Michele Woodard colouring of Nathalie Coutou's winter RIVER

For one year, during the ups and downs of pandemic life, STO Union sent out drawings of the Te-nagàdino-zìbi/Gatineau river throughout the seasons to the entire region to colour. We ‘hijacked’ the local newspaper insert advertisment section and replaced it with this art project for the public to do, with us. Over a hundred people sent us their coloured drawaings. 

From this a workshop, video and exhibit was produced. The drawings, exhibit and video continues to be shared today.

Permanent Collections:

Ottawa RiverKeeper

Friends of the Gatineau River

“Spring Paddler” by Stephanie Hill selected as part of City of Ottawa’s permanent collection

2023 Season:


Friends of the Gatineau River

September 9, 2023

Wakefield Centre


Centre Patrimonial de la Maison Fairbairn


45 Chemin de Wakefield Heights, Wakefield, Quebec

July 7 – August 13 from 9 – 5 pm, every day


August 19 – October 15th from 9 – 5 pm, weekends only



The Final Video and all of the creations were revealed on Sunday October 23rd, 2022 at the PAF (Place des artistes de Farrellton) event “Bodies of Water” at 42 Plunkett in Farrellton.


Video currently not on display online.


We recognize this season of letting go along with our pandemic reality can result in feelings of grief. If you or someone you know is struggling or in distress, please know you are not alone. It’s important to reach out to get help. Some resources include Kids Help Phone, Canada Suicide Prevention Service and Quebec Crisis Intevention. The Canadian Mental Health Association also offers resources to support mental health during the pandemic.