The Lorraine 'Fritzi' Yale Gallery displays works by a range of contemporary local artists.

Our mission is to promote local artists within the region and present art works that express local talent whether it be from emerging or professional artists.

The 'Fritzi' Gallery is dedicated to the collaborative process and offers the public the unique experience of being able to enjoy 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.

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For questions and inquiries, please contact:

Cathy Brake
Gallery and Boutique Coordinator OSA

Current Exhibit

Common Ground by Mallory Hanes, Jacqueline Mudie, Shelby Noonan, Anne Scanlan, and Joel Secter.

December 4, 2018 – January 20, 2019

The artworks in this exhibition have been created by five artists with diverse backgrounds in terms of career, age, geographical origins and experiences.  The common ground they all share at this point in their lives is they have all chosen to enroll and work towards completing the three year Fine Art Diploma program at the Ottawa School of Art.  In doing so, they’ve embarked on a journey of discovering and nurturing their creative energy; of broadening their perspectives and of striving for a higher level of artistic achievement and accomplishment.

Through a well-defined program based on an orderly progression of knowledge and skills, OSA students are exposed to a high level of quality instruction provided by practicing professional artists as well as essential support from administration staff at OSA.  Other facets of assisting these students in becoming successful emerging artists lies in the collaboration with various community partners such as the Lorraine ‘Fritzi’ Yale Gallery and Don Monet from Cube Gallery. The ‘Fritzi’ Gallery provides a wonderful opportunity for OSA diploma students to exhibit their work in a beautiful professional gallery space and Don Monet generously gives of his time to engage the exhibiting students in valuable dialogue about their work and other important topics related to achieving a successful career in visual arts.    

As we view this diverse exhibit of artworks, we get to be observers and appraisers as we study what each artist presents.  – Cathy Brake, Gallery Coordinator, OSA

UPcoming exhibit

Under Restoration by Shaila Hanscom

January 22 – March 10, 2019

The Ottawa School of Art presents new works by Diploma Student Shaila Hanscom. Shaila is an Ottawa based artist who is focused primarily on the medium of ceramics and is currently in her third and final year of the Fine Arts Diploma program at the Ottawa School of Art.  In 2017 Shaila was awarded the Lillian Raport Memorial Fund Scholarship as well as the Fritz Allgoewer Memorial Scholarship in recognition or artistic merit. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Ottawa Art Association Fine Arts Scholarship and the Lillian Evanchick Memorial Sculpture Scholarship.  Shaila has exhibited her work in the Ottawa area.

In this exhibition, typical nonrepresentational organic shapes and minimalistic arrangements of Shaila’s ceramic installations draw the viewer into a place of contemplative introspection. In her work Shaila intuitively weaves solicitous connections between the ‘body, mind and spirit’, and the ‘materiality and process’ of the medium.  

“My work is the communication of mental health within visual expression; the expression of individual experience, and the movement of the body during spiritual and cognitive fluctuation.”  – Shaila Hanscom, Artist

About the Artist

Shaila’s mental health journey with anxiety and depression highly influences her work as she uses ceramics to let the body work through the subconscious. The meditative motion and free movement of working is her way of processing. This is her way of taking back her power over her mental health and writing her own narrative.

Shaila was born in Ottawa Ontario. She was raised during the chronic illness of a parent. Shaila became very aware of the effects of this illness and watched as they were holistically healed, as the years went by. The illness showed Shaila that the body is directly linked to the mind in holding emotions and trauma.