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

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.

Upcoming Exhibit

Footprint by Josée Van Dromme

March 12, 2019 – April 28, 2019

Vernissage: Tuesday March 12, 2019, 6 – 8 pm

The Ottawa School of Art presents new works by Diploma Student Josée Van Dromme.  Ottawa based artist Josée Van Dromme has been involved in art and design from an early age.  She holds an Interior Designer Diploma and an Architectural Technician Certificate from Algonquin College. Josée has also held teaching positions at Algonquin Collage and at the Ottawa School of Art, (summer Children and Teen’s program), where she is also completing her third and final year of the Fine Art Diploma program.  Josée was the recipient of the Robert Hyndman Painting and Drawing scholarship in 2016 as well as the Lillian Raport Memorial scholarship in 2018.  

Josée’s new abstract paintings are textured and organic with rich layers of earth toned colours which create a sense of movement and rhythm.  Her work is definitely influenced by her love of mark making and nature.      

Josée has exhibited her work in a number of group exhibitions associated with the Ottawa School of Art.

“Putting my pencil to paper is all about listening/trusting that the marks will reveal a new work worth pursuing.”  – Josée Van Dromme, Artist

About the Artist

Architectural designer, artist, and founder of Van Dromme Designs, Josée was born in Montreal and raised in Ottawa. Her love of art and design started at a young age and was refined after completing formal design and art education, working for over two decades in the design industry and teaching for the Interior Design program at Algonquin College. She currently divides her time between the worlds of design and art.  Josée's art is influenced by her love of mark making and the outdoors.