On the same day as yesterday's post, I went over to pay a visit to the Ottawa Art Gallery, a city gallery placed between the Byward Market to the north and the Sandy Hill neighbourhood off to the east. The Gallery has been around for a long time, though its current quarters are new, opened just a few years ago. In this shot taken from the Mackenzie King Bridge, the former courthouse of the 19th century at left houses Arts Court, a home to multiple arts organizations, and it was there for a long while that the OAG had its quarters. At right-centre is the imposing former Carleton County Gaol, reputed to be haunted and now a hostel for traveling youth. The white structure beyond at right is the OAG. Several years ago the OAG partnered with the University of Ottawa, which was out to expand its drama spaces, and a developer to build on unused land on the east side of Arts Court. The result was the hotel in the background, a new quarters for the gallery, and new performance arts space for Ottawa U. They retain physical links going into Arts Court.
As is with everything now, there are Covid procedures, so rather than enter in from Mackenzie King, I went around to the Daly Street entrance and came into the OAG. The building is very modern- this looks from the top of a staircase out towards Daly- but doesn't clash with its older neighbours.
A view to the east from inside. Buildings for the University are over there.
A couple of the floors were hosting exhibits. One of them takes influence from the current pandemic.
Two works to start things off are by indigenous women. Jessie Oonark created Little Woman, a stonecut print on paper, in 1983.
This is a contemporary work, a Sakiaguti, by designer Martha Kyak.