Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Sketching at Beechwood Cemetery


The Botanical Cremation Gardens Of Beechwood

After reading an article about the Beechwood Cemetery in the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Urban Sketchers contacted them to see about organizing a sketching event there. They informed us that they have never been approached to organize a sketching event before and they welcomed us!



I met with them this past week and have scheduled Sunday July 23, 2017 from 10-2 pm for our event. (I also attended the monthly Beechwood tour on June 25, 2017 and the photos here were taken on one of those two visits)

Some Interesting Facts About the Beechwood Cemetery

  • Beechwood Cemetery was established in 1873 and is recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in Canada. 
  • 80,000 people are buried there.
  • Originally outside city limits, Beechwood would be a day's outing by horse and buggy for a family, likely to bring a picnic lunch and spend time walking and admiring some of the more elaborately sculpted monuments -- the type that are rarely erected now
  • Beechwood Cemetery is not-for-profit organization.The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation, a registered Canadian charity, and is governed by an active volunteer board of directors.
  • Beechwood Cemetery is 64.7 hectares (160 acres) and is the largest cemetery in the city of Ottawa.
  • Beechwood Cemetery has been designated as a National Historic Site in 2001.
  • Beechwood Cemetery was designated the National Cemetery of Canada through an Act of Parliament (Bill C-17) in 2009.
  • Admittance to the Cemetery grounds is permitted daily from sunrise to sunset.
  • Beechwood cemetery is for everyone regardless of race, creed, religion or social standing.
  • Beechwood has been, from its beginning, non-denominational, an attractive feature for many Ottawa groups and societies such as the Home for Friendless Women, the Union Mission for Men, the Protestant Home for the Aged and the Protestant Orphans’ Home. 
  • The burial of  the first person of Chinese origin in 1903 led in the 1920s to the establishment of a burial place for members of the Chinese community, an area given its distinctive character      by the construction in recent years of a Pagoda of Remembrance
  • There are sections specifically designed for the Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Lebanese, Latvian, Muslim, Polish, Poruguese, Ukranian and Vietnamese communities.
  • Located in the southeast section of Beechwood Cemetery, the Macoun Marsh is a unique urban wetland named after John Macoun, a pioneering Canadian naturalist buried at Beechwood
  • Beechwood Cemetery has 28,000 recorded trees, 300 varieties of hostas
  • Following the death of Tommy Douglas in 1986, the City of Ottawa passed a by-law forbidding the construction of buildings that would block the direct line of sight from Tommy Douglas’ resting spot in Beechwood to the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. 
  • In November of 2007, 29 different religious groups came together to bless the new Beechwood National Memorial Centre. The ceremony, held in an auditorium known as the Sacred Space, was led by a 10-year-old child from a local school, and included a First Nations’ smudging ceremony around the great rock that sits in the centre of the room.

Useful Links About Beechwood Cemetery
Beechwood Map - We will meet in Section 60

Details About Ottawa Urban Sketchers Event
  • When:  We are scheduled to meet Sunday July 23, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm. You are free to arrive earlier or stay later.
  • Where: We will meet in Section 60. This is a lovely wooded area with some of the very oldest markers. It is near Poets Hill and the burial space for Tommy Douglas (Sect 64, Graves 285. 286)
  • How to get there: 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1L 8A6 https://www.google.com/maps?q=280+Beechwood+Ave.+ON+K1L+8A6
    • By Car: There is ample parking at Beechwood Cemetery. You are also able to park your cars on any of the roads by pulling off far enough to allow other cars to pass.
    • By Bike: Please consult the google map link above for bike routes
    • By Bus: OC Transpo bus No. 7 stops near the entrance.
  • Washroom: There are washroom facilities open to the public in the main building
  • Cemetery Etiquette  
    • Be respectful of mourning families. We are holding our event on Sunday because typically Beechwood does not do funerals on that day. However, families will be visiting loved ones and should be given space.
    • Please do not sketch any markers that are younger than 5 years old
    • Chamberfest will be playing in the main building  
Monument for Nicolas Flood Davin (1843-1901)

Beechwood has played a major role in ensuring that the sacrifices of our Canadian Veterans and War Dead are not forgotten. Beechwood’s Veterans and War Dead Section is the time-honoured final home of over 3,000 of our Canadian Veterans and War Dead.
Canadian Veterans and War Dead are not forgotten
Please remember to post your Beechwood Cemetery sketches to our Urban Sketchers Facebook Pages

Friday, June 9, 2017

July 29, 2017: WORLD WIDE SKETCHCRAWL #56



The idea for a world wide sketchcrawl originated with Enrico Casarosa of San Francisco in late 2004 . Enrico is an  Italian storyboard artist and director who works at Pixar Animation Studios.

Since 2004, SketchCrawl has become a worldwide phenomenon participated by artists around the world armed with sketchpads, pencils, watercolor and other sketching materials.

Join Us - In Ottawa - July 29, 2017


So - put your pen to paper on July 29th for as long as you can (be it 20 minutes or 6 hours) drawing, sketching, journaling about your day and what you see around you. For one day, slow down, look around you, see ... and draw or write. Record your day. No specific level of skill is expected ! Anyone is welcome.

Sign Up On Facebook!


Click here to sign up on facebook for Ottawa's 56th World Wide Sketchcrawl
https://www.facebook.com/events/1326215267496206/





10:00 
We will meet at the National Gallery near the sculpture "maman" (aka the spider). 
There is plenty of parking. 
We can gather, get to know each other and sit and sketch "maman", 
the Basilica or head to the next spots: Major's Hill Park, 
Parliament Buildings or the Bytowne Museum (canal locks)



12:00 
Show and Tell:  Bytowne Museum (canal locks) 
Before lunch, we will have a quick show and tell 
for the benefit of folks who are sketching for only a half day. 
By meeting at 12, artists could decide where to have lunch together
and even sketch their lunch location!
RAIN CHECK-IN LOCATION
We will meet under the bridge: Sussex & Rideau Canal
(There is a large sheltered area directly beside the canal to meet)

2:00 
The afternoon could be spent in the alleyways and/or the colourful vendor areas
of the Byward market. 
There are plenty of places to sketch
RAIN CHECK-IN LOCATION
Byward Market Building
(We can meet indoors at the Moulin De Provence Bakery end)

The Byward Market

4:00  
Show and Tell: Farewell
We will meet at the corner of York and Sussex
at the western end of the Byward Market
RAIN CHECK-IN LOCATION
Byward Market Building
(We can meet again indoors at the Moulin De Provence Bakery end)

World Wide Sketchcrawl Links: 

Want to know more about World Wide Sketchcrawls? 
Visit the links below.




Other Canadian Urban Sketching Groups

Want to now more about Urban Sketchers in other provinces? 
Visit some of the blogs below:





48th World Wide SketchCrawl Ottawa Report


Read about the LAST time that Ottawa Urban Sketchers did this very same sketchcrawl on our 48th worldwide Sketch Crawl :  http://moynahanstudio.blogspot.ca/2015/07/48th-ww-sketchcrawl-ottawa-report.html



John "Sketch Journal" Ottawa Sketchcrawl links:


Other WW Sketchcrawl in Ottawa links:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Doors Open Ottawa June 3-4

Doors Open Ottaw


Doors Open Ottawa is a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage and a perfect opportunity to sketch the outside (and in some cases the inside) of over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildingsin Ottawa!

Did You Know: Doors Open Ottawa continues to be the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America.  Since its inception in 2002, over 920,000 visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings including Earnscliffe: Official Residence of the British High Commissioner, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Embassy of the United States, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Building....just to name a few.

This Event Is Part of #100in1day Ottawa

100In1day Ottawa

100In1day is a global festival of civic engagement and a growing movement that is changing how people interact with their cities.  Originating in Bogota, Colombia, and spreading to cities around the world, the festival has inspired citizen-driven change in cities through small urban interventions. The spirit of 100in1day is democratic, imaginative and empowering. The festival is a platform for citizens to activate ideas to make their city healthier, happier and more inspired, one initiative at a time.  

Powered by Synapcity, with support from United Way Ottawa and community partners, 100in1day is coming to Ottawa for the first time this year!

Link to our event at the 100In1day intervention is here: https://100in1day.ca/interventions/urban-sketching-doors-open-ottawa/

Getting There by Bus, Bike or On Foot
Take advantage of the Doors Open Ottawa FREE Shuttle Bus, operating within walking distance of over 50 participating buildings. Or, take the opportunity to enjoy the summer sun and cycle your way around the city on a Doors Open Ottawa bicycle tour. No bike, no problem! Visitors can visit numerous buildings per day by making their way around the downtown core on foot.

Join Suvitha and Cindi! 


Urban sketcher Suvitha and I will be sketching Doors Open locations on Spark St this Saturday 10-2 ( we chose Saturday because forecast calling for rain Sunday)

You are WELCOME to join us.

We are including urban sketcher Greg Manley's recommendation of visiting the Wellington building (pictured on brochure) on our tour.

We are meeting at CBC at 10 (see map) and hoping to end at St Andrews around 2. There's lots to sketch outside and inside.

Important Details:
  • The Sir John A MacDonald building & Bank of Canada ( on my map) are both closed Saturday and open only on Sunday
  • Some of these buildings are government buildings so security scanning will be required to enter https://visit.parl.ca/index-e.html

If you are heading to other Doors Open venues closer to you to sketch, (Link: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/museums-and-historic-sites/doors-open-ottawa
) send a shout out here, and, as always, PLEASE post your sketches on our Facebook pages ! 

 Share Your Sketches!

Share your sketches on social media using hashtag  #DoorsOpenOttawa experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

 Happy sketching


Information - Doors Open Ottawa 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 27 Great Glebe Garage Sale


We are trying something new this year! A "shop-n-sketch" at the Great Glebe Garage Sale (GGGS) https://glebeca.ca/garage-sale-committee/

 This GGGS event has been organized by the Glebe Community Association since 1986 and vendors (and shoppers) are encouraged to voluntarily donate some of their proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank

This event is so crowded and busy that a sketcher can easily park themselves anywhere and sketch the great houses, the vendor tables and/or the people attending this one day sale.

A little know fact is that, during this sale, residents are encouraged to install a simple plaque telling visitors a little history about their house and something about its architectural style! http://glebeca.ca/heritage-at-gggs-2017/

If you are interested in the heritage information on the Clemow area, visit this link : http://ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/pec/2011/06-28/ACS2011-ICS-PGM-0108%20-%20Doc%204.pdf



Look for signs like the one below!! A great opportunity to speak with the home owners and sketch some local history!

Source: Glebe Community Association: GGGS Heritage
There are a LOT of streets involved in this one-day event

Map of streets involved in the GGGS

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  • When: Saturday May 27, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm (the sale officially runs from
    8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) The sale is held rain or shine! There is no rain date for the sale.That being said, its no fun for sketchers in the rain. We will watch the weather and post some indoor locations to meet and sketch in the event of rain.
  • Show and Tell: We will meet at our starting point Patterson Creek on Bank Street (east side) at 11 am and 3 pm in order to share our sketches or to see other sketchers' work and take a group photo (voluntary).
  • How to get there: The streets are filled with shoppers (see photos above). Cars are not recommended. It is strongly encouraged that you walk, ride your bike or take the bus. 
  • Public washrooms: There are public washroom facilities available on the second level of Fifth Avenue Court (Fifth and Bank Street). The Glebe Community Centre (Third and Lyon), Glebe St. James United Church (650 Lyon St.) and St. Matthew’s church at 217 First Avenue (near Bank St.) may also be open to the public.  In some cases, donations are accepted.  
  • Other Information: Bring cash (Vendors take cash only and local ATMs run out quickly)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 2017 Urban Sketching Events


The record rainfall in Ottawa so far this year has been made it very challenging to schedule outdoor urban sketching events !

We are cautiously optimistic (fingers crossed) that these three events that we have now scheduled in May will take place on sunny, warm days!

May 13 - Central Experimental Farm

Some sketches and photos from our 2016 Day At The Farm
We are heading back to the farm again this year for another day of sketching. (Read about our super-successful 2016 "Day at the Farm" here: https://ottawaurbansketchers.blogspot.ca/2016/04/what-great-day-at-farm.html)

With thanks to the great management at the Central Experimental Farm, for May 13 "any visitors who identify themselves as part of the Ottawa Urban Sketchers group will have free admission to the museum on that date, as approved by Management."

In exchange for free admission, the Experimental Farm would like us to share our sketches with them on social media.

Map of the farm taken from the official website
  • When: Rain or Shine! Saturday May 13, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm. Actually, arrive whenever you like and stay for one hour or until closing. The unpredictable spring weather in Ottawa being what it is, there are many indoor sketching spaces and barns on the farm (and a tiny tropical greenhouse that is free) in the event that we get more rain. We will update sketchers through our facebook page as the day approaches and we know the weather forecast.
  • Show and Tell: Meet inside the Learning Center at 3pm if you wish to share your sketches or to see other sketchers' work and take a group photo (voluntary) 
  • How to get there: The museum is located at (901) Prince of Wales Drive (parking lot location). The Museum is accessible by public transit, and there is plenty of parking for both bikes and cars.
  • Driving: enter GPS location 45.386933, -75.706867 for directions. Note: Parking fees are now charged.($6 maximum for the day) http://cafmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/visit/parking.php
  • Public Transportation: For OC Transpo routes and times, use the Trip Planner link: http://www.octranspo1.com/ottawa-destinations/central_experimental_farm
  • Biking: enter GPS location 45.386933, -75.706867 for directions
  • Museum Rules: Cameras are permitted at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. However, please remember that this is a working farm, exposed to the elements and sometimes harsh conditions. Also, please be respectful of the animals. Getting too close or being too aggressive in your attempt to get a picture could cause them stress. Small collapsible stools are permitted as long as they do not interfere with the other visitors.
  • Protect yourself and the animals by practising biosecurity. Biosecurity is the word we use for simple, inexpensive steps that prevent the introduction and spread of diseases. Learn about biosecurity and the precautions you can take to protect yourself and the Museum’s animals. Download this PDF from the Canada Food Inspection Agency prior to your visit.
  • Official website: http://cafmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/index.php and Friends of the Farm http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/

May 27 Great Glebe Garage Sale 

The Great Glebe Garage Sale on Google Image Search

We are trying something new this year! A "shop-n-sketch" at the Great Glebe Garage Sale (GGGS) https://glebeca.ca/garage-sale-committee/

 This GGGS event has been organized by the Glebe Community Association since 1986 and vendors (and shoppers) are encouraged to voluntarily donate some of their proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank

This event is so crowded and busy that a sketcher can easily park themselves anywhere and sketch the great houses, the vendor tables and/or the people attending this one day sale.

A little know fact is that, during this sale, residents are encouraged to install a simple plaque telling visitors a little history about their house and something about its architectural style! http://glebeca.ca/heritage-at-gggs-2017/



Look for signs like the one below!! A great opportunity to speak with the home owners and sketch some local history!

Source: Glebe Community Association: GGGS Heritage
There are a LOT of streets involved in this one-day event

Map of streets involved in the GGGS

.
  • When: Saturday May 27, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm (the sale officially runs from
    8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) The sale is held rain or shine! There is no rain date for the sale.That being said, its no fun for sketchers in the rain. We will watch the weather and post some indoor locations to meet and sketch in the event of rain.
  • Show and Tell: We will meet at our starting point Patterson Creek on Bank Street (east side) at 11 am and 3 pm in order to share our sketches or to see other sketchers' work and take a group photo (voluntary).
  • How to get there: The streets are filled with shoppers (see photos above). Cars are not recommended. It is strongly encouraged that you walk, ride your bike or take the bus. 
  • Public washrooms: There are public washroom facilities available on the second level of Fifth Avenue Court (Fifth and Bank Street). The Glebe Community Centre (Third and Lyon), Glebe St. James United Church (650 Lyon St.) and St. Matthew’s church at 217 First Avenue (near Bank St.) may also be open to the public.  In some cases, donations are accepted.  
  • Other Information: Bring cash (Vendors take cash only and local ATMs run out quickly)

Lunchtime Sketching
Ottawa Tulip Festival May 12-22 

Tulip festival 2016 lunch time sketch by Cindi Moynahan-Foreman

May in Ottawa means tulips everywhere! 

There are close to one million tulips of 100 varieties, in 100 flower beds, across 30 different locations. The most spectacular display of tulips is in Commissioners Park by Dows Lake, where 250,000 tulips of 60 different varieties bloom in the park’s 30 flower beds

Urban sketchers will be sketching the tulips between May 12-22, 2017 at lunchtime (11 am to 1 pm) Pack a lunch and  join us for an hour or two.
 
Locations for lunchtime tulip urban sketching

  
Dates will be announced a minimum of 48 hours in advance of sketch date based on Ottawa weather forecasts.

Let us know in the comment section if you are interested in evening and/or weekend tulip sketching.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sketching At Ottawa's NEW Art House Cafe

The Ottawa urban sketchers held a sketching event at Ottawa's newest art venue, the Art House Cafe at 555 Somerset St West (at Bay) in Centretown.

The welcoming front porch of the Art House Cafe
Sketch of  Art House Cafe entrance (by Cindi Foreman)
Owner Josiah ("Jo") Beaton was an incredibly welcoming host for the Ottawa Urban Sketchers. Not only was he most gracious in welcoming all of the Ottawa urban sketchers and answering all of our questions, he was our skilled barista and cook extraordinaire throughout the evening!

The Art House Cafe is a special art space that Jo had dreamed of creating for Ottawa artists and you can tell that a LOT of thought has been put into so many of the details.

Art House Cafe owner Josiah Beaton serving up lots of great food and beverages.


Art House Cafe Art Director/Co-owner Geneviève Bétournay, chatting with Ottawa urban sketchers
Art Director/Co-owner Geneviève Bétournay, (Gen, who is also the director of the Studio La Mouche art collective) spoke with us about the process of filling this space with all of the incredible that surrounded us while we sketched.

"Gen’s role as Art Director will have her in charge of keeping the space alive with art: she’ll be looking to local artists to stock the on-site Gift Shop with Ottawa-centric goods (the second floor of the building will be run separately as short-term vacation rentals), managing exhibits, and overseeing equipment, resources, and services for artists such as silkscreening and printing.  Joe will be focused on the operation of the cozy front-room cafe and overseeing the Art House Cafe as a whole.  There will be spaces to rent for workshops, events, and performances, a gorgeous patio to enjoy, and great hopes from the new business partners that their venture will be a space for artists and non-artists alike to learn, connect, and be inspired."
Wow! What an inspiring space with so much potential for the future!

Ottawa urban sketching events are free, and open to sketchers of all ages and all levels and, lucky for us, the Art House Cafe is a child-friendly venue. We were so happy to have the two young sketchers below join us for part of the evening!

The Art House Cafe is a child-friendly creative environment

The seating throughout the Cafe is comfortable and every wall is filled with art. Such an inspiring place for artists to sit!

So many great spots to sketch at the Art House Cafe
All of the urban sketchers in attendance were encouraged to sit and draw whatever they liked and we asked that they share their sketches to our online facebook event page if the wished (this is entirely voluntary)
A sketch of me sketching (by Marisol)
All you need to participate in any of our events is something to draw with and something to draw on! For this event, sketchers were using pen, pencils, pastels, conte, watercoloursand even iPads to sketch on.

There were lots of tables to sketch on throughout the space.
The seating and tables in the Art House Cafe make it a perfect spot to sit and sketch. They also have spaces that would be perfect for hosting future sketching workshops as well.

These sketchers are all from thee U.K.! How wonderful that they dropped in to join us!
Our sketching events are open to anyone in the Ottawa area including visitors like our friends from the U.K. in the photo above. Anyone in Ottawa including visitors from out of town are welcomed to join us!

This urban sketcher on the left did a great sketch of the Art House Cafe owner Josiah Beaton!
There are sketchers at our events that have been coming since the beginning, like artist Laurie below. We also have new sketchers show up at every event we have organized and that is always exciting!

Long time Ottawa urban sketcher Laurie working on the sketch featured below.

Laurie's ink & watercolour sketch (size 11.5" x 16.5", in Moleskine sketchbook),

Sketchers are welcomed to attend our events, arriving in the time block at whatever time works for them and staying as long as they like - an hour or for the duration.

Ottawa urban sketcher administrator Kristina chatting with Toronto artist Matti - his first time with Ottawa Urban Sketchers
Often folks who are NOT part of our Facebook group and/or Facebook page hear about our events though friends. If you are not on Facebook, it might help to sign up for our emails on our Ottawa Urban Sketcher blog (add your email to space on right that says "Follow Us By Email") if you wish to be alerted about future events.

Trish Woolaver's sketch  of the Art House Cafe 

More sketchers were seated in an area that we may hold future workshops.
Most of the sketchers took advantage of the fact that this art space was also a cafe. The selection of coffees and teas were great and some of the Ottawa urban sketchers had rave reviews for the empanadas and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that were being served up. There are some incredible sweets available as well!

Coffee, sketching and FREE WiFi - a perfect spot for artists!
This sketch of the night by Evan Buchanan
This sketch of the night was by Ed Aguilar

This room at the back of the Art House Cafe was really full at one point!
It was daylight when we arrived and each room was filled with natural light. Later in the evening, each room was wonderfully lit for art-making as you can see from the pictures above and below.

More artists seated at tables that are found in every room.
Each room had paper and pencils out on the tables. The urban sketchers brought their own, but if you found yourself in the neighbourhood without your sketchbook, rest assured you will find some supplies to go with your coffee.

Near the end of the night many sketchers were still going strong.
Loved this sketch of the night by artist Neal Shannocappo

Some sketchers arrived as late as 8 pm (we finished at 9 pm)
It was a terrific night at a terrific venue. We will have to do this again in the future.

In the meantime, drop by the Art House Cafe if ever you have a chance

https://thearthousecafe.ca/get-in-touch