25th Autumn Art Sale

25th Annual Autumn Art Sale brings in second highest sales since 1991 

December 9, 2015, KLEINBURG ON— During the weekend of October 23 to 25, 2015, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection welcomed over 2,000 visitors admiring the incredible artwork on display as part of the Volunteer Committee’s 25th Annual Autumn Art Sale. Two hundred and twenty five works were sold, totaling over $140,000 in sales – the second highest sales since the Art Sale began in 1991* – with net fundraising proceeds in excess of $44,000.

The sale provided the opportunity for fifty of the finest contemporary Canadian artists and sculptors to showcase and sell their works at the McMichael. Visitors who attended the Gala Opening on the evening of Friday, October 23 enjoyed a cocktail reception while mingling among the artists and their artwork.

Congratulations to the 2015 Top Ten Painters and Top Sculptor who have been invited back to participate in the 2016 Autumn Art Sale:

Artist Description City Province
Ryan Sobkovich 2015 Top 10 Wasaga Beach Ontario
Mark Berens 2015 Top 10 Collingwood Ontario
Doris Pontieri 2015 Top 10 Mississauga Ontario
Lynne Schumacher 2015 Top 10 Brampton Ontario
Sandra MacGillivray 2015 Top 10 Peterborough Ontario
John Shea 2015 Top 10 Elgin Ontario
Kenneth Kirsch 2015 Top 10 Thornhill Ontario
Jay Bell Redbird 2015 Top 10 Tiny Ontario
Catherine MacDonald 2015 Top 10 Levak Ontario
Jack Zhou 2015  Top 10 Toronto Ontario
Yvonne De Viller 2015 Top  Sculptor Amaranth Ontario

“The Autumn Art Sale has been our signature juried event for the last twenty-five years and is one of the many ways in which the McMichael Volunteer Committee contributes to the gallery,” said Loris Ortolan, Art Sale Co-Chair. “We thank our growing family of artists, sponsors, McMichael staff and visitors who made this year’s fundraiser an overwhelming success. This is a worthy cause and we are all proud to be a part of it.”

Since 1991, the Autumn Art Sale has been the primary fundraiser of the McMichael Volunteer Committee. A percentage of all art purchases goes to the Committee for volunteer-funded projects to enhance the visitor experience and support special gallery initiatives and valuable children’s educational programs. Over the years, the Volunteer Committee has contributed to a variety of important exhibitions and programs, from the Mary Pratt retrospective to the committee’s proudest achievement, the Visual Outreach Initiative Creating Empowered Students (V.O.I.C.E.S.) program. Most recently, in recognition of the Volunteer Committee’s thirty years of service at McMichael, the committee chose to support the gallery’s Outdoor Bench Project. These limited-edition tribute benches can be adopted by the public as a fundraising save the date art sale 2016initiative to be enjoyed on the McMichael grounds for years to come.

*highest sales to-date was in 2010 with approximately $145,000.

Remember to Save the Date for our 26th Annual Autumn Art Sale, October 21 – 23, 2016.

 Call for Artisits:  Art Sale 2016 – Information and Application