Ottawa Art Scene: May 3 - May 9

Everyone mark your social calendars: the opening of our summer exhibition, An Embarrassment of Riches: The Collection in Focus, is next Monday evening. Join us from 5 to 7pm (happy hour, anyone?) for an incredible exhibition of our newest acquisitions (including Geoffrey James and Kent Monkman) plus the usual fare of wine, cheese, and beautiful people. An Embarrassment of Riches vernissage, Monday, May 7, Carleton University Art Gallery (St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University), 5-7pm, FREE.

It’s the beginning of the month, which means that you can head over to Westboro for their 1st Thursday Art Walk tonight. Participating galleries include Cube Gallery, Gallery 3, Exposure Gallery, Fritzi Gallery, Orange Gallery, and Patrick John Mills, so come out to support local commercial art galleries. Plus, May is officially “Physical Activity and Bike to Work Month,” and all that walking from gallery to gallery definitely counts as physical activity (we’ll look past that glass of wine). 1st Thursday Art Walk, Thursday, May 3rd, 5-9pm, FREE.

The Ottawa School of Art is holding it’s annual fundraiser tonight at the National Arts Centre. J’ADART! For the Love of Art (the theme is Parisian bohemia) is a cocktail party with a silent and live auction, hosted by CBC broadcaster Alan Neal and mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah. The OSA is raising money for their excellent Children and Youth Outreach Program, which provides art classes to hundreds youth and children each year. This is a great cause, so pony up people! J’ADART: For the Love of Art, Thursday, May 3rd, National Arts Centre (53 Elgin St.), 6pm. $75.

Maybe this next listing doesn’t count as a visual art event, but it’s cool anyway, so I’m going to include it. Canadian filmmaker, VJ, actress, and all around rad chick Sook-Yin Lee will be at the National Archives on Saturday night to present her new film “The Year of the Carnivore.” The screening is presented by the Canadian Film Institute as part of Asian Heritage Month, and Sook-Yin (I like to use her first name so I can pretend we’re friends) will answer questions afterwards. An Evening with Sook-Yin Lee, Saturday, May 5th, National Archives (395 Wellington St.), 7-11pm, $12 for adults, $8 for students.

On Sunday afternoon, you can hear RBC Painting Competition Finalist Amy Schissel give an artist talk over at Patrick Mikhail Gallery for her solo show Amy Schissel: Systems Fever. Her bright, expansive, busy paintings stem from her “ongoing pursuit to address the progressively dematerialized quality of our data driven and media saturated culture within the realm of abstract painting.” Pick up the catalogue for the show, which has a Forward written by our own Sandra Dyck! Amy Schissel Artist Talk, Sunday, May 6th, Patrick Mikhail Gallery (2401 Bank St.), 2pm, FREE.

That’s it for now. I’m going on vacation for the next couple of weeks, so there won’t be any Ottawa Art Scene entries for a while. Don’t despair, art is still out there in Ottawa - you just have to find it on your own for now.

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