|The welcoming front porch of the Art House Cafe|
|Sketch of Art House Cafe entrance (by Cindi Foreman)|
The Art House Cafe is a special art space that Jo had dreamed of creating for Ottawa artists and you can tell that a LOT of thought has been put into so many of the details.
|Art House Cafe owner Josiah Beaton serving up lots of great food and beverages.|
|Art House Cafe Art Director/Co-owner Geneviève Bétournay, chatting with Ottawa urban sketchers|
Art Director/Co-owner Geneviève Bétournay, (Gen, who is also the director of the Studio La Mouche art collective) spoke with us about the process of filling this space with all of the incredible that surrounded us while we sketched.
"Gen’s role as Art Director will have her in charge of keeping the space alive with art: she’ll be looking to local artists to stock the on-site Gift Shop with Ottawa-centric goods (the second floor of the building will be run separately as short-term vacation rentals), managing exhibits, and overseeing equipment, resources, and services for artists such as silkscreening and printing. Joe will be focused on the operation of the cozy front-room cafe and overseeing the Art House Cafe as a whole. There will be spaces to rent for workshops, events, and performances, a gorgeous patio to enjoy, and great hopes from the new business partners that their venture will be a space for artists and non-artists alike to learn, connect, and be inspired."
Wow! What an inspiring space with so much potential for the future!
Ottawa urban sketching events are free, and open to sketchers of all ages and all levels and, lucky for us, the Art House Cafe is a child-friendly venue. We were so happy to have the two young sketchers below join us for part of the evening!
|The Art House Cafe is a child-friendly creative environment|
The seating throughout the Cafe is comfortable and every wall is filled with art. Such an inspiring place for artists to sit!
|So many great spots to sketch at the Art House Cafe|
|A sketch of me sketching (by Marisol)|
|There were lots of tables to sketch on throughout the space.|
|These sketchers are all from thee U.K.! How wonderful that they dropped in to join us!|
|This urban sketcher on the left did a great sketch of the Art House Cafe owner Josiah Beaton!|
|Long time Ottawa urban sketcher Laurie working on the sketch featured below.|
|Laurie's ink & watercolour sketch (size 11.5" x 16.5", in Moleskine sketchbook),|
Sketchers are welcomed to attend our events, arriving in the time block at whatever time works for them and staying as long as they like - an hour or for the duration.
|Ottawa urban sketcher administrator Kristina chatting with Toronto artist Matti - his first time with Ottawa Urban Sketchers|
|Trish Woolaver's sketch of the Art House Cafe|
|More sketchers were seated in an area that we may hold future workshops.|
|Coffee, sketching and FREE WiFi - a perfect spot for artists!|
|This sketch of the night by Evan Buchanan|
|This sketch of the night was by Ed Aguilar|
|This room at the back of the Art House Cafe was really full at one point!|
|More artists seated at tables that are found in every room.|
|Near the end of the night many sketchers were still going strong.|
|Loved this sketch of the night by artist Neal Shannocappo|
|Some sketchers arrived as late as 8 pm (we finished at 9 pm)|
In the meantime, drop by the Art House Cafe if ever you have a chance