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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DIMENSIONS 2018 Show Hours

Screen Shot 2018-08-31 at 12.24.31 PMOur 20th annual sculpture exhibit is two weeks away and we’re looking forward to showing you what we’ve been working on for the last 12 months.

Friday, October 12th we are opening the doors at 6pm for our “Octoberfest” Vernissage. Come enjoy a few refreshments, meet the artists and their creations and watch Ephemeral artist, James Cook sculpt and carve a giant pumpkin.

Saturday, October 13th DIMENSIONS 2018 will be open from 10am to 9pm. Admission is free and so is the stone carving workshop at 2pm. Learn how to shape, sand and polish soapstone into a beautiful pendant. This free workshop runs from 2pm to 4pm.

Sunday, October 14th is your last chance to see this extraordinary work. The exhibit runs from 10am to 5pm and many of the artists will be on hand

Don’t forget to participate in Sheree Bradford-Lea’s Interactive sculptures, “Keep An Eye on Your Mother” and “First Date”. It’s fun and thought provoking, and Sheree is on hand to tell you all about it. Before you leave check out our Gift Boutique where part of the proceeds go to help the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Everything in the Boutique area is priced under $100 – here’s a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping with some unique and creative gifts.

DIMENSIONS 2018, Friday, October 12th – Sunday, October 14th.           See you then!

 

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Displaying Sculpture in Your Home

Three-dimensional and difficult to ignore, sculptures are one of the best types of art to  add a neat design element to your home.  However, their size can sometimes make it difficult for people to know exactly where to place them so that they are on display in the home without taking over the space.

dttr205_4fa-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-1280-960A really terrific way to showcase sculptures without worrying that they’re taking up too much room in your home is to set them inside niches in the wall. You can even add lighting within the niche to truly show off the piece that you’ve placed there.imgres

The National Capital Network of Sculptors is excited to present their feature exhibit DIMENSIONS 2018. It’s a great place to find the perfect sculpture for a little niche or a larger, stand alone masterpiece for a bolder statement. Visit us between October 12-14th in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa – over 100 sculptures will be part of the exhibit.  We have extended hours on Saturday, October 13th and will be open from 10am to 9pm. FREE ADMISSION and wheelchair accessible. 

Excerpts from Houzz “Where to Put a Sculpture in Your Home” 2009

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Sculpture Exhibit Returns!

We’re in our 20th year, but just in case you haven’t heard about us, DIMENSIONS is an annual “sculpture only” exhibit by the National Capital Network of Sculptors –            right here in Ottawa!

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Planning starts a year ahead and there is a lot of behind the scenes coordination involved. From building and painting the wood pedestals to planning and laying out the floor plan. The artists work in a variety of mediums from stone, wood and metal, to clay, glass and mixed media. They spend a full year creating new pieces for the exhibit. The result is a top quality, museum style exhibition that’s FREE to the public!

fullsizeoutput_24The Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park is the perfect venue with its high ceilings, lots of natural light and easy accessibility. Participate in a stone carving workshop on Saturday afternoon – best of all, there’s no charge if you want to take part.

FB_IMG_1519708747533This year there are 24 artists showing over 100 sculptures. Come meet the artists, get a close-up look at some amazing sculptures and support your local art community. You can also help support our local Boys and Girls Club by getting a head start on your holiday shopping in our cozy little Gift Shop. Pop in for a quick peak or stay for as long as you like, there’s something for everyone.

Opening night is Friday, October 12th from 6 to 9pm. Enjoy our Octoberfest reception, meet the artists and enjoy the world premiere of some amazing sculptures.

We’re open all day Saturday, October 13th, from 10am to 9pm – make it a date night and have dinner at one of the great restaurants in the Lansdowne Park area.

On Sunday, October 14th we’re open from 10am to 5pm along with our Farmer’s Market neighbours.

Mark your calendars and we will see you in October!

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DIMENSIONS 2018

Screen Shot 2018-08-31 at 12.24.31 PMMark your calendars!

We’re 6 weeks away from DIMENSIONS 2018, and we are in full force planning for our annual feature exhibit. More information will come over the next few weeks but in the meantime add us to your list of  things to see and do in October.

Our artists have been busy creating some new spectacular sculptures and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

DIMENSIONS 2018                October 12th to the 14th in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park

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