Art Lending of Ottawa show September 18

By Christiane Kingsley

Art Lending of Ottawa (ALO) is excited to invite the Glebe community members to our art show at the R.A. Centre on Riverside Drive on September 18. This will be our first show since March 2020 when we had to cancel all upcoming in-person events because of COVID-19.

ALO is proud of its ties with the Glebe community, which has been very supportive over the years. Several of our artists showed their artwork at the Glebe Community Centre Gallery in 2020 and we hope that, as venues continue to reopen, ALO artists will again have this opportunity.

ALO was established in 1970 as a not-for-profit organization and has been supporting local artists since then. It is rather unique since it offers artwork not only for sale but also for rent and lease-to-purchase.

In June 2020, we scrambled to continue our support of artists and our patrons by starting to offer artwork online with safe curbside pickup during the pandemic. As artists we continued to create during these difficult months in spite of lockdowns and restrictions. Our art helped us cope with the fears and limitations we faced. We escaped to places we had visited, imagined new worlds and recaptured the image of people we could not visit. The online shop we created on our website was a most welcome venue for our artists and patrons alike and we intend to continue this service to supplement our regular shows.

However, with the R.A. Centre reopening, we are most eager to show you on September 18, in person and not just virtually, the artwork we have been busy creating. To ensure that we are offering art of the highest quality, all our artists are admitted through a jurying process. When you support ALO, you support local artists!

We are dedicated to making art affordable to as many people as possible through our rental process. If you decide to buy after your rental period, the rental fees are applied to the purchase price. Also, because of our status as a not-for-profit organization, we are exempt from collecting HST.

If you have never rented art from ALO before, here are a few more advantages to consider:

  • allows you to change art when you are ready for something new;
  • allows you to enjoy art before committing to purchase on our rent-to-own plan; and
  • increases buyer interest when you use art in staging a home for sale.

We hope to see our Glebe community patrons at our long-awaited show on September 18. We want to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for you. We will follow Public Health guidelines for COVID-19 regulations, masks will be mandatory and social distances respected. Admission and parking are free and there is wheelchair access.

Meanwhile, we invite you to visit our website to view a gallery of our artists’ work:; Facebook: /artlending613; Instagram:/artlending613; Twitter: /artlending613

Christiane Kingsley is an artist whose work is available through Art Lending of Ottawa.

Art Lending of Ottawa Art Show

September 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
The R.A. Centre, Outaouais Room (East entrance)
2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

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