Capital ShopsPublished on August 17, 2009

  • Edward Barr, Wall Space Gallery and Framing

  • Dorothy Speak, The Ottawa Art Gallery

  • Dale Smith, Dale Smith Gallery

  • Melodie Sadler, Gallery 3

Four local galleries offer 
creative ways to start and build upon a collection.

WHO: Wall Space Gallery and Framing.

WHERE: 2316 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans. Tel: 613-834-0872. And 358 Richmond Road, Westboro. Tel: 613-729-0003,

WHAT: Edward Barr and his business partner and brother Thomas Barr opened Wall Space in Orleans 20 years ago. The gallery and framing store has been in the same location for 13 years in one of the oldest buildings in Orleans. It’s a converted 100-year-old farmhouse with abundant natural light, plenty of space for framing projects and a jaunty rusty-red and grey-green exterior. The partners opened their Westboro location one year ago, and both stores show artists from the Montreal/Ottawa/Toronto corridor.

THE GOODS: Specialists in custom framing, they stock between four and five thousand different frames. “There’s no limit to the cost of a frame, but we try really hard to find the best frame for the piece of art within the client’s budget. It’s supposed to be a non-intimidating experience.”

WHO: The Ottawa Art Gallery 
" Art Rental and Sales.

WHERE: 2 Daly Avenue. Tel: 613-233-8865,

WHAT: A volunteer-run gallery within the Ottawa Art Gallery building that contributes funds to the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Acquisition Fund.

THE GOODS: Art Rental and Sales is just that " a gallery dedicated to showing the work of contemporary artists from the National Capital Region (within 120 miles of Ottawa). Approximately 200 works of art are available for rent from $20 monthly (or to buy), with a $30 membership at the Ottawa Art Gallery. A three-month rental fee can be put towards the final purchase price. “We’ve got the strongest collection in town as it’s juried, which gives an assurance of quality,” says Dorothy Speak, Head of Volunteers at Art Sales and Rental. “All our artists are local and we offer flexible payment plans.”

WHO: Dale Smith Gallery.

WHERE: 137 Beechwood Avenue. Tel: 

WHAT: Owned and run by Dale Smith who has been in the art business for eight years. She opened the gallery six years ago, soon after completing an art history degree at Carleton University.

THE GOODS: Contemporary, Canadian, emerging and early-middle career artists. Dale Smith represents some of the best and brightest local talent such as Heidi Conrod, Amy Thompson, Michèle Provost, Sarah Hatton and Joe Fidia. “I’m fortunate to show many artists who have real vision and great careers ahead of them " people buzzing with ideas,” she says.

WHO: Gallery 3.

WHERE: 1281 B Wellington Street West. 
Tel: 613-728-1281,

WHAT: Part of the St. Laurent + Hill and Gallery 479 empire.

THE GOODS: Opened four years ago, this is the third gallery of the St. Laurent + Hill retail art empire, featuring a large stable of contemporary Canadian artists from early career to well established. Prices vary accordingly from about $600 at the low end to many thousands at the top end. The Gallery shares artists with the other two locations. “At this location we’re really developing our local market and have many young or first-time original art buyers,” says Melodie Sadler, Gallery co-Director. “And we try to make payment as easy as possible for our clients, offering great terms.” " Written by Hattie Klotz

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