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October 2013

We had a good time at Fieldwork on Saturday September 14. It was a partnership project between CNCAC and Fieldwork, partly funded in part by the City of Ottawa Diversity Fund. The clay-sculpture workshop was delightful and the group enjoyed the warmth of the sun.

                                Participants at the Fieldwork clay workshop facilitated by Maja Maricic

Please join us for the CNCAC's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday October 10 CNCAC at 6:00 p.m. at the Ottawa Art Gallery, located at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave. The CNCAC will report on our achievements of the past year will and present an overview of our 2014 program. Alexandra Balzac, Director of the Ottawa Art Gallery has offered a free membership to all the CNCAC members who attend the AGM. Please let us know if you are planning to attend at

Artists' Evening
On Thursday October 24 we will hold our second Artists' Evening where CNCAC artists are welcome to showcase their work, and meet people from the local art community. Please send us your work ahead of time to include it in a powerpoint presentation, with 9 samples of your work if you are a visual artist, or one sample if you are a musician, filmmaker or presenter. Contact us at

We hope to see you there,
the CNCAC team

Visual Artist, Maja Maricic

1.How have you evolved as an artist in Canada?


My name is Maja Paunovic - Maricic, I am originally from a beautiful city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Shortly after obtaining a BFA degree at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, United States, I moved to live in Ottawa, Ontario.


Establishing myself as an artist in Canada was not as quick as I expected it to be. At first, I struggled to find needed information and connect with the right art groups in the community. For 10 years, I worked as a full time art teacher and sold art through galleries that featured my work on a full and part time basis. Cambridge Art Gallery in Ottawa is one of the galleries that featured my art for many years.  In general, connecting with the community is the first and most necessary step to establishing yourself as an artist. From there on, an artist’s recognition depends on the quality of their work and personal engagement. 


Realizing that more was needed to attract awareness of greater audience, I continued seeking art connections in the community and found much of the needed information through Council for the Arts Ottawa. Soon, I became member of selected galleries and art associations. I entered art competitions and offered my work to more local and area galleries. Carefully observing the trends of the Ottawa art community, I was able to establish myself in more specific circles and associations.  I am now an active member of the Ottawa Guild of Potters (OGP) and Figureworks Organization. More recently, I was introduced to CNCAC and find this organization to be one of the best, first and ongoing connections to new coming artists.  


I am presently working as jewelry designer and manufacturer. My work was quickly recognized and supported by the community. The OSEB program, a government program supports initiatives of small businesses, recognized my worked and helped me to open a company, Porceliana - Artistic Jewelry by Maja Paunovic. Porceliana Jewelry offers collectable, artistic jewelry designs created with porcelain, copper and textile materials. The jewelry is made with love and purpose of enhancing one’s individuality. Porceliana’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designs are inspired by human creations, textural elements and natural materials. Each piece tells a story that celebrates femininity, individuality, presence, beauty and uniqueness.  Porceliana Jewelry will be officially launched in November of 2013.


2.Have you had a mentor during your career as an artist, what has been his/her role?

I did not have a mentor during my early art career in Ottawa. This was probably one of the major reasons why it took me a while to establish myself on the local scene. However, I find OGP and CNCAC to be excellent at mentoring and supporting their members. 


OGP is a wonderful, welcoming, active organization that played and still plays a significant role in supporting and promoting my art. I only recently connected with CNCAC, and find their achievements and support to new coming artists to be truly amazing. Figureworks is another local organization that offers exhibiting opportunity to great number of local, national and international figurative artists by organizing annual juried shows.


3.What do you think is the gift new Canadian artists offer Canada?

Canadian art scene is greatly developed and tremendously rich. New coming artists play a big part in the enrichment of the national art scene. Together, we share works of art that are inspired and common for the area we come from - we share our culture, traditions and experiences. As we gradually adjust and assimilate, we eventually share our unique experiences and views of Canada. One of the most intriguing parts that new coming artists play is that of uniting the world cultures with the Canadian culture. 


Throughout our nation one finds variety of amazing works by artist from North America, South America, India, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. These beautiful works feature unique colours, lines, compositions, ideas and expressions of variety of cultures. Much of the Canadian contemporary art is a result of cultural intermingling, blending and contrasting. As newer generations of artists come to Canada they bring fresh views and expressions that continue merging with the existing ones. 


Artists are the foundation of any nation’s culture, here in Canada and everywhere.
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Learning Opportunities


SAW Workshops, at 67 Nicholas St. website

  • How to Make LSD: Logline, Synopsis, Demo and... Pitch, Oct. 5, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Members $110 / Non-Members $135
  • Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Camera Movement & Grip, Oct. 15 to 16,  Members $ 65 / Non-Members $90

Printmaking with Violeta Borisonik, Oct. 7 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Nepean Centerpointe Library register

Artpreneur, helping artists succeed in their business, Oct. 19, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Shenkman Arts Centre $45 register


Artengine Workshops at Arts Court, 2 Daly info

  • JavaScript: Creative Coding for Browsers, Oct. 10 by Marinus Swanepoel
  • Mad Mapper, Oct 24 by Sasha Vreca

The Academy of Realist Art Ottawa ARA offers part-time and full-time courses website or call 613-260-0483

Grants & Work Opportunities


Call for Artists, Human Rights Art Exhibition at University of Ottawa, organized by Fulbright Canada, deadline Oct. 4 website

Call for Volunteers for the Ottawa International Film Festival, from Oct. 2 to 6 Deadline Sep. 30. Contact Patrick Murray

Call for Submissions for La Fab, Art Cultural Heritage Centre of Chelsea, for exhibits of 2014, deadline Nov. 18, website, email

Call to Artists, The City of Ottawa Public Art Program presents a Public Art Opportunity for the O-Train Expansion project, with changes to the Submission Requirements, website

City of Ottawa, studio space applications for the City of Ottawa Community Galleries: Atrium Gallery, Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, The Trinity Art Gallery (Salon A and Salon B). Deadline Oct. 11 apply

Job Opportunity, Banff Centre, Banff AB, is looking for a full-time Executive Director, Marketing and Communications. Deadline Oct. 2 websiteemail

Job Opportunity, The Heritage Canada Foundation HCF is looking for a Senior Project Leader, Regeneration Projects. Deadline Oct. 16 websiteemail

Job Opportunity, Roseneath Theatre, Toronto, is looking for a part-time Fundraiser and Development Coordinator. Deadline Oct. 17 website, email

Job Opportunity, The Biennal de Montreal is looking for a Director of Development. Deadline Oct. 21 websiteemail

Job Opportunity, Navilus Art Gallery, Yorkville ON, is looking for a full-time Arts Sales Representative. Deadline Oct. 24 website, email

Art and Culture


Latin Jazz Night with Miguel de Armas, Oct. 4 at Richcraft Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre, $25 ticketswebsite

Thanksgiving Weekend at the Farm, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Oct. 12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm website

SELECTIONS 2013 Juried Art Show at the Shenkman Arts Centre, displays works from OAE members, Sep. 26 to Oct. 22 website


The Implications of Wealth Inequality in Canada, a panel of scholars, political figures and civil rights representatives will discuss the implications of income and wealth inequality in Canada and its possible impact on civil rights. Offered in partnership with the Ontario Civil Liberties Association.Oct 20, Main Library, 2:00 pm website

Ottawa Art Expo, Oct. 26 and 27 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue website

Free Thinking Film Festival, Library & Archives Canada, Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 website

Ballet Folklorico Aztlan, Nov. 7 at the Shenkman Arts Centre, $20 for tickets call (613) 580-2700


Cultural Human Resources Council, NEW digital publication on The Art of Managing your Career, complete course in 5 e-learning sessions website