Open Studio 2015


Ottawa ON: Location, location, location; EBA has been in its prime Ottawa location for over 23 years! These Enriched Bread Artists serve prime-grade art locally and internationally from their transformed bread factory. A prime example of a not-for-profit collective, EBA artists (in their prime, by the way) work in all media and originate from all over the world. Their Annual Open Studio is a prime time to share their work and vision with Ottawa.



Vernissage:  Thu, Oct 29, 2015, 6 to 9pm

Fri, Oct 30 and Nov 6, 6 to 9pm; Sat, Oct 31 and Nov 7, 11am to 5pm; Sun, Nov 1 and Nov 8, 11am to 5pm

Prima durational performance, Hélène Lefebvre: Thu, Oct 29, 6 to 9pm

Prima performances, Karina Bergmans, Julie Fiala, Steven Girard and Tavi Weisz: Fri, Oct 30, 7pm

Prime-time news. Prime number. Primate. What does “prime” insinuate and mean? It is perhaps first a question of timing (the right or optimal time) but, also, the word itself conjures up ideas of success, beauty, ability and normality. Organized by the performance art collective called Trafic, this program of performances could be seen to multiply and resist ideas of what it means to embody “mythical norms” (Audre Lorde) through performances of our selves.

Prime Rate performance, Marika Jemma: Sat, Oct 31, 10-11am and 2-3pm

EBA artist Marika Jemma presents: A PRIME opportunity to participate in experimental research to determine the market value of creativity, both as a product and as a process. Materials Barter, STOCK Exchange, ART Auction, BARGAIN Hunt, TRADE UP – bring your LOONIES, express your OPINIONS – everything MUST GO! CASH only!

Transforming Universe artist talk, Joyce Westrop: Fri, Nov 6, 7pm

This Big Bang came out of inspiration from the 1999 Cosmos exhibit at Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. My Universe has continued to expand and contract over the past sixteen years, finding further influence and inspiration from each new context.

Social Issues through Movement performances and artists’ talk, Dandelion Dance Company: Sat, Nov 7, 2pm

The Dandelion Dance Company will share their experiences and insights after attending two four-day intensive workshops in the spring and fall of 2015 working with Aanmitaagzi and Aboriginal Elders on storytelling, multigenerational work and using the Aboriginal worldview as the basis for community engaged arts and process. Dandelion will also be performing some of their social justice dance work at EBA.

Contemporary Landscape – Its Place in Time panel, Pat Durr, Leslie Reid, Erin Robertson, Jennifer Stead and Yvonne Wiegers: Sun, Nov 8, 2pm

The initial impulse for this panel came after a discussion that identified a lack of discourse on landscape despite the fact it is easy to list many artists where landscape or the environment informs their artistic practices. Contemporary landscape in the Ottawa-Gatineau region explores a breadth of vision and influence unrivalled historically. Panelists will discuss their artistic practices in relation to landscape and the environment.

Participating artists: Sarah Anderson, Claude Chapdelaine, Tami Galili Ellis, Colette Gréco-Riddle, Meaghan Haughian, Marika Jemma, Sayward Johnson, Gayle Kells, Natasha Mazurka, Juliana McDonald, Jenny McMaster, Jeannie Polisuk, Bozica Radjenovic, Mana Rouholamini, Daniel Sharp, Frank Shebageget, Cindy Stelmackowich, Svetlana Swinimer, Mohamed Thiam, Tavi Weisz, Joyce Westrop and Yvonne Wiegers.

Design: Yvonne Wiegers