For Immediate Release: March 14, 2017

Mayor Crombie to Chair Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction in the AGM's 30th Anniversary Year

Above: The 2017 AGM Auction Committee Executive! From left to right: Sadaf Zuberi, AGM Business Operations Manager, Co-Chair Councillor John Kovac, Honourary Chair Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Co-Chairs and AGM Board Members Penelope Mathieson and Vandana Taxali. Photo: Jag Gundu.

(Mississauga) - Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie will serve as Honourary Chair of this year's Art Gallery of Mississauga's Fine Art Auction taking place on April 27, 2017. City Councillor and Chair of Mississauga's Culture, Arts & Heritage Committee, John Kovac, and AGM Board members Penelope Mathieson and Vandana Taxali will serve as Co-Chairs. This year's auction celebrates the AGM's 30th anniversary.
"As a passionate champion of arts and culture in our city, I'm honoured to be named as Chair of the fine art auction, one of our city's most anticipated art events for the AGM's 30th year," says Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "Over the past 30 years we have seen incredible growth in the arts with many diverse artists contributing to our vibrant and growing cultural sector."
The Annual Fine Art Auction is the biggest event of the year for the AGM and its primary fundraiser, in support of nationally recognized exhibitions and programs all with free admission at Mississauga's public gallery.
"We are thrilled to have Mayor Crombie and City Councillor Kovac as part of our major fundraising event of the year, particularly as we celebrate 30 years of excellence in bringing art to the community," says Penelope Mathieson. "This year's event will be bigger and better than ever with high quality art for auction, live entertainment and some special surprises."
"With an interest in furthering arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga and having recently helped establish an Ad Hoc Committee at the City for this purpose, I am delighted to accept this position of Co-Chair for the 2017 AGM Fine Art Auction, a truly wonderful event experience," says Councillor John Kovac.
"The Art Gallery of Mississauga's Annual Fine Art Auction includes some of the best Canadian artists all in one place, made even more special this year for its 30th Anniversary, with one of the best auctioneers in the country, Stephen Ranger," says Vandana Taxali. "This year's artists include Lila Lewis Irving, Claire Scherzinger, Kotama Bouabane, Charles Pachter, Bonnie Devine, Gary Taxali, Diyan Achjadi and many others, all carefully curated by AGM's Kendra Ainsworth."
The 2017 auction takes place on April 27, 2017. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by phone or online at   All artworks can be viewed in person during the public preview weekend at the gallery from Friday, April 21 - Monday, April 24 during regular gallery hours. The public auction preview opening reception takes place on Thursday, April 20, 6-8 pm. All are welcome.

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The  Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery located in  the Mississauga Civic Centre, right on Celebration Square and across from Square One Shopping Centre. The AGM is generously supported by the City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, private citizens and its members.

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The AGM provides platforms for exhibitions, collections and experimentation in contemporary culture with a recent focus on artists and cultural producers from Indigenous, newcomer and youth communities. Through a broad range of educational programs, artist projects and other forms of critical dialogue, the AGM seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide spaces where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways.
The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.

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