#991 Art Events in Ottawa

1. Portraits of Bluesfest
Last night I soaked up the fun at Peter Simpson‘s annual Portraits of Bluesfest Event at Patrick Gordon Framing.

What I love about this annual show is the diversity of work. There are a few photos but most the work are interpretations inspired by the festival.

Fine Bluesfest oriented artworks are auctioned off to raise money for Blues in the Schools. This year Peter estimated they raised close to $10,000. Pretty nice!

Bluesfest Ottawa

Michael Franti – Bluesfest Ottawa

2. Oil/Change 
Danny Hussey, accomplished Ottawa artist has recently opened a new studio Central Art Garage in Ottawa’s China Town and is kicking off the fall season with a show with other celebrated Canadian artists.
Worth a visit!

Central Art Garage
September 13th 2013 7PM 10PM
66B Lebreton St. N. Ottawa, Ontario

3. Watershed Exhibition at YOW
More coming later… but our Watershed Exhibition is now hanging in the Ottawa Airport in the departure lounge.

Watershed Art

Ottawa Airport Exhibitio (thanks to Lisa Forbes for the photo)

#976 Student Success – Scott in the Photo Studio

Years ago I got a message from Scott Martin who was looking to advance his photo skills and get into some photo work.

His photos at the time were mere snapshots.
After a couple of years on the ProProgram his work blossomed.

© Scott Martin – Liam Lloyd

What happened?
He worked hard.
And he took many of our photography courses lead by accomplished working  photographers like David Trattles (award-winning, veteran social documentary photographer) and Blair Gable (leading Reuters photojournalist.)

There are a lot of photo workshops offered nowadays. Learning from experienced veterans goes a long way, just saying!

Scott now runs ScottMartinVisuals.com and SpotlightOttawa.com. He recently shot Liam Lloyd at our photo studio for a feature.

We’re proud of what he’s accomplished!!
Well done Scott.

Student Success

© Scott Martin – Liam Lloyd

#951 – Music Photo Contest Winner!

We have a come-from-behind winner in the Music Photo Contest linked to the John Rowlands’ Music Exhibition coming up on June 8th.

Jacqueline Barisan of Niagara Falls, Ont, photographed The Wholigans on July 14, 2012 at the Q107 Summer Bash in Toronto, Ontario and sent in the photo to the contest in the last week.

Some quick voting from fans sent this photo quickly to number one spot! Thanks to everyone that entered and voted!

Wholigans © Jacqueline Barison

Wholigans © Jacqueline Barisan

On her photo background she says:
Photography has always been a great passion to me. It wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to pick up the camera again & start shooting. 

I shot a lot of wildlife & landscape … A few years back I entered a photo to Canadian Geographic & it was published…. I have had no schooling in this field but always just had a natural eye for it.

I met up with some friends one night in Toronto & was introduced to the promotions guru from radio station Q107. He invited me out to many of their shows & it was then I decided to shoot live music concerts … I feel something different when I photograph bands, I get lost in the moment & feel in control.

Currently, I have been working alongside Canadian Country Artist Chelsea Crites.

Networking, my personality & natural talent has got me this far & I hope one day to make a full time living at it … maybe I’ll get my lucky break soon I keep saying!

On John Rowlands’ work she adds:
His pictures tell a story & show his personal connection. There’s a uniqueness to the photos – his own mark …. a true inspiration to me … I would love to learn from him!

Jacqueline’s photo has won a spot at John Rowlands’ Music photography Exhibition:
June 8th, 2013 from noon to night
Ottawa Studio Works
160 Preston St,
Ottawa, On.

We are collecting donations at the exhibition for the Ottawa Food Bank!

John Rowlands Music Photo Exhibition

John Rowlands Music Photo Exhibition

#942 – Announcing the Music Photography Exhibition of John Rowlands!

David Bowie - © John Rowlands

David Bowie - © John Rowlands

Last year we ran our second  Music Photography show at the studio. I was contacted by John Rowlands about his music work.

As I learned about the sheer depth of his work my jaw continued to drop! It seems he has photographed EVERYBODY in rock and roll with any significance.

Rolling Stones
Bob Dylan
Elton John
James Brown
David Bowie
Elvis Presly
etc, etc, etc.

Bob Marley © John Rowlands

Bob Marley © John Rowlands

John’s music career started from humble beginnings:
John Rowlands, a 13 year old  teenager who lived in a part of Ottawa called ‘Manor Park’ was a big fan of the popular recording artist, Brenda Lee. With an advance on his 10 cents a week allowance, money made from his 77 drop morning paper route, and cash made from helping the local milkman he bought a ticket to the Brenda Lee Show. Sensing that it was a long shot that she might ever be his girlfriend he took along his father’s camera, a single roll of film and 12 very large flash bulbs…

And his career grew quickly from there! John has just returned from a show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London featuring his portraits of David Bowie.

Jimi Hendrix © John Rowlands

Jimi Hendrix © John Rowlands

And soon he will be featuring his work at our photo studio – Ottawa Studio Works. It’s a one day show highlighting some of John’s fabulous work.

Saturday, June 8th, 2013
noon-9pm (approximately)
Ottawa Studio Works;
160 Preston St.

John’s prints will be exhibited and available for sale!

Jackson 5 © John Rowlands

Jackson 5 © John Rowlands

We will be collecting donations for the Ottawa Food Bank, too!

Ottawa Food Bank

Ottawa Food Bank

Stay tuned for the Music Online Photo Contest where we ask you to enter and vote for your favourite music shots, ever. The most liked photo will have a chance to be exhibited alongside John’s work at the studio – details coming this week!

Pete Townshend © John Rowlands

Pete Townshend © John Rowlands

#934 – Photo Exhibition Developments

I’m gonna  leak a little bit of info…

Coming up in June we’re arranging another Music photography show.
Remember last year’s show?
Or 2011’s music exhibition? 

We will be showing the work of John Rowlands.

John Rowlands?
He’s shot just about every important music act… ever!
David Bowie, James Brown, Stones, Beatles, Bob Dylan?


June 8th, 2013.
Stay tuned for details…

John Rowlands music photo - Elvis Presley

© John Rowlands music photography - - Elvis Presley

#803 Photo Blog Reminder! Upcoming Music Exhibition – Saturday, June 16th

Jean Labelle - Music photo exhibition

Jean Labelle - Music photo exhibition - Blackie

Visit us this Saturday as we have some of Ottawa’s finest working photographers presenting their best music photography.

Read photo bios and see more photos.

Join us!:

Saturday, June 16th; 7pm onwards

OttawaStudioWorks.com; 160 Preston St., Ottawa

Music Show Biran Goldschmeid

Ottawa Music Photography Show ©Brian Goldschmeid - Arkells

#797 Music Show Brewing at the Photo Studio

We are pulling everything together for the “Welcome the Ottawa Music Festivals Show of Music Photography.

That’s a mouthful.

We have rounded up some of Ottawa’s finest and most celebrated working photographers to show off some of their finest music work at Ottawa Studio Works in central Ottawa.

Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction)

Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) - © Sandy Sharkey


Saturday, June 16th; 7pm onwards

OttawaStudioWorks.com; 160 Preston St., Ottawa

Music Show - Freestyle Photography

Music Show - © Freestyle Photography

Who’s presenting work?

It looks like the list will include:

André Ringuette / Freestyle Photography – is the owner and Chief Photographer of Freestyle Photography; Official photographers of the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place. As SBP photographer, he has photographed every band who has ever played in this venue since it was first opened in 1996.

Brian Goldschmeid – has been shooting for 20 years. Music is one of his favourite things to shoot. He has shot for Avril, Nettwerk records, EMI, Sony, The Ottawa Citizen, Bluesfest, Jazzfest, Folkfest, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Westfest, Molson, CBC and has had photos in many publications. He was also the Barrymores in house photographer for 5 years.

Music Show - © Brian Goldschmeid

Music Show - © Brian Goldschmeid

Harry Nowell – is owner and photographer at OttawaStudioWorks – covered Bluesfest, Jazzfest for over ten years. Has a wide base of clients including Canadian Geographic, CBC, numerous government agencies, magazines and private clients. His stock work sells world wide and he has been teaching photo workshops and safaris for 12 years.

Hearts And Mines

Hearts And Mines - © Scott Martin

Sandy Sharkey can be heard weekday mornings on the ‘Cub and Company’ radio show on 939 BOB FM.  Her passion for music and animals has found a whole new outlet, behind the lens of a camera – with thanks to the amazing Michelle Valberg for starting it all, and instructor Harry Nowell for not laughing at my thousands of questions!

Scott Martin / SpotLight Ottawa –  I have been photographing live music at every opportunity. I have spent the last few years photographing the Big Money Shot competition in Ottawa, documenting some of the great up and coming bands our city has to offer for Spotlightottawa.com.

Steve Gerecke – Ottawa Citizen Freelance Photographer and shooter of many music festivals.

Jean Labelle – is a freelance photographer who has photographed music festivals for Front Page Media.

Kathy Roussel – shoots music, weddings and portraits.

Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of Alabama - © HarryNowell.com

Join us!:

Saturday, June 16th; 7pm onwards

OttawaStudioWorks.com; 160 Preston St., Ottawa