Foyer Gallery Artists Participate in West End Studio Tour 2020

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Pamala Stewart, Tracy Armstrong and Margaret Chwialkowska are among the juried artists opening up their studios to the public this September.

In fact, West End Studio Tour is celebrating 25 years.

2020 Tour dates announced!

September 19, 20 & 26, 27
11 am to 5 pm 

West is 25 years old!

The Tour is ON!
This year, artists are moving their studios outside on location with safety protocols in place for this, the 25th anniversary West End Studio Tour!
Weather permitting, drive, walk, bike or even scooter around to support our amazing local talented artists on both Saturday and Sunday 11-5 on the last two weekends of September, 2020. Look for a new downloadable and printable map on their website:

Margaret Chwialkowska

Internationally recognized Ottawa artist, Margaret Chwialkowska works primarily in the Ottawa area, focusing on the banks of the Ottawa river and the forests of the Gatineau Hills, working to capture both, its timeless grandeur and the ever-changing moods. Her work, distinguished by vibrant, almost fantastical colours and dramatic textures, has been honoured by numerous artistic awards.  In 2018, she was named a finalist for the Ottawa Arts Council Mid Career Artist Award.

She paints “alla prima,” blending pigments together on canvas using a palette knife; this technique permits a loose, spontaneous style allowing texture to evolve naturally. The goal of her painting is to evoke the mood of a natural setting and to capture the feeling of being overwhelmed by the natural, almost magical beauty of a landscape.

She is represented by Canadian Art Galleries and her works are in private collections in Canada, the US, Europe, the middle East and South America.

Margaret was born and educated in Poland.



Link to Margaret Chwialkowska’s Shop

Tracy Armstrong

Tracy Armstrong’s artistic journey began on her honeymoon in Greece when she glimpsed a man painting by the white-washed cliffside of Santorini surrounded by the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean Sea. That was her ah-ha! moment. Tracy channels her daily observations, feelings and adventures to create abstract art centred around the colours, textures and memories that speak to her. She is drawn to the natural line formations of rocks, the movement and reflections of water, the ever changing sky as the sun sets and the beautiful earth tones of Canada’s four seasons. Looking at nature, shapes, and textures from a new perspective, and incorporating these elements into her artwork is what inspires her artistic creations.

Tracy paints in her art studio in Ottawa (Canada’s capital), at her cottage in the Land-of-Lakes region of Ontario and during her travels while her art hangs in galleries and private collections across Canada and the United States.



Instagram and Twitter: @artbytracy

Link to Tracy Armstrong’s Shop


Pamela Stewart

Mixed media abstract artist Pamela Stewart, a.k.a. PaminOttawa, is a mixed media abstract painter in Kanata, Ontario.

A military brat born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, she moved many times throughout her childhood, both inside and outside Canada.  This upbringing shaped her in ways that she is only beginning to truly comprehend. With a deep appreciation for the bounty of our planet, the changing landscapes, textures as well as the seasons of colour and mood, she is called to create works with depth, dimension and texture that energize and soothe and are excellent décor-friendly works.  A mom of young twin daughters, she is increasingly preoccupied and influenced by a level of eco-anxiety as she contemplates humanity’s effects on our world.

Pamela has a background in human-centred design, social media management, independent filmmaking, was an award-winning magazine editor and a Government ‘change agent’ before leaving the government in recent years to pursue her art.

Words cannot express the inexpressible; therefore, I paint.

My work is often a dialogue between what I see around me and the way I interpret the forms, and a response to the stunning array of textures, forms, colours, sounds, and smells we experience living in our world. I have been preoccupied recently with the state of our earth, and humanity’s effect on it. In this heaviness, I am compelled to create movement, texture; works that you can escape into and that can bring positive energy by soothing, and potentially healing, and that, when hanging in a space, can add these energies to a space.

I have been particularly focused on two principle media combinations – deeply textured acrylics and combinations of alcohol ink with other media finished with art resin, all on wood panel.



Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @PaminOttawa

Link to Pamela Stewart Shop