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For Immediate Release
May 3, 2013
Come to the party and take home artwork by leading Canadian artists, an exclusive vacation or tickets to the V.I.P Canadian Football Hall of Fame Induction Gala.
Edmonton, AB (May 3/13) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) will host its 15th annual Art on the Block fundraiser, Edmonton’s premiere silent art auction and cocktail party, on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7 pm. Tickets are only $125 and are selling quickly. Auction preview and ticket purchase are available at artontheblock.youraga.ca.
Art on the Block is the AGA’s largest fundraising event. It offers avid and aspiring art collectors a chance to take home investment-quality works of art by recognized Canadian artists, while supporting the AGA’s unique education and public programs and the ongoing presentation of engaging exhibitions. Net proceeds from ticket sales, bids, donations and sponsorships help to bring art into the lives of thousands of Albertans each year. Over 47,000 students alone have benefitted from school tours, art classes and special needs programs since the new AGA opened in 2010.
This year’s auction features more than 80 diverse artworks, donated by some of Canada’s leading artists. Among them is Kristopher Karklin, whose work is collected by Sir Elton John and is featured in the AGA’s current exhibition The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. Several other artists who are in current and upcoming AGA exhibitions such as, Sherri Chaba, Chris Cran, Alysha Creighton, David Janzen, Chris Millar and Laura St. Pierre also have works up for auction. Artworks range from contemporary paintings and sculptures to rare hand-tinted Japanese photographs from the 1800s.
There are also exclusive art-inspired experiences up for auction. Guests can bid on a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they will take a private tour of the world famous Hermitage museum and enjoy the ‘Stars of the White Nights Festival’. Also available are forbidden dinners on the High Level Streetcar and the Winspear Stage, along with ‘The Art of the Game’, featuring tickets to the by-invitation-only Canadian Football Hall of Fame dinner and induction gala. With reserve bids from $150 to $18,000, there is something for everyone and every budget.
This exciting auction is set in a lively atmosphere with music by DJ Jaycie Jayce from Shout Out Out Out Out, a menu prepared by Zinc Restaurant’s Executive Chef David Omar and a party-inspired lounge hosted by Hennessy VS. In a gallery filled with truly awesome people, entertainment, cocktails and gourmet bites, we appreciate how difficult it will be to remember why you chose to attend the social mixer of the season in the first place—the chance to own an incredible piece of art by a recognized Canadian artist. Will you keep your eye on the prize?
Art on the Block is made possible through the generous support of artists, commercial galleries, private collectors, organizations, donors and sponsors. Art on the Block 2013 is presented by DDB Canada.
500 people attended last year’s Art on the Block. The event raised more than $160,000.
Art on the Block
Friday, May 10, 7 pm
Tickets: $125, available at artontheblock.youraga.ca.
Ticket price includes food and cocktails. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for the maximum eligible portion of the ticket price.
Art on the Block 2013 Artists
Brenda Kim Christiansen
Mark Ian Freeman
Dorothy Henzell Willis
Gary James Joynes
Laura St. Pierre
Peter von Tiesenhausen
Art on the Block 2013 Art-Inspired Lots
St. Petersburg Dream Vacation
Forbidden Dinner at the Winspear Centre
Forbidden Dinner on the High Level Streetcar
Forbidden Dinner: Edmonton Eskimos’ Hall of Fame Induction
New Year’s Eve in Your AGA’s Borealis Room
Toronto International Film Festival Surprise Pack for Two
Art Rental with Art Placement Consultation
Art Toronto: International Art Fair V.I.P Package
Flowers for Six Months
A Year at the Opera
Two-Two at the Ballet
The Art of Adornment
Private AGA Tour and Lunch for 8 at Zinc
The Art of Coffee
Edmonton Recital Society Year of Music
A Year of Private Tours
The Art of Statuary
A Year of Refinery
The Art of Adventure
Brian Webb Year of Dance
A Pair of Bespoke Shoes
It’s All in the Detailing
For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca
ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
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.