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All the entrants are in for the first of its kind Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art contest. Check them out on OAEx web site. gallery section


Monika Seidenbusch    

Monika likes to paint as to tell a story, with a character, a setting, and a mood. She likes her work to bring out a sense of peacefulness, atmosphere, simplicity, life and beauty.

Her style is detailed and realistic when drawing; and, freer and abstracted when painting. She prefers to portray the human form, but also enjoys illustrating botanicals and painting abstracts.

Inspired by the simple lines of Matisse, the colours and exaggeration of Modigliani, the sculptures of Henri Moore and the technical accuracy of many of the old masters, such as Charles Bargue, she combines what she has learned to refine her art and bring out the essence and beauty of nature.
Born in Ontario and raised in Canada and Germany, Monika’s interest in art has been with her all her life. Her mediums have been primarily pencil, pencil crayon, acrylics, water colour and mixed media collage. For several years she has been attending life drawing studios.

Monika has three daughters and lives in Perth, Ontario, with her husband.


2014 Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art Award

The 2014 Ottawa Art Expo is proud to announce that we are again partnering with the Ottawa Humane Society and continuing our support for this charity with the Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art Award!  This program met with great success last year and we are hoping to be able to provide even more needed funds to this great organization.

Who is eligible?

All participating artists in the 2014 OAEx, as well as any other artist willing to donate to the Ottawa Humane Society and to meet the criteria for entrance are welcome.

What are the award criteria?

The award and a $500 cash prize will be presented for a work of art portraying an animal or an abstraction of an animal. Pieces must be presentable for sale and for hanging or display. A jury will judge the entries and the winner will be announced at the OAEx gala. Last year the award and cash prize was presented by Mrs. Laureen Harper, a proud and dedicated supporter of the Humane Society.

What is the submission and judging process?

Entries must be received by OAEx no later than the 15th of October, 2014. Each entry must be sent on-line and should consist of one quality jpeg of the work (files no bigger than 1Mb), and a description consisting of size (in inches), medium (oil, watercolour, acrylic, photography, wood, stone etc.) a title of the work and (optional) a one or two line explanation if you feel that it would assist the judges. From all entries, 20 finalists will be chosen.  Each finalist’s entry will then be auctioned off via closed bid over the three day event, with proceeds to the Ottawa Humane Society. The auction will take place in a high profile location in conjunction with the Ottawa Humane Society booth.  Please include the price you would normally charge for each submitted piece.  or each piece will be determined and the bidder awarded the artwork in the following week. If the posted minimum bid is not received the piece will be returned to the artist. Entries that are not chosen as finalists remain the property of the submitting artist.

For three dimensional objects please send two images from different angles. All submissions will be posted on the OAEx website upon receipt .Only 100 % original works will be accepted, and the OAEx and Ottawa Humane Society reserve the right to deny entry to any images considered inappropriate to the stated criteria.

May I submit more than one piece?

Each artist may submit up to three pieces

What is the size restriction?

Please restrict pieces to no more than 24” in height or width.

Where do I send the submissions?

Please send your submission to and include in the email’s subject ‘Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art Award’. Please remember to include with your submission the following information:

1.   Your name

2.   Your address, email and telephone numbers

3.   Size

4.   Medium 

5.   Normal retail price

6.   Title

7.   Optional description

8.   One jpeg image (no larger than 1 Mb) 

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Ottawa Art Expo and Ottawa Humane Society