As you may know, La Petite Mort Gallery will be closing at the end of August, but before we say farewell, we ask that you join us for a very special exhibit that celebrates the work of artist Christine Ross. View this video to learn a bit about the artist’s life & work, through the eyes of her daughter.
Hosted by her daughter Siobhan Arnott
@ La Petite Mort Gallery
306 Cumberland Street, Ottawa, Ontario / In Lowertown
Vernissage Friday August 21 / 7 – 10pm
Runs August 21 – 27, 2015 /
Workshop Sunday August 23 / 3-5pm.
Christine Ross, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, escaped the limitations of her mental illness by creating works of art from the late-1950s to 2013 while living both in Scotland and then Canada. She created prints, drawings and paintings in a wide range of styles, exploring the human figure and the nude, devising illustrations for books, experimenting with abstract composition and noting her surroundings in landscapes and wildflower studies. This exhibition, Christine’s Escape, is displayed as an imaginary look into her studio, and celebrates her artistic achievements despite a life beset by the very real challenge of mental health problems. Over the years, Christine’s art received recognition including the C.W. Jefferys Award in Etching in 1963 and 1973 from the Canadian Society for Graphic Arts, two solo exhibitions at The Pollock Gallery, Toronto, in 1960 and 1961, and her etching Summer was included in the international UNICEF desk calendar as the only Canadian entry, in 1970.
Vernissage: Friday August 21 / 7 – 10pm.
MC, Sabine Modder, Managing Editor at MoCo Loco, will introduce the speakers who include: Siobhan Arnott, Christine’s daughter, who will speak about her mother as an artist, and provide an overview of her artistic achievements while touching upon her life-long battle with Schizoaffective disorder; and, Stephanie Vicente, Editor-in-Chief of Herd Magazine, to deliver a heartfelt talk on her mental illness struggles and how she’s battled them with her creative outlet.
Guests will be invited to enjoy drinks and appetizers while listening to singer Deborah Clarke singing well-known jazz standards accompanied by guitarist Aydin Suatac.
All monies raised through sales of Christine’s art work or donations during the exhibit will be contributed directly to The Art Studio, a service offered by Family Services Ottawa partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Royal Ottawa and more. It provides local Ottawa artists living with mental illness with access to a safe studio space, art supplies and bus tickets, and offers a creative outlet for people who might otherwise be limited by the poverty often associated with mental illness.
Donations will be accepted by cash or cheques only, please. As a registered charity, Family Services Ottawa will provide receipts for all donations over $20.00 if individuals provide their name, address and contact information.
The Bird Cage: A Creative Workshop
Sunday, August 23, 2015
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ La Petite Mort
For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and not left unsupervised.
Registration required. A $5 donation suggested.
Participants of all ages are invited to engage in a hands-on collage-making activity after having a short guided tour of the exhibit,Christine’s Escape. The bird cage appears in several of Christine’s art works and will be used to inspire an exploration of the confines of mental illness and what resources people may draw upon in order to break free of those confines. Participants can play with the image of the bird cage to create a collage which expresses their ideas. All materials will be provided, but participants may bring their own image of a bird cage if they wish.
Judith Parker, art historian and former educator at the National Gallery of Canada, and Siobhan Arnott, Christine’s daughter, who collaborated on this art exhibit, will co-facilitate the workshop.
Please email Siobhan Arnott at email@example.com to register; indicate the name of each person and their age. Space is limited. All participants will be asked to make a five dollar donation to cover the costs of the workshop materials. Any extra monies will be donated to The Art Studio, a safe haven for artists living with mental illness.