Monday, March 18, 2013


Hey everyone, I'm working on a new blog that is more focused on the creative process of the various art projects I start. If it turns out well I may consolidate it with this one! Anyway, feel free to follow along here.  At the moment I am focusing on my upcoming solo exhibition this coming summer! Let me know what you think of the new blog! Thanks for visiting : )

Works in progress by Maya Hum (in preparation for solo exhibition opening at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. Opening: summer July 7, 2013)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Few spots left in my Digital Arts Camp for Teens! Register today!

Learn the fundamentals and develop the skills to create breathtaking digital art! This one week intensive course is taught through project based, hands-on exercises where students explore how to design, draw, paint, and manipulate images digitally. Illusions and special effects will be created using Adobe Photoshop, scanners, and your own digital camera. Finish off the week by putting together your own online artist portfolio that you can share with your family and friends! Please bring your own digital camera.

Course Code: W13ST01A      
March 11-15, 2013          
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-4:00 pm
Ottawa School of Art Orleans, Photo Lab

Registration information available online, or call 613-580-2765

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Back at it

Working on my solo exhibit:

This week I've finally dove into putting my concepts onto my drawing surfaces. After months of sketching thumbnails, reading, writing, finding random quotes... I rolled out my Mylar and cut three large sheets (36" x 40").  Side note: I definitely purchased the entire store supply of this stuff last time I was in one of Toronto's Curry's art supply stores. Whoops! ( is hard to come by in large format here.)

It is crazy how thrilling and nervous this makes me. But as usual the first initial line drawing is the hardest to commit to, once it is done it feels much better! It is nice to be drawing larger scale again and I am reminded of the first time I jumped into a project like this.  It was when I barely knew what I was doing with my life. Having moved to a new city for one reason or another and having it all turn upside down overnight.  Yet, it would not have gotten me to try and apply for an artist residency that I felt I was overly under-qualified to get into. But I thought, why not? Somehow the jury saw potential in me and let me work in and occupy a downtown studio space where I could explore a dream to draw BIG. I never really tried to draw 'like that' before that opportunity. And don't get me wrong, the experience did have some serious ups and downs, I am incredibly grateful for it. If curious here is an old blog post from that time in my life.

What's changed? Well I'm more self-assured.  I didn't really realize this until I started the drawing above.  I'm making less tentative pencil marks, I'm really going for it this time :)
(Let's hope my nerves don't get the better of me!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Organizing art from last year: #1

So far 2013 has brought the reorganizing and general clutter riddance will hopefully help with the creative flow. After some major furniture moving I've migrated to my computer and realized that I should also organize my photo albums!  So, here is a picture I found of my work in progress for the Annual Figureworks Awards Show back in November/December 2012.

For this work I went back to working on mylar. (Click to enlarge)  The drawing is done in graphite and a small amount of acrylic paint.
Figureworks is an amazing organization here in Ottawa.  They have annual juried award shows, this was my second time participating and my greatest impression is how well they treat their artists.  For more information visit:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I want to thank everyone for your support this past year. Particularly to those who gave me much needed extra pushes in confidence. And as equally important, thank-you to those who let me step back and re-focus.

This year I taught at the same art school I did my training in, organized more art events, had a hand in environmental campaigns dear to my heart, and met new amazing and creative friends along the way!

2013 is just starting, but I am in the works to making it the most creative year yet! I hope you can join me in all this fun!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Art Shows!

November and December are packed with great arty events! I am so happy to be participating in the following exhibits. If you are in Ottawa, check these out.  Fun times with amazing art by local artists and at great prices too!

1. OAG Winter Delights Holiday Exhibit
November 10, 2012 - January 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Nov. 28, 6-9pm
Ottawa Art Gallery Art Rental and Sales: 2 Daly Ave.

This group exhibit includes many local artists and a variety of mediums such as photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewellery and textiles. All pieces are original and priced at $400.00 or less. Drop by if you are at the Rideau Centre, we're across the street! (Daly at Nicolas)

2. Holiday Fundraising Art Sale
November 29, 2012 - December 19, 2012
Opening Reception: November. 29,  5 - 8 pm.
Ottawa School of Art Main Gallery: 35 George St.

Come celebrate the Ottawa School of Art's 28th Annual Holiday Fundraiser Art Sale.  Proceeds support local artists and the Ottawa School of Art.

December 1, 2012: 6:30pm—midnight (silent auction: 7—10pm)
EBA: 951 Gladstone Avenue (Super cool location!!)
Tickets: $10 at the door 19+

Gallery 101 host's their annual fundraiser, a highly respected and anticipated event, revamped as 101 UNFRAMED. Enjoy a night of arts and culture, and food and wine, which showcases the talent of Ottawa’s arts community and also supports G101, a local, non-profit artist-run centre. Proceeds from the auction help Gallery 101 maintain its services to artists and the community. To celebrate World AIDS Day and A Day With(out) Art, representatives from Bruce House will be accepting donations for their ongoing support and care of People Living With/Affected by HIV/AIDS in the Ottawa area.

4. Holiday Sweat-ER - Cyclelogik's 5th Annual Holiday Art Show
December 7, 2012 - January, 2012

Opening Reception: December 7 at 8:00 pm
Cyclelogik: 1111 Wellington St. West.  8pm
One of the most highly anticipated holiday art shows of the season is back for its 5th year!
Food, music, art, antics, and the work of over 40 artists for sale !

5. And also as noted in my November post, Figureworks will be open until December 2nd.  I highly recommend seeing this show.  The quality of art is breathtaking and I am amazed I got into this show.

Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts: 310 Patrick Street (entrance on Cumberland)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November Art Shows!

Hey look! I will be participating in 3 art events coming up this month! You should come check them out! Yay! See below :)

(Click images to enlarge)

1. Figureworks 2012
Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts: 310 Patrick Street (entrance on Cumberland), Ottawa 
Vernissage/Opening: November 20th, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Award Ceremony will start at 7:30 pm
Exhibition is on display between: November 20th – December 2nd

2. Small Medium Large Fundraiser – one night only – order your art to go! 
Ottawa School of Art Main Gallery: 35 George Street, Ottawa
November 23rd, 6:00 pm
Ticket price: Advanced tickets: $10 purchase at the Ottawa School of Art, or 12$ at the door.

3. Winter Delights Holiday Exhibit (in conjunction with the Ottawa Art Gallery’s “Hats off” party)
The Ottawa Art Gallery-Art Rental and Sales: 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
November 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
For more information: OAG Art rental and Sales   

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Post-Nuit Blanche 2012

Phew! It's been a couple days since Ottawa's first all-night art event - Nuit Blanche - and I had a blast! There were over 6000 people that passed by our installation and well over 600 people partook in our photo-booth.  Our pop-up gallery ended up being jam packed with drawings, notes, and signatures.  The overall result was a-maz-ing!  Thank-you everyone who paid us a visit.  To those who danced with us, talked with us, took pictures with us, and made art with us!  Also our lovely volunteers and organizers of this city-wide event - THANK-YOU!  What a success!

Here's some chronological shots of our installation from start to finish! (click picture to enlarge)

And here's a look at the photo booth!
Nearly finished constuction, booth in action, packing her up
More pics are posted on our facebook page:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012! This Saturday!

Ottawa is having its first Nuit Blanche this year! I will be popping up a gallery in front of the Ottawa School of Art with Lemonjellow Productions.

Inspired by the creative artistry and imagination of pop-up books, we are presenting a “pop-up gallery.”  Pre-constructed from recycled materials, this temporary gallery is mobile in the sense that we can “pop it up” anywhere in the city.  Our aim is to provide a space where anyone can contribute to this gallery on the spot.  The idea is to foster a communal spirit of sharing, interaction, and support from the ground up.  In essence anyone who wants to be, will become an artist participating in Nuit Blanche!

When: September 22, 6:22 pm - 4:22am
Where are we located?  35 George Street, in front of the Ottawa School of Art in the Byward Market

Facebook Event Page:
Nuit Blanche Ottawa:

I will also have original prints on display at La Nouvelle Scene, a lovely french theatre on 333 King Edward Ave. as part of their Nuit Blanche installation with the Ottawa-Gatineau Printmakers.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Kicking it back" Beach Bash

This weekend I will be participating in the "Kicking it back" Beach Bash! event. I'll be setting up with other great artists, works will be for sale at affordable prices!  Live musical acts, an amazing variety of art, and hey! there's going to be a raffle!  Come out and support local music and local art, a great way to celebrate the remainder of our Summer - at the beach! (Click poster to see what else to expect)
When? This Saturday, August 25th
Time: Noon - 11pm.  (I will be showing art during the afternoon show - see poster)
Where? Westboro Beach (Kitchissippi Lookout)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Instructor's Exhibit: Photos

Here are some shots from the Ottawa School of Art Orleans Instructors' Exhibit. 
My pieces: "Pause II" & "Sonata" $400 each, graphite and acrylic on mylar

This show will be up until August 2nd @ the Shenkman Arts Centre | 245 Centrum Blvd.

Gallery Hours
Monday - Tuesday | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday - Thursday | 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Friday | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday | 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Gallery is closed on Sundays & Civic Monday, with the exception of special events

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Instructors' Exhibition

I will be in the Ottawa School of Art Orleans instructors' Exhibition. Opening is this coming Thursday, 6-8pm, free admission :D  This show will be up until August 2nd. 
There will be 2 of my mylar drawing/paintings on display. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Print Exhibition

Hey! I have been helping out in organizing a print exhibit at Orange Art Gallery that will be opening next week!  Sixteen local printmakers will be showing a variety of original prints.  I will be showing some new prints, hope you can come check out the works.  Here are the details:

Opening Night:
Thursday July 19th from 6-10pm

The exhibit will be on display from July 18th - July 29th.

Free Admission.  You are more than welcome to purchase some art;)

Orange Art Gallery: 233 Armstrong Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Here is the gallery's promo card:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beechwood Art in the Parking Lot!

Next Saturday I will be participating and helping out at the Beechwood Art in the Parking lot! The Pavement will be painted and plants will be placed all around!

Live music, art, kid fun, food and your neighbours await you at the parking lot by Arturo’s, Second Cup and Fraser Cafe.  I hope you can come and support this community event! Saturday June 23, 2012.  10am – 3pm
click image to enlarge. RSVP at:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer course offering at the OSAO

I will be teaching a children's camp at the Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus this year:
Mixed Media: mountains, fields & sea: landscape:

s120c5eb | mountains, fields & sea: landscape | mixed media |
9 – 12 years
July 30 – August 3

Learn to interpret the awesome landscape and develop an appreciation for the immensity and beauty of nature through different art projects! Let’s discover the basics of the
landscape: forms, colours, light and atmosphere. This is a mixed media course so be prepared to sculpt, paint and draw!
For more information visit:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bloomin’ Art Party and Sale: June 9 & 10

Lemonjellow productions is having another art show coming up soon!  In Lemonjellow fashion, we will be converting a house into an indoor/outdoor (weather permitting) gallery space in the new art hub of Ottawa, Westboro!  These are exciting times for this art collective, of which I am happy to be a part of.  I hope you can make it and celebrate art in bloom with us:

Lemonjellow’s next show is 
Bloomin’ Art in Westboro during Westfest! Drop by our garden art pARTy and sale and check out the happenings at Westfest. We’ll have a bouquet of artists showing their wares, playing live music, and making live art. There will be home-made goodies to munch on too! 
Drop by, have some lemonade, and flower us with your love!

When: June 9th & 10th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 12pm – 6pm both days
Where: 310 Carleton Ave. (Near Wellington St. W) Westboro, Ottawa, Ontario.
You can also RSVP on our Facebook Event Page

Friday, April 13, 2012

Photos from the miniprint show

The fishies is my print :) Copper etch monoprint
Total of 67 artists and a total of 186 works!
The opening reception took place last Thursday, April 12th at the OSA Gallery: 35 George Street, Ottawa, Ontario.  The exhibit will be on display until May 20th.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4th International Miniature Print Biennale Exhibition

I will have a print on display in this exhibit.  I got a sneak peak with the gallerist last night and the show looks amazing!  The opening reception is tomorrow night, from 5pm to 8pm.  Admission is free, come see beautiful art submitted from local, national, and international artists!
Thursday April 12, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm
Free to the public - Everyone welcome 

Works will be on display from:
April 12 - May 20, 2012
: Ottawa School of Art Main Gallery:35 George Street, Ottawa, Ontario. 

Art is for sale!