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Ultimately, our site will hold the art work of 240 visual artists. We will work diligently to bring you articles which will broaden your scope of both modern art and art history. We hope you will love what you see and return many times in the future. ENJOY! Please pass the word of our site on to your friends, family and any artists (including yourself) who would enjoy a web presence with the Ottawa Valley Artists Online Gallery. For more details on how to subscribe to this service click here!

...And Now A Whirlwind Tour of the History of Art

30,000-10,000 B.C.: During the Paleolithic Period or Old Stone Age, cave paintings, and small sculptures like the Venus of Willendorf, c.30,000-25,000 B.C.E. (a limestone fertility carving of a woman with exaggerated bits) begin popping up in places like present day France and Spain.

10,000-8000 B.C.: The Mesolithic Period or Middle Stone Age sees people beginning to settle in pseudo-farming communities. Cliff faces become canvases as people who are driven by thoughts of magic and hunting, paint with dirt and animal fat.

8000-3000 B.C.: As the New Stone Age or the Neolithic Period arrives; folks are living in village-like settings. They grow things and keep animals within their sight as simple architectural structures are built and richly decorated pottery is created. Stonehenge and other megaliths (big things) are constructed in what are now England and Scotland. Prehistoric art continues in various parts of the globe including North and South America.

3500-331 B.C.: In Mesopotamia (roughly between present day Iran and Turkey) people construct ziggurats (palaces) as bronze sculptures, rock carvings and wooden musical instruments adorned with gold are created. Sumerians, Assyrians and Persians leave their artistic mark as they float in and out of the area.

3200-1070 B.C.: In the land we call Egypt, people with a strong belief in the afterlife create paintings and elaborate sculptures used to decorate tombs. The Great Sphinx is constructed from sandstone while limestone forms the base of the pyramids and temples.

3000-1100 B.C.: The Minoans on the island of Crete and the Mycenaeans of Greece create what we now call Aegean art. Gorgeous wall murals, and dazzling ceramic ware are created in between natural disasters and wars.

800-323 B.C.: After creating simplified kouros (male) and kore (female) figures, the Greeks go wild portraying perfectly proportioned bodies of young men and women. The Parthenon is built, columns have personality and vase painting flourishes.

323-150 B.C.: The Hellenistic Period begins when Alexander the Great expires and his empire is liquefied. The art of this time is symbolic of the breakdown as pain, suffering, ecstasy and some other emotions are expressed. Later, the Etruscans fabricate pottery and sculpture as funerary offerings - not unlike the Egyptians.

509 B.C.-337 A.D.: The Romans conquer Greece and proceed to lop off the heads of many Greek sculptures. Even so, the Romans appreciate the art of Greece and begin to "borrow" their artistic concepts. Large scale works are common, as are mosaics, fresco paintings and arches.

373-1453.: When the Roman Empire dissolves and Christianity and Islam begin to compete, the Middle Ages arrive. In what is now Europe, Vikings carve ships, the Huns depict animals in their art and the Celts design metalwork and stone crosses. Meanwhile, the Byzantine era sees people making glorious mosaics, paintings and small-scale sculptures. Later, Islamic mosques are constructed and Carolingian illuminated manuscripts are created.

1000-1500.: The Romanesque Style features symbolism, large figures and great French Cathedrals. The Gothic style is rooted in architecture and other forms of art are made to help embellish the houses of the Lord.

1400-1600.: A rebirth of the arts begins in Italy. Spreading throughout Western Europe, the Renaissance is established and will later be considered the most important movement in art history. Oil paint is used, the Mona Lisa's smile is born and Michelangelo tackles the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

1600-1700.: Dramatic, emotional works of art are made during the Baroque era. Curvy figures, bold self-portraits and genre paintings (images of everyday people) are popular.

1700-1750.: In France, a relaxed, playful art style known as Rococo develops. People dance and sing their way through art.

1750-1880.: Neo-Classicism originates in Rome and spreads in reaction to the utter excesses of Baroque and Rococo. Scenes from Roman history become en vogue and copies of antique art are all the rage. The French Revolution is captured by artists like Jacques Louis David, while across the ocean, colonial American painters put oil to canvas as Neo-Classical buildings are constructed.

1800-1880.: Romanticism, a somewhat vague movement involving violent activity, bold brush strokes, and rich colors take over.

1830s-1870.: The Realists, at first inconspicuous, come to the forefront. Nature and life is for the first time depicted in an honest and unsentimental way. Meanwhile, the Pre-Raphaelites imitate the style that preceded Raphael and photography is invented.

1870s-1890s.: Artists who reject academic painting, band together. They create works of art which depict the effects that light has when it falls on objects in the great outdoors. Impressionism is born and the greatest art movement since the Renaissance is in full swing.

1880-1920s.: Art critic Roger Fry coins the term Post-Impressionism that is used to describe the work of artists with a freely expressive use of color and form. Soon after, the Expressionists become interested in the depiction of emotions and the types of responses those same emotions evoke. Vibrant colors and a fascination with primitive art are very important. At the same time, artists known as wild beasts are part of a movement called Fauvism.

1905-1939.: Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque come together to create Cubism. Images on canvas are reduced to cube-like shapes and "flimsy sculpture" or collages appear.

1916-1922.: A French word meaning hobbyhorse is the nonsensical name given to a nonsensical movement called Dada. Everyday objects like urinals, are signed and called art.

1920s-1940s.: An influential German school of Design headed up by architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus applies some of the concepts of Cubism to architecture and art. In North America, an unprecedented outburst of creative activity among African Americans occurs.

1924-1930s.: Dreamlike states make way for Surrealism as artists share an upbeat fascination with the strange. Watches melt, apples replace heads and fun is had by all.

1940s-1950s.: Beginning in New York City, Abstract Expressionism marks the end of recognizable subject matter. Self-discovery and the sense that one can do or say anything is what life is all about as the artistic center of the world shifts from Paris to New York. Drip paintings and canvases covered with just one color are a common sight.

1960s.: Optical illusions appear in art galleries as Op Art takes a bow. Meanwhile, images of popular culture show up here, there, and everywhere as Pop Art turns heads.

1970s.: After all the hoopla, Minimalism is the way to go. Art is reduced to the simplest of elements and what you see is what you get.

1980s and Beyond.: Artists experiment with various concepts including wrapping things up with fabric, tinkering on computers and dancing their way through art shows. Shock value becomes more and more important as creative souls wait to see who will start the next art movement...

2007.: Artists in Ottawa, Canada and areas west, are introduced to the Ottawa Valley Artists Online Gallery, and are invited to display their artwork on this site. Lets show the world and the movements what we have to offer...

Features On Site
Art Museums
Featured Artist

Horse (cave painting)
c. 15,000-10,000 BC
Lascaux, France
Featured Artist

King Menkaure and a Queen
Egyptian; Fourth Dynasty, reign of Menkaure
Graywacke with faint remains of paint
Featured Artist

Mona Lisah 
Leonardo da Vinci

Oil on wood, 1503-1506
Musee du Louvre, France
Featured Artist

Fourteen Sunflowers in a Vase
Vincent van Gogh

Oil on canvas, 1888
National Gallery, London
Featured Artist

Houses at L'Estaque 
Georges Braque

Oil on canvas, 1908
Kunstmuseum, Bern
Featured Artist

Frieze (detail)
Jackson Pollock

Oil, enamel and aluminum paint on canvas, 1953-55
Private Collection
Featured Artist

Last Self-Portrait, 1986
Andy Warhol (American, 19301987)
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas; H. 80, W. 80 in. (203.2 x 203.2 cm)

Of all the Pop artists who emerged in New York and on the international scene in the early 1960s, none is more famous or more typifies the movement than Andy Warhol. Although he had a traditional art education at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, as a young man in the 1950s he supported himself doing commercial art in New York. About 1959 he decided to concentrate his energies on painting, calling upon both his formal training and commercial experience in his new work. Warhol purposely sought an alternative to the emotionally charged paintings of the Abstract Expressionists by adopting a commercial, hands-off approach to art. His aim was to demystify art by making it look as if anyone could have done it. To this end, he borrowed images from American popular culture and celebrated ordinary consumer goods, such as Brillo pads, Campbell's soup cans, and Coca-Cola bottles, as well as media and political personalities, including Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong. He featured them in individually colored serial paintings and prints that relied on commercial silkscreening techniques for reproduction. After the early 1960s his most frequent subjects were the famous people he knew, and occasionally he was his own subject. In this eerie, premonitory self-portrait, produced just a few months before his death in February 1987, Warhol appears as a haunting, disembodied mask. His head floats in a dark black void and his face and hair are ghostly pale, covered in a militaristic camouflage pattern of green, gray, and black.


So, what is this all about?

The Ottawa Valley Artists Online Gallery is a web site on the World Wide Web, which showcases artwork created by visual and performance artists, and writers, who reside in the Ottawa area and the Rideau Valley Area, to the west of the city of Ottawa. This area includes Brockville, Merrickville, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Perth, and areas around these towns.

The site presents gallery pages of your artwork. These pages are being published to help you, the artist, in selling your artwork. Other benefits an artist can receive from having a web page are: employers have easy access to this site as a reference tool so we expect that some of you may secure employment if you use this site as part of your job search strategy.

Through the website you could possibly be contacted for commissioned work, as well. The bottom line is that, if used as a promotional tool and portfolio, you the artist have another source of advertising for yourself. The cost to an individual artist is $10.00 per month. To realize two months savings, you can pay $100 per year by paying for a complete year all at once. Group rates will be slightly higher. For this fee the artist or group receives a page on the Ottawa Valley Artists Online Gallery, which includes:

  • The primary goal of the site is to display thumbnail size images which enlarge with a click of the mouse, of artist's artwork (limit of 10 pieces per page).

  • For simplicity of understanding, the web site uses predetermined style packages. This is due to the fact that, for speed of loading, a certain amount of content must be textual and pages must be constructed in a uniformly specific manner.

  • Text written by the artist is included on their page, edited only for references to contraband and legal issues.

  • Your page includes only vital statistics that you choose to reveal, and can include: name, address, phone number, and email address (linked if desired for direct email transmission).

  • The site will also feature: a guest book where visitors are invited to make honest observations and give constructive critiques, a bulletin board where member artists can post memos, and a service directory which will list businesses that are meaningful to the arts community such as material suppliers and retail sales outlets for works of art.

  • Advertising from potential employers, show sponsors, auction houses, flea markets, schools and instructional courses, government programs, tourism programs etc. can be placed on the bulletin board for nominal fees.

  • The site, housing optimally 240 artists, will publish voluntary tour guide hours and maps, to encourage the public to drive to the countryside and visit the artists in their own environments. There are many advantages to an artist, if your potential buyers come to see you and your work in your own work environment. For instance: you can save on gallery fees, less chance of the buyer being unhappy with his purchase, and you can get to know who is interested in your work.

  • The site will be affiliated with such organizations as: The National Capital Commission, Tourism Canada, Regional Chambers of Commerce, national and regional public and privately owned galleries, etc.


This e-commerce venture is managed by Eleanor Binder, of Ottawa, Ontario. Eleanor has five years of hands on experience in the field of E-commerce and support services. She has the education, skills and experience to cover all aspects of web page creation, and site maintenance.

Competitive Advantages

  • We offer voluntary use of programming to prevent theft of artwork from web site, if artist desires that their artwork be protected.

  • The cost is much less to you, artists, than that of having an entire individual website built.

  • This site will promote networking between you and the general public, as well as with corporate affiliates such as galleries, retail stores, and tourism development groups.

  • The site will ensure that this community of artists is up to date on all events that are significant to the arts community: open juried shows, openings, opportunities, sales of work and supplies. This will enable better planning of more events, which the site will be involved in.
  • Each artist can gain exposure for other artists by sharing their own work.

  • Site will garner income for a potentially large number of artists in sales of artwork, employment opportunities, exposure of gallery shows for better attendance, portfolio resources.

  • The tourists who follow the tour into the country will bring income to other businesses such as bed and breakfast houses, restaurants, gasoline outlets, flea markets, auctions, antique distributors, other retail outlets, historical landmarks, camping ventures.

  • Our Commitment

    is to you the artist. We want to meet you, get to know you and work for you. In the next few months we will turning up everywhere:

  • We'll be doing research of clothesline art fairs, flea markets, exhibitions and art organizations to find you, artists.

  • We'll be visiting galleries to speak with artists in person.

  • You will start seeing our advertising flyers and posters in schools, libraries, galleries, artist's co-ops, art supply stores, craft shops, gift shops, local bulletin boards, flea markets, book stores, neighborhood cafes, etc.

  • We will be E-mailing to you, advertising of an inoffensive nature - no spam.

  • Advertising will be placed in area newspapers especially the free publications. We will be thrilled when we receive your phone call because you have seen our ad.

  • We will be asking everyone, do you know of any artists? We want to explain our service to them and we believe that our site is something that everyone will really want and needs.

  • We might call you out of the blue, because a caring friend of yours has seen our site and wants you to know about it.

  • We might even find you through contact with the National Capital Commission, Tourism Canada, and local Chambers of Commerce in the region.

  • Hope to be meeting you soon. Give us a call and let us know who you are. We can get a website page working for you faster, if we don't have to spend a lot of time looking for you. This will be a marketing tool extraordinaire, for You, artists. Please enjoy the site and contact us at For more information on how to subscribe and be the owner of a web page on this site, please contact, Eleanor Binder by email to eleanor.binder@gmail.com We will be very pleased to answer any questions and address any concerns. Cheers.

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