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  • Abstract drawn from a plant called bunch grass
    Bunch Grass by ShapeVision, inkjet print
  • A series of framed photographic portraits
    People Who Love People by Oscar Para

Vernissage for Hidden Shapes of Nature and People Who Love People


Digital & new media Photography Visual arts
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Saint-Vincent Hospital (Bruyere)

60 Cambridge Street North

Ottawa, ON



Offered in English and French.

Wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, and offers closed captioning or subtitles.


NOTE: Due to rising cases of Covid, this event can be attended in person by staff and patients of Saint-Vincent Hospital only. Everyone else is welcome to experience these two exhibits virtually at the following:

We invite you to celebrate the opening of two new art exhibits in the Saint-Vincent Hospital's Elevator Galleries: ShapeVision’s "Hidden Shapes of Nature" Oscar Parra's "People who Love People".

The in-person vernissage will feature a tour of the art as well as presentations by both artists. The exhibits will also be open to patients, staff and visitors September 23rd through October 16th.

"Hidden Shapes of Nature" explores the beauty of the natural world in the form of large-scale, complex images that are formed using a new digital imaging software called ShapeVision. ShapeVision uses advanced mathematics to create highly scalable vector graphics that, when printed at a large scale, depict an initial image and then, when examined more closely, hold a fascinating semblance to jigsaw puzzles or detailed maps. In this body of work, human creative decisions combine with this digital tool to create complex, colourful nature-driven imagery.

About the ShapeVision team:

Shapevision is driven by a creative partnership between software artist Martin Brooks and art coach John Spence, with much of the source imagery by Ross Photography.

“People Who Love People” is by Oscar Parra, a Colombian photographer, and an Arts Network Ottawa Mentee, who worked with cj fleury, the Bruyère Artist in Residence, and Bruyère employees to create 12 portraits of healthcare workers during the pandemic. As the artist describes it, “this series of works is a window that invites us to look at the dedication to service as an inborn desire of the spirit. Whatever our situation is in front of this crystal, it is my wish, that we find our reflection in it, that we feel the inevitable certainty that, in unity, we are loving and loveable.”

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Bruyère Academic Medical association, with additional support for "People Who Love People" from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Arts Network Ottawa Mentorship Program.



Radical Connections

We improve care and strengthen communities by bringing artists and people in healthcare together.

Wellness, for all, involves the opportunity to play, create and make choices. People in care need those same opportunities. Participation in the arts brings joy and connection; it demonstrates that people receiving care are much more than their medical conditions.

Elder care needs radical transformation. We ensure that aging is a time when people can share their wisdom and enjoy arts and culture.

People experiencing mental or physical distress should be surrounded by healing environments. We will bring meaningful sonic, visual, literary or movement-based arts into hospitals and care settings either virtually or in person.

True creative participation humanizes care by celebrating a diversity of individuals, cultures, abilities, and communities. Connecting arts and health improves quality of life for residents, patients, visitors, and everyone working in healthcare.


Jenny McMaster

613 618-3141

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