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Kanata Civic Art Gallery Newsletter

Seven New Artists Join the Gallery

Volume 5, Issue 1

February 2014

In this Issue New Artists

The Kanata Civic Art Gallery welcomes seven new local artists joining the Gallery in 2014 with the show “How Art Thou”.

Celebrating Brian’s Life News to Keep in Mind

Diane Bertrand — Felt Diane Bertrand was born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec. She has a Bachelor in Education from Laval University and started her career as a high school teacher teaching French and arts in Gatineau. In 1996 she moved to Paris where she lived until 2001. Five years ago, she discovered the pleasure of felting, trading her acrylic colours for wool. In her work, she uses natural fabric to create 3-D ecological paintings representing wild life. Diane’s art has been shown and sold in galleries in Québec City, Montreal and Gatineau. For further information on Diane’s work or to contact her, visit

Up Coming Shows March 19 - April 18: “City Scapes”

Roy Brash — Acrylic

April 23 - May 14: “Young at Art”

Roy is a Canadian figurative and contemporary acrylic painter. A native of Pembroke, Ontario, he now mainly resides in Ottawa where he has a studio. He grew up by the Ottawa River. His love of nature had a major impact on his art and his later depictions of animals, landscapes and water scenes. In particular, he admires the power and beauty of water.

May 21– June 15: “Textures”

Roy developed his affinity for art in his early years. In primary school, he won a regional art contest and, since then, his passion for drawing and painting has never left him. He furthered his artistic interests by studying oil, watercolour and clay sculpture, independently and with various teachers. His passion for figurative art has led him to extend his knowledge in this area by taking portrait classes at the well respected Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He believes that a painting should tell a story and provide interest to the viewer. Vivid colors and design are important to him and he tries to use them to express mood and motion. Roy has exhibited at several shows and galleries and won many awards. His works now hang in private and corporate collections across Quebec and Ontario. Some of his works were selected in 2013 by the Colart Collection, a premiere collector of contemporary Canadian works.

Patrick Imai — Stone Patrick Imai is a self-taught stone carver and sculptor who has carved for more than 40 years. Born in Toronto, by the age of 10 Patrick was already an avid carver searching for the right subject and medium. He has dabbled in other art forms, sketching, painting and stained glass, but has always returned to carving. Patrick carved in wood until the late 90’s when he tried soapstone carving. Expanding from soapstone, he carves alabaster, serpentine, chlorite, selenite, limestone and marble.

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He has a passion for carving bears. Folklore and commercialism have given bears human characteristics. Building on this association, Patrick works to evoke human emotions and movement in his carvings. Through his work, he wants people to feel a connection with life, family and nature. Patrick shares his love of stone carving by running workshops for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, assisting during the stone carving portion of the Native Art class at Russell High School and offering lessons in his home workshop. Patrick is also a member of Arteast, Arts Ottawa East and a member/President of the National Capital Network of Sculptors.

Val Roy — Acrylic Val Roy is a visual artist who works in all types of acrylic paint. She loves color and texture. Val finds the process of painting to be as important as the final piece. She frequently works in layers and prefers a gestural, semi-abstract approach, and also enjoys pouring paint and incorporating collage into her work. Her energetic paint handling helps to convey and maintain her passion for her subject and keeps her work fresh and dynamic. Two of her favourite themes are musicians and the ocean. She paints to capture the energy of things that inspire her, her passions and her vitality for life, and to share these with others. Val also works as a full-time Visual Arts teacher. Val has participated in over 50 local art shows and has had a number of solo exhibitions. You can check out her website at:

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Monika Seidenbusch — Pencil, Acrylics, Watercolour & Mixed media Monika likes to paint and to tell a story with a character, a setting, and a mood. She likes her work to bring out a sense of peacefulness, atmosphere, simplicity, life and beauty. Her style is detailed and realistic when drawing; and freer and abstracted when painting. She prefers to portray the human form, but also enjoys illustrating botanicals and painting abstracts. Inspired by the simple lines of Matisse, the colours and exaggeration of Modigliani, the sculptures of Henri Moore and the technical accuracy of many of the old masters, such as Charles Bargue, she combines what she has learned to refine her art and bring out the essence and beauty of nature. Monika is a well known award winning artist and is currently a member of the Arts Ottawa East (AOE), the Ottawa Mixed Media Artists (OMMA), the Kanata Art Club (KAC), the Nepean Fine Arts League (NFAL), the Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC), and the Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists (OSBA). Born in Ontario and raised in Canada and Germany, Monika’s interest in art has been with her all her life. Her media have been primarily pencil, pencil crayon, acrylics, water colour and mixed media collage. For several years she has been attending life drawing studios. Monika has three daughters and lives in Perth, Ontario, with her husband. Visit her website at:

Meghan Thomas — Oil Meghan Thomas has been a Graphic Designer in Ottawa for over 13 years. In 2012, she decided to take the plunge into the world of self-employment, running her own freelance business and taking time to focus on her love of painting. Specializing in oils and landscapes, Meghan finds great inspiration in the beauty of Scotland and England, where she visits each year. She is also inspired by artists like: Cézanne, Monet, Pissarro, Constable, Sisley and the Group of Seven.

Gordon Wright — Painting Gordon’s work is firmly rooted in nature and the human form. He strives to convey emotions in his work - joy, pain, love, and sorrow, allowing the viewer to feel his passion. Often, when he starts a new piece of artwork, he does so out of a need to release his stress or emotions. Gordon’s artwork is a part of his “emotional turmoil manifesto”. His creative side is split between painting and sculpture. He likes being able to work between the two media and the way they allow him to explore and express ideas as they come to him. Gordon attended St. Lawrence College in Kingston ON, receiving a Diploma in Fine Arts and worked as a Medical Illustrator for the Ottawa Hospital. Now his time is split between art and being a renovations contractor.

The KCAG Celebrates the Life of Brian Gallup

by Judi Miller

Brian Gallup (63) lost his struggle with cancer in November 2013. Brian was a community volunteer and engaged artist member of Art Lending Ottawa, the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, and the Kanata Art Club. He was always willing to give his time, commitment and opinion in a straight forward and honest manner. Brian received BA in Sociology from Carleton University in 1973. He worked with the Canada Safety Council, investigating head injuries due to motorcycle accidents. He was also a co-inventor of gas masks and a bomb suit for the military, and spent some time representing local artists in the early 1980’s. He was a man of varied interests. A keen and enduring interest in WW2 and American Civil War history lead him to develop intricate games of military strategy. He loved horror movies, classic rock, artists Clarence Gagnon, Tom Roberts and Krieghoff, and the Group of Seven; and he was an unabashed reader of ‘chic lit’. Brian’s art career began with his mother asking him to paint a copy of a Gagnon. Having enjoyed the experience, a new career was born. Brian painted from memory and did not use reference materials when producing his vibrant and playful works. He brought a great sense of fun and openness to the all his artistic endeavours. He took immense pleasure in helping the students participating at the annual Young at Art Show at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, prepare their work for hanging. Each year he provided a quick workshop on the meaning of “ready to hang”. Many students can thank Brian for their works being accepted to the show. He will be missed by all those who had the pleasure to share time with him. The Kanata Civic Art Gallery along with Brian’s family (wife Thea and children Ben & Georgia) will be managing the Brian Gallup Bursary Fund. This bursary will be awarded to a Young at Art student that is going on to study post secondary visual arts. Please see for more information

News to Keep in Mind ... Nomination People's Choice Business Awards. The KCAG was nominated for a People's Choice Business Award in the category of Community Support / Non Profit Organization [KANATA] by the West Ottawa Board of Trade (formerly Kanata Chamber of Commerce). This nomination is a welcome validation for the service the KCAG provides to our community. The awards night is February 20th. The KCAG is in great company with Capital City Condors; Community Employment Resource Centre; Hospice Care Ottawa - Ruddy Shenkman Hospice; Kanata Food Cupboard; Thinking in Pictures Educational Services (TIPES), and Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre,

Young at Art. The KCAG will be hosting young artists (age 12-19) at the Young at Art Show April 23 to May14. Applications, due Friday March 7 at 4:00pm are available at the KCAG and online This juried show provides young artists with an opportunity to showcase and celebrate their artistic abilities. Awards night will be Monday May 12 at 7:00pm. West District Library Public Art Installation. Local artist Christopher Griffin was the winner of the public art competition for the Ottawa Public Library’s WD location, on the site of the former Beaverbrook facility, scheduled to open fall 2014.

KCAG Newsletter 2014 Vol. 5-1  
KCAG Newsletter 2014 Vol. 5-1  

Kanata Civic Art Gallery's Public Newsletter. Volume 5-1, 2014.