Art Lending of Ottawa: new artists at our September show


By Christine Osborne

As the lazy days of summer give way to the hustle and bustle of the fall and nature shifts colours from vibrant green to warm ambers and rustic reds, we often think of changing our home environment to match. We start to put away the patio furniture and look once more indoors. A new piece of artwork in a home or office can help signify a new beginning or a renewal of focus as we take aim at the new school year or the final push in that crucial fourth quarter.

Visiting Art Lending of Ottawa (ALO) is a great way to find that new piece to reinvigorate your home or office. ALO is holding its fall show on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RA Centre on Riverside Drive. You will be able to explore juried works by 40 local artists at great prices. If you are unsure about committing to a piece of art, or you prefer to change your decor seasonally, renting is a very affordable and easy option.

This year ALO has welcomed five new artists to our group, each with a style sure to be of interest.

Yeti Kim sees art as a way to transcend age, race, language and gender, a way to communicate with people, especially for those who came to Canada from other cultures. Their art captures moments in life, scenes in their neighbourhood, gestures of people and nature itself. Yeti paints in watercolour, acrylic and oils.

Sarah Bradfield is a landscape artist who draws inspiration from the many diverse landscapes across Canada. Sarah’s work has been shown across northern Canada both on murals and at an art show in Yellowknife. Sarah spent eight years living in the Northwest Territories and has been inspired by its beautiful landscapes.

  1. Gordon Harwood is a self-taught artist fascinated by impressionist work and abstract impressionism. S. Gordon considers himself a colourist who uses the brush and pallete knife as an extension of his hands to express his emotional state. His motto is “Ask yourself not what it is, ask yourself how it makes you feel.”

Louise Lemaire is a self-taught artist and a retired civil servant from Ottawa, though she comes originally from Deep River. Louise prefers to paint whatever comes to mind. It is important to her to be able to express her variety of styles, themes and techniques. Her mission is to continue to put on canvas her perspective of shapes, colours and imagination to entice the viewer to wonder how, feel captivated and to love what they see.

Bryce Ritchie is a young artist born and raised in Carleton Place. Rediscovering painting during the pandemic, he has been making art ever since. A full-time welder by trade, he hopes to one day turn his passion for painting into a full-time job. Bryce creates bright and colourful abstract art as well as experimenting with pop art styles.

Be sure to visit the Art Lending of Ottawa’s fall edition on September 23 to see the work of these exciting new members plus many more. Admission and parking are free. If you miss our September show, mark your calendar for our holiday show on December 16. Our website is always open. Please visit to browse our gallery and more.

Christine Osborne is an artist and member of Art Lending of Ottawa.

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