Wellington West Galleries Energize
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2010
Ottawa - On May 6th, six Wellington West galleries will energize the
Ottawa arts scene,
by launching a monthly 1st Thursdays art walk.
It's a simple idea that has had a lasting and measurable impact
in other great cities,
said Don Monet, Curator of Cube Gallery. Very often, these monthly
events are the
catalyst for a city's artistic and cultural renaissance.
Inspired by 1st Thursdays in New York and across the globe,
Wellington West art galleries will stay open to 9 PM on the first Thursday
month. Because the galleries are within a few blocks of each other,
Ottawa art lovers
can easily stroll from gallery to gallery and enjoy the world-class
art work on display.
Once a month, Wellington West will be the only destination for
Ottawa art lovers, said
Melodie Sadler, Co-Director of Gallery 3. When you get that kind
of critical mass, great
Notably, professional art guide Catherine Lane (from the National Gallery)
will also be
offering a free, guided tour of the six galleries. Her highly informative
art walks will start
at the Fritzi Gallery (2nd floor of the GCTC) at 7 PM sharp.
Catherine's participation is a unique feature of Ottawa's 1st
Thursdays, said Patrick
John Mills, an artist and gallery owner. Her tours provide an
intelligent and accessible
introduction to the art, the artists, and the area. When the tour is
over, you will have
plenty to talk about in one of the nearby restaurants or pubs.
The participating galleries are:
Cube Gallery, (1285 Wellington W.) is a large, new gallery space boasting
contemporary Canadian art by established and emerging artists from across
Gallery 3 (1281 Wellington W.) exhibits some of Canada's most talented
including several from the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
Exposure Gallery (1255 Wellington W.) exhibits in Thyme & Again's
charming 2nd floor
studio and features monthly exhibitions from the best in contemporary
Fritzi Gallery (1233 Wellington W.) on the second floor of the Irving
Centre matches visual artists with each play presented by the GCTC.
Orange Art Gallery (233 Armstrong St.) is Ottawa's newest contemporary
gallery located in the centre of the Arts Quad at the Parkdale Market.
Patrick John Mills Gallery (286 Hinchey Ave.) shows emerging and established
with a need to express raw, cutting edge, passionate, and thought provoking
For more information:
Annie Hillis, Wellington West Business Improvement Area