It’s almost time for Nuit Blanche here in the capital region.
Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau is a 1 night per year, dusk-until-dawn celebration of multidisciplinary Art and local culture that takes place across multiple venues and within the cityscape of Ottawa and Gatineau. Nuit Blanche showcases the creativity and cohesion of the local community and the success of its industries. Approximately 160 artists took part in the inaugural event, and it was attended by approximately 30 000 smiling people on September 22nd, 2012, between 6pm and 4am.
It is a platform for recognizing the region within the national and international arts and festival scene, and it fosters the region as a cultural destination while generating revenue for local businesses. You can head to the their website and get an idea of what is happening and a map here.
The 2014 theme is BYPASS. The Oxford Dictionary says that the noun bypass is ‘A road passing … its centre to provide an alternative route for through traffic…[and] A secondary channel, pipe, or connection to allow a flow when the main one is closed or blocked.’
I was asked by the City of Gatineau to do an art installation on this little ole tree that will be in the centre of a few activities (including a fashion show) happening the night of Nuit Blanche.
My installation is all about getting out of the rat race, bypassing the highly technological road we are currently on and heading back to the past. It is important to remind everyone and make the younger generation aware of how things used to be. Time for everyone to return to the past lane, stop to smell the roses of yesteryear and remember the simplicity of things. The kids, students and friends of Studio & Boutique Peaberry will assist in creating images of classic forms of entertainment and toys before the world of cell phones and tablets. We will then be embellishing everything, including the tree with the crafts of the past such as embroidery and crochet.
I invite you all to come down to the Boutique and be a part of the installation by embroidering together one of these pieces to be hung from the tree.
I also wanted to let you know about the Nocturnal Bazarre that will be happening the night of the festival on Laval Street in Old Hull.
There will be street performers and artisans all along the street from 7pm to 11pm. Come find me and a few other vendors such as
LITTLEST BIRD WORKSHOP
and many more!!!