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If our walls could talk

Posted on March 09, 2018
''This time it's more than an exhibition.
It's an homage to the amazing artists we represent, to all our partners, to the art community in Ottawa, to the excellent art lovers in Ottawa, to the presence we've become and to the Gallery we've built.''
Foundation & Futures showcases new work from our gallery artists and runs from February 8th to March 24th. 
F|F is Studio Sixty Six's last exhibition at 66 Muriel St. before they move to the new location at Bank and Fifth, where they will be growing in to the future.
untitled smile, Kathryn Shriver
Untitled smile, Kathryn Shriver

The Troy and Yvonne balancing act

Posted on March 03, 2018

Looking at the world is quite an over-whelming experience. There are moments where the grandeur of it amazes us. Yet again there are moments where the hugeness of it takes our breath away. The idea of the little person versus the enormity of nature, change and time will never cease to preoccupy us. Whenever we try to understand the world, we get taken aback by its multiplicity and its' quantity. 

To be curious about the world is human, To care for the world and to be affected by its's changes seems logical.

To be comfortable with its' instability is unusual, to be obsessed produces wonders.  

Swarms Yvonne Wiegers

 

Yvonne Wiegers, Swarms

Troy Moth and Yvonne Wiegers are artists whose works center around the instability of the world and its' environment. They are paired in a exhibition to show two perspectives of the same spectrum.

Merchant 1, Troy Moth

Troy Moth, Merchant 1

Studio Sixty Six & SASC Ottawa: Holiday Party & Fundraiser

Posted on November 21, 2016

Please join Studio Sixty Six for a very special event at the gallery in partnership with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa on Thursday, December 8 from 5-9PM. As part of Studio Sixty Six’s mandate, every December a vital non-profit organization in Ottawa is chosen to partner with and given a donation of a portion of the gallery’s sales for the month. Studio Sixty Six is very pleased to announce its partnership with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa (SASC Ottawa). Founded in 1983 by a small group of survivors, SASC Ottawa works hard to support all womyn: immigrant, indigenous, lgbtq+, diversely abled, womyn of colour, trans womyn, survivors of war and torture through various programs, groups, and initiatives. 

 Both an art event and holiday fundraiser for the wonderful services provided by SASC Ottawa, the evening of December 8th will feature tasty food, drink and mingling. We welcome all to come and enjoy our last exhibition of 2016, Unholy Objects, and to learn more about the wonderful work of SASC Ottawa. There will be a donation table and a portion of all sales of artworks from the entire month of December will go directly to the organization. 

 Dress up, enjoy food, drinks and art while celebrating an incredible organization who has been contributing tirelessly to our community for over 30 years. Drop in anytime from 5-9! 

Free entry - Bar & Food 
Wheelchair accessible building
Studio Sixty Six is a safe space - all are welcome
This event is taking place on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation 

Facebook event link


For further information or press inquiries please contact:
Rose Ekins
Gallery Manager & Curator
Studio Sixty Six
rose@studiosixtysix.ca
613.291.0449

Amanda Graham
Funding Coordinator and Support Worker
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa
funding@sascottawa.com 
 613.725.2160 ext. 221

ANNOUNCEMENT/CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Studio Sixty Six has set forth a mandate to ensure representation of emerging Indigenous...

Posted on November 15, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT/CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Studio Sixty Six has set forth a mandate to ensure representation of emerging Indigenous artists. As a commercial gallery devoted to showcasing up-and-coming and wide-ranging talent of various medium and technique, Studio Sixty Six believes firmly in providing emerging Indigenous artists of all ages a platform to show and sell their artwork. We are currently looking for submissions from emerging Indigenous artists across the country to submit their artwork to be included in our 2017 exhibition programme as well as through our various sales channels. Please send submissions (including biography, CV, artist statement and proposed artwork) to Gallery Manager and Curator Rose Ekins rose@studiosixtysix.ca by Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at midnight. 
Any questions can also be addressed by the Curator.

13 REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

Posted on September 30, 2016

Having original art in the home is vital to your well being. Art is a key piece of furniture for many reasons and yet it is sometimes put on the back burner in comparison to other home objects. This list is dedicated to the understanding of importance of art from perspectives of interior design, well being, social atmosphere, creating a mood in the home, and more. One quote that stands out about the importance of original art is the following, “You would never put fake books on your bookshelf, so why would you put fake art on your walls?” 

For all of the following reasons, you can find the perfect work for your home or office on our online store (we can ship to you!) here.

1. Creates Mood 

Brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art trigger a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers desire, pleasure, and romantic love (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-the-wild-things-are/201109/love-desire-and-art). Romantic, sublime landscapes provoke contemplation of nature and purity. Such works then create a mood of peace and are good for relaxation rooms such as the bedroom. 

2. Adds Personal Character to the Home 

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We all love to express ourselves, be it through clothing, accessories, social media - the list goes on! Original art in the home is a perfect way to express your artistic and aesthetic interests in a way different from most, for original artworks are one of a kind. 

3. Makes Memories

Buying an original work of art is an experience. For whatever reason, you were drawn to a specific piece (or multiple). You may have seen it at a show opening, had a nice trip to the ice cream shop before hand. Whatever happened leading up to/during/after the purchase of a meaningful original work will be remembered every time you see it. This will not happen with a poster from Ikea. 

4. Provides a Colour Palette 

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When rooms have a lot of colours, or many shades of the same colour, it can become overwhelming. An original work of art is a beautiful, meaningful way to tie everything together and create a general focal point. 

5. Makes a Room Feel Finished 

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When walls are empty, a room does not necessarily look bad, but by no means does it look finished. Rooms with empty walls are functional rooms in a house. Rooms with original art work are comfortable rooms in a home. 

6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity 

This one is simple - in rooms with no art, artistic expression is lacking and therefore the need and want for creativity is not very prominent. On the opposite end of the spectrum, original artworks foster creativity, expression, artistic inspiration. This is particularly important in homes with children as being surrounded by artwork will allow creative thinking. This idea is expanded on in reason 11. 

7. Conversation Starter 

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As mentioned in reason 2, hanging original art in your home is a way of expressing oneself. That being said, guests will always be curious about the choice of artwork, the story, have questions about the artist, etc. It is a way to show off your art collection while having passionate conversations with house guests. 

8. Supports Artists 

One of the most important things about buying original artwork is that you are supporting an artist’s career. Each time you have a look at a work in your home, it provides a feel-good emotion that you are assisting an artist in achieving the success and recognition they deserve. 

9. It is an Investment 

Building off of reason 8, not only does owning original work in the home allow you to support artists’ careers, but it is also an investment. These artworks can be passed down through family and friends, be shared with loved ones for many years all while increasing in worth. This is never something that will be achieved with a $12 print from Walmart. 

10. Creates a Livable Environment 

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Art can make rooms that are not necessarily “home-y” become comfortable working and living environments. A home office, for example, can transform from a place of work and business to one of relaxation and productivity all the with addition of an original work of art. Attached is an article explaining how artwork in office spaces improves employee productivity (http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/01/12/can-office-artwork-influence-employee-productivity/#243c119d2c44). 

11. Keeps the Brain Active 

Art is very conceptual, artists use it as a medium to express personal thought, political or social issues, and to make us as viewers think. Some people do quizzes or crossword puzzles to keep their brain active, but another way to do so is to own original artwork in the home, to just sit, look, and think. 

12. Relaxation 

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In a busy, fast-paced world that demands speed and productivity, home should be a place of relaxation. Coming home from a busy day at work to sit on your couch and stare at a TV or a blank wall is not as recharging or relaxing as enjoying an artwork purchased with the means to create a positive mood. 

13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun! 

Last but certainly not least, curating a gallery is fun! Attending show openings, going to galleries, chatting with artists even, it is a fun experience! After a while you will start to notice a theme, in subject matter, colour, concept, etc. Playing with moods, composition, placement in the home, of all these reasons why to have art in the home, let’s not forget the fact that it is simply something fun to do.

Check out Studio Sixty Six’s emerging artwork for sale on our website here.

Written by Kayla Miller

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Studio Sixty Six is a contemporary art gallery devoted to showcasing unique, thought-provoking Canadian art located at 858 Bank Street, Suite 101, in the Glebe. This is our official blog, where we share what's happening at the gallery, as well as in the broader fine art and design communities of Ottawa.

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