Art Lending of Ottawa – the gift of art

Art Lending of Ottawa’s next show and sale will take place December 10 at the RA Centre, offering a rent-to-own program for art. Try their “Rent Artwork for a Friend” for an original holiday gift idea.   Photo: Linda Bordage

By Christiane Kingsley

Art Lending of Ottawa (ALO) will be holding its Holiday Show and Sale on December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RA Centre. This will be our fourth and last show for 2022, and we will focus on gift giving with some smaller artworks available and a special “Rent Artwork for a Friend” program.

Since its beginning in 1970 as a not-for-profit artists’ cooperative, ALO has been offering high-quality art for either purchase or rental. For a small fee based on the price of the artwork, our patrons may rent an artwork for a minimum of three months. At the end of this period, if they decide to buy the piece, the rental fee is applied to the purchase price.

For the holiday season, ALO has the following creative gift suggestion: Rent an artwork for a friend. At the end of the rental period, the artwork may be returned, rented for another three months or purchased by you or your friend. For those months, your thoughtfulness will undoubtedly add beauty and warmth to the heart and home of someone special to you.

With ALO, you can always choose from a wide variety of artworks such as oil paintings, watercolours, acrylics, photography, batik, fine-art woodworking and mosaics. We have carefully selected all our artists through a jurying process so that you can be confident regarding the quality of our artwork.

Renate Hulley is one of our long-time artists who has used various media including oil crayons, oil paint, acrylic, silk-screening printing and more recently watercolour. Hulley first studied design in Germany where she was born; she later earned her B.A. in arts at Carleton University and taught oil painting at the University of Alberta. Since 1968, Hulley has received several prestigious awards and has participated in many group and solo shows. Her still-life florals have always been a favourite, and several are displayed in the online gallery on our website. If one really interests you, you could request to have this artwork available for viewing at our December show.

John Hugh Craig also adds to the quality and the diversity of ALO. Craig has been a photographer for 30 years. He specializes in wildlife and nature fine-art photography. When you view one of his wildlife photographs, remember that he spends hours observing the animals he photographs and has to slowly gain their trust to get the close-up photos he wants. It is not just a photo, it is a rich experience! Craig feels he has been successful if his photographs bring the outdoors into the indoors while bringing happiness and warmth to your home. Until you can see his work in person at our next show, visit our online gallery that features several examples of his work. If you love nature, you will not be disappointed.

We invite you to visit our show on December 10 to view the original and exciting artworks created by more than 30 excellent local artists. At the same time, think how art may enrich a friend’s life.

Art Lending of Ottawa December Show

Saturday, December 10,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
RA Centre, Outaouais Room
2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

Free admission, free parking, door prizes
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Christiane Kingsley is an award-winning Ottawa artist who has been showing with Art Lending of Ottawa for over five years.

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