• By: Keith Whittier

Eat, Drink, pARTy

Artist: David Kaarsemaker

Looking for new artwork to freshen up your home?

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s leading fundraising event Le pARTy Art Auction will lead you to the perfect piece!

On Thursday, May 21, prepare to be whisked away in a cultural fantasy land surrounded by
Ottawa’s best food, drinks and of course, art!

Artist: Meredith Snider
Artist: Meredith Snider

The event is a silent art auction featuring the art of 65 accomplished regional artists, each individually chosen through a peer-based selection process.

While some of the participating artists are in the midst of their careers, others are new talents who are increasingly rising into the scene.

Featured in the show will be a variety of media types, including ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, fashion design, photography…the list goes on and on!

The selection committee puts a strong focus on highlighting every aspect of our region’s ethnic and linguistic differences, bringing attention to important forms of cultural expression in our community.

Whether you’re replacing an old piece of artwork or looking to add something new to your home, there’ll be a painting, a sculpture or a photograph that is destined to be adopted into your household.

For nearly 20 years, Le pARTy has been a primary source of the gallery’s overall operating budget. All funds from the event go towards preparations for the gallery’s new building, curating the famous Firestone Collection of Canadian Art and supporting Ottawa’s artistic community.

When the event arrives, take a moment to glance around the room for pink stars. These mark the five pieces included in the Critics’ Choice, which is an initiative that aims to shed light on the auction’s most noteworthy pieces. After being selected by a group of Ottawa’s arts experts the Critics’ Choices’ will be announced on Monday, May 18.

Join fellow art lovers and foodies this spring in the pursuit of the perfect piece.

Are you ready to place your bid?