OV-CAOS Ottawa Valley Community Arts

Kiwanis Way Waterfront Trail Pembroke

Driftwood and shoreline-found objects
Kiwanis Way Trail • Pembroke • September 2021

Remembering explores the notion of trees as memory keepers and invites people to remember the trees that have been harvested from along the shores of the Kitchissippi (Ottawa) River to be used for homes, shelter and survival. This piece is inspired by the driftwood and other items that come to shore along the river.

What memories do the fragments of wood hold? This piece honours the trees that sustain all life along the river.

River of Life
Community Art Installation
Kiwanis Way Trail • Pembroke • Friday August 27 • 11 am to 3 pm

Drop in to help make a community art installation. Join Ottawa Valley Community Artists in creating The River of Life. Together, we will make a public art installation by weaving fabric, lace, ribbon and beads through the chain link fence along the Kiwanis Trail overlooking the river. Materials will be supplied, but you are also welcome to bring your own river/water coloured textiles to add to the piece.

Location: This event will be happening at the black chain-link fence on the Kiwanis Way Waterfront Trail between Miramichi Lodge and Algonquin College in Pembroke.

Click for a printable version of Tips for Building a Nest

August 2021 • Gathered fallen branches
Kiwanis Way Trail • Pembroke

Nesting is a human-sized nest constructed using fallen branches located on a point that can be viewed from the shoreline along the Kiwanis Trail in Pembroke, Ontario.

Turning in, becoming safe, creating comfort.
Resting, nurturing, and growing.
As spring grows, the nest becomes full of life.
It then becomes a space, opening to the warmth and giving flight to new life.

Nesting can appear in many different forms, from snuggling deep in blankets, to cleaning and decorating living spaces, to creating forts and nests in the forest or your backyard for animals to discover or for humans to dream in.

Feel the comfort and safety of a nest and the possibilities and growth it can bring.

About the Artist, Tanya Lyons

Glass Artist • Killaloe, Ontario • Tanya has always been a gatherer, collecting and taking in objects, moments and memories. She uses clear glass in combination with natural and found objects to express and reflect her thoughts, experiences and questions about the world we live in and who we are. www.tanyalyons.ca.

The Nesting installation was created in collaboration with Anya Gansterer, Andy Trull, Abbigail Clapper, Maureen MacMillan and Cameron Montgomery.