Pop Up Artists include (back row) Anya Gansterer, Mike Desrochers, Sylvia Tennisco, Pat Thurston, Eva Kaczkowski, Paula LaPierre, Derrick Nearing, (front row) Eva Gallagher, Cameron Montgomery, Kathryn Bossy and Bridget Haworth. Missing is Tanya Lyons. (Submitted photo)

Pop Up Art Renfrew County venues
include Grn Petawawa’s Dundonald Hall


Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019

Pop Up Art will pop up at six venues this summer, including private businesses and public facilities. The venues were selected based on specific criteria which included geographical location, high foot traffic, space allowance and accessibility. Prefence was given to locations where people tend to linger or wait and which serve a broad cross-section of the community. Organizers also considered the element of surprise—many locations are not your typical art gallery location.

The selected six locations are: the Fifth Chute Café in Eganville, May 2 to 19 (also the official launch event); Dundonald Hall Fitness Sports and Aquatic Centre, Garrison Petawawa, May 23 to June 9; Arnprior Public Library, June 13 to 30; Deep River and District Hospital, July 4 to 21; Madawaska Coffee in Barry’s Bay, July 25 to August 11; and Renfrew Visitor Information Centre, August 15 to September 1. Mark your calendar for the location closest to you.

Karen DeLuca of the Arnprior Library noted, “The books-only, quiet libraries of yesteryear have become dynamic community hubs and to that end, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio to bring Pop Up Art to Arnprior. Hundreds of people walk through our doors every day. We’re excited to add an interactive art exhibit to a library experience.”

Pop Up Art features an exhibit titled Extra-Ordinary which explores how ordinary objects can take on a larger meaning in our lives. The exhibit includes eleven artists - each has chosen an object as a source of inspiration for their developing art pieces. Objects include a tree, a pot, a piece of driftwood, a pie, a saw blade, a green glass bottle, a birchbark purse, a pitcher, a plow tip, the piano at Festival Hall and a honeybee comb. The objects are representative of a story surrounding the artists’ experiences living in Renfrew County.

Some of the stories include how a veteran uses art to heal and live with post-traumatic stress disorder; moving to an old farm in the Valley and discovering remnants from the past; connecting to music in the Valley; looking at the forestry industry today and a hundred years ago; and how moose meat pie ties a community together. Eight different types of media are represented in the art pieces, including found objects, film, ceramic, painting, mosaic, blacksmithing, glass and textiles.

The official launch for Pop Up Art is taking place at the Fifth Chute Café in Eganville on Thursday May 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome for this grand opening celebration.

Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-COAS) received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to construct and deploy this mobile art gallery, Pop Up Art. To learn more, visit www.ov-caos.org or email anya@ov-caos.org.