In Ottawa each year there is a neat festival called Remixed. It is held in Chinatown and pairs local businesses with artists for 1 month. The idea is to “remix” the businesses and neighborhood. Bring art into groceries, restaurants and shops where you might not expect to see it and draw in art lovers to some of these same shops they might not know about.
It’s a fun and different vibe with businesses all along the main drag of Chinatown participating. On opening day there is a big festival atmosphere. All the artists sit with their installation in the business they’re paired with as visitors walk around stopping at each location to collect a stamp for a chance to win a prize. There’s fun stuff happening outside too, along the route you’ll find various performers, demonstrations, or large scale artists working.
The festival is a juried entry and this year I was lucky enough to be one of the artists chosen! 😀 In another but of luck, I got paired with The Art House Cafe, a great business that opened this year in Ottawa and is a hub for artists and art lovers alike.
Three of my mosaics went up on their wall and will stay there for a month. During the opening day I had a 2hr time slot to do demos. It was a hot day but that didn’t stop a steady stream of folks from visiting. I’d taken a project to work on during down time but didn’t have any so only stuck a few bits on!
For the demo, I’d set up a little “history of mosaic” table showing different styles of mosaic ranging from Roman to Byzantine to Modern. There was also a table with examples of materials and backings you can use, some fun tools and several books with amazing mosaic pictures.
As an interactive bit for visitors, I offered to let them try out cutting a some glass with the traditional tools of the hammer and hardie. The hammer is heavy and it shocked everyone who picked it up, but they all did great making a cut and had fun.
It was a great day, so much fun to share my love of mosaic and my art with others. I am so happy to have been a part of this wonderful event. If you’re in the Ottawa area visiting, the art is up throughout Chinatown till October 16. Find a map of all the locations on chinatownremixed.ca