Fall at WAG – BOGO Friday Happy Hour and More!

Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 1, 2015: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to offer happy hour every Friday night with buy-one-get-one-free pricing from October 2 to November 27* (Fridays, 5-9pm). Visitors will have access to all the galleries at this special rate upon submitting their business card at entry. A cash bar will be available along with all the exhibitions, including the WAG’s fall blockbuster Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin, as well as NGC@WAG: Ron Mueck, which closes October 4.

“Relax after a long work week with a drink and outstanding art!” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “The WAG’s BOGO happy hour promotion continues our new tradition to make the WAG part of Friday night plans, which has proved very popular with thousands of visitors. The WAG is a community hub and we’re always looking for ways to become even more relevant. What better way to make art accessible than by offering a place to unwind after work.”

On view this fall, Olympus is a rare opportunity to see ancient Greek and Roman treasures on the prairies. Whether you’re an art lover, scholar, family with kids, or never been to a museum, you’ll be inspired by this extraordinary collection and the many different ways you can experience it. Olympus also includes viewports built by the Manitoba LEGO® Users Group, which are delighting visitors of all ages.

Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven features landscape paintings by the iconic group that have become symbols of a distinctly Canadian cultural identity. More Canadian perspectives are seen in Abstract Objectives (opens October 10), which includes paintings and sculpture underlining shifts in abstract art over the past 60 years. The WAG’s celebrated collection of Inuit art is showcased in The George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture, and The Inuit Art Centre Project (opens October 17), outlining the vision for an international centre to celebrate the art, culture, and land of the Inuit. Contemporary artist Ron Mueck’s hyper-realistic gigantic baby girl and shrinking old woman are on view until Sunday, October 4. 

Tickets to Olympus may be purchased online at olympus.wag.ca or at the WAG front desk. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #OLYMPUSWPG.

*Due to preparations for Gallery Ball 2015, no promotion will be offered Friday, October 16, 2015, and some galleries will be closed.

The WAG is also offering various programming opportunities in October planned in conjunction with Olympus. Feast with the Gods & Goddesses on October 29 is a three-course Mediterranean dinner at TABLE Restaurant, followed by an exhibition tour. Art for Lunch offers bite-sized programs from 12-1pm. Talks and tours are free with Gallery admission, videos are free. On October 7, take in Exploring Dionysos, God of Wine and Revelry with Dr. Allison Surtees, or plan to attend the BBC’s Who Were the Greeks on October 21. On October 24, enjoy the free seminar From Pet to Sacrificial Victim; The Multiple Roles of Animals in Greek and Roman Antiquity with Dr. Michael Mackinnon. To learn more about Olympus programming, visit olympus.wag.ca.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.



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