The Fritzi Gallery

2nd Floor-1233 Wellington Street West at Holland


The Lorraine "Fritzi" Yale Gallery is an Ottawa art gallery displaying works by a range of contemporary local artists. Our mission is to promote local artists within the Ottawa and Gatineau region and present art works that express local talent whether it be from emerging or professional artists.

Many of the exhibitions work in direct rotation with the play season of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Whenever possible, works are selected that reflect the feel or theme of the play being presented on the mainstage. Our gallery also exhibits solo and group exhibitions where themes are chosen independently by curator or artist. Our curator in residence works in close collaboration with Cube Gallery.  

The Fritzi Gallery is dedicated to the collaborative process and offers the public the unique experience of being able t oenjoy theatre and visual arts. Located on the 2nd floor of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre. The Fritzi is open for visits anytime the front doors are open. You can take a stroll through the current exhibit and if you find a piece that particularly moves you, you can purchase it. All of the artwork is for sale!

The Fritzi Gallery opened to the public in the fall of 2007 thanks to the generous gift made by Janet Yale, in honour of her late mother and artist, Lorraine 'Fritzi' Yale and TELUS.

The Curator - Malika Welsh, Curator in Residence

Ms. Malika Welsh was born in Grenada and majored in visual arts at the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto. In 2012 she achieved an Honours degree from Carleton University in Art History and Mass Communications, focusing on Canadian Art and Post-colonial Theory. She has curated on behalf of BAND Gallery and TD Canada Trust. She also writes as the Art Beat Columnist for Ottawa Woman Magazine and promotes artists throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Ms.Welsh aspires to work in collaboration with other artists in the local and international community, continuing to promote art and education.

On Now...

Survivorship Bias, Solo Art Exhibition, 
October 14 - November 23, 2014
Claudia Gutierrez
Vernissage October 16, 2014 at 6-8pm

Artist Claudia Gutierrez opens her solo exhibition, Survivorship Bias this October on Thursday the 16th, 2014 from 6-8pm.

Claudia Gutierrez is a multidisciplinary artist from Canada specializing in painting. Originally from British Columbia, Claudia completed her fine arts education at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and School of Photographic Arts (SPAO). She currently maintains her practice in Ottawa, Ontario.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. Working deeply within the community, Claudia has served at the Ottawa School of Art for four years while managing local arts projects, curating, and writing for two Ottawa publications Ottawa Woman and Herd Magazine.

Working in painting, drawing and printmaking Claudia explores allegorical representation in space and as space in the composition. Her work endeavors to convey the human experience as both object and legible mediums within the confines of the two-dimensional world.

Survivorship bias is the logical error of concentrating on the things or people that "survived" some process and inadvertently overlooking those that did not because of their lack of visibility. Survivorship bias can lead to overly optimistic beliefs because failures are ignored.

The following works in this exhibition explore the notion of Survivorship Bias within contemporary art and literature. Each piece is an exploration of the bias created in the artist’s memory and knowledge of painting and literature. The paintings can then be approached as objects, paintings, and also works literature.

Join artist Claudia Gutierrez and curator-in-residence Malika Welsh at the opening of Survivorship Bias on October 16, 2014 at 6pm, 2014. Exhibition will run from October 14- November 23, 2014.

First Thursdays!

Explore Ottawa's finest and friendliest galleries on the 1st Thursday of every month! First Thursdays is a neighbourhood celebration of great art that takes place on the First Thursday of every month from 6 pm to 9 pm. Stop by the Fritzi Gallery as you stroll through 6 unique galleries all located within walking distance of each other and enjoy world-class art, good vibes and good conversation.

Press, Videos and Reviews

French Program, RegArts, on Rogers TV covered our February 2014 Exhibition, Merci Pour Les Souvenirs.

Le Rotonde, Le Journal Indépendant de L'Université D'Ottawa (The Independent Journal of the University of Ottawa) Reviews our February 2014 Exhibition, Merci Pour Les Souvenirs. Publie le Lundi, 10 Fevrier 2014 (Published Monday, February 10, 2014)

Past Events and Exhibitions

Transcendence: Duo Art Exhibition: Josée Prud'homme & Joejene C. Santos. September 16 - October 12, 2014

Retrospective: Solo Art Exhibition of Paul Schibli July 15 - September 16, 2014

The Burden of Self Awareness: Group Art Exhibition: Barbara Cuerden, Zainab Hussain, Elbagir Osman, Virginia Dupris, Rashmi Rehka, Janet K. MacKay. June 3 - July 13, 2014

Dancing with Rage: Group Art Exhibition: Barbara Cuerden, Zainab Hussain, Elbagir Osman, Virginia Dupris, Rashmi Rehka, Janet K. MacKay. March 16 - June 1, 2014

Merci Pour Les Souvenirs: Group Art Exhibition: Jane Ladan, Marjorie Lubin, Dominique Dennery, Evelyn Duberry, and Prea Zwarych. February 2 - March 15, 2014

Desdemona & Juliet: Group Art Exhibition: Suzan Mandla, Claudia Gutierrez, Reid Mclachlan, Janet K. MacKay, Alisdair MacRae. November 25, 2013 - February 1, 2014

Crosswinds: Solo Exhibition of Ottawa based artist Andrew King October 17 to November 23, 2013

Proud: Group Exhibition September 12 to October 12, 2013

Contact and Hours

For questions or inquiries please contact:

Malika Welsh

The Fritzi Gallery is located on the second floor of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre.
1233 Wellington Street West (at Holland Ave)

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Monday                   Closed
Tuesday-Friday       10am-6pm
Saturday                 10am-4pm
Sunday                    Noon-4pm