This is the 6th exhibition mounted at OAG with art created by Creative Space artists. Creative Space is an ongoing program and part of a well-established partnership between the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center and OAG. Educators use art as a tool for wellness and social inclusion by offering weekly in person and online classes.
This year’s exhibition title Sky Garden, merges themes of the worldly and otherworldly. When looking closely, we can see how a small leaf is mapped with its growth and renewal.
The theme SKY GARDEN was inspired by an artwork in OAG’s permanent collection La Forêt radieuse (Violette et vigne) [The Radiant Forest (Violet and Vine)] (2010) by Marie-Jeanne Musiol. Her lightbox, on view in this exhibition on level 1 beside the elevator by Galerie Annexe was installed in the Studio for reference during the creation of the artworks. Musiol also visited a class to give an artist’s talk and offer feedback on creations. Her work demonstrates how the details in plants contain the cosmos. Creative Space artists used printmaking, painting, drawing and collage to build mixed media compositions in response to these ideas.
Participating artists include Abigail, Ashley, Bianca, Christine, Daniel, Eloïse, Farouq, Joan, Laura, Lisa, Louise, Nikimbila, Sydney & Walter