|Photo source: Wikimedia Commons; Suwannee.payne|
The ByWard Market (known also as Marché By) is where Ottawa was born...
and where we will meet on
Saturday, October 24, 2015
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"The history of the ByWard Market area is the history of fire, of working-class folk, of farmers, industry, brawls and bawdiness. Although today it is best known for its trendy restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs, this was not always so. The Market area was until two or three decades ago known simply as Lowertown, Ottawa's oldest blue-collar neighbourhood and the cradle of the city's French population." (Source: http://www.byward-market.com/about/history.htm)
For our WW SKetchCrawl, sketchers will find plenty to sketch with the outdoor market, the courtyards, the Byward market building, public art and a number of architecturally significant and interesting buildings and lots of people.
This location is weatherproof with plenty of places to warm up between your sketches or you could spend the day sketching inside from many of the locations within the market. There are tea shops. coffee shops and food shops with windows looking out into the busy market.
Sketch The Outdoor Market
Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. Outdoor vendors are an integral part of the ByWard Market experience. Unlike some other market experiences, you'll find ByWard Market vendors outside no matter the weather, 363 days per year (closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day)!
Typically, agri-food vendors are open May to November, 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:30 p.m. Bad weather will rarely disrupt selling. Art and craft vendors usually operate May to October and start at 9:00 a.m. sometimes until 8:00 or 9:00 p.m (Source: http://www.byward-market.com/en/about/outdoor-market.htm)
|Expect lots of pumpkins, squash and Halloween inspired crafts|
Photo Source: http://www.ottawatourism.ca/member/byward-market/
Sketch the Courtyards
The courtyards we know today were simply back alleys for the disposal of garbage and storage of junk for the Sussex Street stores. Over the years they became used as parking lots, which they remained until the 1970s when the NCC decided to restore them into interior pedestrian spaces. They provide shelter from the wind and good places to sit and sketch.
- Tin House Court: The most popular is Tin House Court.
- Beaux-Arts Court (Between Murray and St. Patrick)
- Jeanne d’Arc Court (Between York and Clarence)
- Clarendon Court: (Between George and York) Clarendon Court has served as a tavern, a hotel, a barracks, an art academy and a hospital during its lifetime.
|Clarendon Court (near Byward Market Square)|
Map Source: Wikimapia
Sketch the Byward Market Square Building
The ByWard Market Square building is the heart of the ByWard Market area.
The original market building was constructed in 1848 and the current one was built in 1926. It was renovated in 1975 and re-opened in 1976. At this time the building became a domain for Art and Craft producers.
It is fun to sketch from the outside or the inside and is a great place to warm up between sketches.
|Photo Source: http://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/ottawa-in-autumn-a-36-hour-guide/|
|Inside the Byward Market Square Building|
Photo Source: http://www.ottawatourism.ca/member/byward-market-square/
Sketch the Public Art
- The Tin House: Installed in 1973, and hangs on a building wall in a courtyard. http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1380830476341
- McClintock’s Dream: This whimsical, papier mâché cloud adorns the ByWard Market Building http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1380890072614
- Dancing Bear: This bronze sculpture, created in 1999, is located in the in the ByWard Market, http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1380829404734
- Angel: This cast iron angel is located in the Beaux-Arts Court in the ByWard Market http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1380046774962
- Alley Cats: The Murray Street parking garage, in Ottawa, is home to 14 bronze alley cats http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1380721658786
|Public Art: The Tin House|
Sketch Buildings With A Story
- Millennium Fountain/York Street (York and Sussex)
- 375-385 Sussex Drive (Notre Dame Basilica)
- 138 St. Patrick Street (Rochon House)
- 150 St. Patrick Street (Alfonse Rochon House)
- 142-144 St Patrick Street (Valade House)
- 206 St. Patrick Street (Brousseau Terrace)
- 188 St. Patrick (Brule House)
- 159 Murray Street (Guigues School)
- 55 Murray Street (Hotel Martineau)
|The Rochon House, 138 St Patrick|
|City of Ottawa - Official Plan - Byward Market|
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 (10 am to 4 pm) We will start at 10 AM but feel free to come later. Stay for the full six hours or less
Where: Byward Market. Meet at 10 am in front of the Ottawa School of Art 35 George Street. (http://artottawa.ca/) Look for the SketchCrawl sign.
|Meet at 10 am at the Ottawa School of Art|
35 George St
How: OC Transpo buses stop at the Rideau shopping centre. The Byward market is a short walk from there. Drivers: there is only metered parking spaces available in the surrounding Byward market area. The exception is the World Exchange Plaza (45 O'Connor St - a 15 minute 1.1 km walk) which offers free indoor parking on weekends.
Lunch: 12 Noon - Meet at the Byward Market Moulin De Provence Bakery 55 Byward Market Square
Afternoon: 1:15 Continue sketching in and around the market
Show and Tell: At 3:15 head to the Heart and Crown (http://www.heartandcrown.ca/byward.aspx) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined. The Heart and Crown was chosen because of its ample seating - it is actually 5 pubs (Heart and Crown, Snug Pub, Mother McGintey’s, Black Rose and Peter Devine's) under 1 roof (with 6 patios) and stretches a full city block in the Historic ByWard Market.
|Show and Tell at 3:15 at the Heart and Crown on Clarence|