We have a new location and a new date for our 18th annual Sculpture Exhibit!

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Ephemeral Sculpture

There are many forms of ephemeral art, from sculpture to performance, but the term is usually used to describe a work of art that only occurs once, like a happening, and cannot 12717362_716317691838101_1590835359251241524_nbe embodied in any lasting object to be shown in a museum or gallery. The definition: lasting a very short time, short-lived, transitory. A number of art forms can be considered ephemeral because of their temporary nature. Early land art and all sand sculptures, ice sculptures and chalk drawings on footpaths are examples of ephemeral art.12190814_677526872383850_5771231542583267691_n

One of the newest members of the National Capital Network of Sculptors (NCNS) is an ephemeral sculptor. James W Cook is an award winning snow sculptor and pumpkin carver. We are excited to announce that James will be demonstrating his pumpkin carving techniques at DIMENSIONS 2016. The pumpkins will be sold with the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. James will be carving throughout the exhibit which runs from Thursday, October 20 to Sunday, October 23 at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Bldg.


In addition to the incredible pumpkins, you will be able walk through the largest exhibit of sculptural works in one location. Over 120 sculptures will be available in a variety of mediums from stone and bronze to glass and wood and everything in-between. That’s not all, a separate gift shop area is being introduced this year with a collection of original sculptures by member artists that range in price from $20 to $100.

Admission is free and the Horticulture Bldg. is wheelchair accessible. Hope to see you there!

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An Artist’s Perspective


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Tax Incentives for Buying Art

We’ve all walked into an office and seen some beautiful artwork on the walls or sculptures in the lobby. Did you know that if you operate a business in Canada, buying original artwork qualifies as a tax deduction provided that certain criteria are met. Primarily, the artwork must have been created by a Canadian artist, it must cost over $200 and it must be displayed where it will be seen by clients.

IMG_1122Some business owners rent art so that they can rotate and introduce different pieces throughout the year, and of course this can be used as a business expense, however investing in Canadian art can be even more beneficial from a tax point of view. Many companies take advantage of the Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) to build their own private collections. If you’re a professional or business owner, you can purchase original Canadian art, immediately claim the HST then amortize the artwork over 3 to 5 years.This is definitely something worth talking to your accountant about. Not only would you be surrounding your work space with beautiful artwork and building a valuable asset for your business, but you would be supporting and encouraging Canadian artists. One more thing – don’t limit yourself to just paintings on the wall, add a few sculptural pieces and your office will cover all three forms of visual art.

Don’t forget, DIMENSIONS 2016 is taking place October 20 – 23 at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building. It’s going to be the biggest collection of sculptural works in one location. Join us on opening night, Thursday, October 20th from 6 to 9pm.

There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through - Dan Rice


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Sculpture on Your Wall

Hanging a Sculpture on Your Wall? Of Course You Can                                                                      by Line Labrecque

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-3-58-26-pmIf you ever shied away from sculptures for your home because you think they are just for window sills and tabletops, think again. There is a wide variety of hanging wall sculptures made from a range of materials and mediums. A wall sculpture can add dimensions and texture that 2 dimensional paintings cannot.

When choosing your piece, you need to 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 sculpture are a wonderful choice.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-3-50-22-pm

When looking for something to decorate your home, think of a wall sculpture as a painting that delivers just that much more.

DIMENSIONS 2016 will be the largest collection of sculptures in a single exhibit in the Ottawa area. The 18th Annual Exhibit is taking place October 20-23 at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building. Check out over 110 sculptures in a variety of mediums including live ephemeral sculpture, presentations and demonstrations by renowned artists.  Don’t forget to drop into our screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-3-50-46-pmexclusive sculptural gift shop where part of the proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Club.

Above left, Wood Sculpture by Jim Lawrence                                                              Above right, Lean on Me by Hengameh Kamal-Rad                                               Bottom right, Into Nature 2 by Edna Lemyre


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Where to Put Sculpture in Your Home

The trick to choosing the right place for your sculpture is to think about the function of the space before the design. A sculpture could look great in the center of a room but if it’s a room that people are always walking through then it may not be efficient to have the sculpture blocking the way. When you choose the right space, you’ll be able to make the other design elements like colour and lighting work around it.screen-shot-2016-08-22-at-2-44-00-pm

A window sill is a terrific place to display an entire collection of small sculptures. This one is ideal because it is a large window with a narrow window sill that isn’t functional for much beyond just showcasing your stuff. The light coming through the window highlights the different pieces and creates a great gallery area for your display.

Around the fireplace is a terrific place to add sculptures since this is a place that wescreen-shot-2016-09-07-at-2-34-17-pm typically use to show off our beloved objects. Most people will put their sculptures on the mantle but an option is a bench or low table in front of the fire. It gives more depth to the entire space. Make sure that your sculptures aren’t made of a material that will be harmed by the heat. Another idea is to display sculptures around the mantle. In this case, the sculptures are set off to the side of the fireplace on the floor. You can use pedestals or tables on either side of the fireplace as well. This is great in rooms where you want to make sculptures visible but keep them out of the way of foot traffic.

screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-2-34-07-pmAnother great example of how to keep sculptures out of the way but still on display, use your corners. Corners are a splendid place to display tall sculptures that can be set on the floor.

If you are interested in adding sculpture to your art collection, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our 18th annual sculpture exhibit – DIMENSIONS 2016. October 20-23, in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.


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Sculpture Lovers

The National Capital Network of Sculptors is offering some insight into sculpture appreciation in this new blog post called Sculpture Lovers. Have you been out to a gallery and loved a sculpture, but wondered how you could place it into your home to its best advantage?  The next few weeks we will be showing you some of the ways that other art lovers present their work.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars and come browse the fine collection of over 100 works at our 18th annual Sculpture Exhibit, DIMENSIONS. It’s taking place at Lansdowne Park’s Horticultural Building, October 20th to 23rd. 

Mary Ceruti of the SculptureCenter  offers her perspective into this world in today’s bog post, an excerpt of an interview by Andrew Goldstein.

What should one take into consideration when regarding a piece of sculpture?
You should walk around it, of course, and see it in a 360-degree context. Then you should think about how it relates to the ground and the space around it—that’s always an issue for a sculptor. The other thing that I think is great about sculpture and that I think is important when you’re collecting sculpture on a smaller scale—things that can fit on a table, or a shelf—is the fact that you can pick it up and hold it, and it has weight. It’s an Screen shot 2016-09-05 at 3.38.52 PMamazing thing. For instance, Ugo Rondinone‘s cast-bronze apple is painted very realistically, so that when you apprehend it you absolutely mistake it for an apple. But it’s cast in bronze and it’s filled with lead—it weighs so much more than you would expect, so it’s a very strange experience when you pick it up. This kind of haptic experience is something that only sculpture offers you, and only the collector gets to experience the piece in that way.

What are some of the ways that people live with sculpture? How do they incorporate Screen shot 2016-09-05 at 3.47.53 PMsculpture into their homes, and into their lives?
It’s as simple as putting a sculpture on your side table, or a piece in a fireplace, so that almost everywhere you look there is something unusual. Like putting a sculpture in the entrance hall so that when people come in they encounter it. I’ve seen the whole gamut, and it’s only limited by the collector’s ambition and imagination.

Would you recommend that people buy sculpture when they are considering building a collection?
Absolutely. The only reason someone who is really interested in contemporary art wouldn’t collect sculpture is because they have some prejudice about how much space they have, which I think they could get over. Since the field of sculpture has expanded to engage almost all the other 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.

In a funny way, that puts a positive spin on Barnett Newman’s famous quote that “sculpture is what you bump into when you back up to see a painting.”

It’s true—it’s unavoidable! And that’s not a bad thing.

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NCNS Members at 3rd Annual TRACES Visual Arts Symposium

Angela Verlaeckt Clark and Elisa Funnell, members of the NCNS, are among  37 painters, sculptors and land-artists participating at 3rd Annual TRACES Visual Arts Symposium. Angela was awarded the Juror’s Choice Award for Sculpture 2015 and Elisa was chosen as one of 5 emerging artists in the region, 2016.

The Address for the indoor exhibition is: 1177, Route 315, 1177, Route 315, L’Ange-Gardien QC,(Outaouais) J8L 0L4
The Address for the outdoor exhibition is : CHAMPBOISÉ, 1521 route 309 ( exit 174 Hwy 50), L’Ange-Gardien QC,(Outaouais), J8L 4C2

A Vernissage will be held at City Hall in the Municipality of L’Ange-Gardien, (1177, Route 315, L’Ange-Gardien QC, J8L 0L4) at  Friday, September 9th from 18:30h-21h.
The Exhibition continues, throughout the weekend.


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1st Thursday of the month – Art Walk at Galerie Côté Créations

Thursdays night,  starting September 1,  from 6-9 pm at Galerie Côté Créations . Most of the artists will be on hand to talk to about their work/inspiration. … NCNS member Géraldine Petit-Gras is an artist, and curator of Galerie Côté Créations.


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NCNS Member Shaukat Chaney with “Colour fields and hard edges” at EBA Studio

NCNS member, Shaukat Chaney, the sculptor and the painter will display his latest work at the exhibit, ‘Colour fields and hard edges”.
The event starts on 9th of September, 2016 and continues on September 10 and 11, 2016. At Enriched Bread Artists Studio, 951 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa.
Exhibit in support of St. Joe’s Women’s Center, Ottawa, Ontario.


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