Two works will be available at this year’s annual SKETCH fundraiser for Galerie SAW Gallery and LE PARTY for the Ottawa Art Gallery.

This year’s SKETCH has been cancelled and it will be replaced by an on-line auction in light of the global coronavirus pandemic.  SAW Gallery posted on their Facebook Page on March 12, 2020:

 COVID-19 – SKETCH fundraiser impacted.

In light of the latest developments on COVID-19 and in response to concerns expressed by members of the public, SAW regrets to announce the cancellation of its fundraising event SKETCH, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, March 13 from 7PM to 2AM. As an alternative to this event, SKETCH will take place in a different form: the public is invited to visit SAW during its regular opening hours of Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM-6PM, between March 14 and April 3, to purchase works from the art sale section of SKETCH and to view works from its silent auction section. The public will be able to bid on the auction works online, through a site to be announced next week. FAME, the karaoke afterparty for SKETCH, will be rescheduled to a more suitable time. We thank you for your understanding and for your continued support.

All funds raised at SKETCH this year will go toward SAW’s new circumpolar research and production space, the Nordic Lab, which will open in June 2020. The Nordic Lab is the second and final phase of SAW’s ambitious expansion project and will feature a new studio for visiting artists and a state-of-the-art screen-printing production facility. Ace has donated a work on paper titled Maungwudaus (2020) mixed media on paper 21 x 25 cm for SKETCH. The custom framing of Maungwudaus is by Danny Hussey of Central Art Garage.

COVID-19 – LE PARTY fundraiser impacted.

The Ottawa Art Gallery have also postponed LE PARTY, the annual fundraiser event in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The event will be rescheduled to a later date in the year.

All funds raised by this event will be in support of exhibition and programming needs of the Gallery. LE PARTY is a silent art auction featuring works by regional artists, ranging from emerging to established.  Ace will be donating a still pertinent early work on wood panel titled Stop saying that HIV/AIDS is in the past (because it is not) (2011) mixed media on wood panel 30 x 22 cm for LE PARTY.  Saskatchewan’s transmission rate is roughly double the national average — and the highest among provinces — despite years of concentrated efforts from provincial and federal governments (more info). More info on current rates of infection and statistics for persons living with HIV/AIDSAIDS 2020 – Resilience – the 23rd international conference – July 2020 San Francisco and Oakland (USA) (more info). ACT UP NY (more info).