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Campbell River, Art Galleries & Artists
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Why are you attracted to a particular painting, drawing or sculpture? Why do you make the choice to put it in your home? These questions form the premise for a new show entitled “Private Collection” that is currently on display at the Campbell River Art Gallery. This exhibition of pieces collected by local individuals and families, is as much about the relationship between the artwork, the collector, and often the artist, as it is about the art itself.
“I’ve had the unique opportunity to visit the homes of many art collectors in our region over the past few months,” states Manon Staiger, the curator for this exhibition. “I often felt that I was on a private tour of collections whose scope matched that of many national museums and galleries.” Each collector was asked to share his or her stories and recollections of each piece in their collection. “These histories re-emphasized for me that art appreciation and collection is a process that is uniquely personal,” states Staiger. Each piece has a story, whether it was purchased on travels across Canada, to Cuba or Hawaii, traded with fellow artists, or passed down through the generations from families that emigrated from Europe.
The exhibition features work from local, national and international artists. Some pieces date back to the 19th Century including a piece by Lucius O’Brien, who was the founding president of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (1880) and has paintings in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Some are more recent additions from contemporary artists like Tony Onley, Myfwanay Pavelic, Nicholas Bott and Suzy Raxlen. There are also several pieces by artists associated with Painters at Painters including Nancy Slaght, Ted Harrison, Alan Wylie and Robert Genn.
Staiger comments,”I was especially pleased to see that many of our local artists are featured in these collections”. Pieces by internationally renowned printmaker Sybil Andrews are prevalent as are those by many of her