Supporting Local: Meet Karen Wynne Mackay

As someone with a limited budget and unlimited appreciation for art, I was intrigued to learn of an artist who rents out her work, enabling clients to change their artwork often or try a piece before buying it. 

Karen Wynne Mackay, a Montreal native, moved to Ottawa in 1983 and her artistic endeavours began with calligraphy, poetry and watercolour painting. She has evolved into an abstract painter, working mostly in acrylic, but she still incorporates calligraphic elements into each piece. She is also a professional calligrapher for the Governor General of Canada and has worked on certificates for the Order of Police, the Order of Military Merit, and on heraldic pieces. 

When COVID sent everyone into lockdown, Karen was among a group of artists whose spring residency on Toronto Island was cancelled. So she, and six other members of the West Carleton Arts Society formed 7Works Collective. Initially, the Collective met via Zoom every 2 weeks and revealed to each other the results of the challenge they set themselves in their previous Zoom call. But the mutual support and creative sharing created a strong bond among group members and they decided to carry on. To see the work of the Collective, you can visit their website. If you are interested in speaking with Karen about her work, her contact information is found on her website.

 For additional resources and more art lending links, please head over to the Resources page. 

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