Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Chinatown art festival

Here is all about it, from their press release. I am so pleased that Grace Xin has organized this. It should help put our neighborhood and its businesses on the map, and raise awareness.

Exhibits in unexpected spaces: come see original art in the bakery, giftshop, optician, bookstore, grocery, cafe and restaurants in this multicultural village with Asian flavour. CHINATOWN REMIXED COLLECTIVE is pleased to present the works of over 30 contemporary artists. The artists, mostly local, include the likes of HOWIE TSUI, CYNTHIA O'BRIEN and ADRIAN GOLLNER. More than 15 businesses in Ottawa's Chinatown, from Percy St. westward to Preston St. will be showing the art through the month, from May 1st to the 31st. Juried artworks include: paintings, drawings, multimedia works, photography, sculpture, installation and video/film. CARL DAVID RUTTAN's bright whimsical collages inspired by his travels through Asia will hang at Raw Sugar Cafe. ADRIAN GOLLNER's site specific wall decals inspired by pseudo-science and fortune cookies will adorn Shanghai Restaurant. CYNTHIA O'BRIEN's ceramic ducks displayed in Wakiu Grocery windows, will evoke the typical barbecued poultry specimens that whet passerby appetites. DON KWAN's ambient abstract paintings, lights piercing through muted earth colours, will grace the Chinatown Bakery. There's much more to discover at Sushi 88, Jadeland, Umi Cafe, Yang Sheng, My Sweet Tea and more. TOM EVANS' unique photo portraits of Chinatown residents and visitors, NATASHA BEAUDIN's abstract references to body and geography, and PAMELA LAWLER's playful painted explorations of Chinese menu items will all be on display in Chinatown establishments. Ottawa VJs THE LATEST ARTISTs and local filmmaker PIXIE CRAM will bring 'moving pictures' experiences to the Ottawa public. REBECCA CRAIG's paintings in traditional Japanese style and the lively painted compositions of young JAKOB WEINTRAGER (aged 8!) will delight viewers visiting the venues in May. Openings/ Vernissages: Saturday, May 2, 2009. Meet the artists and explore the culinary wonders of Ottawa's Chinatown. Just for the occasion, local drag queen entertainer CHINA DOLL will serenade the public with endearing karoake croonings along Somerset St.CHINATOWN REMIXED is the first event of its kind in Ottawa; this artistic mix-up of culture, art and food promises something for every taste.It is high time to celebrate our city's cultural endeavours.Time to inject into this world a new vitality. For more information, contact:Grace Xin, Somerset St. West BIA director5-299 Bronson Ave.Ottawa, ON K1R 6J1Tel. 613-230-4707Email: info@chinatown.caWeb: http://www.ottawachinatown.ca/

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