Karen Wynne Mackay








NEWS UPDATE - JANUARY 22, 2018


I was very honoured today to be elected President of the West Carleton Arts Society.   There are lots of activities planned for this year and I will be counting on all the other volunteers, who all do a great job, to keep doing so.  To find out what is planned for 2018 visit the WCAS website.


Also check out the various workshops I am teaching at below.  Sign up, I would love to see you there, or drop by Stonewall Wilde's Gallery on February 1st.


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EXPRESSIVE MARK MAKING 2 DAY WORKSHOP - MARCH 3RD AND 4TH, 2018

  • WITH HOLLY DEAN ​+ KAREN MACKAY


Discover a new approach to self expression in your art through mark making!​ Make and take home 5 or more finished pieces.

Mark Making was such a popular part of our 5 day workshop in July that we've decided to offer it on it's own.

In this engaging workshop you'll work intuitively, developing your own "language" of marks. You will use mark making tools, black + white + colour, ink, gesso, paint, graphite, charcoal and more. We will explore many different ways of making marks — controlled and uncontrolled.

​We have lots of exercises to loosen you up and really cool techniques to share with you! We'll work on varied surfaces with both small and large gestural marks.  You'll make and take home 5 or more finished pieces and a library of marks to use in your art!

From curious beginners to experienced artists are welcome. 

MAR 3+4 — 10 am to 4 pm, at Holly's Merrickville Studio

To reserve your spot visit this link:  Register for the Mark Making Workshop.


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CALLIGRAPHIC LETTERING WORKSHOP - FEBRUARY 10TH AND 11TH, 2018


The INTRO TO ITALIC 2 DAY WORKSHOP at Holly Dean's Studio was a great success.  I want to thank the students, it was a pleasure to meet you all - a very impressive fast learning group.  Hope to see you all again.


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INTRO TO FOUNDATIONAL WORKSHOP  - MARCH 17 AND 18, 2018


Join me for this Introduction to Foundational two (2) day workshop.  


Holly  recommends taking this workshop to get the most out of our MARK MAKING + CALLIGRAPHY IN MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS 5 day workshop planned for July 2018. 


In this engaging workshop you'll start with pencil drawn monoline letters and then continue on to work with a parallel pen. We'll work on varied surfaces and you will create a framable piece of your own calligraphy!


MAR 17 + 18 — 10 am to 4 pm at Holly's Merrickville Studio . ​MATERIALS INCLUDED


To reserve your spot visit this link:  Register for the Foundational Workshop.







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HARMONY SHOW AT STONEWALL WILDE'S GALLERY - FEBRUARY 1 - 28, 2018


From February 1st to the 28th, at STONEWALL Wilde's Harmony Exhibit, I will have several abstract art pieces on display.  The Gallery is located at 370 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario.  


Drop by check out some of my new pieces in person or send me an email for an appointment.


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EXPRESSIONS OF ART 2017 - OCTOBER 6, 7, 8

Thanks to all those who attended the West Carleton Arts Society Expressions of Art Show on October 6, 7 and 8th, it was a great success, with lots of happy buyers and artists.

Excellent music was provided by Steven Fuller for the Friday night Vernissage, check out his music and lyrics at his website.

 Visit the WCAS website for details on upcoming events.​



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The Plant Recreation Centre Art Exhibit - Ongoing


The Art Exhibit at the Plant Recreation Centre is located at 930 Somerset St. Ottawa, Ontario. 


The WCAS has a wide variety of extremely talented artists, using all kinds of mediums, from water colours, to oils, acrylics, encaustic, fibre art, photography, glass and so much more.  


For hours of operation and more details  visit the Plant Recreation Centre web site. 







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Caligraphy Workshop Photo


Karen Wynne Mackay, photo by Mario Cerroni