What are your walls say­ing?

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Mary Tag­gart, Editor in Chief mtag­gart@ot­tawaath­ome.ca

The last time we put to­gether our “art is­sue” we fea­tured homes with in­spir­ing art col­lec­tions, which is al­ways fas­ci­nat­ing. I think the walls of a home speak vol­umes about the peo­ple liv­ing within them.

In my home vis­i­tors will find bright, colour­ful works in­flu­enced by na­ture. While my hus­band leans more to­wards land­scapes, I am in­trigued by still life pieces and count our two paint­ings by the late artist Tom Hop­kins as my favourites. But, there is no deny­ing the joy that I feel when I walk into our liv­ing and din­ing area to view the lively art­work of Bob­bie Burg­ers.

I share this with you by show­ing off one of my most fun art pur­chases in the editor’s photo. It’s a large piece by Canadian artist Bob­bie Burg­ers, which I bought over the phone, sight un­seen, after my hus­band for­bade me to buy it! As much as I love to rebel, I love the vi­brant paint­ing even more and, hap­pily, so does my hus­band. The art­work on our walls re­flects the soul­ful vi­brancy that lies within.

This time, the Ot­tawa At Home art is­sue high­lights the lives and work of an im­pres­sive line-up of lo­cal artists with unique styles who use a va­ri­ety of medi­ums. I have to ad­mit that pulling to­gether this is­sue has been an ex­pen­sive process as I’ve fallen in love with the work of all of our fea­tured artists and as­pire to even­tu­ally own a piece from each of them – for­bid­den or not!

Dur­ing the cre­ation of this is­sue, we were all in awe of the peo­ple we met and had the priv­i­lege of writ­ing about and pho­tograph­ing. Mark Holleron was thrilled with the op­por­tu­nity to turn the cam­era onto two world-renowned pho­tog­ra­phers, and his knack for un-posed pho­tog­ra­phy al­lowed him to cap­ture both Wil­lie McEl­lig­ott and Michelle Val­berg in their el­e­ment. Jane Whit­ing had fun with a young cou­ple who have an eye for up­com­ing tal­ent and have done a won­der­ful job of let­ting the walls of their home ex­press their com­bined tastes and pas­sions.

The fall is­sue of Ot­tawa At Home nods to the artis­tic side of life in all as­pects. Our food section of­fers some in­ter­na­tional flair with the art of serv­ing up a Thai meal, as well as show­ing off the flam­boy­ance of Greek-style en­ter­tain­ing.

So, as we move into a new sea­son, think about what your walls are say­ing. If they don’t of­fer much to talk about, then check out the works of some of our fea­tured lo­cal artists. There re­ally is some­thing for the en­tire home, in­clud­ing some gor­geous gar­den art!

Join me and start col­lect­ing a few cre­ative con­ver­sa­tion pieces . . .

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