BY PAUL GESSELL
What kind of art interests Mayor Jim Watson?
Well, he owns paintings by such Ottawa area artists as Andrew King, Philip Craig, the late Robert Hyndman, and Bhat Boy. The works of Craig and Hyndman are tame and traditional – art that you definitely could give Grandma. King and Bhat Boy tend to be more quirky and often whimsical, but still safe enough for Stephen Harper.
Watson and I accidentally met up recently at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex in City Hall where we had both come to view an exhibition called Ottawa Selects: Selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art.
The OAG asked each of nine prominent people, both present and past Ottawa residents, to choose a work from the Firestone Collection for the exhibition. The 1,600 works in the Firestone Collection are managed by the OAG and contain Canadian art from 1900 to 1980. The selections for the Annex show tell much about the people making the choices.