September 24, 2018

September 20, 2018, over 150 members of the community gathered at the opening night of the 17th edition of SELECTIONS, Arts Network Ottawa’s annual art exhibition to view the 47 works chosen for this year’s exhibit. SELECTIONS is always highly anticipated, as it is one of the few juried shows that offers local artists both peer and public recognition in a professional gallery.

All present came to show their support for artists from the Ottawa region and to witness the presentation of the three Juror’s Choice Awards by Award Sponsors Thomas Baribault, manager of DeSerres Centre St-Laurent and Michael Wallack, president of Wallack’s.

This year’s awards were given to Lisa Rachelle for her graphite drawing entitled Night’s Breath, Roger Sutcliffe for his acrylic painting entitled Cubic gyrations, and  Tina Petrovicz for her print entitled Woodlot Path. The three winners of the Juror’s Choice Awards each received a $150 gift certificate from the Award Sponsors, DeSerres or Wallack’s.


What a delight to attend the beautiful Selections 2018 exhibition! The quality of the show is outstanding and to have my graphite work recognized with the Juror’s Choice Award was an unexpected and deeply appreciated honour. Thank you!” Lissa Rachelle

I’m really pleased to win and receive one of the awards when I see the standard and the quality of the works here. It’s the first time that I’ve been in the show, and I’m very happy and amazed to receive recognition from such a great showcase. I was pleased to see the variety and diversity of the work that is being presented in the exhibit.” Roger Sutcliffe

I’m very honoured to have been given a prize here; there’s lots of fabulous artists. It’s really even an honour to be in the Selections because it is such a great showcase for the artists in this region. As a print-maker, there’s the added aspect it’s also nice to see a showcase featuring more prints. It shows that printmaking and works on paper are recognized as good art.” Tina Petrovicz


The jury also selected Suzan Mandla’s piece entitled Winter Woodland with an Honourable Mention and a complimentary Arts Network membership for a year.

I love Selections, it’s my favourite show of the year. I’m so thrilled to have been selected. I don’t know how the committee does it but they always choose such an incredible variety of pieces. Every time I come here I learn something; about art, or I meet a new artist. It’s a great place to chat with people about what they do and gain a different perspective.” Suzan Mandla

The jury for SELECTIONS 2018 was composed of Jinny Yu, Hilde Lambrechts, and Michael Davidge. This group of professional artists narrowed 242 submitted pieces down to the final 47 works on exhibit until October 16 in the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

Arts Network Ottawa encourages visitors to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award until October 16. Visitors of all ages are all invited to the Meet the Artists event on Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of Culture Days at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

The SELECTIONS exhibit is made possible with financial support from the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was created with the generous support of donors and the Province of Ontario. Since 2010, the Fund has awarded 130 grants totaling over $500,000 to local artists and arts groups as well as the Shenkman Arts Centre’s five Resident Arts Partners (Arts Network Ottawa, Ottawa School of Art – Orléans Campus, Gloucester Pottery School, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans, Ottawa School of Theatre).

Artists who sell works in the show donate 15% commission back into the Fund to help other local artists. The Shenkman Family Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all contributions made to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund from now until December 31, 2018.

Arts Network wishes to thank the generous support of our Award Sponsors DeSerres and Wallack’s and our print sponsor Sotek Graphics.

Owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, the Trinity Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists in two exhibition salons. Artists are selected through an annual peer assessment process. The Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Shenkman Arts Centre and is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week.

Arts Network Ottawa knows how the Arts build strong communities. For more than 30 years, we have collaborated with communities to promote the creative, social and economic benefits of local Arts and will continue to do so. We provide an informed voice for a bilingual network, across the Ottawa region, of over 400 artists, cultural workers and arts organizations. As an arts service organization, we are an essential connection to opportunities, resources, promotion and advocacy that advance careers and the sustainability of Ottawa’s arts community.

Arts Network Ottawa recognizes that the City of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory. The Arts Network also recognizes the diversity of Ottawa’s artists and residents and both official languages.