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SELECTIONS 2014 Juror’s Choice Award Winners Announced
October 06, 2014

Oct. 1, 2014 – For Immediate Release

SELECTIONS 2014 Juror’s Choice Award Winners Announced
150 Attend with AOE Arts Council to Recognize Local Artists

Ottawa (Ontario) – An enthusiastic crowd of over 150 guests and artists gathered at the vernissage in anticipation of who the jury selected as the three winners of AOE Arts Council’s annual SELECTIONS 2014 art exhibit on Sept. 25. The honour of Juror’s Choice Awards this year goes to Marie Paquette for her piece entitled Nuit blanche (ink), Mark Stephenson for his piece entitled Pondering (painting), and Krystyna Sadej for her piece entitled Transformation - Ugly Duckling (textile art).

The public is invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award during the time of the exhibition. The winner will be announced on October 22, 2014 on AOE Arts Council’s website, and social media. This year’s show presents a variety of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, marquetry, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, book arts and textile arts produced by 50 AOE members.

“SELECTIONS is a great opportunity for artists to meet other artists and reach new audiences,” says Kathy MacLellan, President of the Board of Directors for AOE Arts Council. “It helps AOE to shine a light on some fantastic local talent and show how powerfully the arts contribute to our daily lives.”

The exhibit runs from September 25 to October 21, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, in the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

AOE Arts Council wishes to thank the support of our event sponsors Sotek Graphics and Printing, DeSerres and Dewan Catering.

About AOE Arts Council

AOE Arts Council (AOE) has been serving the arts and culture community for 27 years. As a not‐for‐profit charitable organization, AOE acknowledges the generosity of its donors, funders and partners who assist the Council in promoting, supporting and developing the arts in Ottawa. AOE represents a bilingual membership of over 450 artists, organizations and supporters.

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Cristiane Doherty
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Paquette, Marie - Nuit blanche

Marie Paquette – Ceramist & Visual Artist
Kars, Ontario 

Marie Paquette is a full-time ceramist and visual artist based in Kars Ontario, where she runs her studio-gallery. Marie had always wanted to become a poet. She explored many art forms before finally, and naturally stumbling upon clay. After years of classes and practicing, she officially decided in 2004 to dedicate herself full-time to the art. Marie approaches clay with attention rather than intention. At the beginning, she only has a vague idea of what the object will look like. “It is by paying attention to how clay responds to manipulations that I can see the new object coming to life, the form suggesting itself through the different stages of the shaping process. I like to think I work in collaboration with clay,” says Marie.

Marie also started exploring the world of acrylic a few years ago, describing her method as free form brush painting. Again, she approaches her white page the same way she does with clay, letting the inspiration come as naturally as it can.



Stephenson, Mark - Pondering

Mark Stephenson – Visual Artist
Ottawa, Ontario

Mark Stephenson has been a graphic designer for over 20 years with an ongoing passion for arts. It was only a few years ago that he decided he would dedicate a part of his career to painting. “I always figured I’d be an artist when I retired but decided a few years ago, why wait!” Mark is a relaxed and passionate artist that enjoys working from life, mostly depicting portraits and the human form. “Drawing and painting with live models has really helped me become a keen observer”, says Mark. His unique talent and technique in portraiture even brought him to win the Ottawa Battle of the Art competition in 2013.



Sadej, Krystyna -Transformation (Ugly Duckling)

Krystyna Sadej – Fibre Artist
Navan, Ontario

Born in Poland, Krystyna Sadej has been mastering the art of tapestry for more than 30 years. Krystyna loves to experiment with different fiber art mediums, materials, and techniques, but her main focus is on weaving. She uses traditional weaving methods by incorporating recyclable materials such as plastic foil, video tapes, old lamp shades, and fabric scraps. She transforms flat surfaces into three-dimensional abstract art pieces, focusing mainly on colour, shape, and light rather than creating realistic images.

Krystyna’s inspiration comes from her relationships with other people, as well as feelings and thoughts that surround her. She acknowledges that she gained a lot of experience and confidence by entering juried shows, meeting other artists, and participating in art openings. In a continuous search for the new ways of expression, Krystyna’s work is very personal, reflecting her life in Canada, longing for her homeland and loved ones.