First Thursdays Art Walk is a monthly cultural event in Ottawa's Wellington West neighbourhood (on Wellington, just before Westboro) that is put on by the galleries in the neighbourhood. The galleries are specially open that evening and they welcome people to stroll in and out as they tour the galleries one by one. There is no pressure to buy. There is plenty of chance to talk with the other members of the group as we check out the galleries and the artwork together.
In general, most of the galleries change their rotating exhibitions/featured artists each month, which means that the rotating exhibitions of art shown at the galleries this time will usually be different from our previous monthly visits.
LOGISTICS: We’ll meet up on the street outside Bridgehead Coffeehouse, 1277 Wellington Street West (at Caroline Avenue) between 6:30 and 6:45 pm. Please make sure you go to the correct Bridgehead. In other words, DON'T go to the other Bridgehead a bit further down the road at 200-block Richmond Road near the Mountain Equipment Co-op- that's the wrong one!
Please note our meeting time of 6:30-6:45 pm.
We’ll leave from the Bridgehead at 6:45 pm and check out the below-listed galleries, in the below-listed order.
I recognize that everyone goes through galleries at different paces, so I would suggest that, when you're finished at a particular gallery, you congregate with other members at a central spot near the exit using the opportunity to chat and hang out. When there is a critical mass of people who are ready to move on, we will. This way we can keep the group together -- more fun for everyone. I would especially ask that you make a special effort to keep together with our group at the first gallery (Cube Gallery), especially if there are other visitors in that gallery. We don't want to lose you all at Cube. After Cube, it is relatively easy for our group to stay together as the other galleries on the crawl tend to be less crowded.
If you miss us at Bridgehead, catch us at Cube Gallery.
This event will go on regardless of snow or rain, as the first five galleries are a relatively short walking distance apart and we'll be inside most of the time anyway. Please dress for the weather conditions.
LIST OF GALLERIES:
For our crawl, the order of galleries is the following:
I recommend that you print out this list and bring it with you on the night of the event, so that you won't lose the group by mistake.
While all the listed galleries are generally open for first Thursdays, if a listed gallery is closed, please simply go on to the next listed gallery :)
#1 - Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington W) t:[masked]
#2 - Gallery 3 (1281 Wellington W) t:[masked]
#3 - Exposure Gallery (1255 Wellington W) located inside the Thyme & Again Restaurant. When inside the restaurant, go upstairs. t:[masked]
#4 - Fritzi Gallery (1233 Wellington W) is located on the 2nd floor of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (Great Canadian Theatre Company). If there is a lineup of theatre-goers, you can still go inside, by bypassing the lineup to go inside the building to see the gallery.
#5 - Orange Art Gallery (233 Armstrong St.)
Afterwards ... Depending on interest, some group members may decide to go on to a pub for drinks after Orange Art Gallery. When you're at Orange, ask around among fellow group members to see if anything afterwards is happening.