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Luke Norrad, Takeiteasyonme, Enamel on birch panel, 32” x 44".

Give to Get Art: Ottawa Art Gallery auction adds virtual bidding and a physical exhibition—12.05.20 to 12.18.20

By Greggory Clark on November 3, 2020

Browse the Give to Get Art collection online.

It’s the main event for Ottawa-area art collectors, and this year, national and international collectors will also have the chance to bid on works in the Ottawa Art Gallery’s signature auction. Featuring over 55 Ottawa-Gatineau based artists, the event is an exciting opportunity to get your hands on beautiful paintings, sculpture, jewellery, mixed-media artwork, photography, prints and more.

“A virtual auction is accessible to more people.”

This year the auction will be digital—although not entirely due to the pandemic. OAG staff had already planned a digital component to improve accessibility.

“Going virtual is something the Gallery had been wanting to do, and COVID, in a way, made it happen,” says Véronique Couillard, OAG’s point-person for media and public relations. “A virtual auction is accessible to more people, lasts longer than one evening—which gives more time for bidding—and having an online exhibition gives more visibility to artists who donated artworks… When we are able to go back to an evening event at the Gallery, we will also keep the virtual component of the auction.”

Laurena Finéus, Zwazo Manjé Korosol, 2019, Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 60”.
Market Value: $2,000. Starting Bid: $1,000.

Public health guidelines in Ottawa mean that collectors will adopt the digital format en masse for 2020, placing their bids online. An app will notify you of competing bids—which could be from collectors anywhere in the country—and show the running total of funds raised.

For the first time, the auction will be accompanied by a two-week exhibition at the OAG. Until now, the auction has always been a one-night-only event drawing 400 to 500 people to the gallery. This time around, works will be on display at the Alma Duncan Salon for potential buyers to see in-person in the days leading up to the auction. This special exhibition opens on December 5, one week before the digital auction starts on December 12. Both the auction and exhibition will remain open until December 18.

Barring any new lockdown restrictions in Ottawa, patrons can book a time to visit the OAG in person while capacity is limited and these safety measures are in place. Admission to the OAG is always free.

Highlights from the list of 55+ artists include Andrew Beck, Anne Wanda Tessier, Chris Maveety, Dominic Laporte, Farouk Kaspaules, Fiona Khaemba, Jonathan Hobin, Justin Wonnacott, Marc Adornato, Marisa Gallemit, Michèle Provost, Neeko Paluzzi, Olivia Johnston, Rosalie Favell, Shahla Bahrami, and Susan Roston. You can browse the entire collection freely in the OAG Online Gallery.

Gillian King, Terra, 2019, Cold Wax Medium, Oil, Raw Pigments, Rust Sediments, and Various Plant Materials (including Black Walnut, Onion Skins, Roses, Sumac, and Wildflowers) on Canvas, 6 x 5 feet.
Market Value: $6,000. Starting Bid: $3,000.

A $35 auction ticket gets you a unique code to log in and bid through the auction app. Ticket buyers get a tax receipt for the full price of admission. The auction also serves as a fundraiser, with 50 per cent of revenue going to support the artist and 50 per cent put toward the OAG’s operating costs to help keep the Gallery free and open to the public and build Ottawa’s cultural legacy through its not-for-profit programs.

New this year, the VIP package includes a four-course dinner by My Catering, Bar From Afar, and Dominion City Brewing Co. delivered to your door on Saturday, December 12, as well as exclusive early access to the auction. If your address is not within the OAG’s delivery radius (here’s the list of Ottawa-area postal codes), you can opt to pick up your dinner at the gallery. These tickets range from $225 for individuals to $400 for couples.

Visit the OAG Online Gallery to browse the complete list of art and artists. A special exhibition will be on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery from December 5–18. Virtual bidding begins December 12 at 7pm and ends December 18 at 5pm. Bidding tickets cost $35 and are available online, with a charitable tax receipt provided.


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