Ottawa’s MUST-SEE art show opens TONIGHT!
Join us from 6pm to 9pm for the opening of DIMENSIONS 2017
Our biggest sculpture show ever! FREE ADMISSION!
Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park
Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park
We’re live at 1:00pm on ROGERS Daytime!
If you miss it, don’t worry, it’s on again at 6:00 and 11:00pm.
Drop in to our biggest and best sculpture show yet. We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th with over 150 sculptures!
Make sure you enter our draw to win an original sculpture by Edna Lemyre, and take advantage of some of the great workshops and presentations being offered.
Opening Night – Thursday, October 19th – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, October 20th – Noon to 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 21st – Noon to 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 22nd – 11:00am to 4:00 pm
Fused glass is glass that has been fired in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C (1,099 °F) to 816 °C (1,501 °F). There are 3 main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass. Slumping, tack fusing and full fuse. These pieces of glass are designed in a layered manner in a kiln. Through one or several firings a new piece of glass is created, formed and shaped.
When you visit DIMENSIONS 2017 next week make sure to check out Miriam Silburt’s work. She specializes in landscapes, functional items and sculptural pieces, both abstract and representative. Whether it’s a forest interior or a microscopic image of cellular life, she finds endless inspiration in the colour and shapes that she sees and brings to life through glass.
Then there is France Grice and her beautiful glass trees. France created the Sesquincentennial Maple Forest featured on the DIMENSIONS 2017 posters. Inspired by Canada’s 150, this 10 month project includes 150 glass trees on 150 maple bases. Each tree represents a year from 1867 to 2017. Make sure you hang around on opening night at DIMENSIONS 2017, France will be giving a short presentation on the inspiration and process of creating this masterpiece. That’s Thursday, October 19th from 6:00p to 9:00pm, in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.
Polymer clay is the new kid on the block. It’s only been available on the market as an art medium since the early 1980’s. Since then it has evolved as a serious contender in the art world, recognized by art galleries and museums everywhere. It’s a versatile medium with a wide variety of uses, from jewelry making and functional art to hyper realistic figurative sculptures.
Two artists will be showcasing their polymer clay creations at DIMENSIONS 2017. Line Labrecque uses polymer clay on glass to create whimsical and functional sculptures. She also creates colourful relief work on wood panels. She will be offering a unique workshop experience on Sunday, October 22nd where guests can create beautiful rose caned earrings. Line is a master at creating cane designs which will also be available in the Gift Shop at DIMENSIONS all weekend.
Maria Saracino on the other hand is a figurative artist who sculpts realistic characters in polymer clay. She then uses textiles and resins to finish her sculptures. This year she will be showcasing her historical and elaborate Father Christmas Figures as well as entertaining us with a storytelling hour where she will talk about the History of Father Christmas. Don’t miss that on Saturday, October 21st at 2:30pm.
“The art of sculpture is eight times as great as any other art based on drawing, because a statue has eight views and they must all be equally good.”
These words were spoken by Benvenuto Cellini in the 1500’s. This is true for all sculptural mediums but especially for the statuary artists. From small intricate pieces to bigger than life statues, each sculpture is highly work intensive. Hand sculpted in plastisial, a fatty clay or wax, the work has to be perfect because the next step is to create a rubber mold of the original. Once the mold is cured and opened, the original sculpture is destroyed. The mold is then ready to accept one of the plasters. You will find three artists at DIMENSIONS 2017 who work in either Aqua-resin, Hydrostone, HydroCal or Drystone.
How the plaster is finished is also unique to each artist. Some artists prefer a more transparent finish and use wax pigments, while others use spray or oil paints.
Check out the different styles and different finishes presented by our statuary artists, Rosemary Breault-Landry, Dominique Dennery and Dennis Burnside.
DIMENSIONS 2017, October 19-22, Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park
Aqua-Resin is an easy to use, non-toxic sculpting resin. This water-based composite material can be used in casting and molding, and is primarily used with fiberglass reinforcement.
Hydrostone is the strongest and hardest gypsum cement available. Used primarily in tooling and high quality art object applications. This is an extremely wear-resistant material.
Drystone is a fast-setting gypsum cement that provides strong, durable casts without the need for dryers, when mixed at the recommended use consistency. It also provides an environmentally-sound alternative to resin-based products.
You’ve heard of mixed media and you’ve heard of multimedia art. What’s the difference?
In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium has been employed. Multimedia art, on the other hand combines visual art with non-visual elements, such as recorded sound, literature, drama, dance, motion graphics, music, or interactivity.
At DIMENSIONS 2017 you will come across the “mixed media” of four incredible artists who each work with different mediums and in very different styles.
Christine Mockett incorporates fibres into her work creating both figurative and structural sculptures.
Beth McCubbin’s figures use a combination of concrete, steel and other mediums to capture human movement and emotion.
Edna Lemyre looks for a structural connection between nature and the human form creating balance with colour and humour.
Many of you are familiar with Gordon Wright’s stone sculptures, but this year he adds two mixed media pieces that have a jazzy musical element, combining wood, metal and found objects.
So much to see and do and learn at DIMENSIONS 2017.
Join Us !!
October 19-22nd, Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park