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Inspired by Life.  Inspired by Nature.

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Art has a magical way of invoking feelings and emotions. Colour and shapes form images on canvas to let the viewer imagine his or her own story. Look through the bold, colourful and captivating art by Maria and immerse yourself in a world of  hues, shades and tones that warm your heart and soul.  Browse our gallery to find just what you’re looking for.  We want to make art affordable and we  will be happy to help you choose a piece of original art by Maria Connell that is just right for you. 


Contact us at the e-mail or telephone number provided on the gallery website.


The Artist

Maria Connell 



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The Billet Doux Shop

Visit the gallery store and browse the Billet Doux (Bil-lay-doo) collection of greeting cards designed by Maria.  Billet Doux is a French term that means a sweet note, a love note.  Choose from a variety of  beautiful and original greeting cards in the shop.   Send a card to  that special someone, a friend, or family member just to let them know you are thinking about them. When you give a Billet Doux greeting card, you are giving the gift of art.  Greeting cards or a  "billet doux" never goes out of style despite advancements in technology, snail mail continues to trend upwards.  From our house to yours,  t's not just the card that counts but the action too! 

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Spring is here!

March arrived like a lamb and its gentleness has given way to longer days and birdsong everywhere.

You can feel the energy and the quickening beneath your feet as you step foot outdoors and embrace the awakening of a lazy, sleepy ground.  Little green shoots are everywhere and the buds on the trees are ready to bloom but not just yet.  Meanwhile, birds and farm animals are poised and ready to give birth.  It's the time where everything is new again. 

Spring is the perfect season to give someone you love a Billet Doux (bil-lay-doo) card. It's French for a love note, a soft note. We could certainly use more love and softness in our world.  Each greeting card is especially designed to warm up, light up and deliver a smile to the receiver but it brings even more love to the sender for all the thoughts and words that come from the heart. 


Look who's carrying the
Billet Doux (bil-lay-doo)
greeting cards...

There's something heartwarming and magical that happens when you open up a handwritten Billet Doux (bil-lay-doo) card. Greeting cards never go out of style. Some of the finest shops in Ottawa and surrounding area carry the Billet Doux greeting cards. 

Drop in to any of the locations below and see the colourful and artistic selection of cards designed by Maria.  The greeting cards are created blank just for you so you can personalize them for any occasion.

Please email the gallery at
or call us at 613-324-5724 if you have any questions and we'll be happy to help.

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357 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON
K1K 2Z7

102 Fairmont Ave
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 1X6

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Gilligallou Bird Shop
Almonte, ON


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312 Richmond Road
Ottawa, ON

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18 Clarence Street (at Sussex Dr.)

Ottawa, ON   K1N 5P3

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113 Third Avenue
Ottawa, ON 

358 Ravenhill Ave. E.
Ottawa, ON
K1Z 5E2

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1191 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 2Z6

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