Group Exhibition


Reclaiming our sense of identity and belonging in a post pandemic environment

Emergence is a group exhibition initiated by Artawa, and hosted at the Art House Cafe in Ottawa in June 2023. 

Artawa is a non-exclusive, open to public community of artists that encourages and rewards participation and to help advance the overall art community in the National Capital Region. Emergence is a visualization of the effects that social upheaval, isolation and a shifting political environment have taken on the artist as an individual as well as a community member in a post-pandemic world. 

The term “emergence” is a process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed. It is a process of coming into being, or of becoming important, prominent or meaningful. As artists we are all adjusting to the “new normal” and reassessing where our values lie, our goals as a society and a re-defining of the self. 

We are inviting creators to share their experiences in the form of painting, drawing, mixed media and/or collage for this group exhibition. 

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are closed! Thank you 🙂

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES is May 28th, 2023. All artists must complete a submission form before handing in their work(s). Finished, dried artworks can be handed at the Art House Cafe on Tuesday, May 30th AND Wednesday, May 31st during business hours.

If you need to make alternate drop off arrangements, please contact Kina Forney directly via instagram (@kinaink) or Facebook messenger (kina.forney) or via .

Show Time

The vernissage (official opening night party) for Emergence will be Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 7pm – 10pm at the Art House Cafe, 555 Somerset St W. Works will be on display for the month of June in the Art House will collect 30% commission on all sales. Kina Forney will be your point of contact for all show queries, not Art House staff.

Please contact Kina for any inquiries regarding the show at with the subject “Emergence”.

Art Pickup

Artworks are no longer at the Art House Cafe as of June 30th. Unsold paintings can be picked up by appointment only through . Paintings are being safely stored at Kina’s shared studio space, the Loft Art Studios at 951 Gladstone.

Appointments are available during these times:

Thursday, July 13, 4pm – 7pm

Friday, July 14th, 10am – 1pm

Tuesday, July 18th, 10am – 1pm

Wednesday, July 19th, 4pm – 7pm

If you cannot make it during these dates, the next pickup will be Sunday, September 24th at the next Artawa meetup, in our usual meeting spot at the Ottawa Art Gallery in the community studio space  at the 10 Daly entrance from 2:30 pm until 5pm.