EXCITING!!! We’re just ONE MONTH away from the goodthingsottawa + support local show at the Studio Cafe!
Vernissage event info on the facebook.  October 21st.  Mark your calendars for some food, drink, and music and poetry magic by Nicole Lefebvre and Nathanael Larochette.  The Studio’s walls will be covered with wise words and beautiful moments from this blog’s first year, and work from some of the featured artists!
Get psyched, come out - I’d love to meet all you followers and believers in this city’s huge creative potential.

EXCITING!!! We’re just ONE MONTH away from the goodthingsottawa + support local show at the Studio Cafe!

Vernissage event info on the facebook.  October 21st.  Mark your calendars for some food, drink, and music and poetry magic by Nicole Lefebvre and Nathanael Larochette.  The Studio’s walls will be covered with wise words and beautiful moments from this blog’s first year, and work from some of the featured artists!

Get psyched, come out - I’d love to meet all you followers and believers in this city’s huge creative potential.

A quick visit to the whimsical, meticulously crafted, and sometimes delightfully unsettling world of Laura Inksetter.

My main inspirations are nature, history, folklore. I love the aesthetics of days gone by, especially work by Early Netherlandish, Pre-Raphaelite, and Art Nouveau artists. I guess in sum my work is an ecclectic blend of influences packaged together with my own unique zest.

I love that art can be anything you want it to be; you make up the rules. I also love being able to turn pieces of my imagination into something tangible, and something you can actually show to other people. I have a very vibrant imagination but I’m also extremely shy, so while it’s hard to express myself by speaking, I have the opportunity to let my art speak for me.

Laura’s paintings are on display at The Studio Cafe from now until September 7th.  Stop in for a visit - the paintings are lovely in and of themselves, and if you look really closely, you’ll be amazed at Laura’s incredible super-tiny-fine brush technique and commitment to patterns.  Also, bonus -  artists and students get 10% off coffee if you show the friendly barista your business/student card or website!

Putting it out there

This fall will mark one year of #goodthingsottawa. Lately I’ve been dreaming up a show of the photos and words collected here to celebrate the year and the people (the dreamers believers and doers) I’ve featured. I’ve been in touch with the lovely people at apt613 and thinking up ways to tie the show and the blog to Support Local month. I’m getting more and more nervous as I type; I don’t want to jinx anything. Typing this and sharing this is a commitment though. I want to dream and do too. This photo show is going to happen.


(…does anyone have any advice/ leads/ thoughts to help me out?)

June’s Artistic Showcase was as much a celebration of organizer Brandon Wint's contributions to Ottawa's homegrown poetry and music communities, as much as it was a celebration of all the beautifully talented people who graced the Pressed Cafe stage.  The night marked the Artistic Showcase's two year anniversary of poetry and music magic with an incredible lineup featuring John Akpata, Muskox, Nicole Lefebvre with Nathaniel Larochette, Brad Morden and his uke, Amanda Cottreau, Ali Alikhani, Lana K and Kelsey Rideout, Prufrock Shadowrunner, Brandon, and The Visit.  If only, if only each artist could have been on stage for a little bit longer.

In honour of two years of the Artistic Showcase, I asked Brandon about poetry, sustaining oneself, and Ottawa, and the connections between the three:

I like Ottawa’s creative community, generally. I think we could always do a better job of unifying. We stand to gain a lot from celebrating and supporting one another’s endeavours, particularly because we are not in a social circumstance or time that supports artists. Part of the reason I created The Artistic Showcase was to make it clear to the residents of this city that Ottawa has a wealth of artists whose talent, devotion and capacity for love makes them worthy of support and celebration. Ottawa is a city with many talented and creative individuals. In our trajectory as a “scene”, I think we are still at a stage where we’re creating infrastructure. We are still in a stage of figuring out how to create sustainable avenues for inter-facing with the wider public. It means that Ottawa’s creative community is in a “boom” period, I think. People are growing, stretching, trying to find space for their art in the world. It’s a fun, if not ideal, place to be an artist in Canada. Importantly, I do not find Ottawa to be a jaded artistic community. People (at least, people of my generation) seem to have hope for themselves and for this city. You yourself are a testament to that, Kristina.

My favourite thing about my art is its capacity to connect me with people. Poetry has meant everything to me, particularly because it has been a catalyst for me spiritually and socially. In choosing to devote my life to poetry, I also chose to live in such a way as to make my heart visible to those around me. I chose to live authentically and in a way that acknowledges the profundity of human experience at all times. I also appreciate that my art gives me a means of exploring myself and digging for my spiritual truths. Poetry makes my relationship to spirit and Divinity better known to me, it makes the conversations between me and spirit, me and God, me and the moon, me and intention, more concrete. It gives me a way to channel my love and express it in a way that touches and beautifies the world around me. Also, because I love people so readily, poetry also gives me a way of honouring those I love and illustrating the impact they’ve had on my life.

-Brandon Wint

To be a self employed poet it takes faith, patience, love of the creative process and a willingness to accept social and financial instability. It takes the understanding that the creative path will reward you, particularly if you have chosen it for the sake of love. It also takes a belief in community and a faith in people. No artist sustains a living or a life without the support of those around them. If you do not have faith in the ability of others to eventually value what you are doing creatively, it becomes difficult to sustain the stress of creating (I say this with the assumption that poetry/art is all one is doing to make money). It requires various types of patience, dedication, and an intrinsic enjoyment of what poetry brings to your life.

-Poet Brandon Wint  || tumblr

From the perspective of making, my favourite part of art is being in my space and feeling the energy flow in and out, in and out again, almost like meditation. As an audience, I like the idea of being introduced to other artists’ world. I try to see what they see and analyze my reaction to their creation. I like that silent and dynamic dialogue.

-Artist/ maker/ archi-school alum Shirley Liu

Shirley’s whimsical world is on view for all of June at the Manx in her show- Where Do the Children Play?