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How One Painting Gave Back In A Huge Way

Posted December 3, 2014 by Loukia

Last Monday was a very special day for my family and I. My mother’s painting, Honouring My Father, was unveiled in Mayor Jim Watson’s boardroom at City Hall, where it will be on display next to original paintings by The Group of Seven. The painting will be seen by school groups, ambassadors and dignitaries who visit with the mayor at City Hall. An enhanced print will also be on display in City Hall for everyone to see. The best part is how much this painting has already given back to fallen soldier Nathan Cirillo’s son, Marcus.

The paining was made after the tragic shooting at the War Memorial because like everyone that day, my mom was distraught at the news that a young man—a brave soldier—was tragically shot, especially because this man was a single dad, raising his young five year old son, Marcus. It was an incredibly sad day for Ottawa. 

News of the painting travelled far and wide, and my mom received hundreds of emails, likes, requests, suggestions, and messages, about the painting and the media quickly interviewed her in articles online, in print, and on television. The Mayor requested to meet with my mom to find a way to make this painting public, for all to see.

Prints were quickly made, and hundreds sold instantly, though Koyman Galleries. Prints are still being sold daily, and the best part is that all profits from every single print sold are going to Marcus’s TD trust fund. 

Over the weekend, my mom and I met with Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s mom at Chateau Laurier and had a tea, along with Nathan’s good friend, Brandon, who was also with him the day he was tragically shot. It was an emotional meeting. We hugged a few times, cried, and even laughed, despite the circumstances. My mom presented her with the first enhanced print and she said the painting will be hung in Marcus’s room.

“We’ll neve obviously replace his dad, but certainly through these financial contributions, we can make sure that he is given those breaks in life to go to college or university and to help him as he grows up without a father,” said Mayor Jim Watson during the unveiling. 

I truly love how much one painting has given back in such a huge way, and I love that something good has come out of such a tragedy. My boys were so proud of their grandmother! Giving back and finding a positive way to remember the good is so important.

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Enter To Win A $200 Gift Card From PosterJack

Posted November 20, 2014 by Anonymous

It’s time for Contest #2 in our Holiday Wishlist Giveaway! This gift is perfect for the budding photographer on your list this holiday season. Posterjack are Canada’s photo-to-art experts. They transform your precious digital photos into gorgeous custom artwork on canvas, framed […]

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Politics, Re-Spun: Paused Gravity

Posted November 13, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Paused Gravity

The silent accord Between the tidal bore and the falling backward Off the cliff

The fire red maple leaf Giving up clinging to the twig Which itself is about to be blown off by the frigid gusting November wind

Trying to stand perfectly still On the moss On the edge of the field On the corner of now and whenever forward Aware of the dew settling in on the top of toes

And the the moon appears from behind the cloud Shaped like the teddy bear Of childhood daydreams Lying on the lawn of the top field at (Read more…)

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Giving Back Through Art

Posted October 31, 2014 by Loukia

Last week, a terrible thing happened in Ottawa that affected us all. In the span of a week, we tragically lost two soldiers, one of whom was shot down as he stood sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at Ottawa’s War Memorial.

It was an incredibly difficult day, and week.

However, through darkness, comes light. And as Canadians, and residents of this amazing capital city, we came together in beautiful ways. We went back to work the next day, in the downtown core. We payed respect by leaving flowers, notes, and stuffed animals at the War Memorial. We wore red, and we put on our poppies a little earlier. We saluted our fallen soldier on the Highway of Heroes. We mourned the loss of a young man, because of all he represented; life, joy, youth, and a proud love for his country. He was a also a single father, and now, he’s left behind a young child, a little boy who will always know what a brave man his father was.

My mom, artist Katerina Mertikas,  quickly got to work within hours of the attack on Ottawa, and painted a beautiful painting depicting our fallen solider standing guard at the War Memorial, being saluted by his son.

This painting was an outlet for my mom’s emotions, but it became much more than that—it became a symbol of something larger, and it touched thousands of people across the city, and Canada. My mom was overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of emails, phone calls, messages, and likes for this painting, and everyone wanted to know if she’d be making prints, and if this piece of art would benefit Cpl. Cirillo’s son.

And the answer is yes… she’s been working with the Mayor of Ottawa, past mayor’s, (especially Jacquelin Holzman) and with Koyman Galleries to turn this painting into a print with profits going directly the trust fund that is set up for Nathan Cirillo’s son.

The print can be ordered online, here

The painting appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on two different days, and again, people were moved and touched. Today, my mom was on the front cover of The Ottawa Citizen (I’m so proud of her!) and a lovely article written by Peter Simpson accompanies the picture.

From today’s article: “It was an unprovoked attack on a young man who chose to serve his country at such a distinguished piece of land in Canada. We’re just trying to do something that is memorable, and honourable,” Mertikas says.

If you’d like to see the original painting in person, you can, at Koyman Galleries this weekend during her annual art show. You can also purchase the print in person at the gallery.

In a time of sadness, I always think about how I can give back to those who are suffering the most. And this is such an excellent way to help this young man’s son.

Thank you.

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Mavor’s Bones: A Gothic Novel-In-Poems by Rolli

Posted October 12, 2014 by Jenn Ashton

“Company’s come. In a ramshackle mansion, meet a family in the same condition—ancient, decayed. There’s the brooding Duke, and his riotous brother. There’s Grandam, lost in wilds of herself. There’s a vicar, a philosopher, an angel, a ghost or two. And somewhere above them all, in a ruined garret…” (from rollistuff.com). IN the five years that I
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Inspiring 5-Year-Old With Autism Creates Beautiful Works Of Art

Posted September 26, 2014 by Anonymous

What kind of artwork would you expect to see from a five-year-old? Messy finger paintings, perhaps? Maybe some silly stick-figure drawings? Well, not from Iris Grace. This little girl from the UK is gaining a lot of online attention for […]

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This Dad’s Chalk Art Puts Yours To Shame

Posted September 9, 2014 by Anonymous

I remember the days of writing my name in chalk on the sidewalk in front of my house. I would sometimes draw little house, the always popular hopscotch court, maybe flowers sometimes, or a bird if I was feeling adventurous. […]

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This Dad’s Chalk Art Puts Yours To Shame

Posted September 9, 2014 by Anonymous

I remember the days of writing my name in chalk on the sidewalk in front of my house. I would sometimes draw little house, the always popular hopscotch court, maybe flowers sometimes, or a bird if I was feeling adventurous. […]

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Artist Alex Colville Exhibition Unveiled At The AGO

Posted August 25, 2014 by Sonya

An impressive collection of nearly 100 works by iconic Canadian artist Alex Colville will open for public viewing at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on August 23, 2014 and run until January 4, 2015. This is the largest exhibition ever […]

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Artist Alex Colville Exhibition Unveiled At The AGO

Posted August 25, 2014 by Sonya

An impressive collection of nearly 100 works by iconic Canadian artist Alex Colville will open for public viewing at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on August 23, 2014 and run until January 4, 2015. This is the largest exhibition ever […]

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