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July 8 2013, 8:18 p.m. Photograph by Jamie Kronick.

Portraits of Bluesfest: Raising money for Blues in the Schools

By Diane Bond on August 26, 2013

With August drawing to a close and the nights getting longer, it wasn’t so long ago – just over a month, actually – that Björk captivated the city on the closing night of Bluesfest. Where has the time gone?

If you’re looking to relive moments of the festival (and support a good cause) head over to Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on Thursday night for the fifth annual Portraits of Bluesfest – a fundraiser/silent art auction in support of Blues in the Schools.

Organizer Peter Simpson, also known as the arts editor at the Ottawa Citizen, has pulled together work from 18 local artists made over the last year which celebrates music through photography, painting, etching and sculpture.

The artists in this year’s lineup include: Dan Austin, Heidi Conrod, Philip Craig, Alison Fowler, Kristy Gordon, Sarah Hatton, Andrew King, Jamie Kronick (featured above), Eryn O’Neill, Claude Marquis, Angelina McCormick, Brandon McVittie, Glen Paradis, Erin Robertson, Andrea Sutton, Guillermo Trejo, Anna Williams and Michael Zavacky.

With 100% of all sales going towards Blues in the Schools, the event has raised over $30,000 over the last four years. If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to start up your own original art collection – now is the time!

Portraits of Bluesfest 5 is happening on Thursday, August 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio (160 Elm Street). Bidding closes at 9 p.m. sharp. Each piece will have a “buy now” price, based on market value.

Admission is $5.