Svetlana Swinimer: Space Scape


See Petra Halkes’ essay with images of the installation HERE

This exhibition was shown at RIA from February 4 to February 24 2017. Scroll down for images of the last evening.

We came back to earth at RIA, with a wonderful evening of talk about space with our guest speakers Grey Göllner and Georgia Mathewson, and a surprise appearance of a Theremin, brought in by Svetlana. I would like to thank everyone who came to see this show, for their participation, and especially Svetlana for all her work, and also for providing such great food!

Rene and I have enjoyed an exciting five years of exhibitions here at RIA, with 31 exhibitions! Thank you all for making it so much fun! We are taking a break now, but hope to show again in 2018. Meantime, Salons and discussion groups will continue.

Petra and Rene


The artist thanks the Arts Funding Program of the City of Ottawa for receiving a creation and production grant .


Svetlana Swinimer  lives and works in Ottawa, Canada. She was born and educated in Russia, and taught in Russia, Africa and Canada. Svetlana had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her works can be seen in public places in Ottawa, ON, Gatineau QC and in various private collections around the world. She collaborated with Jean Halstead on art in public and on mixed media installations. Swinimer has curated numerous exhibitions for The Gallery EBA, featuring local and international artists.

Grey Göllner spoke about Ottawa Popscope. ( Göllner is a grade six student at Lady Evelyn Elementary School. He has interests in astronomy and acting, and is an active member of Ottawa Popscope. He has also taken an interest in Ottawa’s Makers Fair and will travel to Toronto this year as an assistant to the organizers.

Georgia’s presentation is titled: Space: What I know + What I Imagine I know

Georgia Mathewson is a part-time artist and full-time administrator at Gallery 101, an Artist-Run Centre here in Ottawa. Her interest in space began during her childhood.
Georgia’s father runs an optical business and so she spent a lot of time looking up through the telescopes that were around the house.

Thank you, Sylvia Klein, for taking (most of) the photographs in this slideshow:

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