At long last, Ottawa has a beautiful new art gallery to support and promote our artists. After almost three years of construction, the official opening was on Saturday April 28th. This impressive gallery is located at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge with a feature entrance at 2 Daly – right beside the Arts Court building.
The new OAG is part of a $100-million mixed-use development project that includes new facilities for local artists, a large room for public functions, classroom space for the University of Ottawa’s theatre department, as well as a hotel, condominium tower and coffee shop.
The coffee shop called the Jackson, is located close to the Daly Street entrance, and is open daily from 8 am to 11 pm. Free child care is also being offered on Wednesday evenings. The most exciting part of the new OAG is that admission to the gallery’s exhibits is free!
The space is very impressive, and fully integrated into the historic Arts Court facility, which also houses many local arts groups. The Firestone Collection is a must see, and the Spencerville Gallery will host an exhibit on the history of art making in the Ottawa-Gatineau region going back 6500 years.
This state-of-the-art facility will surely revitalize Ottawa’s downtown as it is steps away from the Rideau Centre, National Arts Centre, Byward Market and future LRT stations (both Rideau and UOttawa). For more details on the art exhibits, please visit www.ottawaartgallery.ca. Hope to see you there soon.