Articles tagged with: Shenkman Arts Centre
I was told yesterday that I had missed Ottawa’s best jam session of the year. It happened last weekend at D’Arcy McGee’s in Orleans, right across the street from the Shenkman Arts Centre and 30 minutes after the final award had been given out there by the Canadian Grand Master’s Fiddling Championships.
I arrived early to the Shenkman Arts Centre, an impressive glass-fronted construct next to Orleans’ shopping district, and found an ottoman-sized rock to settle on. Staring vacantly out over its neighbouring grassland, marred by fence-lines and some paved parking, I breathed deep its flat horizon with an appreciation that would’ve gone unnoticed a few years ago. That’s what living amid the concrete towers of Toronto can do to you; with all its flashing billboards and commuter stampedes, your eyes never need to look further than an outstretched arm.
The earliest artistic representation of a human was discovered last year in Germany, an ivory carving around 35,000 years old. Not surprisingly, Venus of the Fels Cave depicts an anatomically correct female. The earliest human artistic expression ranges from 50,000 to 290,000 years ago, depending on how the experts define art. No matter what that definition, those creations were most definitely of animals.
Nine months after opening the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, Christine Tremblay again has that gleam in her eye of a new idea, the look that makes the city’s arts administrators shiver with anticipation. They first saw it 20 years ago when Tremblay started lobbying for an arts centre in eastern Ottawa, and they know she can be relentless. Her next project is less specific than a building, but even more daring.