Arts & EventsArt Galleries of Ottawa: Exploring Canada’s Capital from an Artists Perspective Part 3

Art Galleries of Ottawa: Exploring Canada’s Capital from an Artists Perspective Part 3

Art Galleries of Ottawa: Exploring Canada’s Capital from an Artists Perspective Part 3

Heading West? Here Are Some Galleries for You

Long before humans first discovered the ability to communicate via the spoken word, our conversations were of a more visual nature, relying on pictures and symbols to convey our thoughts and emotions. The cornerstone of civilization is occupied by humanities first artists, evolving from a basic means of communication into something much more complex and beautiful, eventually reflecting not just what we saw within our minds, but everything that surrounded us. Art is one of our oldest professions. As society continued to change, artists managed to capture the pinnacle moments from those changes, a visual representation of what we once were, and what we have become. From traditional to modern, abstract to impressionist, natural landscapes to self-portraits, and everything else in between, Ottawa has made a place where each and every piece of art can call home, and where every artist can join the next generation of rising artists. You have not fully experienced Ottawa until you tour at least one of the many art galleries Canada’s capital has to offer, and this guide can help you figure out where to start.  

Orange Art Gallery -West Side
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Orange Art Gallery

Location: 290 City Centre Ave.

Hours: Wednesday: 11am-5pm

Thursday: 11am-9pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am-5pm

Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Contact: 613-761-1500


Tucked away in its own little corner of the city, the Orange Art Gallery might not be right around the corner, but it is well worth the trip. Newly established in what can only be described as a ‘rustic, yet charming house’, the Orange Art Gallery is an overflowing treasure trove of contemporary art. Since 2010, the gallery has worked towards creating a unique experience for both local and out-of-town contemporary artists, where they can not only have their works displayed for the whole of the public eye to see, but also where they can find new homes for their art, where it can be admired from the comfort of people’s homes.

Studio Cafe - West Side
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The Studio Café, Gallery and Workshop

Location: 1089 Somerset Street West

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am-7pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm



A place to repose and to compose, The Studio Café, Gallery and Workshop is one of the few places where not only can you admire the artwork of local artists, but also a place where artists can find the inspiration they need to create, or perhaps just to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends. It has the look and feel of a quant, small town café, while at the same time offering artists with a space to create, as well as a number of skilled instructors to help them through the creation process. Their art exhibitions include the works of both established and emerging artists, placing a great emphasis on realism and contemporary realism, which visitors can admire with friends and family over a hot cup of coffee.

Wallack Galleries - West Side
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Wallack Galleries

Location: 203 Bank Street

Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9am-5:30pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Contact: 613-235-4339


Wallack Galleries is one of Canada’s oldest art galleries, started over 60 years ago by photography enthusiast Samuel Wallack. It was originally a photographer supply shop, but they eventually expanded the scope of the gallery to include the works of some of history’s most influential artists, as well as those of present and future up-and-coming contemporary artists. The Gallery invests in high quality art, ranging from paintings to sculptures, which more often than not can also be found in other high profile galleries and museums like the National Gallery of Canada. It is an ideal location for art collectors and enthusiasts looking to make a purchase, and they offer a number of useful services for artists including art evaluation, restoration, storage, shipping and more.

By Emily Manns

Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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