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(Updated 1:30 p.m., April 9)
Lalande + Doyle gallery welcomes twin exhibits

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It’s 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.

Within 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.

“Awakening” 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.

It’s been a year since the work of Pavlov, Vesselinov and the Tzekovs were celebrated in an exhibit entitled “Open Worlds” in the same space.

This 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.

Victor 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.

The star of the exhibit is Ralitza Dencheva whose work can be found in galleries across Europe and in Japan.

The 46-year-old artist lives and works in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia where she also teaches drama to children and teenagers.

The Bulgarian Arts Festival exhibit will be on display until April 24.

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Right 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."

Each piece reflects the artist’s impression of the urban life “through the perspective of treasured but fading memories”.

Using painted and stretched canvas as a giant embroidery hoop, she sketches, with thread, the imprint of urban landscapes on individual memory.

Shenkman galleries curator Mike Taylor describes Goetzinger’s multidimensional approach as providing her work with “pop”.

“She is meticulous in her composition (and) she has a terrific understanding of tone,” says Taylor.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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