CNCAC Guest Artist
1. What has your artistic path been like?
My artistic career began in my early childhood. I never wanted to be in any other professional field. I always wanted to make fine art and craft, to create pictures that would be of interest to people, or to decorate rooms. There was a resurgence in the manufacture of folk art and the decorative arts in Russia shortly after I graduated from college, and I was inspired by this revival to explore studies in applied arts, illustration, and graphics. I spent more than 18 years working at various private manufacturers, producing porcelain and faience dishware, as well as ceramic tiles made of different types of clay. Perhaps more than in other creative fields, in addition to requiring both technical and artistic skills, ceramics also requires a good knowledge of chemistry. To produce the smallest saucer or a large customized backsplash wall, you must work in a systematic way. I am grateful to my teachers and colleagues for their generosity, as they shared with me their professional secrets and almost-forgotten techniques. I have continued to take additional courses to stay up-to-date on the newest techniques.
2. What is your major motivation as an artist?
My most desired achievement is to revive some of the so-called ‘old-fashioned’ styles of art. Media like watercolour, sepia pencils, or natural pigments take a long time to learn, however, the results can be spectacular. I aim for a high quality in my pictures, and think this sense of perfection started when I studied Art History, where I saw so many gorgeous samples of internationally recognized masterpieces. When I think of artists like Michelangelo, who was referred to as a “craftsman” during his early career, I think to call myself an “artist” means to try to be my best. My major motivation is to improve my skills, and although I have grown up, I don't stop, and I still strive for perfection! As an art teacher, my highest challenge is to find the link between the old and the new, and I try to teach youngsters how their ancestors used to express a sense of beauty. There is nothing absolutely new in our world, so why not to take up the new journey through old, reliable paths, armed with a new, fresh look and a brave approach?
3. Have you had any mentors and what have you learned from them?
When I began my career in ceramic painting and making porcelain, I was lucky to meet really distinguished artists – most of them worked successfully in Moscow, Russia. From the beginning of my training, a couple of specialists in this field made sure I began with tiny steps – they showed me the methods of mixing pigments and making glazes that would produce successful results after firing. When we were ready, we began doing works showing our own style, and we felt a tiny shadow of pride – especially when our artworks were highly praised. Although we were soon able to make a certain profit out of our art, our instructors or “older comrades” (we made lots of jokes together) warned us not to think too highly of our little success and not to boast to others. The worst mistake, they often repeated and I strongly agree with them, is to over-estimate one's own little achievements. Only our descendants will be able to determine where we were in the Art & Craft market. One can say – Wow, it's so strong! - Yes, perhaps. But if anyone wants to achieve pure, absolute professionalism, they should be ready to compare their work to the best. For examples of exceptional work, look at the Tate Gallery, the Louvre, or any of the other world-famous museums for direction and go back to your drafting desks! This is my tribute to all my teachers, coaches, and superior colleagues. They shared their talents so generously, and helped us grow to become “professionals” or “good artisans.” Will the next generations call us “artists?”
|Art and Culture
The artists of the Manotick Art Association’s annual Spring Show, A Brush with Art in Manotick. Over 40 local artists. May 2, 3, 4
Chinatown Remixed, Saturday May 17 to Jun. 17 at various locations on Somerset Street West, between Bay and Preston Streets. The 2014 festival will feature the works of over 40 visual artists, free kid friendly workshops, free concerts, yarn bombing, and special curated exhibition spaces. Website
The Ottawa West Arts Association presents "Budding Life" Exhibit. The Ottawa West Arts Association presents “Budding Life” May 3 to Jul. 4. Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road, Stittsville. Open 7 days a week 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Website
Young at Art 2014 Reception and Award Nights, May 12 to 15. Young at Art is a group of juried art exhibitions featuring works by young Ottawa artists (ages 12 to 19) in local art galleries in east, central and west regions of the city of Ottawa. Website
Art and Nature camp for Summer and PD days, Children age 4-12
Nature and Art Camps near Le Nordik Spa-Nature / Chelsea. $40 for one day or $200 for the week. Art supplies and a healthy lunch is included.
(819) 635-5866 Contact on Facebook instructor Zaneta Pernicova
Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle presents the work of Suzanne Joos, who is exploring aspects of the imaginary within the urban space, from May 10 to June 10, 2014,Opening on May 15 at 5 p.m. 67 Beechwood Avenue (2nd floor), Vanier, and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Website, email, call (613) 748-6954
Algonquin College Introduction to Fine Art is accepting applications for fall 2014. This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is designed for students interested in exploring fine art and art related careers. Website, email
The City of Ottawa invites residents to have their say about the public art to be commissioned for the new Winston Place Plaza Development project. Meet the four shortlisted artists and view their proposals for a new light sculpture for the plaza on May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa. Website, call (613) 580-2401, email
Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) Ottawa’s welcome week to new immigrants, to enhance the benefits of immigration to Ottawa. Register before May 16.
Website, register, email
|Grants & Work Opportunities
Membership Submissions to Enriched Bread Artists. In anticipation of their Annual General Meeting, EBA is accepting submissions for membership. Deadline May 9. Website, email
Call for Proposals, Collaborative public art project 1+1=Us inspired by the picnic table, Canada’s Capital Region. Canadian Heritage is seeking for Canadian artists with innovative ideas for the creation of a collaborative art project during Canada Day 2014 celebrations. The Work shall be inspired by the picnic table under the theme of 1+1=Us that is to say, history, memory and multiple identities that shape our country. The work will be created by the artist with the participation of the public on July 1st and will be presented in Canada’s Capital Region until September 1st, 2014. Website, register
The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit proposals to develop, design, and implement a public art commission for the Bingham Park project in Lowertown. Artist teams may apply. Budget for this commission is $155,000 plus HST. The commission must include all costs to design, fabricate and install the project. Deadline May 23, at 4.00 p.m. Website, call (613) 244-4429, info, email
Summer Residency Program VSVSVS, Toronto, at the VSVSVS warehouse in the months of July and August. The selected artist(s) will determine exact dates for the residency and a subsequent exhibition/event. Offered to any practicing artist(s) in any media, from anywhere (groups or collectives). The length of the residency is negotiable from one week to two months. Artists will get paid artist fees. VSVSVS will help with promotion and documentation of the residency program and the subsequent exhibition/event, and a publication. Project proposals do not have to include a specific end-point. The residency and application is free. Deadline May 11 before midnight. Website, email
Call for Submissions, Karsh-Masson Gallery 2015 Exhibition Season, Ottawa. Do not deliver your proposal directly to Karsh-Masson Gallery. Deadline Jun. 2, before 5:00 pm or postmarked on or before this date. Website, email, or call (613) 244-3745
Call for Submissions, The Colart Collection, Corporate Art Collection, Town of Mount-Royal, Quebec. The Colart Collection's mandate is to support and encourage emerging Canadian artists. Artists and galleries are encouraged to submit any style of contemporary painting. Deadline May 14. Website, email
Call for Submissions, Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), Ottawa. The largest festival of its kind in North America, the OIAF will take place in Ottawa, Canada from September 17 to 21, 2014, once again transforming Canada's Capital into the centre of the animation universe. Deadline May 18. Website, email
Call for Submission, Parkdale Film & Video Showcase (PFVS) Toronto. A four-day festival which presents film and video screenings, critical discussions, installations and performance. Deadline May 26. email Carolyn Tripp, Executive Director, and/or email Rebecca Gruihn, Programming Director
Job Opportunity, CARFAC Ontario is looking for a Publications Coordinator in Toronto. Deadline May 6. Website, email
Job Opportunity, The National Ballet of Canada is looking for a full-time Junior Graphic Designer, Toronto. Deadline May 16. Website, email Kathleen Matatya, HR Officer
Job Opportunity, New Brunswick Arts Board / Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick is looking for a Summer Internship in Arts Administration. Deadline May 9. Website, email Justine Koroscil
Job Opportunity, Algonquin College is looking for a full-time Bachelor of Applied arts & Interior Design Professor. Deadline May 8. Info
Job Opportunity, The Regent Park Film festival is looking for an Interim Executive Director. For the right candidate, this is an excellent opportunity to guide an ambitious, community-based, festival through an important year of growth. Deadline May 20. Website
Job Opportunity, The Alberta Ballet, Calgary, is looking for a Ballet Master or Mistress. Website, email Samantha Jobin, apply online
Job Opportunity, The National Arts Centre / Centre national des arts, is looking for a full-time Senior Marketing Manager. Deadline May 11. Website, email Jean-Michel Beaulieu, apply online
Job Opportunity, Tangled Art + Disability, Toronto, is looking for a full-time Artistic Director. Deadline Jun. 9. Website, email Rina Fraticelli
Ottawa Immigration Strategy published by Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) pdf
Three New Spaces for Arts in Ottawa: Gallery 101, Orange Gallery, and The Studio. Article