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Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists

GALLERY

BOtanical Art stay@home calendar

Buttercups | Esra Gomcelli Ozgun

 
In March 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of public spaces around the world. With local art classes cancelled and motivated to stay connected, a small group of Ottawa botanical artists banded together to make a calendar and mark this extraordinary year.

GALLERY

BOtanical Art stay@home calendar

Esra Ozgun Gomcelli | Buttercups

 
In March 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of public spaces around the world. With local art classes cancelled and motivated to stay connected, a small group of Ottawa botanical artists banded together to make a calendar and mark this extraordinary year.

THE BACKSTORY

What started off as a connecting lifeline during a global pandemic has now become a lasting collective project that we will remember with pride and affection.

The Botanical Art stay@home Calendar 2021 was the result of our efforts to stay connected during an unprecedented time.  We drew and painted in our homes and gardens, planned online, and stayed in touch through  Zoom calls and socially-distanced meetings.

In July 2020, the City of Ottawa Archives extended an invitation to residents to help them collect, record and preserve Ottawa’s COVID-19 experiences. For the stay@home Calendar 2021 artists, this was an offer we couldn’t resist. We were delighted when our calendar  was accepted - ‘Ottawa COVID-19 Collection #809’!  

The calendar is proof that botanical art, when created with friends, can bloom into something even more beautiful.

THE ARTISTS

Top Left to Bottom Right

Theresa Bolton, Mary Byers, Peg Duncan, Kim Hodges, Elaine Huestis, Raewyn Khosta, Gillian MacDonnell, Lynn Moore, Esra Gomceli Ozgun, Kristin Rothschild, Jan Salmon, Kathryn Wright

Project Leader: Esra Gomceli Ozgun

2021 OSBA Executive