Old Ottawa South Community Association

One of the works available in the Save Our Firehall Online Art Auction.
One of the works available in the Save Our Firehall Online Art Auction.

SAVE OUR FIREHALL Online Art Auction

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A chance to beautify your home while donating to a great cause

The Save Our Firehall Online Art Auction was inspired by several amazing individuals and families in OOS who’ve come up with unique, inventive, and creative ways to raise money for the Save Our Firehall campaign: neighbours like Shelley and Sean Kennedy, who built birdhouses, or Candace Newman and family who baked ‘Fire cookies.’

When I saw those posts on the Old Ottawa South Facebook Group, I wondered how I might contribute. Perhaps by selling or auctioning a painting? But it wasn’t until Bess Fraser contacted the Firehall with an idea to auction off one of her paintings, that the idea took hold. OSCA staff members Darcy Middaugh and Luke Sears contacted Winnie Pietrykowski and me and we started brainstorming about how we could expand this idea.

We reached out to the artists who were involved in OSCA’s Spring Art Show (which never really happened due to COVID-19) and we were pleasantly surprised by the number of people who were willing to donate a piece of art!

Out of necessity, our art auction will take place online over several weeks, allowing people to participate at their convenience. In the interest of simplicity, we’ve decided to divide the donated artwork into smaller groups. The artwork will be posted on a newly created Facebook page @saveourfirehall for a 2-week period, followed by a new set of artworks for auction biweekly, until all the artwork has been auctioned.

We would like to thank all the artists who have generously donated their artwork: Manju Sah, Linda Bordage, Kathryn Shaw, Bev Gowe, Louise Rachlis. Céline Langevin, Keith Bell, Rose Marie Roy, Luke Sears, Jane Tallim, Leonard Gerbrant, Bess Fraser, Willi Devonish, Joan Fairweather, Diane Borg…and those who joined us after this article was submitted.

As artwork arrives in preparation for the auction, I’m amazed by all the talent we have residing in our neighbourhood. Already there’s a variety of sizes, styles and subject matter, that will speak to a variety of artistic tastes. Remember, not only do you have the opportunity to beautify the walls you are forced to look at all too much these days, but you will be contributing to a great cause.

To be the first to see all this fabulous artwork when it comes up for auction, please ‘Follow’ our Facebook page @saveourfirehall. And please ‘share’ it on your social media to help with promotion. Or go ‘old school’ and tell your neighbours about the Art Auction when you see them around the ‘hood.

If you’re reading this and thinking “I wish I’d known about this. I would have loved to donate a piece of my artwork!” There’s still time! Please contact me at santarpias@rogers.com for details about how you can participate.

Sherry Santarpia has been a resident of OOS for 9 years. She is an artist, the co-organizer of OSCA’s seasonal Art Show and Sales and the Save Our Firehall Online Art Auction.

Featured in the June 2021 OSCAR.

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