October 30, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Maybe youre looking to begin an art collection but dont know where to start. Or maybe you want to augment your existing collection with an artist whose work can be hard to obtain. Whatever your situation, youre guaranteed to find beautiful, affordable art at the 6th annual Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale, presented by BMO Financial Group, taking place November 20th to 24th.
A Toronto tradition, Whodunit? has been called one of the citys most ingenious visual art fundraisers by The Globe and Mail art critic Sarah Milroy. Whodunit? offers hundreds of original works donated by Canadian artists, creative celebrities, OCAD faculty, alumni and students.
Every piece measures 5 x 7 and each piece is $75. The mysterywho created the artis solved only after the piece is bought and turned over to reveal the artists name on the back. You never know, you may find yourself owning a work by Will Alsop, Barbara Astman or Margaret Atwood. Other contributors this year include Sandra Altwerger, Kai Chan, Andy Fabo, David Kaye, Barbara Klunder, Burton Kramer, Jesus Mora, Charles Pachter, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Rachel Taggart, Gary Taxali and Tony Urquhart to name only a few.
Art enthusiasts are invited to preview work starting Tuesday, November 20th until Friday, November 23rd from noon to 8:00 pm (Wednesday until 6:00 pm), prior to the Saturday, November 24th sale (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). Work is sold on a first-come-first-served basis. It is highly recommended that visitors preview the work through the week, make a wish list and arrive early to Saturdays sale.
A special Gala Preview, supported by Aeroplan, takes place Wednesday, November 21st, from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The evening includes a silent auction of a special collection of mystery art, live entertainment, hors doeuvres and drinks in the Exquisite Cocktail Lounge. The highlight of the evening is a live auction of large-scale artworks by an exclusive group of artists that includes Shelley Adler, Paul Beliveau, David Blackwood, Ed Burtynsky, Cathy Daley, Peter Hoffer, James Lahey, Nathile Miranda, Jacques Payette, Charles Pachter, John Scott and a special mystery artist. Guests will also have the opportunity to preview all works available in the Whodunit? public art sale at leisure. Gala preview tickets can be purchased online at www.whodunit.ca.