They are pumped for Le Party at the OAG

Detail from Philip Craig's, The Elephant Quilt Series No. 2, 2019. Oil on Canvas, 36"x 40". Courtesy Ottawa Art Gallery.

It may seem that the Ottawa Art Gallery’s fundraising art auction, Le Party, is becoming more frequent, but it’s just the illusion of a one-time adjustment.

Last year’s version was bumped to autumn because of construction of the new gallery and subsequent opening celebrations, but now Le Party returns to its rightful place in the spring on Thursday, May 30.

Simon Brascoupé, Algonquin Moose (Pimisi Station). Courtesy Ottawa Art Gallery.

As usual, there’ll food and drink provided by local suppliers, and dozens of pieces of art by local artists available for bidding in a silent auction. What’s different this time is improved terms for both artists and buyers.

This year artists will get 50 per cent of the sale price on their pieces, a higher return than in previous years. Buyers, meanwhile, can take advantage of a one-year payment plan on pieces that sell for $1,500 or more.

Also new is the “aprés/after Le Party,” with DJ beats and “access to Galerie Annexe’s top art selections of the season.”

Le Party tickets are $100 to $150. After party tickets are $25 advance or $30 at the door, and are included in the price of any Le Party ticket.

More information and tickets are available at

Last year’s Le Party raised $150,000 for the OAG, up significantly from the totals raised in years before the new gallery was unveiled.

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Peter Simpson, a native of Prince Edward Island, was arts editor and arts editor at large for the Ottawa Citizen for 15 years, with a focus on the visual arts. He lives in downtown Ottawa with one wife, two cats and more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures.