News Release

SELECTIONS 2016 Juror’s Choice Awards Announced
September 27, 2016

Over 100 members of the arts community, including exhibiting artists and special guests, gathered at the opening of the 15th edition of AOE Arts Council’s annual SELECTIONS art exhibit on September 22. All present came to show their support for local artists and to witness the presentation of the three Juror’s Choice Awards by Thomas Baribault, manager of DeSerres Centre St-Laurent and sponsor of the exhibit.

The awards were given to Aino Lutter for her portrait entitled “Chelsey”, Roy Whiddon for his photograph entitled “Flight of the goose”, and to Diane Bertrand for her fibre art piece entitled “Translucidité”. The three winners of the Juror’s Choice each received a $100 gift certificate from the exhibit’s sponsor DeSerres.

“It’s always a pleasure to contribute to the growth of an art community. We are honoured to engage in and support AOE Arts Council’s role in recognizing the incredible talent of this city,” says Baribault. “It is a privilege for DeSerres to help people connect to their creativity.”

SELECTIONS is highly anticipated by local artists as it is one of the few juried shows in Ottawa that offers artists both peer and public recognition in a professional municipal gallery setting. This year, jury members reviewed 186 submitted works to narrow the “selection” to 47 artworks produced by AOE Arts Council members.

"Being recognised by a jury gives artists a real sense of validation when it comes to their artistic practice," says Diane Bertrand. “We don’t always know if something is appealing or not, so if the jury notices your work it’s reassuring.”

The jury members were local professional artists Ross Rheame (painter), Hilde Lambrechts (ceramics, pen and ink visual artist) and Stephen Hutchings (painter). Impressed by this year’s SELECTIONS submissions, the jury wanted to recognize Suzan Mandla’s “Lift Off” with an honorable mention.

Board President Lisa Cruickshank and Executive Director Victoria Steele of AOE Arts Council welcomed those who attended the opening of the SELECTIONS exhibition. The show will be on display in the Trinity Art Gallery until October 18, 2016.

“‘Flight of the goose’ is one of those wonderful situations where everything worked for the photo,” says Roy Whiddon. “All the objects in the photo, taken at Hand Works in Bloomfield, were as I found them, the colours complemented the hair of the model and the lighting gave it this painted quality.”

The annual exhibit continues to attract the interest of professional, new and emerging artists in the Ottawa region who practice visual art including: photography, textile arts, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, acrylic, oil, digital art, encaustics, ceramic, drawing and watercolour. For fifteen years, the main objectives of this exhibit have been to provide an opportunity for artist members to show and sell their work in a professional setting.

“This is the first show in a long time where I have exhibited any artwork,” says Aino Lutter. “My friend Barbara Farren encouraged me to join AOE Arts Council and to enter SELECTIONS. As someone who is getting back into art it is wonderful to get this recognition, and for a piece featuring my favourite model.”

Visitors to the gallery can vote for the People’s Choice selected artist October 18. The winner will be announced on and the AOE Arts Council’s social media on October 19 and will also receive a $100 gift certificate courtesy of DeSerres.

“The SELECTIONS exhibit is a work of art in itself, an inspiring hub where local artists can come not only to share their creations, but to cultivate their involvement in the Ottawa art scene,” adds Thomas Baribault.

SELECTIONS artists will be part of the Meet the Artists’ event on Sunday, October 2 from 1 to 3pm as part of Culture Days at the Shenkman Arts Centre. 

AOE Arts Council wishes to thank the generous support of our returning event sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, DeSerres, and Print Sponsor, Sotek Graphics and Printing. SELECTIONS is also made possible with support from the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, the Community Galleries Program at the City of Ottawa and the Shenkman Arts Centre.

SELECTIONS 2016 Juror’s Choice Awards 


2015, Oil on linen
22 1/2x15x1/4     $150


“Flight of the goose”
2014, Photography
16x20x1     $250


2015, Wool and silk
 12x28x1.5    $450

Aino Lutter

Roy Whiddon

Diane Bertrand
Fibre Artist 

 “My portraits are done from a real sitter, are highly realistic and because they take time to paint, there is more of a connection with the sitter which helps me to portray the key element in all my portraits, that fleeting moment when some part of the sitter’s inner thoughts or feelings are suddenly revealed.”

“They say less is more, but sometimes more is more. I composed this available-light photograph as the model nestled into the delightfully cluttered environment at Hand Works, an eclectic shop in Prince Edward County. Her resting pose contrasts with the busy movement of forms around her.”

“With this piece that represents a living transparent being, I wanted to emphasize the fragile state of nature that surrounds us.”

About DeSerres
DeSerres is established across Canada with its modern, spacious and colourful stores that provide materials and supplies to artists, arts and crafts enthusiasts, and children, students and designers.

About the Trinity Art Gallery
Owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, the Trinity Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists in two exhibition salons. Artists are selected through an annual peer assessment process. Trinity Art Gallery Salons A and B are located on the Lower Level of the Shenkman Arts Centre. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week.

About AOE Arts Council
AOE Arts Council has been working with Ottawa’s arts community for close to 30 years to build a vibrant and sustainable sector.  As a dynamic, bilingual arts service organization, the Arts Council works with the community to support, promote and develop the vitality of the arts in Ottawa by creating opportunities for artists, providing promotional, professional development and shared resources and an informed voice for the Arts.

To request an artist interview, visuals or for more information about AOE Arts Council’s activities and artist opportunities contact:

Cristiane Doherty
Director of Communications
Tel. : 613-580-2767

Cassandra Olsthoorn
Program Manager
Tel. : 613.580.2767