux.

 

FREE ADMISSION

Friday, October 12th – OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION – 6:00pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 13th – 10:00am to 9:00pm – FREE Stone Sculpting Workshop from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday, October 14th – 10:00am to 5:00pm

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FREE Workshop at DIMENSIONS

Back by popular demand . . . 

FREE 2 hour stone sculpting workshop at DIMENSIONS 2018!

IMG_3156An amazing opportunity to work under the guidance of stone sculptors, Patrick Imai and Thomas Murphy. They will be guiding you through the process of shaping, sanding and polishing soapstone to create a unique one-of-a-kind pendant. Best of all, it’s FREE!

The workshop takes place on Saturday, October 13th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. Arrive early to secure a spot. Our instructors will have all the tools you need as well as a great assortment of stones to choose from.

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7 Day Countdown to DIMENSIONS

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Aluminium sculpture by Bela Simo

The amazing artists who are part of The National Capital Network of Sculptors are so excited to show you what they’ve been working on this past year. Ottawa’s biggest sculpture exhibit kicks off a week from now at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building. Over 100 sculptures – in every imaginable medium, in every size. Whether you are an art collector or art lover, a gallery or fellow artist, this is an art show you don’t want to miss. We are excited to present the work of two metal artists you will recognize from MosaicCulture at the Jacques Cartier Park.  You are going to love the breathtaking work of Béla Simo and Angèle Lux.

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Humberto, Aluminium sculpture by Angèle Lux

 

 

In addition to the exhibit there will be a free sculpting workshop on Saturday, October 13th from 2 to 4pm. You’ll learn how to sculpt and carve a beautiful stone pendant that you get to take home. Our Gift Boutique is also open throughout the show. This is an opportunity to check a few people off your Christmas gift list with original artwork priced under $100. This is a feel good, do good opportunity since a portion of the proceeds go to help the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

Opening night is Friday, October 12 from 6 to 9:00pm. Show hours are Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00 pm.

Have a great Thanksgiving Weekend and we look forward to seeing you next weekend.

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Collecting Contemporary Art

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Nailed It, Paper Clay by Colette Beardall, 12″ x 8″ x 10″

The only reason someone who is really interested in contemporary art would not collect sculpture is because they have some prejudice about how much space they have, in which case they need to get over it. The field of sculpture has expanded to include almost all media. It’s so much a part of the contemporary art discourse that to ignore it is to ignore a vast part of what contemporary art is about. You can’t really avoid it.

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August Offering by                    Kathy Bergquist, 13″ x 13″ x 4″ 

 

 

 

Come see what we’re talking about at DIMENSIONS 2018. Admission is FREE to the National Capital Network of Sculptors 20th Annual Sculpture Exhibit. Opening night is Friday, October 12, from 6 to 9pm. Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 9pm and Sunday, October 14th from 10am to 5pm at Lansdowne Park, in the Horticulture Building.

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Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around

The beauty of sculpture is that it needs to be viewed from all angles to be truly appreciated. Lights and shadows  will transform the sculpture in your home  or garden throughout the day, making it feel new and fresh from one moment to another. fullsizeoutput_39dafullsizeoutput_39d9

The wide open space at DIMENSIONS 2018 allows you to walk around each sculpture freely. Examine and pay attention to the subtle nuances of texture and shape from the different angles. An example is Theo Burtick’s Infinity. It’s meant to look like a completely different sculpture depending on where you stand. From the back to the front it changes from a “0” to the Infinity sign.

fullsizeoutput_39f4As you move around the floor, don’t forget to look up! Maria Saracino’s whimsical yet realistic characters will put a smile on your face as they float from the ceiling.

DIMENSIONS 2018, October 12-14 at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building.

FREE ADMISSION!

Join us for our ‘Octoberfest” opening reception on Friday October 12 from 6 to 9pm.

Or make it a day at Lansdowne on Saturday, October 13th – the doors are open from 10am to 9pm – Art, free stone carving workshop,  shopping, dinner and a movie. What could be more perfect!

Your last chance until next year, come visit on Sunday, October 14th during the Farmer’s Market hours from 10am to 5pm.

 

 

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Sculpture On Your Walls

 

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Genesis, Paper Clay Wall Piece by Hengameh Kamal-Rad, 16″ x 16″ x 5″

If you ever shied away from sculptures for your home because you feel it takes up too much floor space, think again. There is a wide variety of hanging wall sculptures made from a range of materials and mediums. A wall sculpture will add depth and texture that 2 dimensional paintings cannot.

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After Practice, Butternut Wood Wall Hanging by Jim Lawrence, 32″ x 17″

When choosing a wall sculpture consider its weight and size and the wall you have planned for it. Is the wall plaster, drywall or wood? Is it cement or metal? Is your piece made of lightweight materials? Depending on the medium of the sculpture, you will it need to be supported for its inherent weight? With a little research you can easily hang a lightweight or heavy sculpture on your wall. The right sculpture can transform a room. Whether you are looking for something that will relax or invigorate your living space, wall sculptures are a wonderful choice. Think of a wall sculpture as a painting that delivers so much more.

DIMENSIONS 2018 is the largest collection of sculptures in a single exhibit in the Ottawa area with over 100 sculptures in a variety of mediums by renowned local artists.   The 20th Annual Exhibit is taking place October 12-14 at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building. FREE ADMISSION! While you are there don’t forget to check out our gift shop where a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

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