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06 Feb, 2013

Ottawa giveaway alert: the gift of h’art from Alison Fowler

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

We have a winner! Thank you for your entries everyone!

Regular readers may remember that Fishbowl patron Alison Fowler hosted the same kind of giveaway at this time last year. I was absolutely smitten with her Wall of H’arts and I know a bunch of you were too.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, have a looksee for yourself:




I bought one of her hearts last year and I love it to bits. I remember standing there, in her studio, sweating to death in my parka, trying to narrow it down to at least FIVE OR SIX pieces and finding it next to impossible. But after A LOT of soul searching and a bit of guidance from the artist herself I finally picked one. It has a glossy sheen and has a teeny feather embedded into it. (I.DIE. It’s just so darn cute it kills me.)

Here it is:


It’s sitting on our mantle right now, but it can be easily hung on a wall if we desire. (In my dreams I see a wall of hearts in our home… just like in Alison’s photo above. They look amazing grouped together. Sigh.)

ANYWAY, this giveaway is for ONE (1) original 4″ x 4″ piece of heart art by Alison Fowler. Interested? Read the rules carefully please:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area but is void in Quebec. (Sorry guys, here’s why.)
  • In order for your entry to qualify, using the comments below, please tell me about a favourite piece of art that you own, or about your favourite artist. Bonus points if it’s a local Ottawa artist and you share a link to their website. :)
  • The draw will be at 9:00 a.m EST on February 13th. Here’s the tricky part: the winner MUST be able to pick up their prize at Alison’s studio on that day. (It’s at 1395-B Wellington Street West, just one block east of Island Park Drive.) She’ll be there until 5:00 p.m. but may be convinced to stay until 5:05. :)
  • If you can’t post your comment because you’re behind a firewall at work (or whatever), you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder!
  • This is not a requirement of entry, but you might be interested to know that Alison is on Facebook and Twitter too.
  • One entry per person please. We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • So, yes. I will do a random draw using Random.org at 9:00 EST on February 13, 2012. Please make sure leave me an email address so I can reach you right away. The winner must get back to me within one hour otherwise it’ll go to the runner up.

That’s it! Thank you Alison for this awesome giveaway! And if you don’t win, you can always swing by the studio and pick up a heart or two for that special someone. You can read more about them on her website.

64 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: the gift of h’art from Alison Fowler"

1 | Judy

February 6th, 2013 at 4:52 pm


We love so much of our art and we started buying at Art in the Park before we had the kidlet. We have a fabulous piece from Andrew King that we like, but my fav is piece that was a collarboration from two First Nations artists. The young women had a fine arts degree and the older gentleman a degree in life. It combines two styles of art and speaks to us.

2 | Joy

February 6th, 2013 at 4:53 pm


My favourite piece of art is one my daughter created at 4cats Studio of a sunflower. It is my only ‘original’ piece of art! But i love it as much as any million dollar masterpiece!

3 | Amy

February 6th, 2013 at 4:54 pm


We have a photo that we printed through CanvasPop. It’s a picture of our daughter running towards the ocean and it hangs above the mantle. It makes me happy.

4 | Kaitlin

February 6th, 2013 at 4:56 pm


I really adore my Andrew King sketch of the Elmdale Theatre, which is where – last I checked – the Ottawa Mortgage Brokers in Westboro are. It’s so simple and full of historical meaning.

5 | coffeewithjulie

February 6th, 2013 at 4:57 pm


Okay, this is too good to be true! A kobo and Alicat art in the same week! Are we allowed to squee on here?? Please count me in this contest! My favourite piece of art is a beautiful little framed wonder from Sydney, Australia given to me by my hubby in 2008, the year we had our son. My fave local piece is by Andrew King, which you can read about here: http://www.julieharrison.ca/family/impractical-purchasing-the-bicycle-edition-part-2-of-2/

6 | Erin

February 6th, 2013 at 4:58 pm


Um, if photography is considered art, I dig anything by http://www.saramcconnell.ca =)

7 | Brenda A

February 6th, 2013 at 5:26 pm


I loved these last year and am so happy to see them again! My favourite piece of art I own is a 1952 painting by my husband’s uncle. We recently received it as a gift and I had it framed and we love it!

I also love the simple beauty of Tracy in Stittsville. Our kids have done a few workshops there and I have bought her work from her studio.

8 | Lynn

February 6th, 2013 at 5:32 pm


OMG, SECOND BEST GIVEAWAY EVAH. What kind of magic mojo is this?

Kay, I want this one too. My favourite work of art in our house is a small painting I bought at last year’s New Art Festival (I think…is that what they are calling Art in the Park these days?). It is by Lison Salois, and her website seems to be down right now, which is too bad, because she is awesome. She lives in Quebec somewhere.

You can see it in my post here:

9 | Valerie

February 6th, 2013 at 5:39 pm


I’m in – I’d love a heart.
My favourite piece of art right now? The huge painting done by all the guests at my daughter’s 9th b’day party at 4Cats (a splatter party). I have it in my living room and adore it. Seriously considering doing one for my 50th.

10 | Sheila

February 6th, 2013 at 6:13 pm


My favourite piece is by my husbands uncle of a woman working in the rice fields. A great memento for my husbands time in China, and of his uncle who recently passed away.

11 | Sonya

February 6th, 2013 at 6:56 pm


I love Alison’s hearts! I bought one for my sister as a Christmas gift. My current favourite piece of art is one of Alison’s that I bought for myself for Christmas – a gorgeous sunflower.

12 | Kelsey

February 6th, 2013 at 7:04 pm


Gustav Klimt is my favourite artist. I’ll hopefully get to see The Kiss during my Euro trip this summer.

13 | Wendy

February 6th, 2013 at 7:55 pm


Can I have more than one face?

My favorite of all time are the wonderful pictures my Grandaughteradraws for me!
I have some on my fridge .She is very artistic. Would like to enroll her at 4cats art studio:-)

Also, my oldest and youngest daughter’s backpacked around Europe
and I love the pictures. We are putting them on Canvas.

I love your giveaways and would LOVE a heart for my wall!

14 | twinmomplusone

February 6th, 2013 at 7:56 pm


So many art pieces in our home but one we commisioned from a dear friend, local artist Katerina Mertikas. She painted an outdoor scene of our home with our 3 kids playing:)


15 | Shannon

February 6th, 2013 at 8:09 pm


My favorite piece of art in my home is, like a lot of moms, done by my kiddies. My little boy made a beautiful water colour painting of tulips last spring and I love it! I have admired Ali Cat’s studio as I walk by so often in my NEW ‘hood :-)

16 | Chris

February 6th, 2013 at 8:17 pm


My favourite piece is by a local artist named Jonny O. He used to have a website but I can’t find it. He used to play open mic at the Elbow Room on Elgin, which is where I first saw his work. He did a great virtual reality skyscraper scene for me and it still hangs in my house.

17 | Catherine

February 6th, 2013 at 9:07 pm


Alison’s artwork is stunning; I’d love to add one of her hearts to my much-loved collection. I have a few favourite pieces of art but locally I really admire the work of a lady named Lise who paints in a bold & bright style adapted from influencers like Tom Thomson. Lise’s works are gorgeous and I highly prize the autumn scene she gifted me. Unfortunately she doesn’t have a website or any online portfolio! Her artwork remains a hidden Ottawa secret in the corners of her basement.

18 | Steve

February 6th, 2013 at 9:17 pm


My favorite artist is Graham Herbert. He lives on the west coast, and a lot of his work is inspired by the coast, and is simply gorgeous. I don’t own a lot of art, but my favorite piece I own is one of a bright bird from bali.

19 | Josh

February 6th, 2013 at 9:36 pm


I have two favourite pieces of original art. A penguin on canvas painted this winter by my 6YO daughter at 4Cats. The second is a commissioned painting by Ottawa artist Jennifer Pershick (@ArtsyJenny) of my wife and our twins, from a photo taken during holidays a few years ago on the Sunshine Coast, B.C.

I’d love to win one of Alison’s hearts. I’d even buy a second so that my wife and daughter could have one each.

20 | Ange

February 6th, 2013 at 9:37 pm


I have been admiring this series since last year, but haven’t been able to convince the husband to buy one for me – and since we don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, I don’t have an excuse :) My favourite piece of art that I own is a painting that sits above my fireplace/mantle, and is a scene of houses with tiled roofs, reminding me of a Central European town/village. I love it!

21 | Jan

February 6th, 2013 at 9:38 pm


Two favourite artists that are both local: Barb Sohn & Alison Fowler. We have a great piece of Barb’s above our mantle and love it! Next for us is a tree trunk of Alison’s but just haven’t managed to find the right one that wasn’t sold already!! Love these hearts too though!

22 | Nora

February 6th, 2013 at 11:47 pm


I’d love to have a heart – that wall is lovely and I think I need to check it out in person.

One of my favourite pieces of art in our home is a small ink drawing of a canal in Venice that I bought while backpacking in Europe after university. A few years later my parents had it framed for me as a birthday present. I love having it in my hallway to remind me of that wonderful summer!

Thanks for the opportunity to add to our art collection!

23 | Carla

February 6th, 2013 at 11:57 pm


My favourite piece of art is a painting I bought from a local painter when I went to the Bagamoyo Art Festival in Tanzania (it was local to me then as I lived in Tanzania at the time). That painting and I have a love affair, it is not a young crazy love, but one that is mature and born of being with each other through thick and thin. In the 14 years I’ve had that painting, we’ve lived in 3 different continents and it’s hung in 4 different homes. I always feel that I’m home when that painting is on a wall. And every day, still to this day whenever I look at it I see something different. I love it. All the art I have is ‘local’ to me from when I bought and I would love another piece of local art. Love the hearts!

24 | Krista R

February 7th, 2013 at 6:19 am


I would love a heart!

We have 4 large bird photographs above our piano – a finch, blue jay, chickadee, and cardinal that we purchased from a photographer here in Ottawa:


25 | Roz

February 7th, 2013 at 8:45 am


My husband and I have been collecting pieces by Christian Morrisseau (Norval Morrisseau’s son). My favourite piece is the one my husband gave me for our first wedding anniversary called “independance of love” (yep, that is the correct spelling of the piece).

26 | Susan

February 7th, 2013 at 9:38 am


I would love one of these hearts for my bright kitchen.

My favourite piece of artwork was done by one of my oldest friends in Halifax. Several years ago, she started suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and took up painting as therapy (she was always very creative when we were growing up). Over the years the RA has gotten worse to the point that she can no longer hold a paintbrush. Now all of her work is done via finger painting!

Thank you for this give-away offer.

27 | Shakira

February 7th, 2013 at 10:28 am


I remember this giveaway from last year!!!! So excited to see it here again :)

My walls are covered in framed art drawn or painted by my kids, mostly my 8yo daughter. I also have 2 of my grandmothers oil paintings, and framed needlework from grandma, mother-in-law and a good friend.

Sadly, we have yet to acquire art from local artists….hopefully I will win a h’art to get things rolling :)

28 | Chantal

February 7th, 2013 at 10:28 am


I remember this giveaway from last year! I would love to have that heart in my home and everytime you mention this artist on your blog I tell myself “I MUST go to her studio” I will. Someday. (Maybe the 13th! ~fingers crossed~). Honestly I have no actual art in my home. Well unless you count a few Robert Bateman prints. My walls are sad and bare.

29 | Tiana

February 7th, 2013 at 11:50 am


I’ve recently gotten into modeling for life drawing workshops and as such have been gifted with a few great drawing of me done by local artists. I love them all!

30 | Sara Horton

February 7th, 2013 at 12:25 pm


One of my favourite art pieces is from a local Ottawa artist, Barbara Sohn, http://www.barbsohnart.ca/ We bought it years ago on the West End Studio Tour.

31 | Natalie

February 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm


LOVE Alison’s work!

My other fave is by Almontonian Rosemary Leach (rosemaryleach.com)!

32 | Carolyn

February 7th, 2013 at 1:52 pm


Oh boy! So many artists to give a shout out to – my favourite piece in my house is a watercolour of a polar bear my grandfather painted especially for me as a little girl and it now hangs in my 12YO’s room; I love my Doodle dog painting of our Great Dane Jem by a local Carleton Place artist Katie Oliphant Burns: http://www.doodledogpaintings.com and finally I love my sister-in-law Cara Kropp’s hand drawn Mandalas she’s creating and selling: Etsy.com/shop/FiveBirdies out of Carleton Place. Needless to say I would love one of Alison’s hearts as well to give to my hubby as a token of my love.

33 | Michelle

February 7th, 2013 at 2:02 pm


A “heart” pretty please!
Wow, a crazy week of give aways! Thank you!
Favorite piece of original art anything my kids make. We have a special wall to posts them. Makes me smile!

34 | jason

February 7th, 2013 at 2:39 pm


Thanks to Alison for the donation! We have a beautiful fall maple painted by her in our home. Our most recent acquisition is by Ottawa artist Venz Vesselinov (www.venz-art.com), a large and extremely colourful rooster. It makes me smile looking at it!

35 | Wynne

February 7th, 2013 at 3:19 pm


We are working on getting some art pieces for our home, so Alison’s could be our first! I really like Martin Beaupre’s pieces, especially one’s were he includes trees. He’s an artist from Quebec and I came across his work in Montreal.

36 | Caroline Ives

February 7th, 2013 at 4:34 pm


These hearts are AMAZING!!! I would like to keep one on my desk to remind me of love. My favourite local artist is Katherine Jeans. Her latest solo show ‘In Search of Beauty’ left me speechless. ‘Somewhere Happiness is Divine’ – oil on canvas, was absolutely extraordinary and I kept the little booklet she gave out and look at the photo of this painting all the time.

37 | Wendy

February 7th, 2013 at 7:24 pm


Was just going over the comments and noticed I have written

“Can I have more than one face”?? I have NO idea why that is there?? LOL…….I think I meant to say, Can I have more than one favourite pic?

38 | Erin

February 7th, 2013 at 9:26 pm


My favourite piece of art is a creation made by our daughter at preschool.

39 | Erin

February 7th, 2013 at 9:32 pm


My favourite piece of art in our house is a painting by Ottawa artist Anita Utas (http://www.anitautas.com/paintings2010.html). We eyed it on one of the Wellington West Art Walks and purchased it at Orange Art Gallery.

40 | Heather

February 7th, 2013 at 9:39 pm


Oooo loving this giveaway again.
I’d love to win this for my daughter who turns 6 on Feb 14th.
I’m loving your idea to purchase one every year. Maybe I could do this for her birthday every year on Feb 14.

I love my painting by Katherine Mertikas.
Cheery and youthful.

41 | Hellcat13

February 8th, 2013 at 9:38 am


My favourite piece of artwork hangs over the desk of my allergy doctor – it’s a Canadian landscape that I offered to buy from him, but as it was a gift from his wife he politely declined. Sadly, I don’t remember the artist, but Alison’s work reminds me a lot of it. I’ve always said as soon as I pay off my mortgage, I’m buying a huge painting of Alison’s poppies or oak trees – so hard to decide.

42 | Cari

February 8th, 2013 at 10:39 am


My favourite artwork is two canal prints that I have hung together showing the canal in both summer and winter. Reminds me why I love living somewhere that has seasons.

43 | Melissa

February 8th, 2013 at 10:41 am


I had the pleasure of meeting Alison during my vacation to Prince Edward County last summer at the Closson Chase Vineyard. Aside from being a truly talented artist, she’s also a really swell gal.
My current favourite piece of artwork is by another talented Ottawa artist named Maureen “Mo” McGreavy who I’ve had the opportunity to become friends with over the past 5 years. As a bicycle courier in downtown Ottawa and avid birder her work is largely inspired by the pigeons and corporate buildings in that area. The piece I own is actually a collection of 5 small canvasses. The biggest one shows a pigeon on a rooftop, and the other four are pigeons flying in various forms. I wish I had a picture of it, she truly has an eye for painting birds.

44 | Patricia

February 8th, 2013 at 10:41 am


Hmmm, favorite piece of art, I think it’s the picture of me when I’m pregnant with DD3. Pregnancy was such an amazingly magical time and I love remembering it when I see that picture. It was taken by my friend Cindy Smith who has a small portrait photography business.

45 | Jennifer

February 8th, 2013 at 12:05 pm


Lovely giveaway! Those hearts are beautiful!!
My fav local artist can be found on Etsy. I got this amazing water colour print of Canada! I love it!!


46 | Paula

February 8th, 2013 at 12:56 pm


I have coveted Ali’s hearts for so long….have wished in vain for my husband to buy me one for Valentine’s Day. Flowers and chocolate are nice…but art is forever!

While I am a huge fan of Ali’s work, I am also a big admirer of local artist David W. Jones (davidwjones.ca). Not only are his works lush and inspiring, but David is also making incredible contributions to the Arts in local elementary schools, serving as Artist in Residence so kids can have the captivating and enriching experience of watching a professional work of art being created, right before their eyes. There are two fun blogs recreated on David’s website, detailing his time sharing the magic of art with local schoolchildren:
http://www.davidwjones.ca/blog/blog.html http://www.davidwjones.ca/Diary_of_painting.pdf

I am fortunate to have two of David’s paintings. One of Ali’s hearts would look pretty spectacular sharing a wall with either of them.

47 | K

February 8th, 2013 at 1:27 pm


My favourite is a group of 3 canvasses of sunlight coming through trees. It’s black and white and hung on dark blue walls and I love it! http://followk.blogspot.ca/2012/02/house-in-progress.html This is a great giveaway and the hearts are so cute. How would you pick??

48 | meg

February 8th, 2013 at 2:46 pm


My husband and I love Amy Thompson’s art (she’s here in Ottawa!). We own one piece and plan to buy more. We don’t often like the same art, but when it comes to off-beat, quirky & animal related, we always agree.

A non-Ottawa favourite is Josh Keyes:

49 | Annika Ek

February 8th, 2013 at 5:47 pm


These hearts are amazing and so fun! My fave piece of art is a painting my dad bought in the 1950’s with the funny name “Man in the Moon’s parrot”. Would love one of Ali’s heart. Great give away, again.

50 | Rosanna

February 8th, 2013 at 5:52 pm


We have one piece of original art ( other than my 2yo) in our house. It’s a sketch of a little girl in her moms heels…and it’s in her room.

51 | Sarah (@MrsArob)

February 8th, 2013 at 6:36 pm


My favourite piece of art in our house is actually a photograph from our wedding. Mike Dickson, owner of Photos for Life, captured a shot from 3 stories up. Judges of a photo contest thought it was pretty cool too. Check it out here: http://www.photosforlife.ca/Blog/ispwp-contest-results-2011-q1/

52 | Jessie-Mae

February 8th, 2013 at 8:19 pm


My favourite piece of art in my apartment is a photo on canvas that my dad took in Courtenay, B.C, of 4 ducks with their heads underwater.

One of my favourite artists Sarah Barbary, link to her site:

53 | Ashley

February 8th, 2013 at 10:49 pm


My favourite piece of art is my daughter’s first finger painting, which is on a piece of cardboard (it was meant to be a palate for painting a pumpkin). It’s framed and sits on our mantle!

54 | Dan Mitchell

February 9th, 2013 at 9:55 am


I’d love to win!!! Awesome!

55 | Cath in Ottawa

February 11th, 2013 at 4:32 am


Great giveaway! My favourite piece of art is a small Inuit sculpture of a bear that my sister gave me when I turned 30. It sits on my desk and makes me happy every day!

56 | binki

February 11th, 2013 at 11:47 am


I’d like a heart (…said the Tin Man).

We have lots of art, mostly paintings. I guess the piece I am digging right now is our most recent acquisition from Cube Gallery (best gallery ever) last year.

The artist is Strachan Johnston (local). It’s a painting of a back alley in the Glebe – in winter. Full of amazing vivid shades of blue. Beauty in the ordinary.

Here’s a sample of his work.


Both Alison Fowler and her art – are fantastic.

57 | Karen

February 11th, 2013 at 2:51 pm


Up until this past Christmas 2012, my favourite piece of art was one of Alison’s…a beautiful lone poppy. It is still well-loved and prominently placed in my family room for all to see. This past Christmas however, an local artist friend of my mother-in-law (Gail Knox, http://thegailknoxgallery.com/) surprised me with an amazingly-wonderful charcoal sketch of my infant daughter. It almost brought me to tears that Gail would be so kind to give us such a gift, especially during a difficult time in her life, and I have always wanted a charcoal drawing of my little one. It was her first attempt at charcoal as well (she does a lot of watercolour) which is impressive. It was the best Christmas gift ever!

Alison’s painting is a verrrry close second still. ;)

58 | Jane

February 12th, 2013 at 2:03 pm


My favourite painting is a watercolour by Sudanese artist, Saleh al Mur, who we met while working in E. Africa. Our home is filled with paintings by him & about 7 of his cohorts, including one that they painted together in honour of our son’s birth. They remind me of a time and a place and some pretty special artists.

59 | Claire

February 12th, 2013 at 2:14 pm


My favourite painting is, sadly, one that got away by my favourite local artist, Christopher Griffin (http://www.christophergriffin.ca/gallery.html).

Ages ago, just before my husband and I got married, we spotted a painting at Art in the Park — two paintings really — one of a pair of hockey skates and the other of a pair of figure skates. We thought they’d amazing above our bed. But we were saving money to travel and be married and to buy practical things, like a house, so someone else got those paintings. Hopefully, they kept those paintings together!

Now, as we near our 10th anniversary, we hoping to save our pennies to buy a beautiful painting.

60 | HollyStar

February 12th, 2013 at 2:25 pm


We’re slowly collecting “nicer” pieces as we can afford them. Art in the Park is amazing! I still love all of the pieces we have collected on our travels, especially the embroidered works from Vietnam.

I covet Allison’s poppies and other works and I’m saving my pennies to buy something of her for my very own.

I love my friend Barry Ace’s work. He has an exhibition on right now at the Carmel Gallery:


61 | Tracey

February 12th, 2013 at 3:01 pm


My current fave is my daughter’s portrait of herself and her dog and a cat, that is not ours, done at 4Cats. I’ve been checking out many of the artist links posted by others and bemoan both my lack of talent and lack of funds. I would love to own anything by Alison! Her pieces always make me smile.

62 | Natalie Cox

February 12th, 2013 at 6:51 pm


I love these hearts! I would have such a hard time deciding which ones to choose. A close friend of mine just painted me a beautiful abstract for above my couch. She should have a website, but she’s just starting out. :)

63 | andrea

February 13th, 2013 at 9:01 am


Comments are officially closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winning name!

64 | andrea

February 13th, 2013 at 9:06 am


We have a winnnerrrr!

It’s commenter #16 Chris from canadiandad.com who wrote:

“My favourite piece is by a local artist named Jonny O. He used to have a website but I can’t find it. He used to play open mic at the Elbow Room on Elgin, which is where I first saw his work. He did a great virtual reality skyscraper scene for me and it still hangs in my house.”

Congratulations Chris! And thank you very much to Alison for hosting this amazing giveaway. xo

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