Paint the city red at Ottawa Art Gallery’s give-to-get art auction

The opening gala of OAG’s Give-to-Get Art Auction on Friday painted a very rosy picture of our city’s arts and culture scene as hundreds of art lovers and collectors turned out for a night of bidding, drinking and lively banter.

The signature fundraiser for the Ottawa Art Gallery has become our city’s art party of the year since its inception more than 20 years ago. The benefit event was held in person for the first time in three years and featured more than 95 donated artworks by local artists.

Nobody was more excited about this than the OAG director and CEO Alexandra Badzak. “It’s great to see everyone out here tonight,” she told OBJ.social earlier in the evening. “We’re going to have a full house, and that’s exactly what we were hoping for.”

There was positive energy and excitement in the air. “It feels like there’s a pent-up demand from people who really want to see and feel art,” said OAG’s CEO Markus SchaanDeputy Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

“OAG is really about community in a lot of ways, and while you can do some of that online and the art still looks beautiful, it’s so different when you can actually be among your peers. Artists can meet patrons, patrons can meet artists. You can discuss the art, you can bring your friends.

“It’s really about making those connections, and that’s what the gallery is about.”

At the art auction, which continued with online bidding throughout the weekend, half of the auction proceeds will go back to the artists and the other half will go towards maintaining free public access to the gallery, exhibitions, workshops and artist talks, the ongoing public and educational program. and the care and preservation of the OAG’s collection and opportunities and support for artists and craftspeople from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Give to Get Art achieved its goal by raising $110,000 from ticket sales and the art auction.

The OAG also hosted a weekend give-to-get art market that transformed the building into an art market.

Ottawa Art Gallery’s opening gala for their Give-to-Get art auction on Friday May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Ottawa Art Gallery’s opening gala for their Give-to-Get art auction on Friday May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips

When selecting pieces for Give to Get Art, organizers looked for artists at different stages of their careers, such as: B. emerging, mid-career and established. They also chose artworks that reflect the diversity of the community, Badzak said. “We’re definitely checking our blinders on who’s out there.”

Sasha SudaDirector and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada was in attendance, as was the outgoing Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson, who has listed the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court expansion, completed in 2018, as a project he is particularly proud of during his time as mayor. Also seen Andrew Pick, who is about six months into his new role as executive director of the Downtown Rideau BIA, which considers the OAG an important part of its neighborhood. “This is such an incredible hotspot for creativity,” he said.

Peter Tilly was there from The Ottawa Mission, a non-profit organization located in the kitty corner of the OAG. It feeds and shelters the homeless and provides programs and services. His social enterprise, Chef Ric’s, helped host the inaugural gala for OAG, known for offering art therapy classes to The Mission service users.

Don masterPresident and Creative Director of Mediaplus Advertising, and his wife, Lynn Buffonewere among the patrons who attended the annual art auction from the start and even took part in last year’s virtual option (they were winning bidders at a Christopher Griffin Painting).

“I like this event because it supports local art, and quite frankly we’ve decorated a lot of walls in our house with artwork from this event,” said Masters. “We’re running out of space.”

Familiar faces included Lindsay TaubWife of Shopify President Harley Finkelstein, Gallery Director of Studio Sixty Six Carrie Coltonformer television journalists Don Newman and Tom Clark (his wife, Jan Clarkis on the OAG board) and Engel & Völkers real estate agent Sarah Gross, who was among those without power on the seventh day due to the deadly and destructive storm. Urban landscape artist Eryn O’Neillwho had a piece on the show, will begin her masters in architecture at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism this fall.

Including artists DonKwan, recently recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council’s Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award. He was there with his brother EdKwanwho is a performing artist himself as China Doll.

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From left: Ottawa Art Gallery Board Member and visual artist Guillermo Trejo with Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO of Ottawa Art Gallery, and Mayor Jim Watson at the opening gala of OAG’s Give-to-Get Art Auction on Friday 27th 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left: Sasha Suda, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada, with Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery, at the opening gala of OAG’s Give to Get Art Auction on Friday, May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Ottawa Art Gallery Board Member Jane Clark with daughters Atlee Clark (Director at Shopify) and Alexandra Clark (VP Strategic Initiatives at Shopify) and former broadcast journalist Tom Clark, Chair of Global Public Affairs, at the opening gala for the OAG Give-to-Get Art Auction on Friday, May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Lindsay Taub with Emily Segal and Monica Singhal next to a work by Ottawa artist Pat Durr that Segal had his eye on, at the opening gala of OAG’s Give to Get Art Auction, held on Friday, May 27, 2022 took place. Photo by Caroline Phillip
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Andrew Peck, Executive Director of the Downtown Rideau BIA, with his wife Erin Connell at the opening gala of OAG’s Give-to-Get Art Auction on Friday May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left: Carrie Colton, Gallery Director of Studio Sixty Six, with Ottawa-based Caribbean-Canadian artist Stéphane Alexis and Alexandra Badzak, Director/CEO of Ottawa Art Gallery, alongside Alexis’ piece Crochet Locs at the Give-to-Get Opening Gala OAG Art Auction held on Friday, May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Don Masters, President and Creative Director at Mediaplus Advertising, with his wife Lynn Buffone of Canadian Heritage at the opening gala of OAG’s Give to Get Art Auction held at the Ottawa Art Gallery on Friday, May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left: leadership coach, presenter and sculptor Dominique Dennery with two of her fellow Ottawa Art Gallery board members, political journalist Althia Raj and Barry Fong, intellectual property attorney and partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, at the opening gala for the Give-to- OAG Get art auction, held on Friday 27th May 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Ottawa cityscape artist Eryn O’Neill at the Give-to-Get art auction with Ottawa Art Gallery Board Member Sylvia Dreaver, who has just joined the Canada Council for the Arts in its Indigenous Artists grant program. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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New parents Margaux McDonald, Head of the Afghanistan Task Force at Global Affairs Canada, and Patrick Kennedy, Director at Earnscliffe Strategies, enjoyed an evening together at the opening gala of OAG’s Give-to-Get Art Auction, which took place on Friday, May 27. 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Shannon Day-Newman and former broadcast journalist Don Newman, Executive Vice President at Rubicon Strategy, at the inaugural gala of OAG’s Give to Get Art Auction held at the Ottawa Art Gallery on Friday, May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Peter Tilley, CEO of The Ottawa Mission, with Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO of Ottawa Art Gallery, on the patio at the opening gala of OAG’s Give to Get Art Auction on Friday, May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Don Kwan, recently recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council’s Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award, with his brother Ed Kwan (aka China Doll) at the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Give to Get Art Auction. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left: Emma Gilfillan, National Account Manager at Panasonic Professional AV, with Sarah Grand, Real Estate Agent at Engel & Völkers, at the opening gala of OAG’s Give-to-Get Art Auction on Friday 27th May 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left: Ottawa artists Marisa Gallemit, Christopher Griffin and Zainab Hussain at the opening gala of the OAG Give-to-Get Art Auction on Friday, May 27, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Lydia Blanchard, Director of Community Involvement at the CHEO Foundation, attended the opening gala of OAG’s Give-to-Get Art Auction with her husband, Guillaume Blanchard. Photo by Caroline Phillips

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