Well they did not entirely close me. But they restrict my operations to one individual at a time. One person at a time. Well that seems pointless to me. No art openings. No meet the artists. Cage. So I decided it would be best to move on.
I never thought that The City of Ottawa had such power. Feels like Big Brother ByLaw.
This is particularly hard news. I lost my source of income. I now have a 3700 square foot house to live in that I can not afford. And it seems pointless to have such a massive property that does not service my needs.
So rather than sit around. Time to move forward.
My home / gallery / property is a double lot. Lot 144 & Lot 145. I have decided to sell one of the lots.
The lot is 33 x 100 feet. I will have to remove part of the building. And move the electrical panels.
When the lot sells I will use the funds to put a deposit on another property and find a new location for a gallery. It was my hope and intention to live in this property for another ten years. I wanted my daughter Isabelle to grow up in this neighborhood. Have her friends, live close to her school.
For the past five years I have worked very hard to develop the gallery. A lot of renovations were done. The 103 ton Sculpture Garden.... Feels wrong. Just feels wrong that three people (unknown) can complain and I am forced to one person at a time. Too many people came to my events and openings... so I am forced to close. Unreal.
Well here I am. Time to move forward. Time to turn lemons into lemonade.
This week I started to convert the house into a duplex rental property. So time to break out the power tools.
The first thing I did was remove the custom made sink I made with the rocks I collected along the Ottawa River with my mother. It was important to me to cut the heart out of the space first... so I could move forward to do the job as a task.
Jack Stekelenburg (friend and sculptor) was so kind. He came to help me. He or we framed the walls / space for a bathroom.
While taking out the contractor bags of garbage my neighbor smiled... And before I even really started construction. The gallery rented for September 1st. Now I just have to do all the work to get it ready. But that should not be a problem. I have done such work before. And I have two months to build a bathroom and a kitchen.
If everything goes as planned. I will sell half the lot. Get enough funds to put a deposit on a property downtown in the market (better location). I will have turned my current home into a duplex rental property, and I already have a triplex down the street.
Live Love Art
Carmel Art Gallery on Bank Street has over 20 paintings available.
A Modern Space has ten new new works (delivered last week - some paintings still soft / wet)
1116 Wellington Street West. 613 295 4256.
Orange Art Gallery will be showing my paintings. Will be walking over some paintings to their gallery this week.