anona kosmack art show arlington five chaos in the cosmos

On Saturday, May 13, artist and art educator Anona Kosmack hosted her first solo show at a quaint coffee shop called Arlington 5. Located just off the bustling street of Bank St. between downtown and the Glebe, this establishment serves it's community locally made treats, coffee and tea, all while doing their part to reduce their waste.

When they aren't doing what they do best, Arlington Five also accommodates and supports local artists and musicians by opening their space for events to showcase talent and art. 

Anona's 'Chaos in the Cosmos' was a series exploring "how the universe favouring entropy can work to our advantage. It really plays on the feeling of being small in such a vast a mysterious world. A lot of the works are portrait like in nature but the backgrounds and surrounding effect place the subject in a surrounding state of awe and wonder."

Indeed, it was a beautiful evening together, having caricatures created by Anona herself and creating Mother's Days cards while enjoying delicious snacks provided from Scratch With Love. Thank you to everyone that purchased art, provided donations and came out to support. 

For more photos check out uploads to the event page HERE.


Zero Waste Art Workshop with Ability First Ottawa

I first met Christina at A.R.T. In Action's A.R.T NIGHT and after the event, she asked me if I'd volunteer to do an art workshop with Ability First. Of course the answer was yes.

"The core goal of AFO is to inspire others with disabilities to reach their goals and fulfill their potential. Our program works with people from 10 to 70 years of age providing mentoring, employment skill opportunities and workshops, social programs, as well as recreational and creative activities."

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We met at Collab Space this afternoon, where I was immediately greeted with smiles and the sounds of beat boxing from a gentleman named Brad. I felt at home. 

Our materials of the day were: cranberry juice, turmeric, activated charcoal and chlorophyll on canvas tote bags. The cloudy and cold day had me missing the Philippines so I explained to them that we'd be painting palm trees. Here's what mine looked like:

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It was a lot of fun to see everyone's work of art come to life and although I thought I was supposed to be teaching just one class, the vote's are in that I'll for sure be coming back to teach another one again soon. Looking forward to it! 

**If you want to apply to volunteer as an art educator, please e-mail:
info (at) dreamlovegrow (dot) com **