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Meet the Artists

The National Capital Network of Sculptors is excited to introduce our first Sculpture Studio Tour. The Artists are working hard to get their studios ready for visitors and we hope you will visit as many stops as you can over the April 22-23 weekend. Over the next three weeks we will be highlighting the participating artists and give you a little peak into what you can expect to see, so please check in regularly.

In the meantime if you are in the Orleans area, drop by the Shenkman Arts Centre located at 255 Centrum Blvd. The National Capital Network of Sculptors has a month long exhibit in the main floor display case.

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Sculpture Studio Tour

Here’s a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience “where” and “how” some of the National Capital Network of Sculptors create their masterpieces! The NCNS Studio Tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 with 13 stops along the route. Not only can you visit the artist’s in their studios, but you’ll see demonstrations as well as the opportunity to try your hand at some of the various sculpture mediums. This is a free event so come enjoy the art, the entertainment and the refreshments all while supporting and being inspired by the amazing talent of our local sculptors. Don’t forget to enter our draw – the more studios you visit the more chances you’ll have to win.

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Edmonia Lewis: First Female Black Sculptor to Achieve International Acclaim When Slavery Was Legal

edmonia-lewis“There is nothing so beautiful as the free forest. To catch a fish when you are hungry,cut the boughs of a tree, make a fire to roast it, and eat it in the open air, is the greatest of all luxuries. I would not stay a week pent up in cities, if it were not for my passion for art,” Edmonia Lewis, February 27, 1864.
Mary Edmonia Lewis was born around July 1844, in New York, her father was of African Haitian origin and her mother of African American and Native American descent.
At the age of 15, Lewis enrolled at Oberlin College, a private liberal arts school in the US state of Ohio. The year was 1859, and Oberlin was one of the very few institutions to admit women and people of colour at a time when slavery was still legal.
Shortly after, she left Ohio and headed east, arriving in Boston in 1864 to pursue a career as a sculptor. Working in a field that was at the time dominated by white men, she was repeatedly rejected by instructors, until she met Edward A Brackett, a sculptor whose clients included some well-known advocates for the abolition of slavery.
Lewis earned her name in Boston with her many works paying homage to abolitionists and heroes of the Civil War.
Her local success and popularity in Boston made possible her decision to move to Rome, and it was in the Italian capital that she became a highly respected artist. There, she focused on naturalism and themes relating to African American and Native American issues, achieving both financial and critical acclaim.
But it was her Cleopatra sculpture for which she became most well-known. It was featured at the 1876 Centennial Expo in the US city of Philadelphia and is now part of the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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NCNS Glass Artist France Grice: January Member Interview by Glass Art Association of Canada

Here is a preview of the interview  with NCNS glass artist France Grice, given to “Glass Art Association of Canada (GAAC)”, in January 2017.

GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice?

A Warm Spring Day; Kiln Cast Gaffer Crystal on fused glass base; 6.5"H x 12 x 4; 2015

A Warm Spring Day; Kiln Cast Gaffer Crystal on fused glass base; 6.5″H x 12 x 4; 2015

France Grice: A friend in Nancy, France’s mecca of early century 20th century pâte de verre, was doing fused glass since the 80’s. She was using mostly float glass and doing beautiful pieces using frit, thermoforming and sandblasting. I was hooked! In the early 90’s it was evident that Ottawa did not have the teaching capacity as it has now. I set up to learn on my own and, of course, a kiln was purchased. I bought books and did fused glass for a few years. Experimenting, failing, succeeding and with a kiln which had no programming, it was a big challenge.

GAAC: How much of a role has education played in your development with the material?
FG: My background is interior design. My glass making education is self-directed and on-going… Read more…  

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How do you react when one of your works is stolen?

       This was a first experience of having  my artwork stolen.  I had  poured my heart into its creation.
       I have experienced breakage (more than once) and that hurts, but I got over the disappointment and took measures to avoid, if not eliminate this occurrence.

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Now this is different, and one wonders what happened to my Reader sculpture! This is the reason for  the Missing poster.
      I made a police report and send them a picture of the work. I can’t help thinking  someone in the neighbourhood took it, someone familiar with the gallery . But I also know there is little hope of seeing my Reader again. Little hope as well of payment slipped under the door as someone suggested.

… Heartbroken Artist

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Congratulations to Our Winner

Congratulations Christine Kirkland! The winner of the beautiful fused glass sculpture “Tree of Life” by France Grice. She just picked up her treasure and she’s thrilled. img_5412

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A Big Thank You . . .

DIMENSIONS 2016 ended on a high note on Sunday afternoon. It was a pleasure to meet so many art enthusiasts who appreciate sculpture and all the talent, passion and bits and pieces of our soul that goes into each piece we create. The artists of the National Capital Network of Sculptors truly appreciate all the beautiful comments you left behind in our guest book and we are re-energized and inspired to bring you an even bigger and better event next year. Our goal . . . 150 sculptures to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary!

Many of you entered our draw on Facebook and in person at the show. The prize . . . a beautiful fused glass sculpture called “Tree of Life” by France Grice. Well, we have a winner!screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-2-22-41-pm

CONGRATULATIONS . . . CHRISTINE KIRKLAND!

This beautiful piece of art will be an heirloom treasure for your family.

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All Good Things Come to An End

img_5358Today is your last chance to drop by our Sculpture Exhibit DIMENSIONS 2016. FREE ADMISSION! We open the doors at 11:00am and we are so excited to have a guest artist speaking today – Nationally and internationally renowned artist David Clendining will be our guest speaker and he will be talking about the process of making monuments using today’s new technology. This is an amazing opportunity not only to meet David but to see some of his maquettes up close, ask questions and get a better insight into the process. His “Art Talk” will also touch on the importance of Art in Society. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity.

img_5356The rain has stopped, so please drop by the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. Over 120 amazing sculptures in every possible medium will be on display until 4pm. Our Gift Boutique has been re-stocked, our ephemeral artist has been creating some amazing carved pumpkins and all the artists will be present and eager to share their art, their process and their passion with you.

img_5365See you at Lansdowne – last chance until next year. Doors open at 11:00 am and close at 4:00pm.

 

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