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What strikes you as beautiful?
 

"Our understandable wish to preserve the planet must somehow be reduced to the scale of our competence - that is to wish to preserve all of its humble households and neighbourhoods.”

― Wendell Berry

Electric Street Gallery

Maurice Dionne
commissioned work, watercolour on paper

not for sale


 
We are very pleased to feature watercolourist Maurice Dionne,
whose precise and yet creative renditions of recognizable Ottawa scenes offer us a fresh look at the spectacular city where we live. 

 

We join our featured artist in celebrating Ottawa. Your gallerists picked this city to live in over all others in Canada, largely because of its pervasive natural and architectural beauty.

As you'll see, Maurice Dionne brings a fresh, personal vision to our streetscape, allowing us to see and appreciate the wonders of our city with fresh eyes.  


 
IN THIS ISSUE 

New Works by Maurice Dionne

Introducing Maurice


New Edinburgh Artists Exhibit (in Lieu of "NEST" Studio Tour)

Other Exhibits

New Works by Maurice Dionne

"Walk to work, even if it's four miles. Ride a bike to work. Drive a different way. On your way there, try to find beauty. You'd be surprised how much more of the neighbourhood you can perceive and experience when you're looking for unique spots of beauty."

― Nolan Bushnell

Maurice Dionne has been enjoying Ottawa and has captured his pleasure for us to share.

Those of us who know this city well are delighted by his cheerful and precise renditions of familiar landmarks and streetscapes. 

See our entire collection of Maurice's urban landscapes at this link and in the gallery's west window for the next two weeks.
Light Snow on Sparks Street 

watercolour on paper, on cradleboard with wax varnish
12" x 16" x 1.5"; framed 13.25" x 17.25"

Metcalfe to Albert

watercolour on paper, on cradleboard with wax varnish
20" x 16" x 1"; framed 21.5" x 17.5"

Wellington at Kent

watercolour on paper, on cradleboard with wax varnish
11" x 14" x 1.5"; framed 12.5" x 15.5"

Introducing Maurice Dionne

"The early settlers, such as Philemon Wright, knew exactly what they were doing when they stopped here. The mighty Ottawa, still pristine enough to boast swimmable beaches; the Gatineau, where canoeing above the dam is a special experience; the Rideau, which splashes energetically alongside one of our fine universities."

- Staff article, Ottawa Sun

Born near Sudbury, Maurice studied chemistry in university, which lead eventually to a busy career moving around the country, mostly providing energy efficiency consultations for corporate customers. This career took him and his family to many locations in Canada. With retirement in view, Maurice and his wife Monique relocated to Ottawa, where she has family.
Although he had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting, it was only shortly before his retirement that Maurice decided to take up painting in earnest, taking online courses in technique. While he occasionally works in acrylics, he mostly prefers watercolours.
Maurice takes a very literal approach to reproducing a scene. His technical training is evident in the precision with which he renders architectural shapes, making use of multiple photographs of his subject. His creativity nevertheless shines through in his delicate handling of details, and especially in his selection of colours. "I like to add just a little bit of extra colour to the scene," he says, adding a pleasant liveliness to familiar landscapes. He also frequently incorporates human figures "to animate the scene."

Somewhat new to Ottawa, and living in Centretown, Maurice professes himself endlessly surprised and delighted by the beauty and interest of our city - the charming old houses, the impressive federal buildings, the monuments, the rivers, and the canal. This city provides an ample set of subjects for Maurice's brushes. We think that Maurice's eye and Ottawa's scenery form an excellent match, and we look forward to seeing much more in this vein.

Maurice is happy to do commissioned work, and we can attest to the fact that he designs his work considerately and delivers promptly and efficiently. If you are interested in commissioned work, you can contact Maurice directly via his website.

 
Sound and Light at Metcalfe
watercolour on paper; mounted on wood, wax varnished
12" x 12"; framed 13.25" x 13.25" x 1.5"
New Edinburgh Artists  ~ Exhibit September 9 - 18
                                       
       (in Lieu of "NEST" Studio Tour)

"Lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves."

- Jane Jacobs

Art lovers in our neighbourhood were discouraged that the New Edinburgh Studio Tour ("NEST") was cancelled for the second year in a row, owing to pandemic uncertainty. To soften the blow, and to keep awareness of New Edinburgh as an artistically vibrant neighbourhood in people's minds, Electric Street Gallery offers a special multi-artist "hyper-local" art exhibit! 

Featuring artists living or working in New Edinburgh and including guest artists who have participated in past studio tours, this will be an Electric Street Gallery show, co-sponsored by NEST.

Mark your calendars for this special event: 
September 9 - 18!
 
Other Exhibits

Through September 8:  "True North - Canadiana"  Our Canadian landscape show concludes. We still have many remarkable works on hand.

September 23 - October 13:  "Harvest"  Autumn themed art; turning trees and harvest bounty.

October 14 - November 3:  "Unbridled: Art of the Horse"   Featuring the amazing wild horse photography of Sandy Sharkey

Holiday season
this year, our theme will be "Music". We'll interpret this broadly. Songbird themed art is included.

Submissions are welcome on the upcoming themes. See our submissions page.

 
Get to Know Your Neighbourhood Gallery!

A friendly neighbourhood business, we welcome visitors who love art. Please stop by and get acquainted! We offer a fine walking destination, just a few meters off the Rideau Pathway, and are very close to Beechwood Village.

Looking is free! Chatting optional at no extra charge!

We now can admit up to three vaccinated visitors inside at a time. A single well-behaved leashed dog may also visit. Masks (for the humans) remain required. Sorry, we can't allow children under 12 into the gallery at this time.

Even the best photographs of art don't do them full justice!

We encourage you to come by and look to get the full impact of these marvelous artworks. 

We're located just off the Rideau Pathway, so wander by on your urban hike, visit the geese, take in the summer scenery, and have a peek at our display windows while you're in the neighbourhood! 

We change our displays frequently to keep the gallery windows fresh and interesting for passers-by.

While we're happy to welcome visitors again, curbside pickup and local delivery (within the city limits) remain available.  We also can ship many of our pieces within North America.

 
We and our artists greatly appreciate
you shopping locally!
 

Autumn hours, starting September 9
noon - 5 PM Thursday - Saturday
or by appointment


 299 Crichton Street

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Telephone inquiries welcome at 613 748 - 2008.

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