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My Abstract Art and Apparel cuts the ceremonial ribbon at 218 W. Main in Ottawa – Shaw Local

Artist Jeremy Johnson’s journey as an artist began 13 years ago when he began painting for therapeutic purposes while recovering from a brain tumour.

His recovery led him to give up his career as a welder and he returned to his parents, which allowed him to fall in love with what he had started doing as therapy.

The Ottawa Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined Johnson at My Abstract Art and Apparel at 218 W. Main Gallery and Studio for a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning.

“I call it a blessing in disguise,” Johnson said. “It convinced me to do what I was supposed to do.”

Johnson creates color-focused abstract art, although he does not choose the colors himself. It is guided by energy and spirits.

“I love how spontaneous it is,” Johnson said. “I had to learn to walk again after the brain tumor and it started as therapy, but it turned into a gift that comes from deep within me.”

Johnson has his art for sale inside as well as t-shirts and mugs with his designs on them.

The gallery is open Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Other times are available by appointment.