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Art of Imagination Day

By Bhat Boy

The Society for Art of Imagination is opening three exhibitions in Ottawa on Art of Imagination Day, which is Saturday, September 13. The exhibitions will be at Roast ‘n Brew, the Glebe Community Centre Gallery and Orange Gallery.

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Canadian ‘Art of Imagination’ society launched

By Bhat Boy

Some call it whimsy, some say it is surreal; others think that we are just crazy. Think what you like, artists are people too, and sometimes we need other artists that are crazy the same way we are, except we like to call it madness. That is why Russell Paquette, Marina Malvada, Jean Pronovost and I are founding the Canadian Society for Art of Imagination, for artists whose work expresses imagination and spiritualism beyond realism and style.

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Glebe Visual Arts – What’s Surfacing?

Art events and exhibitions in the Glebe this month.

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Profiles in the Arts – Gerald Trottier and Zara Ansar

The family of the late Ottawa artist Gerald Trottier (1925-2002) recently made a major donation of 102 of his works to the Ottawa Art Gallery, OAG will celebrate this generous gift with a donation launch exhibition, Perspective: Gerald Trottier, from April 10 to June 14, 2014.

Also profiled this month is Zara Ansar, local artist, video jockey, photographer, and blogger behind the successful Ottawa VeloVogue blog.

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Health and Wellness in the Glebe

Add some spring into your step with these useful articles on health and wellness.

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“Uprooted and Transplanted” A Refugee Success Story

by Dorothy A. Phillips

In 1938 a mother and her boy of nine fled their home in the German section of Czechoslovakia, just ahead of Hitler’s “annexation” of Sudetenland. The young boy, Hanns, returned to his native land in 1968. He tells the vivid tale of his family’s adventures in 1938 and beyond in his book Uprooted and Transplanted published by Ginger Press in 2000. A film, Hitler’s German Foes based on his book, was prepared in 2007 by Norflicks Productions Ltd. of Toronto. Glebe St. James United Church is pleased to sponsor an evening, Friday, April 11 to show the film and to have a discussion with Hanns about his story, a lesser known part of Canada’s refugee history. The film and discussion will be followed by a reception.

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Should you be singing in the shower?

By Seema Akhtar

What can reduce stress, improve mood, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, improve breathing, reduce pain, improve memory and, according to Roxanne Goodman, “uncover hidden talents and open doors in the soul”? Singing can. So, you should keep belting out those show tunes in the shower!

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Arts and Culture Events in the Glebe

The arts scene in the Glebe has been a slow cooker for a while, but it’s starting to simmer!

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Community and Music

By Cheryl Casey

Blame it on the First Avenue Book Sale. That’s where my search for a way to give back to the community first led me: my sons were both students at First Avenue in the 1990s and before long, I was co-chairing its annual book sale – and hooked on volunteer work. As my boys moved on, Paul’s talent as a young violinist led us to the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy (OYOA) where, over the course of 10 years, he progressed through the various ensembles, beginning in Junior Strings and ending in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. During that time, I enjoyed volunteering in various capacities for the OYOA as parent rep, newsletter editor, event planner and board member.

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