Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas in Chipman

Big inflatable Christmas decorations are everywhere in Chipman, New Brunswick. Unfortunatly most have been deflated by the cold snap. Come-on daddys,  blow them up again ! If not for your kids, do it for ME !

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas in Minto

Christmas comes big in Minto, New Brunswick.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Some images from my new art blocks for ART INTERIORS 'Festival of Smalls'. Opening Nov.14. If you happen to be strolling in the grandeur of Forest Hill that evening, please drop by. Many of the elements used in my blocks are from stickers, tattoos, magazines and 'The Graphics Fairy'. For all things vintage, French, Victorian and Americana of course, you must visit The Graphics Fairy for fabulous FREE images.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


The opening on Tuesday night was fantastic. The food was amazing,{Thank You Carmen}, the mood was warm and so receptive. The photographs and stories of Jacques seemed to touched everyone there. Many people came up to me to say they were moved by the show. I was also very pleased with how all my artwork looked against the cherry red walls. READ MORE: article that appeared in 'BETWEEN THE BRIDGES'

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Jacques Show

~ Artist Helene Lacelle is having a show of her art and retrospective photographs of her close friend Jacques Couillard who was taken by brain cancer in February of 2010 - the show is dedicated to his memory and all his friends are invited to share those memories - at Carmen's Veranda, 1169 Bank Street, Ottawa from Oct.4 to Dec.31, 2011.

These photographs are snapshots of Jacques (and Helene) between 1977 and 1987, the college years, the dancing years, the traveling years, the shopping at Goodwill years, and the 'who the hell am I years'.

~ "It was impossible not to be affected by Jacques' sense of humor and desire to participate in fun"~

Please Join us for an evening of happy memories:

Opening reception: Tuesday, October 4, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Carmen's Veranda, 1169 Bank St., Ottawa

Cash Bar, nibblies provided by Carmen.

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in the memory of Jacques Couillard, will be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Funny as in HA - HA

This is my old 'funny' pal Moses. Moses is funny as in smart, witty, funny. He's not really old but I have known him for about 20 years. The first time Peter and I noticed him he was blowing square bubbles at Futures Bakery on Queen West. We were all kind of broke in those days and I remember Moses made me a white chocolate birthday cake. It was so good!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Super Weekend in Toronto's qwac

I had a fantastic weekend in Trinity Park in Toronto. QWAC attracted tons of  hip and happy people
from all over the world. Well, mostly Toronto. Sold a whole pile of art!!! Got to eat great Chinese food
on Spadina and met up with some old funny pals from way back.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Helene Lacelle at QWAC 2011

New prints for this weekend's show in Toronto. The GREAT QWAC is just days away. Still getting some last minute things ready for the show. My spot is E-15 in Trinity Park, on the main path near Queen W. and Gore Vale. Come and see me!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Almost ready for the Toronto show

A few more pieces ready for the big FUN 2 days outdoor show in Toronto in Trinity Park on Sept.17-18.My spot is E-15, which is very close to the corner of Queen West and Gore Vale. I hope all my old Toronto pals show up!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

New illustration

'My Helping Hand' an illustration I made on the back of a very old book I found in the garbage at a church bazaar.

Fun with old embroidery.

If I see the word 'vintage' posted one more time I'm going to puke.

Mounting old embroidery on woodblocks - a project

I'm getting a whack ready for QWAC. Yes, I'm getting a whack of woodblocks ready for the Queen West Art Crawl , Sept17-18,  in Toronto. My big thing is painting, collaging, mosaicing bright images on woodblocks. I must have sold thousands by now. Am I running out of ideas? Heck no. In these images I demonstrate how to mount embroidery on a woodblock. 1}- I cut the pieces of embroidery to fit the size of woodblock.
I trim the excess edges of my embroidery off.
Then using regular carpenter glue I spread it evenly all over the embroidery. I mix my glue with water to make it easier to spread. Let it dry. {CLICK on READ MORE to see entire project}

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pictures from beautiful Las Vegas.

I would go back in a heartbeat. The heat, the sun, the palm trees and the amazing modern architecture like Aria, Crystals and City Center. Of course the Bellagio is up there with charm. Since our hotel was connected by tram to the Bellagio, I went there often during my one week holiday with my mom and sister. My best visit was early in the morning around 6:30 am when almost no one was up.

Las Vegas Blvd. 7am, Friday June 24, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

NEW work for OSA

Cathy from the Ottawa School of Arts is hanging the NEW summer show this week in the boutique and here are my 2 entries. Original drawings on photographic paper in distressed vintage frames.
Also, I was at the IDLE Hands Spring show last Saturday at St-Lukes, CHinatown. It was full of artisans and crafters that I had never seen before. The organic treats were fabulous (maybe a bit too fabulous!) Jennifer Stone the organizer, puts on a good show, thanks Jenn!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

HELENE LACELLE at Starbucks on Elgin, Ottawa

Never seen before collages / paintings from way-back when I was young-ish and meaner, my gluing techniques back then were a bit clumsy. None the less, i could still slap together
a mean 'Vogue' or 'Interview' inspired collage making each cool model look a bit less
polished by smudging their beautiful make-up or messin' up their hair. Me bad.
Series was made in the mid-90's.

WHERE: Starbucks Cafe, 326 Elgin St. OTTAWA
WHEN: May17 to June 30, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter to all

Had tea with my mom on Beachwood St. at the Tea House.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The big fire in New Edingburg

I grew up the 'Burg so when I heard Home Hardware and the businesses on both sides burnt down last week it made me feel a bit sad to think the old stores are gone for ever.

LACE DAY held by the Lacemakers Ottawa Guild

I cannot even begin to describe the incredible detailed beauty in the work of lacemakers from the region, Montreal and Quebec City, I saw today at the RA Centre. Rows and rows of linen threads, mahogany bobbins and gold pins and tons of book on cross-stiching, crewel, lace and beadworks from Europe.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Strathcona Heights community garden

By this time next month every plot in this community garden will have been claimed, cleaned-up and hoed. Stay tuned.