Playing in the studio

Mississippi Mills School of the Arts and in the greater Ottawa community with Artswell for 10 years. It seems like a extensive and rewarding time.

My teaching now involves giving workshops from my studio in painting, drawing and mixed media. I also offer 1:1 coaching and seasonal art retreats.

I love to paint and it's a delight to share my joy with others. It is an honour to help people connect deeply through art and creativity.

All workshops are located at 15 Bridge Street in Almonte

Gift Certificates are available.

Events & Workshops

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016

    7:00 pmSt Paul’s United Church, 3760 Carp Road

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  • Fri
    17
    Jun
    2016
    Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016

    1:30 pm15 Bridge Street & 112 Queen Street

    glassworkshop

    Drawing and Glass is a collaborative venture with painter Mary Pfaff and glass artist Jennifer Anne Kelly. They have joined forces to bring you an inspired workshop that has the makings for you to explore two different yet beautifully complementary mediums.

    The drawing portion on Friday afternoon at 1:30, open to all levels, will be held at 15 Bridge Street in Mary’s new studio space. Students will explore a spontaneous, expressive approach to drawing from nature. Using the basic elements of drawing – line, colour, shape, tone and texture in fresh and liberating ways you will create several drawings that access your inner artist. Your Friday will be complete at 4:30 leaving you ample time to enjoy dinner at one of the yummy restaurants in Almonte and the option of staying over night at Menzies House B&B. On Saturday morning your favourite drawing will be transformed into glass in Jennifer’s studio at 112 Queen Street from 10:30-1:30. You will be introduced to expression through glass as an exciting new medium. Unique painterly techniques will be introduced to both new and experienced glass artists. Your Saturday morning will start with an optional yoga practice at 9:00am at the riverfront of Menzies B&B with instructor Charlotte Pragnell. Charlotte will be guiding students in a yoga practice that will help them to unleash their inner artist by opening up their energy for creative expressions to flow more freely. Prepare to be inspired and rejuvenated!

    You can find Mary’s work http://marypfaff.ca

    You can find Jennifer’s work/ http://www.currentworksofglass.com

    Friday June 17th

    Drawing Artistry with Mary 1:30pm - 4:30pm

    Saturday June 18th

    Yoga at Menzies House B&B 9:00am - 10:00am

    Glass Creation with Jennifer 10:30am - 1:00pm

    Cost: $160/Student (Includes all supplies and tools. Meals and choice of lodging, if desired, is an additional charge).

    Book this course online

     

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    getthebigpictureGo BIG! This experiential abstract painting workshop is for all levels of creators. If you have even wanted to let loose and paint with passion this is your chance.

    After a series of warm ups which will relax and invigorate we’ll move into expressive painting using acrylics in large-scale format. In just the one day you will complete your masterpiece.

    $135.00 art supplies included 

    *Bring large format canvas or substrate of your choice

    TO REGISTER:  marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613.257.9777  

    www.marypfaff.ca

  • Tue
    02
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016

    1285 Wellington Street W.

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  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016

    Santini Gallery, 169 Preston St, Ottawa

    Out of the Blue came out of a lively chat about summertime and blue skies one wintery day in spring.

    It was quite a remarkable set of coincidences that brought Jennifer and I together. We both joined Santini gallery at exactly the same time and it is fitting that a year later we are having a show together.

    Opening: August 4th, 6pm-9pm

    Come enjoy this collabrative show, take in new work, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. We hope to see you there.

    Santini Gallery
    169 Preston St, Ottawa
    Show runs from Aug 4 - Sept 4

    Santini Gallery

  • Mon
    08
    Aug
    2016
    Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street & 112 Queen Street

    SUMMERRETREAT

    Yoga & Drawing & Painting 

    A joint workshop with painter, teacher and art coach Mary Pfaff and chill guide Amelia Ah You

    Monday, Aug 8 – Friday, Aug 12
    10 am to 4:00 pm

    Join Mary and Amelia for an inspiring week.

    Explore in-depth colour, texture, movement, yoga and meditation with a small group. Draw and paint in two fabulous locations: Mary’s studio on 15 Bridge Street  Almonte and outdoors at Amelia’s beautiful countryside haven in Cedar Hill, just 15 minutes from downtown Almonte.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to relax, unwind and
    Draw closer to nature.

    Start each morning by coming home to your bliss. Explore your flow with moving meditation, using postures and movements inspired by Yoga and Qigong, to open your heart and your body. Go beyond the usual boundaries. Be Open. Be Fearless. Be Fun.

    Immerse yourself in expressive drawing and painting where you can work from the landscape both in and outdoors. Gain an understanding of personal imagery and explore your interior landscape.

    Treat yourself to the enchanting experience of creating on location. Acquire a range of techniques and inventive encounters that can be applied to the making of powerful work. Participants will look at contemporary approaches and complete a number of drawings and original acrylic paintings as well as some found object creations.

    $500.00 including supplies

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613 257 9777

    See website for more details on accommodation, highlights of the Almonte area and directions.

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  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016

    General Fine Craft, Art and Design

    TheGeneral_exhibitionadAugust 16 – October 2, 2016

    More information to come...

    General Fine Craft, Art and Design

    LETA CORMIER  reduction-fired ceramics
    MARY PFAFF  paintings and mono-prints

    Please join us for the opening and meet the artists: Thursday August 18, 6-8pm 

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016
    Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016

    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm15 Bridge Street

    Departure.

    Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 9:30
    September 21 to October 26

    Explore different approaches and non-traditional techniques to expand your visual vocabulary.

    This thorough, enjoyable six-week program will employ basic elements - line, colour, shape and texture - in fresh unusual ways. You will create several comprehensive drawings and paintings true to your unique expression.

    6 week program $250 most supplies included 

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  | 613 257 9777 

    * All levels welcome. Space limited to 6 students.

     

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016

    8:30am - 4:00pm

    Drawing and Glass WorkshopDrawing and Glass is a collaborative venture with painter Mary Pfaff and glass artist Jennifer Anne Kelly. They have joined forces to bring you an inspired workshop that has the makings for you to explore two different yet beautifully complementary mediums.

    Yoga starts at 8:30. The drawing portion on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 12:30, open to all levels, will be held at 15 Bridge Street in Mary’s new studio space. Students will explore a spontaneous, expressive approach to drawing from nature. Using the basic elements of drawing – line, colour, shape, tone and texture in fresh and liberating ways you will create several drawings that access your inner artist. Your Saturday will leave you ample time to enjoy lunch at one of the yummy restaurants in Almonte and the option of staying over night at Menzies House B&B. On Saturday afternoon your favourite drawing will be transformed into glass in Jennifer’s studio at 112 Queen Street from 1:30 to 4:00. You will be introduced to expression through glass as an exciting new medium. Unique painterly techniques will be introduced to both new and experienced glass artists.

    Cost: $160/Student (Includes yoga and all supplies and tools. Meals and choice of lodging, if desired, is an additional charge).

    Book this course online.

  • Sat
    08
    Oct
    2016
    Mon
    10
    Oct
    2016

    10am - 5pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    The 20th Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour will take place on the Thanksgiving weekend, 8 – 10 Oct 2016, from 10am – 5pm daily.  There will be 19 Studio stops with works from over 45 creators.

    crownandpumpkin.com

     

  • Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016

    10:00 am to 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street Almonte and Cedar Hill

    SUMMERRETREATYoga & Drawing & Painting 

    A weekend workshop with painter and art coach Mary Pfaff and chill guide Amelia Ah You

    Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October16
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Join Mary and Amelia for an inspiring creative weekend.

    Explore in-depth colour, texture, movement and meditation with a small, motivated group. Draw, photograph, relax and paint in two fabulous locations: Mary’s studio on 15 Bridge Street Almonte and outdoors at Amelia’s beautiful countryside haven in Cedar Hill, just 15 minutes from downtown Almonte.

    Treat yourself to the delightful experience of creating on location.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to unwind and

    draw closer to nature.

    $250.00 including most supplies

    To register email marypfaffartist@gmail.com | 613 257 9777

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street

    _ monoprints on BFK Rives paper_jpgSign up for a day of experimentation and fun. Using a gelatin printing plate this printmaking approach is easy, adventurous and addictive. For beginners there will be instant gratification, as you will pull lots of prints that promise to please. For the more experienced this workshop offers techniques that will send you off in new directions. Create fine art prints or use the prints for mixed media art, art journals, making cards, scrapbooking, quilting, fiber arts, and jewelry. The possibilities are wide and wonderful. 

    $135.00 supplies included. All levels welcome.

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613 257 9777

    PRINTMAKING

  • Sat
    05
    Nov
    2016

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street

    Detail of Counting Sun Days 2015

    In this workshop you will learn to use colour with confidence. 

    Become familiar with the key properties; hue, saturation/intensity, value and temperature. Explore contrast, complements, glazing and staining. Learn about the history of colour and explore some of the colour palettes of masters.

    Paint with the colours you love, try using the ones you avoid and be surprised by what you discover.

    If you want to be more comfortable with colour in any art form this workshop is for you.

    $135.00 – supplies included

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613.257.9777

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017

    9:00am - 4:30pm15 Bridge Street and 112 Queen Street, Almonte

    Workshop Drawing & Glass

    Drawing and Glass is a collaborative venture with painter Mary Pfaff and glass artist Jennifer Anne Kelly. They have joined forces to bring you an inspired workshop that has the makings for you to explore two different yet beautifully complementary mediums.

    Your Saturday morning will start with an optional chair yoga practice at 9:00 am at the 15 Bridge Street in Mary’s studio with instructor Charlotte Pragnell. Charlotte will be guiding students in a yoga practice that will help them to unleash their inner artist by opening up their energy for creative expressions to flow more freely. Prepare to be inspired and rejuvenated!

    The drawing portion on Saturday morning at 10:00am, open to all levels, will be held at 15 Bridge Street in Mary’s studio space. Students will explore a spontaneous, expressive approach to drawing from nature. Using the basic elements of drawing – line, colour, shape, tone and texture in fresh and liberating ways you will create several drawings that access your inner artist. At 12:30pm we will break for an hour lunch leaving you time to enjoy one of the yummy restaurants or food trucks in Almonte.  On Saturday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 your favourite drawing will be transformed into glass in Jennifer’s studio at 112 Queen Street. You will be introduced to expression through glass as an exciting new medium. Unique painterly techniques will be introduced to both new and experienced glass artists.

    Dates and Times:
    Saturday, February 4th

    Yoga: 9:00am 15 Bridge St
    Drawing Artistry with Mary: 10:00am -12:30pm
    Lunch Break: 12:30-1:30
    Glass Creation with Jennifer: 1:30pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: $160/Student
    (Includes all supplies and tools. Meals and choice of lodging, if desired, is an additional charge)

    Book this course online or register and see more details 

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017
    Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    129 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, Ontario

     

     

     

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017
    Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    This 2-day tactile laboratory workshop is designed for those interested in exploring a wide variety of innovative and experimental techniques that can add striking visual power to your creations. Be inspired by the work of a wide variety of cutting edge, mixed-media artists and experimental painters.

    Through a series of mark-making expeditions and the production of numerous textural swatches or samples employing a wide variety of procedures, you will have the opportunity to analyze the process of creation step by step.

    What you discover will be a source of reference for other types of artwork. Examine how to actively collect and record what you observe and how you feel as you explore. The exciting new applications you learn will add depth and enrich the surface quality of your art.

    $ 260 including supplies and reference list

    * Workshop outline provided to registrants prior to class

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613 257 9777

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017
    Wed
    24
    May
    2017

    6:30pm - 8:30 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    Continue to explore in more depth intuitive approaches to your artwork designed to expand your visual vocabulary.

    This extensive eight-week program will employ the basic elements of design in fresh exciting ways. Over the eight weeks you will develop several comprehensive drawings and paintings true to your unique expression. The focus of the course is on accessing your inner creative source and creating your own ideas and concepts.

    $280 most art supplies included (list will be provided on the first day)

    Location: 15 Bridge Street. Almonte

     

    To register contact marypfaffartist@gmail.com
    613 257 9777

     

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    Enter a world of intuition, imagination and excitement to achieve results as unique as you are.

    The day will cover basic information relating to picture elements, composition, theme and design together with an exploration of the meaning of abstract painting, and its importance as a means of self-expression and creativity.

    We will touch on the history of Abstract Painting its methods, techniques and materials. Study inspiring examples of abstract work by 20th century and contemporary masters.

    You'll learn to explore the use of color and the importance of underpainting, layering and glazing to bring structure and depth to your art. In addition you'll begin to understand how to work in a series and how this can help you develop your own personal style.

    Treat yourself to a spirited, adventurous time filled with innovative techniques, inventive approaches and breakthrough results.

    $135.00 most supplies will be provided. You are requested to bring a larger size canvas (stretched or panel), cradled wood panel or paper of your choice

    Registrants will receive an outline prior to the workshop

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613 257 9777

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte

    The ancient philosophy of wabi-sabi honours the imperfect, the transitory and the humble. Cold wax is a perfect vehicle for artists wishing to explore this aesthetic or for those who simply love to experiment with new paths.

    This discovery workshop will include step-by-step demonstrations and cover various techniques for working with oil paint and cold wax medium.

    You’ll learn how to use this flexible medium in combination with oil paint and other mediums. Let loose and enjoy the liberating process of texturing, layering, building up and scraping back.

    $135 including supplies

    N.B. this workshop is not suitable for those who are sensitive or allergic to oil paint or mild solvents

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613 257 9777

  • Sun
    04
    Jun
    2017
    Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017

    63 Mill Street, Almonte

    FLORESCENCE,  SPRING TO SUMMER

    ANDREA VULETIN  porcelain pottery
    MARY PFAFF   abstract paintings

    Richard Skrobecki
    email:  generalfinecraft@gmail.com
    telephone:  613-461-3463

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  • Wed
    06
    Sep
    2017

    We are seeking women who have completed acute treatment for cancer who are interested in being part of creative group and would like to participate in workshops.

    Participation consists of:

    • Partaking in 3 (3-4 hour) group arts-based workshops, once per week for 3 weeks
    • Providing our team with feedback to improve the program
    • Workshops will encompass fusion art activities and some discussions

     

    This research may help health professionals to better support people and may help those living with cancer. Space for the workshops has been generously provided by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

    Refreshments and all materials will be provided!

    For more information, please contact:
    Viviane Grandpierre
    Email: vgran048@uottawa.ca

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm15 Bridge St., Almonte (across from the Old Town Hall)

    Artist in attendance 2-5 pm
    September 23-24
    September 30-October 1

    Alan Mirabelli
    "Looking Outward to See Within"

    Regular studio hours will be in place after October 1.

    STUDIO HOURS
    Saturday - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Thursday and Sunday - By appointment
    Monday - Closed

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    09
    Oct
    2017

    10:00am-5:00pmStudio 14 - 15 Bridge St., Almonte

    The name of the tour itself evokes images of a quaint country pub in a lovely rural setting. You will see breathtaking scenery as you drive along the winding roads between studios. Our concentration of sugar maple trees creates a dramatic display of beautiful and vivid fall colours. CBC Radio’s highly respected gardening guru Ed Lawrence, stated that the drive along Wolf Grove Road from Almonte to Hopetown is one of the prettiest in the entire Ottawa valley.

    The area is filled with rich heritage and to enhance your wonderful experience we have created an interactive map that highlights points of historical interests along the tour.

    The 21st Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour will take place on the Thanksgiving weekend, 7 – 9 Oct 2017, from 10am – 5pm daily.  There will be 18 Studio stops with works from over 50 creators.

    Admission is free.

    Forms of payment: cash, cheques. Some (but not all) studios accept credit cards.

  • Wed
    11
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017

    6:30 - 8:30 pmMary Pfaff Studio - 15 Bridge Street

    Expressive Drawing Workshop Level 3Continue to explore in more depth intuitive approaches to your artwork this inspiring program is designed to expand your visual vocabulary.

    This extensive eight-week program will employ the basic elements of design in fresh exciting ways. Over the eight weeks you will develop several comprehensive drawings and paintings true to your unique expression. The focus of the course is on accessing your inner creative source and creating your own ideas and concepts.

    $295 - most art supplies included (list will be provided on the first day)

    Space limited to 8 students per class. 

    To register marypfaffartist@gmail.com  | tel.613 257 9777

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    Sun
    29
    Oct
    2017

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge St., Almonte (across from the Old Town Hall)

    Counting Sun Days by Mary Pfaff

    Engage   Collaborate   Create   Discover

    Spend two fabulous days exploring the connection between visual arts and music. As a first-time offering, this inspiring workshop encompasses expressive collage, finding music in words, discovering your musical voice, painting to music, sound and colour.

    Everyone is welcome. All you need is curiosity and a sense of fun.

    $270 includes all materials

    When she’s not leading Rhythm & Song community choir, Almonte-based visual artist/musician/teacher Jennifer Noxon is in her studio furthering her art practice. www.jennifernoxon.com   

    Rhythm & Song Community Choir www.jennifernoxon.com/choir

    Mary Pfaff is an Almonte-based visual artist/teacher/creativity coach and arts and health consultant has extensive experience designing and facilitating programs for all ages. www.marypfaff.ca

     To register contact marypfaffartist@gmail.com or call 613 257 9777

    Mary and Jennifer believe that engagement in the arts and the creative process leads to a greater sense of well-being for individuals and the communities in which they live.

  • Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017

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    We are seeking women who have completed acute treatment for cancer who are interested in being part of creative group and would like to participate in workshops.

    Participation consists of:

    • Partaking in 3 (3-4 hour) group arts-based workshops, once per week for 3 weeks
    • Providing our team with feedback to improve the program
    • Workshops will encompass fusion art activities and some discussions

     

    This research may help health professionals to better support people and may help those living with cancer. Space for the workshops has been generously provided by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

    Refreshments and all materials will be provided!

    For more information, please contact:
    Viviane Grandpierre

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  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017

    10:00 - 4:0015 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    Abstract Painting WorkshopEnter a world of intuition, imagination and excitement to achieve results as unique as you are. The day will cover basic information relating to picture elements, composition, theme and design together with an exploration of the meaning of abstract painting, and its importance as a means of self-expression and creativity.

    We will touch on the history of abstract painting its methods, techniques and materials. Study inspiring examples of abstract work by 20th century and contemporary masters. 

    You'll learn to explore the use of color and the importance of underpainting, layering and glazing to bring structure and depth to your art. 

    Treat yourself to a spirited, adventurous time filled with innovative techniques, inventive approaches and breakthrough results.

    $135.00 most supplies will be provided. You are requested to bring a 16x20 canvas (stretched or panel), cradled wood panel or paper of your choice

    Registrants will receive an outline prior to the workshop.

    Location: 15 Bridge Street, Almonte Ontario

    To register marypfaffartist@gmail.com or 613 257 9777

    www.marypfaff.ca

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street, Almonte, ON

    In this workshop you will learn to use colour with confidence.

    Become familiar with the key properties; hue, saturation/intensity, value and temperature. Explore contrast, complements, glazing and staining. Learn about the history of colour and explore some of the colour palettes of masters. Paint with the colours you love, try using the ones you avoid and be surprised by what you discover.

    If you want to be more comfortable with colour in any art form this workshop is for you.
    $135.00 – supplies included

    TO REGISTER marypfaffartist@gmail.com  |  613.257.9777

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