heARTwood - Unitarian Foyer Gallery



current Exhibit

Art by Arlette Francière

Artist Statement

From childhood on, I have been passionate about poetry and art. My career as a translator fulfills my literary interest. I used to satisfy my love of art by being an avid museum- and gallery-goer. But art became more central to my life when I studied Art History at Concordia University. One of the courses dealt with the various painting techniques from silverpoint drawing to oil painting, and students had to make a copy of a work of art in each medium. That hands-on experience was a turning point. I discovered a gift and realized that painting was something I needed to do.

I’ve always been attracted to landscape painting, especially to the work of the Expressionists. That is why, ironically, I rarely work in situ. Topography is not a main concern. Impelled by an inner compulsion, I have to feel what I paint. Often inspired by memories of sea, mountains, and skyscapes, and sometimes using dramatic photographs as points of departure, I let strong colours, bold shapes and rhythms guide me. In the process, my paintings become inner landscapes that express states of mind, or emotions, instead of reproducing an external landscape.

Not surprisingly, my preferred medium was watercolour because it allowed me the spontaneity essential to my work. But, in the past couple of years, I have painted almost exclusively in acrylics. This medium gives me the freedom I enjoyed from watercolour and lends itself to the more abstracted shapes I favoured when I painted in oil.

My predominant and most characteristic theme is the dynamics of land, sea, and sky, but my work also includes portraits, flowers, still-lifes, and paintings dealing with social issues.

As a keen reader of poetry, I am delighted to find that some of my paintings have inspired poems, and I would like to share two with you. Henry Beissel touches the core of my work in an insightful poem about Sky/Wave. Uta Regoli was moved to write about No Man’s Lake and captured its disturbing elements.

Gallery Hours

  • Monday through Thursday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm

  • By appointment – Please contact Heartwood's Executive Director at 613-241-5937.

The Foyer Gallery provides an opportunity for our community to enjoy various forms of artistic expression throughout the year. Artists gain access to quality exhibition space, and they, in return, support and enhance Heartwood programs and the work environment. In addition to exhibiting their work in the Foyer Gallery, artists may find opportunities to partner with individual member groups, offering workshops or one-to-one art instruction. The ongoing collaboration between artists and the Heartwood House community demonstrates the benefits of art as an integral part of our daily lives.

Artist Information

We welcome artists to submit samples of their work to the heARTwood - Unitarian Foyer Gallery selection committee. Most exhibitions are 6 to 8 weeks in length, with the option to host a vernissage. 

Promotion and Advertising

The artist assumes the responsibility to promote his/her exhibition. Heartwood House will do all it can to support the promotions by:

  • Posting the event on the Heartwood House website*

  • Posting any flyers, posters, etc. provided by the artist


  • $30 registration fee for use of the Foyer Gallery will be given to the Executive Director prior to the start of the show.

  • 10% of all sales will go to Heartwood House at the end of the show.

  • Vernissage – Artists have the option to host an opening reception at a time scheduled with Heartwood House. Cost $12.00 per hour.


The Foyer Gallery does not have insurance to cover theft. However, the artist should be aware that access by the public is controlled. Guests to Heartwood House enter by the front door only, and sign-in at Reception.

Please Note 

  • Artists are asked to provide 10 to 15 pieces depending on the size of the work.

  • Hanging of art pieces will be at the discretion of the Gallery Committee representatives.

  • Some pieces may not be hung by the Gallery representatives due to space limitations.

Artist Application

Foyer Gallery Information: 

Contact Moe Moloughney - Heartwood Executive Director
moe@heartwoodhouse.ca or 613-241-5937

Artist Information:

Name (if group – please list names, and give main contact name)



E-mail address


Brief Description of Work:

What is the general size and price range of your work?

Do your pieces have wire on the back for hanging the work?

Have you shown your work previously?

Where have you shown your work?

Please email at least 4 - 6 samples of your work. You may provide a portfolio, refer us to a website, or send electronic images. Please list titles, sizes and medium used.  

Security - Although Heartwood House provides as much security as possible, we cannot be responsible for any damage or theft of work.