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Business shelves its support for gallery

Dale Stevens of Campbell River Glass with the thick glass shelves now in use in the Campbell River Art Gallery’s satellite cases. Intricate wooden vehicles created by Ron Francis were the first works to be displayed on the shelves.  - Photo by Brian Kyle
Dale Stevens of Campbell River Glass with the thick glass shelves now in use in the Campbell River Art Gallery’s satellite cases. Intricate wooden vehicles created by Ron Francis were the first works to be displayed on the shelves.
— image credit: Photo by Brian Kyle

A donation from a Campbell River business has resulted in a huge improvement to the Campbell River Art Gallery’s ability to display art in its lobby exhibitions.

The gallery’s satellite cases, located in the lobby of the Centennial Building, are a showcase for local artists who wish to share their work with the community, but the fact that there was no shelving inside the cases meant it was difficult to display pottery, sculpture and other three-dimensional pieces.

During the summer of 2012, the gallery was planning to have an exhibit of stunning wooden vehicles created by local artisan Ron Francis, but the lack of shelves meant a logistical problem.

Longtime volunteer Brian Kyle heard about the issue, and approached Dale Stevens of Campbell River Glass with the conundrum.

The local business immediately created and donated thick glass shelving, custom cut for the satellite cases.

Francis’s exhibition was an enormous success with locals and visitors alike, who were impressed by his impeccable attention to detail.

“We were absolutely thrilled with this donation,” said CR Art Gallery executive director Jeanette Taylor. “Campbell River Glass’s contribution has meant a major improvement in our ability to display work in the satellite cases.”

The glass shelving is in use again in a current show of work created by students at Carihi and Timberline Secondary schools, which includes sculpture and other three-dimensional pieces.

“These shelves are a vast improvement and we are truly thankful to Campbell River Glass for being such a friend to the arts in our community,” said Gallery curator Liz Larsen Stoneberger.

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