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Public preview of Whodunit? OCAD Mystery Art Sale

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TORONTO, November 19, 2008—The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) today invited the public to preview more than 1200 pieces of original artwork to be sold at the Whodunit? OCAD Mystery Art Sale. Visitors can preview the artwork between now and Friday by visiting OCAD in person, or by visiting the university’s website at www.ocad.ca. The artwork will available for purchase at the public art sale this Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m.

The Whodunit? OCAD Mystery Art Sale, presented by Orangina, is one of Toronto’s most exciting arts events. Every piece of art is the same size (5½ by 7½ inches) and the same price ($75). Like it, buy it and turn the artwork over to find out “whodunit.”

Artwork is donated by OCAD students, faculty, alumni and many of Canada’s most well-known artists, designers and creative celebrities. This year’s Whodunit? celebrity artists include author Margaret Atwood, architect Will Alsop, and CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Established artists who have also generously donated work to this year’s sale include Eric Atkinson, Ashley Beecraft, Jim Bourke, Eric Cator, Nicole Collins, Gabriella Corter, Cathy Daley, Yechel Gagnon, Ted Harrison, Peter Hoffer, Natalka Husar, Micah Lexier, Joni Moriyama, Sarah Nind, Sheree-Lee Olson, Clive Powsey, Gerald Sevier, Tony Urquhart and Gerrit Verstraete.

Proceeds from this year’s mystery art sale will fund resources and upgrades for the Dorothy H. Hoover Library, as well as a new student Learning Zone at OCAD. Every piece of art sold will support the learning experience of OCAD students.

The public preview runs today from 12 noon until 8 p.m., Thursday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and Friday, from noon to 8 p.m. The public art sale takes place this Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whodunit? Preview Gala
In addition to the public preview and art sale, don’t miss the Whodunit? Preview Gala, on Thursday, November 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. (tickets are $150 and can be purchased at the door). Special collections of framed mystery art will be sold in a silent auction and a live auction. This year’s live-auction artists include: Margaretha Bootsma, David Bolduc, Alex Cameron, Darlene Cole, Kim Dorland, James Durant, Brendan Flanagan, Thrush Holmes, Larry Humber, Massoumeh Jian, John Kennedy, Burton Kramer, Jennifer Long, Howard Lonn, Rachel MacFarlane, Robert Marchessault, Steve Mcdonald, Charles Meanwell, Charles Pachter, Andrew Rucklidge, John Scott, Jaclyn Shoub, Michael Smith, Alli Van Gruen and one Mystery Artist.

Orangina Originals Art Competition at OCAD
In addition to supporting Whodunit?, Orangina has partnered with OCAD to present its first-ever Orangina Originals art competition at OCAD, a unique search to find Canada’s first-ever Orangina Artist. The winner, Erica Chia, a first-year student, received a $15,000 educational award and her work “Orange Meets Gina” will be available at Whodunit? for order as a limited edition reproduction. All proceeds from the sale of the poster will support the OCAD Foundation. To learn more, visit www.whodunitoriginals.com.

All events take place at the Ontario College of Art & Design, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians. 

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Media Contacts:

For more information about the Whodunit? OCAD Mystery Art Sale please contact:
Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile: Ext. 1327)

To arrange an interview or for more information about the Orangina Originals competition, please contact:
David Weinstein, Strategic Objectives
Tel: (416) 366-7735 or (866) 366-7733

For more information about Canada Dry Mott’s, please contact:
Alison Bing, Communications Manager
Tel: (905) 755-3640

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