DIMENSIONS 2017 – The Stone Sculptors

Several sculptural mediums will be represented at DIMENSIONS 2017 and one of the most classic is stone. Carving stone is probably one of the oldest art forms. From very small ornamental stone sculptures to the large historical, religious or mystical pieces. There are no real limitations to which type of stones can be carved. Some of the more popular stones include Soapstone, which is soft and available in many different colours and textures. Alabaster is slightly harder but is still relatively easy to sculpt and comes in a beautiful variety of colours and internal grains. Limestone is a sedimentary stone, difficult to polish but artists can incorporate very intricate details. Marble is more difficult to manage but has a fantastic finished look and was favoured by many of the masters.

At DIMENSIONS 2017 we will be showcasing the work of almost a dozen stone sculptors, but their work is not limited to the stone mentioned above. Look for the beautiful iridescent qualities of Selenite and the subtle variations of Italian, Brazilian and Kenyan Marble. Each artist uses different techniques and they definitely approach the stone in different ways, either pulling an image or an emotion from the hard surface.

Here’s a little sneak peak at just a handful of some of the stone work that will be showcased at DIMENSIONS 2017. October 19-22 at Lansdowne Park, in the Horticulture Building.

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Less than 3 weeks away . . .

procsimple-5We’re celebrating Canada with over 150 sculptures. From exotic stone and marble sculptures, to metal and glass, wood, bronze, polymer and mixed media, we are proud to display the incredible works of art of over 40 of the National Capital Network of Sculptors. Stay tuned – over the next couple of weeks we will be giving you little previews of what you can expect to see.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support the Boys and Girls Club in our unique gift shop where you’ll find original works of art for $100 or less.

IMG_3153Discover your creative side in one of our Free mini workshops on Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22. You can make your own soapstone pendant necklace or rose caned earrings. Space is limited so make sure your arrive early!

Watch Ephemeral artist, James Cook carve pumpkins and learn some tips and tricks on how to carve and extend the life of your masterpiece.

Sit in on a storytelling segment by Figurative Artist, Maria Saracino. The History of Father Christmas and a look at some of her exclusive one-of-a-kind sculptures.

fullsizeoutput_3430.jpegEnter our draw to win an original sculpture, Celestial Woman No.5, by mixed media artist Edna Lemyre.

Join us on opening night and meet the artists. Glass artist France Grice will be talking about the process and inspiration of The Sesquicentennial Forest, the elaborate glass and wood sculpture that’s featured on our posters.



Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park


Thursday, October 19th, Vernissage 6:00 pm to 9:00pm

Friday, October 20th, 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 21st, 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00am to 4:00pm




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The 2017 Chelsea / Wakefield Studio Tour 30 Sept – 1 Oct 2017

On the weekend of 30 Sept – 1 Oct, 24 artists and artisans, among them NCNS member Theo Burtick,  will open their studios to visitors at the most colourful time in the Gatineau Hills only minutes from Ottawa / Gatineau.

Interactive Tour Map

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“L’instant présent ” during Culture Days at Gamman House, in Vanie

On Friday, September 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Culture Days will be celebrated at Gamman House with a showing of L’instant présent, a video projection curated by Izabel Barsive. Ten artists including NCNS member Komi Seshie each contributed by creating 3 to 5 minute videos based on personal experiences or philosophical, metaphysical, social or historical concepts.

The screening will take place on Friday, September 29, at 8:00 p.m. at Gamman House, located at 306 Cyr Avenue in Vanier.



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NCNS Members at the Canadian Stone Carving Festival

The final pieces just before the auction.




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NCNS Members at Canadian Stone Carving Festival – Real-time Update

Starting with 12” x 12” x 8” blocks of Indiana limestone (100 lbs) Friday at noon, James Cook, Sheree Bradford Lea and Patrick Imai have carved Friday until 5 or 6 pm, Saturday 8 am – 5 or 6 pm, and will carve Sunday 8 am – 1 or 2 pm.
Then Sunday afternoon the finished pieces will be auctioned (everyone is welcome) to raise money for the Ottawa Innercity Ministries.
A great event to watch and a chance to talk to the artists and stonemasons about their craft. 
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2017 Canadian Stone Carving Festival at Sparks Street outdoor mall, 21-23 July, 2017

7 members of the National Capital Network of Sculptors will be participating in this weekend’s Canadian Stone Carving Festival.  This event, now in its 8th year, brings together stone carvers from Canada, UK, Nepal, Syria and Europe.

Danny Barber of Smith & Barber-Sculpture Atelier Inc., Stephane Tremblay, Elisa Funnell, Pat Imai, James Cook, Gordon Wright and Sheree Bradford-Lea will be participating in this event which culminates in a public auction of the created artwork on Sunday, 23rd July at 2 p.m.  Proceeds from the auction go to charity and this year the chosen charity is Ottawa Innercity Ministries.


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Day 2: 31 New Plinths !!!

Plinths Building 2017 – Day 2 – 39 new plinths!!!

Day 2 has been finished with 31 new plinths built, sanded, and painted.   Congratulations on your efforts!!!




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