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OAG Auction Critics’ Choice: The standout pieces up for grabs at this year’s virtual fundraiser

By Apartment613 on December 8, 2020

The jury is out! Five works that stand out at Give to Get Art, this year’s virtual art auction at OAG.

The Critic’s Choice for Give to Get Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s virtual art auction, was announced recently.

Each year a new jury of community members is brought together to deliberate and select five stand-out pieces up for auction at this annual fundraiser. The Critic’s Choice jury is tasked with selecting works that resonate with them and highlight the high calibre of art created by Ottawa-Gatineau artists.

“Every year, there is real hype around the announcement of the Critic’s Choice. The buzz created gets people talking, gives attention to artists, and inspires auction bidders, be they experienced art collectors or ones that are just starting their art collecting journey,” says Eilidh Kyte, Officer, Strategic Initiatives and Special Events at the OAG.

“Jurors have to agree on only five pieces.”

This year’s jury, comprised of Tam-Ca Vo-Van, Director of SAW, Rosey Edeh, Filmmaker and CTV Morning Live Ottawa Anchor, and Linda Grussani, Art Historian and Indigenous Art Curator, looked at more than 55 eclectic works of art, including ceramics, photography, mixed-media, prints, paintings, and sculpture donated by local emerging and established artists.

“The jury doesn’t have an easy task! I know I would have a hard time. Ottawa-Gatineau artists create beautiful, meaningful, and highly original art, and in the end, all jurors have to agree on only five pieces,” shared Kyte.

Without further ado… The 2020 Critics’ Choice, in no particular order, are: Rosalie Favell, Josée Dubeau, Marisa Gallemit, Laurena Finéus, and a collaborative work by Jake Riseborough and Christopher Griffin.

Rosalie Favell, Wrapped in Culture Possum Skin Cloak and Buffalo Robe, Edition: 2/5, 2020, inkjet print, 17″ x 21″, market value: $5,000, starting bid: $2,500.

Marisa Gallemit, This Is For Your Protection, 2020, sculpture (rubber bicycle tubes, metal), 142cm H x 33cm W x 10cm D, market value: $750, starting bid: $375.

Laurena Finéus, Zwazo Manjé Korosol, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 60”, market value: $2,000, starting bid: $1,000.

Josée Dubeau, Règles universelles, 2016, sculpture en aluminium, 1235 mm x 80 mm x 10 mm, market value: $4,000, starting bid: $2,000.

Jake Riseborough & Christopher Griffin, Bear and Monkey, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 60″ x 48”, market value: $4,800, starting bid: $2,400.

Are you thinking of giving to get art? Start in the OAG’s online gallery by picking your top five, and then zoom-in on your top one! Or go see the art in person at OAG—you don’t need a ticket for that (but you do need to book your free visit here, and follow all COVID-19 safety precautions).


Visit the online gallery to browse the complete list of art and artists. A special exhibition is on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery until December 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. Funds raised thought the auction and ticket sales benefit OAG’s programming and also support local artists who donated to the event.