Pop Up Art exhibit coming to DDH May 23-June 9

By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Pop Up Art show is coming to Petawawa, giving visitors the opportunity to discover how the extraordinary can be found in the most unexpected places.

From May 23 to June 9, the Pop Up Art Renfrew County project will be at Dundonald Hall, featuring 11 different artists who have each chosen an every-day object as inspiration. Each carries a different meaning, but are all representative of an experience the artist has had living in the area.

“All these pieces have different stories that deserve to be told,” said Anya Gansterer, coordinator for the mobile gallery. 

Dundonald Hall isn’t typically linked with the art scene, but with this pop-up show, organizers hope to shake some of the misconceptions around art.

“We want to bring these art experiences to places where people already are and explore the element of surprise and of things unexpected,” said Gansterer. 

“Art isn’t something separate from us or that you go do,” she added. “It is within us and exists in our everyday lives.”

The project is organized by the Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-COAS). Looking around, they couldn’t see a single dedicated place for art in the county. They found a solution in this mobile art gallery.

“We thought that we could create an art gallery that would meet people in their everyday lives without them having to drive somewhere,” said Gansterer.

Connecting the public with local art is important to her and her team.

It supports people in their creative endeavours, pushes them further and allows them to dream. Art ultimately marks our culture. It defines us as an individual, as a community and as a nation and it can even heal us, confirmed Gansterer.

“Every single one of these pieces tells us a story about life here in Renfrew County,” she said.
For a hands-on connection to art, there will be a workshop linked to the mobile gallery on June 5 at the South Side Community Centre.

During the May 23 gallery opening, there will be light refreshments served from 2 to 4 p.m.

If you miss the show in Petawawa, it will be held in several other locations throughout the summer. It will be at the Arnprior Public Library from June 13 to 30, at the Deep River and District Hospital from July 4 to 21, at the Madawaska Coffee in Barry’s Bay from July 25 to Aug. 11 and at the Renfrew Visitor Information Centre from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1. There is no fee to see the exhibit.

Funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation allowed the OV-COAS to construct and deploy this mobile art gallery and for more information, please visit www.ov-caos.org.