Art Gallery of Alberta

Early-bird tickets on sale now for your AGA’s signature fundraising event, Art of the Block.

Early-bird tickets on sale now for your AGA’s signature fundraising event, Art of the Block.

For Immediate Release
March 18, 2013

Edmonton, AB (March 18/13)The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to host the 15th annual Art on the Block cocktail party and silent art auction mixer of the season on Friday, May 10, 2013. Early-bird tickets are on sale now until March 22, for $99/per person; a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the purchase price.

Art on the Block is the AGA’s largest fundraising event and a unique opportunity for avid and aspiring art collectors to take home an investment-quality work of art. The auction features more than 70 works by Albertan and Canadian artists. Also up for auction are several art-inspired, big board items such as exclusive dinners, one-of-a-kind experiences and trips to unique events like Art Toronto, Toronto’s international fair of modern and contemporary art.

Proceeds from ticket sales, bids and donations support the ongoing presentation of engaging exhibitions and unique education programs at the AGA, helping bring art into the lives of thousands of Albertans each year.

This must-attend party includes lively music, a custom-inspired culinary experience prepared by Zinc Executive Chef, David Omar, and some friendly competition with fellow art-lovers—all for a good cause.

AND this year, your AGA introduces something new—a Curator’s Champagne Preview. Be one of the lucky few to get an advance look at the auction with AGA Executive Director and Chief Curator, Catherine Crowston. Enjoy a glass of bubbly as you learn about the artists who’ve donated works, and get a sneak peek at this year’s hot ticket items. Tickets for the Curator’s Champagne Preview are $40 + GST and only a limited number are available.

500 people attended last year’s Art on the Block. The event netted more than $160,000.

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468 E:

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.