Studio Eleven: Urban Art Ottawa, 115 Beechwood
Beth Stikeman, Abstract acrylics and encaustics
Beth is a retired architect working in acrylics, mixed media and encaustics. She has studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Ottawa School of Art, Fleming College- Haliburton School of the Arts, and the studios of Vanessa Coplan and Susan Ukkola. She is a member of the Ottawa Mixed Media Association (OMMA) and has exhibited at the Crichton Street Gallery, D’OMMA Gallery, StudioSixtySix and at annual group shows in Ottawa. Her work is inspired by her curiosity and passion for nature and the environment.
“I start with a theme or idea that I want to explore and I work in a series until I am ready to move on. I often sketch directly onto the canvas exploring ideas, forms and feelings and then expand into colours, brushstrokes and textures. I use a variety of tools including brushes, palette knives, pencils, and oil sticks. I usually work concurrently on several paintings over many days and I try to stay open to surprises, accidents and the unexpected.”
Bruce Lloyd, Photography
I started studying art at Canterbury High School the first year it opened, I was smitten. I then went on to Sheridan College, followed by the Graphic Arts two year program at Algonquin. Thirty years in the printing industry working for the best printing houses in the city have help me stay focused on great design and keep my hand what’s going on in the art community.
The subjects for my Wee’kubes are inspired by walking my dog around our amazing neighbourhood. I try to grab a moment, vignette or just a feeling and squeeze it into 4″ x 4″ kube. I have also had great success with pets, horses and people as well.
Wee’kubes are extremely versatile in the subject matter and putting three together can tell delightful story. They can hang on a wall or just sit by themselves on a thin shelf, taking you back to that moment whenever you take a look.
Darlene Provost, Acrylic on Canvas
Darlene Provost shares her time between her studios in Ottawa and Dam Lake, Val Des Monts, Quebec. When discussing her contemporary landscape and floral collections, she says her art “moves through a spectrum from watercolour to oil and the pleasure of each brush stroke makes her happy!”
Darlene grew up in a family where painting, pottery and music were a shared passion and there was rarely a day without ‘art’ on the table. She continued her exploration of art and design while living in Montreal and Paris for several years and returned to Canada to pursue an education in Interior Design, graduating in 1980. She specialized in spacial visualization and colour interpretation and realized that her true artistic expression was to be found in her paintings. These endeavours were followed by studies at Algonquin College, St. Lawrence College and the Ottawa School of Art and coaching from well known artists Gordon Harrison, Valerie Butters, Charles Spratt and Marg Grothier.
Her latest collection, “Second Sweet Shanties” is reflective of the happiness she finds in her art and will be available at the Urban Ottawa Gallery, 115 Beechwood, NEST, September 2017.
Martha Nixon, Mixed media, acrylic, encaustic, prints
Loved art as a kid, left the practice apart from some spurts of art in the midst of career and kids etc. After leaving full time work 14 years ago, started taking courses, painting, printmaking, encaustic – School of Art, Nepean Art Centre, Halliburton, OMMA workshops. Joined Galerie Old Chelsea ( cooperative) in 2014, Crichton St Gallery in 2015 ( have recently left this gallery). My work has been shown through private shows, School of Art, Art Credo, and Hospice fund raising shows.
“My art process is often quite spontaneous – I work intuitively, playing with colour and texture, and often see where the spirit leads me. Then, I keep at it until I have some satisfaction that it is done. Frequently, a painting can be worked on for many months. I am often working on 2-3 pieces at a time.”