Artists’ Residency Project 2011

From left: 1. The 2011 vernissage at the Stone School Gallery featured a mandela installation created with locally-collected wildflowers, a collaborative handmade paper book, photographs, paintings, and prints created by the artists during the Artists’ Residency week. 2. The artists enjoy some social time on the deck. 3. Painting on silk at the Stone School. 4. Visiting artists and their PAA hosts.

2011 Artists’ Residency Project

Last summer we had an outstanding week. Each day began with a different artist showing the group their portfolio and speaking about their motivation and inspiration. For the rest of each day, we travelled to different locations and made art together.

On Monday we made handmade paper, and Tuesday we went to Leslie Lake to take photos and sketch during a 10 Gates Dancing rehearsal. On Wednesday we went to a remote private beach on Calumet Island where we made woodcuts, painted, photographed, swam, and ate al fresco. Thursday we were at the Stone School learning a “wash-off” resist painting technique and painting on silk.

Each day included shared picnic lunches and potluck suppers at the homes of PAA members. Back at home, artists socialized, networked and worked into the night on the pieces begun that day.

On Friday, we completed artworks in preparation for the Vernissage that night at the Stone School Gallery.

The feedback we received from the visiting artists, the hosts, and the participating PAA members was all very positive.

We are proud to report that the PAA won a $1000 prize for the Residency Project at the 2011 Culturiade in Gatineau last November.

2011 Residency week participants

Visiting artists:

Peggy Atherton, watercolour, Ottawa
Thérèse Chabot, multi-media artist, Saint-Hilaire
François Lemay, painter, Lanoraie
Carol Noël, photographer, Ottawa
Sarah Robinson, printmaker, Pointe-Claire

PAA participating artists:

Chantal Auger
Val Bridgeman
Dale Shutt
Cathy Dolan
Cheryl Dolan
Michael Neelin
Lyndal Neelin
Carol Bretzloff
Sylvia Bretzloff
Larry Evans
Martina Evans
France Lamarche
Ted Fort
Marcio Melo
Kay Ranger
Shannon Purcell
Stephan Scrak
Maureen O’Neill
Debra Webb-Lambden