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    Roberta Della-Pica opens the gallery’s first showing at Dundonald Hall through traditional song. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Launching the Petawawa event are Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet, Roberta Della-Pica, artist Derrick Nearing, Coordinator Anya Gansterer, artists Paula LaPierre and Eva Gallagher, and Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Col Lapointe and Mayor Sweet stop and chat with one of the artists, Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick Nearing. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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Mobile art show on display at Dundonald Hall until June 9

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday June 6, 2019

Dundonald Hall is temporarily home to the Pop Up Art Renfrew County project, allowing local residents free access to some beautiful art pieces.

The mobile gallery will be in place until June 9 before it moves on to its next location at the Arnprior Public Library. It places emphasis on how everyday objects can inspire and be transformed into amazing art pieces, and brings the multi-media, multi-artists show directly to the community.

By hosting the show in Dundonald Hall, it allows those who may not necessarily be an art gallery’s primary audience to enjoy artwork created by local artists.

Anya Gansterer, the coordinator for the mobile gallery, has been advocating for art in culture within Renfrew County for nearly 20 years.

To her recollection, there has been no similar projects to date. “There is no doubt in my mind that we are rich with creative people and people passionate about culture,” she said. “We know that cultural expression in art, music, language, heritage, food, literature, etc creates a sense of place and belonging and ultimately plays a role in our community’s socioeconomic health.”

Many residents in Renfrew County struggle with income or transportation.  Having a mobile gallery with free entry will allow these people to see art in a way that is convenient for them. “The intention of this project is to normalize the experience of encountering art every day in routines,” said Gansterer.

The Pop Up art show is a curated exhibition called Extra-Ordinary Renfrew County and has 11 different artists, including Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick Nearing who has used art to heal from trauma.

Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel (Col) Louis Lapointe attended the gallery’s grand opening on May 23.

He was impressed by the artwork on display, placed in a way that his soldiers and their families will have easy access. “Some people think you have to go to the museum to see art, to the Louvre or something big, but it is great to bring local art to the people,” said Col Lapointe, adding he appreciates the effort it took to bring the show to Garrison Petawawa.

“We truly believe in bringing a variety of experiences to the military and their families, it is an important thing for ... cultural growth,” he added. “Everybody can benefit from that.”

The project is organized by the Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS) with the help of a Trillium Foundation grant. It will be travelling throughout the county, stopping at the  Arnprior Public Library from June 13 to 30, at the Deep River and District Hospital from July 4 to 21, at Madawaska Coffee in Barry’s Bay from July 25 to Aug. 11 and at the Renfrew Visitor Information Centre from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.