1:30 p.m., April 9)
Lalande + Doyle gallery welcomes twin exhibits
By Fred Sherwin
a little known fact that Ottawa and Montreal are both home
to sizeable Bulgarian communities. According to the 2011
census, 30,485 respondents identified as having Bulgarian
ancestry, with many being first or second generation immigrants.
the Bulgarian-Canadian community are a number of extremely
talented and successful artists whose work is being featured
in the Bulgarian Arts Festival exhibit on the lower level
of the Shenkman Arts Centre.
features the artwork of seven Bulgarian-Canadian artists.
Five of the artists: Venz Vesselinov, Victor Pavlov, Christina
Tzekov, Svetoslav Tzekov and Krasimira Dimtchevska
live here in Ottawa. Peter Bojadjiev and Daniela Zekina
reside in Montreal, and Ralitza Dencheva is a celebrated
artist from Sofia.
been a year since the work of Pavlov, Vesselinov and the
Tzekovs were celebrated in an exhibit entitled Open
Worlds in the same space.
latest exhibit celebrates the spiritual, cultural, and
personal awakening of each of the artists through their
work, bringing together the joy and wonder of life mixed
with traditional Bulgarian motifs and presented using
oils, mosaics, watercolour and digital art.
Pavlov uses watercolour to express and illustrate his
thoughts, ideas and emotions in brilliant motifs; Venz
Vesselinov is gifted in a variety of mediums including
acrylics, stain glass, woodcut prints and pencil drawings;
and Daniela Zekina produces dream-like illustrations reminiscent
of Eastern European iconography.
star of the exhibit is Ralitza Dencheva whose work can
be found in galleries across Europe and in Japan.
46-year-old artist lives and works in the Bulgarian capital
of Sofia where she also teaches drama to children and
Bulgarian Arts Festival exhibit will be on display until
next to the Bulgarian Arts Festival exhibit in the Lalande
+ Doyle exhibition space is a series of paintings by Ottawa
artist Karen Goetzinger entitled Vanishing Point."
piece reflects the artists impression of the urban
life through the perspective of treasured but fading
painted and stretched canvas as a giant embroidery hoop,
she sketches, with thread, the imprint of urban landscapes
on individual memory.
galleries curator Mike Taylor describes Goetzingers
multidimensional approach as providing her work with pop.
is meticulous in her composition (and) she has a terrific
understanding of tone, says Taylor.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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