Our mixed media course with Dipna Horra at the Ottawa School of Art has come to an end.
We spent the last 3-hour class hanging our art in the display windows, which was no mean feat. I won’t go into the gory details, but maybe it’s not such a good idea to cram 13 art students into a narrow hallway with 39 pieces of art and expect them to reach consensus about what should go where. Especially when one art student invites all her friends and family to participate and they bring flowers and cameras and turn it into a crowded hallway vernissage while everybody else is trying to make decisions and hang art around them. And when another student shows up an hour late with an unusually large piece of art that has to somehow be wedged in somewhere after the fact. But in the end, it all looked pretty spectacular and afterwards we had a little party and everything was lovely again. I love artists.
So, if you’re in the Market area and you feel like checking out our wacky amateur art exhibit, it’ll be on display until April 17th at the Ottawa School of Art at 35 George Street. GC and I each have three pieces in it. The school is open to the public, so just walk right in and go to the two window displays on the main floor, across from the elevators. (It’s closed for four days over Easter weekend though, so don’t go then.)
We think we’ll take a drawing course next. GC’s pretty good, and I’m pretty bad. I kind of like that I’m pretty bad because it leaves me so much room for improvement. Can anyone recommend a good introductory drawing teacher in Ottawa?
At the other end of the advice spectrum, I’m also looking for a financial advisor. (I have one for my RRSP, but he’s a commissioned salesman. For my current purposes I want someone who has no vested interest in steering me in any particular direction.) Basically I need someone who can assess the big picture – taxes, mortgage, severance package, etc. – and help me make some decisions about how to proceed financially from here.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: Hella Stella just sent me coordinates for her financial dude, and I made the appointment. (I was just saying to my friend Gilles, who dropped by for coffee this morning, that one of the many benefits of being a blogger is that it provides you with such a rich source of references for good financial advisors, plumbers, art teachers, and other useful people.)