Studio Eight: 3-73 Vaugh (side entrance off Bertrand)
Lori Brethour Coulter, Mixed Media
I engage in art to explore the duality of human experience; looking at themes of longing and loss, strength and fragility, loneliness and inclusivity. My work is a bow to women’s creativity that has historically been neglected, delegated to a booth at the country fair. Works delve into the shifting shades of memory, mining the past to inform the present. Titles act as an entranceway into individual work.
My work considers the interplay between disparate objects that form both my palette and aesthetic. The materials I work with include handmade paper castings, Japanese papers,old bottles and photographs, rusted metal as well as artifacts from nature and the home. I present what has been discarded in a new light, giving voice to hidden histories.
Lori has work in various private collections in Canada, United States, France, and the UK and is included in the Parliamentary Library of Canada’s Collection. She has exhibited at many venues in Ottawa in both group and solo shows. Lori is represented by Alpha Art Gallery in Ottawa alphaartgallery.ca/artists/
Michelle Bishop, Ceramics
Michelle Bishop has been working with clay for 22 years. She was initially inspired by Jim Thomson’s work and spent the beginning of her studies under his guidance. Her time spent in Thailand and China reinforced both her attraction and affinity towards a certain Asian aesthetic. She is drawn to the beauty of time and weather worn architecture, artifacts and nature itself. These characteristics profoundly inform her work.
Michelle’s ceramic vessels are assembled with slabs, blended coils, layered slips and glazes. The vessels are made to have the appearance of being weather-worn, ancient, and unbroken by time. Michelle’s award winning work has been shown at Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Cabbagetown Art Festival, Ottawa’s New Art Festival and has been a member of 260 Fingers since 2011. Michelle’s work can currently be seen at The General in Almonte ON.