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What strikes you as beautiful?
“In wildness is the preservation of the world”

- Henry Thoreau (1851)
Wild and Woolly
Louise Palmer
mixed media collage on canvas
24" x 36"

March is animal month at Electric Street Gallery. Our current exhibit is called "Wild and Woolly". The expression historically refers to barely civilized pioneers in the American far west.

Wild animals and tame animals are both welcome in this exhibit, and our usual coterie of birds has joined us as well. Half of the gallery's returns for this show (after paying the artists) will be contributed to the  Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.


“Like us, animals feel love, joy, fear and pain, but they cannot grasp the spoken word. It is our obligation to speak on their behalf.” 

― Sylvia Dolson

Sharing the Gallery with Other Species
Animal art lends itself to variety; the subjects themselves also span an enormous range, and many artists take an interest in interpreting them. So we can offer you a lively and fascinating exhibit.
Big Mama
Louise Tanguay
More woolly than wild, Big Mama is our theme critter for this exhibit. Perhaps you have already seen her on posters for the show. This striking photo by Louise Tanguay has been a popular item for our own gallery and our predecessor Crichton Street Gallery. Available in a variety of formats; please inquire!
Three Horses
Carlos de Castro
acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"

Carlos Decastro offers us a very beautifully balanced composition of three wild horses. His sense of colour and proportion bring life and dimension to his elegantly abstracted animals.
Night Fox
Elisabeth Baechlin
acrylic on cradleboard
10" x 10"
Night Fox by Elisabeth Baechlin captures one of those marvelous moments when one makes eye contact with a wild animal.
Flying Home to Roost
Susan MW Cartwright
reduction linocut on paper, available unframed or framed
11" x 14"
It would be hard to surpass Susan Cartwright's marvelous rendition of a blue heron in flight as a representation of the wild.

Visit us or see our collection page to see many more examples of animal art.
Animal Art in History
The history of animals in art is as long as the history of art itself! It's rare to see a survey of art history that doesn't begin with the prehistoric cave art of southwestern Europe. (bison in the cave of La Covaciella, Spain, from about 12000 BC, shown)
The Egyptians in the age of the Pharaohs were fascinated by cats. (shown: "The Gayer-Anderson cat", Egypt, approx 500 BC)
One of the most famous works of animal art is this wonderfully precise and sensitive 1502 watercolour rendition of a rabbit, known as "Hase". By the German artist Albrecht Durer, it is rarely exhibited publicly because of its fragility. It's also remarkable because its provenance can be clearly traced back to its origins over half a millennium ago.
And extending this theme to the modern era, the bull was a favourite theme of Pablo Picasso's. This 1945 stone etching print is a fine example.

Animals are a very rich subject for investigations into art history, and a good way to capture the attentions of younger people who may be interested in the arts. Here's an article from the Tate Gallery aimed at schoolchildren that may help you capture someone's interest. 

That link has many more examples of animals from art history, and asks
"Animals in artworks can make us consider our own relationship to nature. How do we treat wildlife and its environment? Are there some animals we look after more than others?"

“That little owl with a call as steady as my heartbeat was telling anyone who would listen, ‘I am here.’ We were listening. We’re listening still.” 

- Heather Durham

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Tucked away off the beaten path near North Gower, Ontario, the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (RVWS) is a not-for-profit organization which has been caring for injured or abandoned wildlife since 2005.  Half of the gallery's proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to RVWS.

Since its founding, the RVWS has cared for more than 11,000 wild animals. The goal of the organization is to nurse the wildlife back to health and release them back into the wild as close to where they were found as possible. RVWS cares for a gamut of wildlife ranging from turtles, to bats, to skunks, to raccoons, to squirrels.

RVWS also has a lot of useful educational information on its website, to help answer questions the community might have about how human activities interfere with wildlife. Their resources include articles about choosing the right animal control company, animal proofing your home, feeding wild animals, and how to safely evict wildlife from your home. These articles are just another way they support their community.

It is challenging for wildlife to live in urban areas like Ottawa. While they adapt to the city environment, cohabitating so close with humans and industry means that mothers of infant animals are killed by cars, relocated, or illegally trapped. When the young are left behind they are vulnerable and unable to survive on their own. Wildlife sanctuaries like Rideau Valley provide orphaned wildlife with the care they need to survive these desperate circumstances. 

The RVWS receives no government funding. It relies on grants and donations from the public to keep its operation going.
Sharing the World
We think of beautiful art as a source of solace in difficult times.

We are mindful of the fact that people have trouble sharing the world, not only with other species, but even with other people. We are exhibiting a painting of a sunflower in our west window in a gesture of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

It's "Be Yourself", mixed media on canvas, 36" x 36", by Clara Kim.

Please Stop By!
As always, we try to keep the Gallery windows interesting for the neighbourhood.

We're located just off the Rideau Pathway, so wander by on your urban hike, so stop in, or have a peek at our display windows! 

Please support local artists and galleries!

We are open and welcome your visit!  

Thursday 11 AM - 4 PM
Friday 11 AM - 4 PM
Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM

299 Crichton Street at Electric Street

close to Beechwood Village and the Rideau Pathway

We can arrange curbside pickup or local delivery.
We can ship many of our pieces within North America.

We and our artists greatly appreciate you shopping locally!

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