| Jun 19, 2008

Jun 19/08 - Artemesia Gallery Opens

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Feature Article - June 19, 2008 Local artists launch “Artemisia” gallery in Westportby Julie Druker

Georgia Ferrell, Bonnie McLean and Donna Larocque, all local artists and members of the Land o’ Lakes Artisans Guild, have taken a huge step forward and have started their own gallery in Westport at 34A Main Street. Slated to open June 21 to the public, “Artemisia” (named after the female classical baroque artist of the 17th century) will offer a gallery, gifts and art services to clientele in the area.

Last week the gallery was open to receive works to be juried. A call was sent out to local artists asking for submissions and over 20 artists responded. Georgia Ferrell explains that the gallery “is accepting original hand made work in various mediums.” She adds, “The jurying process will allow for quality control and establish a sense of cohesion to the works that are represented.”

In addition to selling their own individual fine art works, these three ladies have managed to cover quite a few bases in the services they are offering due to their various backgrounds.

Bonnie McLean has an MFA in art conservation from Queen’s University and will offer her professional cleaning and restoration services. Donna Laroque, trained as an illustrator, will offer her commercial artwork services including promotional graphics, logos and signs. Georgia Ferrell, who works primarily as a sculptor, will offer classes and workshops in various mediums.

As far as managing the gallery, Bonnie will manage the finances, Georgia, public relations and Donna will cover marketing. Seems like they have it all figured out. Donna admits that “our individual talents really complement one another.”

The excitement mounts as the gorgeously lit space sits in wait of the objects that will soon adorn it. The owners admit “They can hardly wait to get going.”

Westport was chosen since there “seemed to be the need here,” says Ferrell. She adds, “We are a gallery that is offering 100% totally original, hand made artwork.” Bonnie explains how “the feedback from the community has been really positive and welcoming. Steve Scanlon from Stillwater Books and the Rideau Valley Artists Association have all been very supportive.”

While the gallery will act as a base for sales and specific art services, the space will also be used as personal work studios for the three artists. The summer will be a busy time for sales and services while the winter months will focus more on classes and workshops.

The owners look forward to hosting special arts related events throughout the year and plan to invite various artists to present, speak about and/or perform their works. Sounds like Artemisia may be the new place to be in Westport.

The Gallery will open Saturday, June 21 and will be open for the summer 7 days a week, Sunday-Thursday from 10-5, and Friday and Saturday from 10-7. For more information, go to their blog at www.artemesiagallery.blogspot.com or call 613-273-8775 for more information.

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