Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Let's Sketch the Ottawa Art Gallery

On December 1, 2018, 
the Ottawa Urban Sketchers will be meeting to sketch at the 
Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) between 1 and 4 pm.

OAG’s new entrance on Daly Avenue between the University of Ottawa and the Rideau Centre
Photo: originally appeared OAG/Ottawa Magaine

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is a municipal gallery in Ottawa that originally opened in 1988 at Arts Court. After almost three years of construction, the NEW OAG opened April 2018 next to Arts Court expanding gallery space from 10,000 to 55,000 square feet.

The new art gallery has plenty of airy spaces, natural light and much more room for art and social activities. And that's not all! The OAG also offers:
  • Free admission. 
  • Open every night until 9 p.m. 
  • A barrier-free environment. 
  • Gender-neutral washrooms. 
  • Haptic tours for people with vision loss. 
  • And free childcare during opening receptions, as well as from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
What an amazing space to visit and what a great place to sketch!

Meet at the Hangar

On Saturday Dec 1st, the front desk will let the Ottawa Urban Sketchers into the Hangar (beside the studio). You can leave your coats here while we sketch.

There Are Some Stools Available

There are stools located in some of the galleries—30 total, 10 in the Firestone, 10 in Spencerville, and 10 elsewhere. You are welcome to bring your own stool if you prefer.

Source: Ottawa Art Gallery; Sketchy Thursdays; July 2018

 Note: Use Dry Media Only

There is no wet media allowed in the galleries (ie. Ink, watercolour, paint). Sketchbooks, pencil, pen, charcoal, etc. are all fine as long as nobody is touching the work, the walls, or using plinths as tables (this is particularly pertinent in the Karim Rashid show where the display plinths of designed objects seem like a natural place to leave things). 

Source: Ottawa Art Gallery; Sketchy Thursdays; July 2018

More Details

Outdoor Patio at the Ottawa At Gllery
  • THIS EVENT IS FREE:Admission to the Ottawa Art Gallery is always free. (Some events are ticketed.)
  • LOCATION: The Ottawa Art Gallery is located at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge in downtown Ottawa, at the intersection of Waller Street. We are near the Rideau Centre and the campus of Ottawa University
  • THERE IS COFFEE: There’s also a coffee shop and lounge, dubbed the Jackson, on the main floor at the Daly Street entrance, open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. NOTE: Food and drinks are not permitted in the exhibition galleries. Food and drinks are permitted only in the café, hallway seating areas and terraces.
  • GETTING THERE BY PARA TRANSPO: Para Transpo drop-off entrance: 10 Daly Avenue
  • GETTING THERE BY BIKE: Bicycle racks are located near the gallery’s main entrance at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge.
  • GETTING THERE BY BUS: OC TRANSPO: For those taking OC Transpo, get off at Mackenzie King Station, walk east towards Ottawa U. The gallery is on the same side of the street as the Rideau Centre mall, at the northwest corner of Mackenzie King and Waller. You can also disembark at the Ottawa U Laurier station. For more details, check OC Transpo or Google maps.
  • GETTING THERE BY BUS: STO: Disembark at the STO Rideau Sussex North stop, or check STO Plani-Bus.
  • GETTING THERE BY CAR: onsite paid parking is limited. Other paid parking options include:
    • Novotel parkade: Entrance: 3 Daly Avenue
    • Rideau Centre parkade: Entrance: 80 Nicholas Street or 5 Daly Avenue

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