ART AUCTION: @OttawaArtG LE PARTY is the Hot Ticket Event in Ottawa

LE PARTY 2018 is this week!

Tomorrow evening’s Silent Auction for LE PARTY at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) includes the Critics’ Choice Award Winners. Client Jeff Thomas‘ work Imposition of Order, is one of the five works selected by the Critic Panel – Alexandra Badzak (OAG Director and Chief Executive Officer), Amy Jenkins (Head, Canada Council Art Bank) and Barry Ace (Artist).

(view above image larger)

Imposition of Order is an significant work that was part of the Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017 and was also installed, that same year, as a billboard above the St. Lawrence Centre for Toronto’s Luminato Festival . The piece is a photographic panel juxtaposing archival maps, an image of Haudenosaunee leader Tyendinaga (also known as Joseph Brant) and Jeff’s photograph of the Champlain Monument at Nepean Point in Ottawa. Speaking on the work, Barry Ace points out that the panel is an important cumulation of many of the narrative themes that Jeff, as an artist, curator and writer, has been grappling with throughout his career. Jeff comes from Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve which is situated on the Haldimand Tract in Southern Ontario, the original land purchase provided to Joseph Brant and the Six Nations for their service on the side of the British in the American Revolutionary War. In essence, for Jeff this work is a mnenomic device speaking to his journey from Six Nations to Ottawa and how that journey has informed the way he thinks about Indigenous presence in the urban space.

Another one of the Critics’ Choice Award’s goes to Anna William for her submitted work – Missteps, Experiments, and Curiosities. Rumour has it that a glass twig from Canada House, Anna’s installationfor the OAG inaugral exhibition Àdisòkàmagan / Nous Connaître Un Peu Nous-mêmes / We’ll All Become Stories, is one of the curousities in the cabinet.


Anna Williams ( “studied fine arts at Mount Allison University, and then returned to Ottawa where she continues to live and work. Williams has had solo shows in both Canada and the U.S., and had works purchased by the Canada Council Art Bank, the Government of Canada, the City of Ottawa, Humber College, and the Kamm Foundation.”

Client Cindy Stelmackowich ( has also donated work to the Silent Auction. Cindy’s “art practice has centered on the human body as a site of fragility, mortality and memory. Her artwork investigating the imagery of biomedical science has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and the US.”

Another artist to check out is emerging artist Daniel F. Effah whose exhibition, Blend If, was one of the exhibitions that opened the new OAG facility this past spring.

“Daniel F. Effah is a Ghanaian visual artist and photographer currently residing in Ottawa, Canada. Inspired by works of both past and contemporary masters, his work amalgamates both his Ghanaian culture with the contemporary, to render stylized images that evoke the duality of the past and present.” (

View the full list of artists and their work online on the OAG website. Online ticket sales are now closed but tickets will be available at the door (Art Lovers for $175 and Individual $100). FREE Childcare will be available (RSVP to

Looking forward to seeing many friends and community members there!


Art Lover’s Reception   5 – 6:30 pm
LE PARTY Reception     6:30 – 9:30 pm


Critics’ Choice Winners are marked with a pink star beside the work. The 5 winners were chosen by the Critics panel consisting of:

The 2018 Critics’ Choice winners are :

Anna Williams
Elle Chae
Howie Tsui
Jeff Thomas
Norman Takeuchi

Critics’ Choice has recognized the high calibre of work on auction at LE PARTY since 2011.


Zone 1 – 7:30pm
Zone 2 – 7:45pm
Zone 3 – 8:00pm


Each artwork is displayed with a number. The number corresponds to the list printed in the program. Bid sheets are located on the wall beside each work. The patron offering the highest bid at the time of closing will be the lucky purchaser of the artwork, therefore we suggest checking the bid sheets often. The winners will be listed when the bidding closes. The OAG reserves the right to mediate in the event of a bidding conflict.


Buy It Now offers the opportunity to skip the bidding process and secure your art immediately by bidding the Buy It Now price (the market value) indicated on the bid sheet.


Bars are located in the Alma Duncan Salon and the BMO Skylounge.

We thank our wonderful sponsors Top Shelf Distillers, Dominion City Brewing, Beau’s Brewery and Pondview Winery for their support.

Food samples from Jackson, Sidedoor, Clarendon Tavern, Social and Eighteen will be passed to guests all evening.


The perfect addition to your art collection or gift to your loved one. The Editions Box includes four to five regional artists working in the same medium to create a one of a kind collection of works.

Profits from these special editions boxes support OAG educational and exhibition programming. Keeping arts education and cultural experiences accessible to all. Please stop by the featured to table to see the featured artworks in each box. $300 each.

ABOVE IMAGES: Courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery. 

No Comments