Anita Utas was born in London, Ontario, and now resides in Ottawa. She received her honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Western Ontario and she completed coursework toward her MA in Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston. In 1993, she completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario.

After working as an art teacher in London, Ontario, Anita traveled overseas and spent seven years teaching in international schools in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Venezuela. She has traveled extensively and draws upon these experiences as inspiration for her landscapes.

Anita is represented by the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa. Her work has been shown in many venues in Ottawa and the surrounding area, and is part of corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe.

Artist's Statement

Painting - North Coast The role of the artist, I believe, is to express what has significant meaning in our lives, and in doing so, inspire viewers to contemplate these concepts on a deeper level. Through my work, I wish to offer a respite from our urban, tethered existence. We enter a work of art to divest ourselves of our physical limits; the closed spaces we have created in our lives and minds. A painting becomes a place where we can explore and experience what we are seeking, be it a communion with nature, or an inner dialogue that helps us come closer to an awareness of ourselves and our place in this world.

My landscapes often capture ephemeral moments as viewed in nature; the quiet magic when the day moves to dusk, the way the sun illuminates a mountain range, the lifting of a storm. I am drawn to the calming forces of far off vistas; landscapes that are beyond simple visual identification.

Education

1993 Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

1989 M.A., Art History, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, (completed one year)

1988 B.A. (Honours), Art History, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Gallery Representation

Orange Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Solo or Small Group Exhibitions

2009 Foyer Gallery, Genesis, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Foyer Gallery, Harmonics, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Orange Art Gallery, The View From Here, works by Anita Utas & Julie Berthelot, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Trinity Gallery, Poetic Landscapes, City of Ottawa solo exhibition, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

2012 Orange Art Gallery, Primordial - solo exhibition, Ottawa, Ontario

2017 Orange Art Gallery, Luminous Worlds - solo exhibition, Ottawa, Ontario

Selected Exhibitions and Events

2012 The New Art Festival, Central Park, The Glebe, Ottawa

2011 Orange Art Gallery, The Best of Orange Christmas Show, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Cube Gallery, Great Big Smalls VII, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Britannia Gallery, Small Wonders VII, Ottawa, Ontario

2010 Orange Art Gallery, Orange Peel, Ottawa, Ontario

2010 Avenue Art Gallery, The Brush Off, juried, Montreal, Quebec

2009 Robert Macklin Gallery, The Barns of Wolfe Island & Other Landscapes, Kingston, Ontario

2009 Cube Gallery, Great Big Smalls V, Ottawa, Ontario

2009 Carleton University, Celebration: Canadian Visual Artists of Slavic Heritage, Ottawa, Ontario

2008-2012 owaa gallery, Stittsville, Ontario

Charitable Donations and Fundraising Events

2012 Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Ottawa, Ontario

2012 Beaver Festival 2012, Martinez, California

2012 The Snowflake Charity Ball, Gatineau, Quebec

2011/2012 Small, Medium, Large, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ontario

2011/2012/2013/2014 Luck! Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Preservation of the South March Highlands, online auction, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Wildcard Project for Le Nichoir, Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre, Hudson, Quebec

2011 EQ3 Art Exhibition, Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario

2011 Friends of the Farm, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Ontario

2010 Here For There: Artists for Haiti, Gallery La Petite Mort, Ottawa, Ontario

2010 Artists for Haiti Relief, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2010 Where the Wild Things Are, Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge, Ottawa, Ontario

2009-2011 World Vision silent auction, Alcatel-Lucent, Ottawa, Ontario

Awards and Fellowships

1988 R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

1985 Faculty of Arts Scholarship, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Related Work Experience

1993-1995 Art Teacher, London Board of Education, London, Ontario

1989-1990 Education Assistant, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario

1987-1988 Research Assistant, Museum London, London, Ontario

Exhibitions and Events

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Orange Gallery • "Luminous Worlds" - Solo Show

September 6th to 24th, 2017

Vernissage: Thursday, September 7th, 6 pm to 10 pm

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Photo from "Poetic Landscapes" - solo exhibition with the City of Ottawa, Trinity Gallery

Anita Utas
613.558.6994
Gallery representation:
Orange Art Gallery
290 City Centre Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario www.orangeartgallery.ca