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April 2014

CNCAC is inaugurating a new office at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre, located at 35 Stafford St., Nepean. CNCAC launched a Call for Artists for a six month studio space for a new Canadian visual artist. Information

Music March Break Camp

In partnership with World Folk Music Ottawa (WOFOMO), the Ottawa Folk Centre (OFC), Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA), and with funding by the City of Ottawa, CNCAC offered a Music March Break Camp to ten children who are new to Canada. The children took ukelele and drumming lessons in the morning, and in the afternoon they joined other students of the Ottawa South Community Centre in an assortment of activities such as pottery, art, cooking, movies and games. See a video of the children sharing their experience here.

The CNCAC team

Photographer Bert Vanderplas 

1. What is your artistic background?

My passion in photography started at a young age when I would take photographs so my father and a renowned Belgian painter could reproduce them for their paintings.
Pursuing my love for the arts I earned a degree in Graphic Arts from Ghent Technical College in Ghent, Belgium. I worked in France and Belgium before moving to Canada. I have always dabbled in various art forms from painting, drawing and graphic design. But photography soon stood out to be the art form I had the most passion for. It was not just taking the photographs but also the whole creative and technical process from working in the studio to the dark room.
My professional career has allowed me to continuously work in the field of graphic design, printing and photography. I also teach Photoshop to amateur photographers to help them learn about post-production. I have done commercial photography but I decided early on to use this medium for my artistic expression.
Four years ago I decided to take my photography to the next level. I discarded my manual camera for a digital one. This transition has been a positive one. The benefits of digital photography have allowed me to explore new and innovative ways to express myself creatively.
During each photo shoot I am constantly pushing the boundaries of creativity and photography while learning and discovering new things each time.
2. What do you look for when taking photos?

My main objective when doing a photo shoot is out of the hundreds of images I take, to have at least one that captures a moment in time that make me and others stop to look at them and go "Wow, that’s different!"
Of course I apply the concepts of composition, design, structure and lighting but I have learned with experience it takes more than this to capture that one image I am looking for. It is to have the patience, perseverance and willingness to take many photos and try different things.
My biggest inspiration is to take everyday objects and transform them into a piece of clothing, find the right model, choose the perfect environment and strive to shoot that one image. 
3. What has Canada offered or not offered you as a new Canadian artist?

Canada has offered me the freedom to explore my creativity and passion for photography. The variety of landscape, architecture and climate are things I have a great appreciation for. The most beneficial thing to me is the living in a country that adopts multiculturalism.  This allows me to work in diverse environments, with people of different ethnicity and discover their cultural influences.
But until I became a member of CNCAC, I had not found an association that created and supported immigrant artists. I am grateful and excited to be part of this community.

Art and Culture


Latin American Film Festival from March 27 to April 13. Website
Caridad Cruz & Miguel De Armas at Les Brasseurs du Temps on Apr. 7, at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 PM for people who come to eat before the show. Entrance $15. 170 Montcalm St.,Gatineau, QC Reserve calling (819) 205-4999 ext 1
Zivana Kostic is showing her art work at Irene’s Pub on 855 Bank St., Ottawa, from April 19 to 21.
Guerrilla Magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary, and launches a printed edition again. Website
Six Annual Canadian Carving Carvapalooza, competition on carving wood from Apr. 9 to 13. 19361 Burry Rd., Highgate Ontarion. Entrance $2. Website
Rockcliffe Park Public Library Spring Book Sale: April 12 and 13 from 10 am until 5 pm. Rockcliffe Park Community Hall at 380 Springfield Road, Ottawa. More than10,000 donated, high-quality books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and more. Cheques or cash only. Website


The Art of Exporting Marketing published by The Cultural Human Resources Council website

Learning Opportunities


A Panel on Tax and the Arts on April 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, at the Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Avenue. Panel of legal, accounting and arts professionals will dispel your fears and answer your questions. Topics covered will include Are you in business? Can you claim expenses? Does HST apply? What if you donate it? How about when you die? All this and much more to help you prepare your 2013 tax return info and to RSVP
Citizens Academy of Ottawa is offering its Spring Civics Boot Camp, Apr. 24 to May 22. Learn about municipal governance, budgets and land use planning, and a blend of online and in-person workshops, as well as a community mapping session to better understand the diversity of Ottawa's geography and demographics. Call (613) 288-5810 Facebook
Michaëlle Jean Foundation is launching 4th Wall: Youth Solidarity Project. Online submission for National Youth Art competition website

Professional Writers & Publishing Seminar, How to Use Your Book Manuscript to Make More Money, Professional Publishing. Explore new publishing possibilities, learn how to make more money with your writing. Apr. 12 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Ottawa Library, Merivale Rd. Entrance $59 website

Grants & Work Opportunities

Job Opportunity, The City of Red Deer, Alberta, is looking for a full time Culture Superintendent. Deadline Apr. 10. Website, email
Job Opportunity, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa is looking for a full time Director, Production Operations. Deadline Apr. 7. Website, email Jean-Michel Beaulieu
Job Opportunity, Jean-Luc Boudreau Facteur de Flûtes inc, at Blainville, QC, is looking for a full time Recorder Maker. Website, email Jean-Luc Boudreau
Call For Exhibition: Exhibit proposals
 for Ottawa School of Art Galleries
 for the 2015 Exhibition Season. Artists working in all media are welcome. Group exhibition proposals are also accepted.
 Artists should submit only one proposal and indicate the gallery in which they wish their work to be exhibited: ByWard or Orleans. Deadline Apr. 25 at 4:30 pm.
 Mail or deliver to the Gallery Committee
Ottawa School of Art
35 George St. Ottawa. Guidelines
Call for Artists: 25One Community's Artist of the Month Program. Seeking to partner with local artists in order to bring art into our space while providing artists with a venue to showcase their work in our space each month. Solo or group exhibits are welcome. We do not take any portion of sales.
You are invited to use our space to host your own showing. You will be entirely responsible for your event, including advertising, set-up, and clean up.
We will promote you on our social media channels (e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter)

call (613) 566-3448
, 251 Bank St. 2nd floor
, Ottawa. Website, Facebook, email

Call for Artists and Artisans: Shenkman Arts Centre seeks artisans for 5th anniversary market on
 May 31 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Artisans will exhibit and offer their work for sale in the lower lobby. Other arts activities will take place throughout the centre during the day. Ten vendor spaces will be available. No charge to submit a proposal, but a non-refundable $50 participation fee will be required from selected artisans. Artisans selected through a jury process. Info
Call for Artists: Shenkman Centre invites artists to submit one piece of original artwork for an exhibition in June, 2014. The name of the exhibition will be “Visage” and will be an exhibition of self-portraits. Include elements in the artwork that will help tell the story of “you”. Artists of all ages and ability are welcome to submit. No entry fee. Application
Call for Submissions 2015, Le Centre d'exposition L'Imagier
Deadline: May 1.

The Centre d'exposition L'Imagier invites interested artists to submit their exhibition proposals for the 2015 programming year. The regular exhibition season runs from January to December.
This year, special attention will be given to the diversity of artistic
practices, and works integrating new media are welcome. Call (819) 684-1445. Website, email
Call for Visual Artists, 
The Abbey for the Arts is holding it's ninth annual fine art show Opus 9 in May 2014. You Be The Judge
 and Jury: Choose what you feel is your masterpiece, or something experimental, or something that was previously rejected from a juried show, but you feel worthy to be seen by the public.
 A "popular choice" award with the work receiving the most votes gets a cash prize. Fifty works will be accepted for display. Artists can submit up to three works each, any size and medium. The entry fee is $15 for the first work, and $10 for each additional work. Opening reception on May 10
The sow open until June 28. Website, email Gerald Swift
Call for proposals: Karsh-Masson Gallery 2015 exhibition season

The City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites professional artists, artist collectives and curators working in visual arts, media arts and fine craft to propose an exhibition. Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery in 2015. Deadline Jun. 2, at 5:00 p.m. or postmarked on or before this date. Karsh-Masson Gallery is operated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. Website, email or call (613) 244-3745
Call for Submissions: Centre3 for Print and Media Arts, Hamilton, ON. Art using technology, including but not restricted to robotics, arduinos, artistic interactive gaming, etc.

 Deadline May 30.
 Only electronic submissions will be accepted, whether e-mailed or submitted on CD or DVD.

 Text is to be in Word documents.
 Selected artists will be presented in an exhibition in the Main Space in 2016-2017. Print and Media Arts
 is located at 173 James St. N.
Hamilton, ON. Email