Today we are going to be taking you on a deep dive into local art in Ottawa. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly right here.
We appreciate you giving us a minute of your time and will try not to waste it. The best Ottawa Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer is how things will begin.
Once they are out of the way we will tell you about the best local art stores where you can find all the supplies and materials you need. The top shows, festivals, and events throughout the year will need to get their own section as well.
Some may be interested in taking an art walking tour or check out some of the most creative statues and sculptures around town when the weather is nice. Art classes and lessons in your area are widely available as there are plenty of classes for both kids and adults.
Dealers, appraisers and framing shops will also be discussed as the post moves forward. We have written other posts about cities in Canada that you can check out if interested, and stick around for our local area map at the end to get a better lay of the land.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Ottawa
When you are ready to visit the best art galleries and museums in Ottawa try these:
- National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Dr
- Cube Gallery at 1285 Wellington St
- Gallery 101 at 280 Catherine St
- Orange Art Gallery at 290 City Centre Ave
- La Pai Gallery at 13 Murray St
- La Petite Mort Gallery at 306 Cumberland St
- Patrick Mikhail Gallery at 2401 Bank St
- Saw Gallery at 67 Nicholas St
- Ottawa Art Gallery at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge
The National Gallery of Canada’s collection comprised of a single 19th-century landscape when it was founded in 1880. More than 75,000 works of art, as well as a vast library and archival resources, are housed in the Gallery some 140 years later.
Don Monet’s Cube Gallery has 30 years of expertise curating exhibitions and hosting events in venues around Canada. They offer fine art appraisal and consultancy, home and workplace installation and curation, exhibition curation and planning, and basic art restoration education.
Gallery 101 is a philanthropic non-profit artist-run center committed to the professional exhibition and dissemination of visual and media arts. Creators, curators, writers, and critics can also benefit from services and professional development possibilities.
Orange Art Gallery, which opened in 2010, is a family-run enterprise that represents 25 local contemporary artists. The residence is the historic CN Railroad Bank on City Centre Avenue, near to the Art Is In Bakery.
For more than 20 years L. A. Pai Gallery has played a significant role in promoting modern Canadian art and jewelry in your area and globally. For the past two decades they have also supported modern emerging and established artists and jewellers in Canada and around the world.
La Petite Mort is a multifaceted monument to variety. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, “objets trouvés,” and mixed media are among the works on display. Constant activities go down at the gallery like the ‘One Night Stand,’ 24-hour art happenings, and weekly places for young talent.
Patrick Mikhail Gallery, founded in 2006, has curated a program of solo and group exhibitions, special projects, curatorial and academic collaborations, off-site projects, participation in international art fairs and festivals, and has promoted and nurtured the careers of a new generation of artists through vital relationships with museums, institutions, corporate collections, and private collectors.
Saw Gallery supports contemporary Canadian and international artists from varied cultural origins and presents a contemporary art program with a particular focus on Canadian performance and media art. It also produces bilingual interpretive material for each exhibition, and with over 30,000 visits per year, SAW is a popular contemporary art attraction in your region.
A group of local artists and community leaders formed the Gallery at Arts Court in 1988, and it was renamed the Ottawa Art Gallery in 1992. The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art at the OAG is a nationally significant collection of 1,600 works from the twentieth century. Over time, the OAG has amassed a sizable permanent collection which today includes over 1,020 works including paintings, sculpture, graphics, photos, and new media.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you need to buy new materials go to one of these local art supply stores:
- Wallack’s Art Supplies at 231 Bank St
- Select Fine Art Materials at 2208 St Joseph Blvd
- Malenka Originals at 1098B Somerset St W
- Stained Glass Stuff at 911 Richmond Rd
- Deserres at 1200 Saint Laurent blvd
Wallack’s is one of Canada’s oldest art supply stores, as well as the owner of one of the country’s oldest commercial fine art galleries, Wallack Galleries. They provide a vast range of materials and supplies for creators, as well as services and education
Select Fine Art Materials takes a different approach as it is a local art store run by creators for creators. Malenka Originals is a workshop and store near you that is the place to study and be inspired about painted furniture. Along with selling chosen pieces of refinished furniture, they also sell several of the most sought-after refinishing supplies on the market today.
Stained Glass Stuff provides installation, repair, restoration, sawing, framing, coldwork, adhesive, drilling, and fire glass. DeSerres is a top destination for creative minds of all backgrounds, and it sets the standard for originality.
Shows & Events
The best art shows, festivals, and events near you would be:
The New Art Festival (TNAF) is the city’s largest non-profit outdoor art festival. This yearly event, which features over 200 artists and entertainers from a wide range of disciplines, also attracts thousands of visitors and participants from across Canada and around the world.
Armchair Art Show provides members with an opportunity to take a guided tour or “walk” through the 3D gallery at their leisure, all from the comfort of their own home. Don’t forget about the 1st Thursday events that we are mentioning in the local art walks section either, and many of the venues from our best museums near you list will also have events going on throughout the year.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you want to buy something new or learn the current value of something in your collection you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you:
- Snow Goose at 83 Sparks St
- Wall Space Gallery at 358 Richmond Rd
- The Art Bank at 921 St Laurent Blvd
- Wallack Galleries at 225 Bank St
- Koyman Galleries at 1771 St Laurent Blvd
The Snow Goose has been dedicated to Inuit and First Nations art since opening in the early 1960’s. They take pleasure in their knowledgeable display of First Nations art from around Canada.
Wall Space Gallery is dedicated to presenting thought-provoking and interesting exhibitions. They also offer art consultancy and custom framing design to assist you in curating a collection that matches your aesthetic for your home or business.
The Art Bank contains one of the greatest collections of modern Canadian art in the country, with over 17,000 works by over 3,000 creators. Through their corporate art rental, museum loans, and outreach programs the Canada Council Art Bank makes contemporary work available to a broad public across the country.
Wallack Galleries specializes in buying and selling artwork by deceased creators and represents both figurative and abstract painters. These artists work in a variety of mediums such as paintings, sculptures, and graphics.
Koyman Galleries was founded in 1965 and now represents over 175 recognized and young Canadian artists. More than 5,000 works by some of the country’s top painters and photographers are included in the collection.
Some of the best areas to walk around outside and see some unique art can be found at:
- 1st Thursday Art Walk 1292 Wellington St W
- Art Walk Tours at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St
- Byward Market Interactive Art Walk at 267 Dalhousie St
1st Thursdays is a monthly neighborhood festival of amazing art held on the first Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stroll around 5 distinct galleries, all within walking distance of one another, and experience world-class art, good vibes, and good conversation.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and select Wednesdays at 1 p.m. you can find a guided walking tour of the National Arts Centre, including architectural highlights and the visual arts collection. The NAC is a Canadian national historic site that houses large-scale works by some of the country’s top mid-century painters.
The ByWard Market, founded in 1826 by Lt-Col. John By, is one of the country’s oldest and largest public markets. Colonel By, the famed builder of the Rideau Canal, designed the Market’s street plan, designating George Street and York Street as particularly wide to facilitate the construction of a public market and gathering space.
Sculptures & Statues
Another good way to enjoy nice weather would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures in the area:
- Joy at 63 Sparks St
- Terry Fox Statue at 90 Wellington St
- The Maman Statue at Sussex Dr
- The Listening Tree at 186 Gladstone Ave
- Oscar Peterson Statue at Elgin & Albert St
- Archive at 100 Tallwood Dr
The Joy Sculpture was created from welded copper and depicts a happy family celebrating a moment of extreme joy. Bruce Garner, the artist, campaigned for the right to place his work here, claiming he intended to liven up Sparks Street and surprise people.
John Hooper sculpted the Terry Fox statue in 1983 which stands across from Parliament Hill and depicts the bravery of this great national hero. The Maman Statue by Louise Bourgeois is a nurturing and protective symbol of fertility and motherhood, shelter, and the home.
The Listening Tree is a piece of music by Jesse Stewart & Matthew Edwards of Mixed Metaphors. Ruth Abernethy designed the statue of Oscar Peterson seated at his piano at the corner of Elgin and Albert streets in 2010. Archive is a stainless steel house that floats twenty feet off the plaza and was made in 2011 by Don Maynard.
Ottawa Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find lessons for kids, teens, or adults some of the best Ottawa art schools and classes can be found at:
- Ottawa School of Art at 35 George St
- Ottawa Art Academy at 2445 St Laurent Blvd
- 4Cats The Glebe Art Studio at 846 Bank St
- Art Haven at 200 Kennevale Dr #102
- Color Me Mine at 525 Industrial Ave
Lifedrawing, landscape painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, lithography, watercolour, etching, printmaking, and a wide range of specialized short courses and seminars are all available at the Ottawa School of Art. Classes for children and teenagers include multi-media, animation and cartooning, sculpting and construction, pottery, drawing, and painting.
The Ottawa Art Academy (OAA) is known for its academic representational realism and will assist students in learning the foundations and essentials of realistic drawing and painting. If you can capture reality, you can create everything you can think of.
The program adheres to the 4Cats pedagogy, which is based on the creation of a world that stimulates a love of art, beauty, and learning, an environment of compassion and happiness, and a studio where they all work together in a beautiful, professional, and artistic setting.
Art Haven is a children’s art studio and bubble tea café where you can create long-lasting memories via enjoyable and easy-to-learn ceramic and canvas painting. Color Me Mine is a Paint-Your-Own Ceramics studio where you may learn the skill of having fun. It is a great spot for team-building activities, fundraisers, camp accreditation, and all kinds of group events.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can try to rent local studio space at:
Studio Space Ottawa (SSO) is a non-profit organization that provides working spaces for artists that are stable, inexpensive, open, healthy, and safe. SSO is a community for visual artists and makers at all stages of their careers. This comprises established artists, artists in their mid-career, and young artists.
Hello Art Studios is an artist collective made up of eight Ottawa-based artists, some of whom also teach workshops and courses at the studio.
Some of the most highly recommended places to go for art framing in Ottawa are:
- Modern Painting & Framing Shop at 1315 Richmond
- Patrick Gordon Framing Studio at 160 Elm St
- Framed! at 1075 Bank St
- Malen Framing at 1430 Prince of Wales Dr
- Germotte Photo & Framing Studio at 358 Ravenhill Ave E
- Picture Plus at 179 George St
Since 1989 Modern Painting and Framing has been helping consumers, art collectors, interior designers, charities, government organizations, and local companies get high-quality framing. Patrick Gordon Framing Studio frames anything, advises, consults, and enjoys educating. Creators, galleries, organizations, and even ordinary individuals can deliver and install their display, or come to your home to fix and install your own works.
Framed! provides full framing services for almost anything you want to exhibit, from a small pressed flower found while walking along the river to a major picture from your travels. Malen Framing specializes in bespoke framing, printing, laminating, a big selection of custom frames, mats, and framing options.
Germotte Printing and Framing Studio is a good place to find custom fine art printing, photo printing, and framing. Picture Plus is one of the oldest visual media enterprises in your area. Custom printing and framing for your images, documents, art, and memorable moments, as well as professional photography for yourself, your business, and your events are available.
Just so you know we have also written about:
- The Best Art In Montreal
- The Best Art In Toronto
- The Best Art In Quebec City
- The Best Art In New York City
Have Fun Enjoying The Ottawa Art Scene
Hopefully this post covered the local art scene near you well enough. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art more than most. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Ottawa!