For the first time, the gallery is also hosting a children’s artwork exhibition, called “Colour Me Kids.”

For the first time, the gallery is also hosting a children’s artwork exhibition, called “Colour Me Kids.”

The Kanata Civic Art Gallery will remain open while the West District Library is being built.

Elizabeth Potvin, founding member of the gallery, said she’s worried people will assume the space will be closed when the Beaverbrook library is expanded. Both organizations are located in the Mlacak Centre.

Construction is set to begin on the parking lot this fall and the library itself in the spring of 2013.

“We want all our friends and supporters to know the gallery will be open during that time of construction,” said Potvin.

The gallery, which first opened in 1993, exhibits and promotes local artists, encourages young artists, and provides a venue to make original art readily accessible to the public. People don’t have to go downtown to the National Gallery of Canada to view original art pieces, said Potvin.

“This little gallery is a gem,” said the Kanata Lakes resident. “We’re so lucky to have the gallery here.”

With so much mass-produced and reproduced art readily available, she said it’s nice to have a local gallery where the public can view unique works.

“It would be nice if people would realize that if you have a piece of original art work you will never see it in anyone else’s home.”

However, even though the gallery has been in place for years, many people still don’t know it exists.

“It’s sad that some people don’t realize it’s here,” said Potvin. “(We need) to get more people to come out and look at the art.”

COLOUR ME

The Kanata Civic Art Gallery hosts a new exhibition every month. This month’s showing, titled “Colour Me,” highlights Potvin, who works mainly in watercolours, and abstract acrylic artist Patricia Brander.

Bright acrylic colours and pastel watercolour fish and birds greet people as they enter the Mlacak Centre.

“Each show artists are invited to showcase their work,” said Potvin. “Everything is original art work.”

The hanging will run from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5.

“It’s wonderful to get together with like-minded people to share your passion and to provide a place where the public can come to see original art work,” said Potvin. “It’s something I feel very strongly about.”

For the first time, the gallery is also hosting a children’s artwork exhibition, called “Colour Me Kids.” The idea was spawned after younger siblings of Young at Art competitors wanted a chance to hang their works.

“It’s a way to encourage children to explore their artistic abilities, and of course, in that way they don’t feel left out,” said Potvin. “They get to show their work in a gallery – that’s the big thing.”

Postcards of lady bugs, abstract designs and flowers, all brightly coloured, line the wall in two rows inside the gallery.

“They’ve done a really good job,” said Potvin.

There are still a number of blank postcards available. Children are invited to visit the gallery and colour their own piece to be hung on the wall.

The Kanata Civic Art Gallery is located at 2500 Campeau Dr., in the Mlacak Centre. For more information and hours of operation, visit www.kanatagallery.ca .