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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lighting Up The Capital In The Evening

As I mentioned in the previous post, I came back downtown to Glowfair a week ago today to see the event in the evening. At the south end, the lights were on. 

I passed by this chalk artist at work. Nearby were large sheets for anyone to write or draw on in chalk. 

There was also a group of aerialists present, part of a group called Aerial Antics. I'm going to have a series on them over in the photoblog, but wanted to give a hint of it here.

Another look at a couple of the murals I showed in the previous post. The artist in the second one was busy filling in the goats.

This street artist was nearby, using spray paint on a canvas instead of regular paint.

Glowfair does have something of an educational perspective. Such was the case when I came across a booth put together by the Canada Science And Technology Museum. One of our national museums here in the capital region, it has been undergoing extensive renovation and repairs, and so has been closed, but is due to re-open in November. The demonstration was on fire- using cotton balls and a bit of fuel as the source, the fire was channeled by placing a glass chimney around it, thus creating a fire tornado effect, something that can also be seen during forest fires.

These caught my eye. Jackie Oh is the name of the artist, at Sense 11 Art, and she had several of her works on display.

Coloured lights were being projected onto the facade of one of the buildings, Barrymore's, a night club. I took several shots and decided this one was my favourite.

Another one of those fun but educational things. A camera at the base of the screen caught passersby, while on the screen itself, balls dropped around them- and reacted when a passerby might try to kick the virtual balls.

Coming back to where I started, these trees were quite popular for photographers. I'll be using a couple of shots from here for a theme day at my photoblog, as well as from another part of the festival for another theme day.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Street Fair In The Heart Of The City

As mentioned in the last post, since I'm quite busy over in the photoblog at present, my photos are spilling over into this blog this week. Glowfair is an event that's been happening in Ottawa since 2014. It is an annual street festival mixing together art, music, entertainment, and even some educational material over the course of two nights and a day- this year it was last Friday and Saturday. Today I'll be showing you some of what I saw on Saturday afternoon, while in Saturday's post, I'll cover my evening visit.

There were several large scale murals, either done or in process as I passed through. Bank Street, one of our major streets, is closed down for a number of blocks to traffic for this event.

There was also a large scale chess game being played by a couple of boys.

Something more meant for the kids, obviously, this was just being set up when I was here.

This colourful bench caught my eye.

There was an artist at work while I was passing through. Nancy Mirsky is a local artist who specializes in glass art, and was demonstrating the technique of glass blowing. It's the first time I've seen this done. The third of these shots are samples of her work.

At the south end of the closed off section of the street, these artificial trees were set up. How they look all lit up, I'll show in the next post.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Emerald Island In The New World

While I usually leave my photoblogging to the photoblog, in the summer there's a lot going on here, and I've just started a series there on Doors Open. So, two or three of my posts here this week will be covering other events that have been happening.

This is Canada's 150th year since Confederation, and the city of Ottawa is doing a number of initiatives in addition to what the federal government is doing to celebrate the occasion. One of them happens to be inviting the embassies around the city to have a day to present their own countries. It's been done since April at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, with at least one event a week, more so now that we're at the edge of the summer. Last Friday I came to attend one such event: Ireland had the stage. I passed by the Aberdeen Pavilion first.

And this is the Horticulture Building.

Inside, the place was crowded, with displays by the embassy as well as Irish affiliated groups. There was a lot to take in.

This is a scale model of a park in the making in Toronto, Grasset Park, to be built on the land where fever sheds were built for Irish arrivals who had taken ill on their journey over in 1847. Look up more about it here.

There was music going on while I was in here. First two musicians, then a third, were on stage. Great Irish music to listen to, and the crowd enjoyed it.

This harp caught my eye. The harpist took the photo of yours truly.

I stepped outside, where this art caught my eye, before returning inside to the music.