Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mistletoe Magic 2012


Annual Silent Art Auction in support of the John B. Aird Gallery

Where:             Main Floor, Macdonald Block
                        900 Bay Street, Toronto
When:              Preview: November 20 – Nov. 29, 10 am – 6 pm
                        AUCTION: Thursday, November 29, 6 – 8 pm

Mistletoe Magic, the John B. Aird Gallery’s annual silent art auction, raises funds to maintain the gallery and carry out its mandate to educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. This event is a unique opportunity to acquire small works by prominent Canadian artists at extremely affordable prices. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the season, mingle with artists, and enjoy the excitement of an art auction.

Acclaimed Canadian writer, cartoonist, CBC broadcaster and all around arts lover, Kevin Sylvester, is co-host of this year’s event. More than 90 artists, working in a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, have donated artworks to the auction. The artworks are hung on the walls with great care, in hopes that art buyers soon would be there.
Background to the Aird:
Established in 1975 under the auspices of the Ontario Government Services Branch as the Macdonald Gallery, it was renamed in 1985 in honour of the 23rd lieutenant governor of Ontario. At the same time, responsibility for selecting the exhibitions and for day-to-day operations was handed over to a volunteer management committee.
The Aird became a registered charity in 2008 and today’s volunteer board of directors are as dedicated as ever to fulfilling the aims of the gallery, notably creating awareness and enjoyment of art works by contemporary professional artists and encouraging excellence in a variety of disciplines and styles of visual art.

For further information, please contact:  
Dale Barrett, Director,
or visit the Aird Gallery website at: