Pop Up Art comes to Barry’s Bay

Pop Up Art is travelling around Renfrew County this season and the Madawaska Valley is its next stop. The exhibition, which features eleven local artists inspired by everyday objects from their surroundings, begins with a reception at Madawaska Coffee, 19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. The opening event includes light refreshments and an in-process community art piece with artist-facilitator Bozena Hrycyna from Wilno.

Valley residents will recognize many familiar names among the artists. Eva Kaczkowski of Kazuby, Mike Desrochers of Quadeville, Bridget Haworth of Brudenell, Sylvia Tennisco of Pikwàkanagàn, Patricia Thurston and Tanya Lyons both of Killaloe, were each inspired by an ordinary object to create an extra-ordinary art piece. The result is art ranging from painting, metal sculpture and textile to found objects and glass. Other Renfrew County artists represented are Kathryn Bossy of Haley Station, Eva Gallagher from Deep River, and Cameron Montgomery, Derrick Nearing and Paula Lapierre of Pembroke.


Dreaming by Eva Kaczkowski

Patrons of Madawaska Coffee are already enjoying some work by glass artist, Tanya Lyons, that was recently installed in the café by Placemaking Design. The display of her mixed media pieces combining clear glass with natural materials continues until July 22.  Photo below


The theme of the Pop Up Art exhibition is reflected in a free workshop for the public on Thursday, August 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay. Participants are invited to explore the stories their personal objects tell, and create an art piece inspired by the story. The workshop is designed and facilitated by Hrycyna. As space is limited, you are asked to pre-register by emailing arts@ov-caos.org

Pop Up Art exhibition continues in Barry’s Bay until August 11. The exhibition then travels to the Renfrew Visitor Information Centre for its final show from August 15 to September 1. Many of the Pop Up artists will be at the Madawaska Coffee opening reception on July 25 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS) received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to construct and deploy this mobile art gallery. Click HERE for more information. 


Image at top shows artwork by blacksmith Mike Desrochers

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