Richard Calver will present a talk at 2 p.m. that focuses on the Sybil Andrews linocut print Fleece.

Celebrate Sybil Andrews Day in Campbell River

Today her linocut prints are sought after internationally and have reached record prices

The Campbell River Arts Council invites the community to celebrate ‘Sybil Andrews Day’ on April 19 at the Willow Point Cottage, 2131 South Island Highway.

Declared by the City in 2007, April 19 is officially Sybil Andrews Day.

Born in Bury St. Edmunds, England, April 19, 1898, Andrews was a graduate of the Grosvenor School of Art, an institution world famous for its promotion of Futurism. Andrews was an early practitioner of linocut printing, a controversial medium championed by the Grosvenor School. She moved with her husband Walter Morgan to Campbell River in 1947, where she lived up until her death in 1992.  She taught art and music in her home for many years.

Today her linocut prints are sought after internationally and have reached record prices.  The Sybil Andrews Cottage was the first property on Campbell River’s Heritage Registry.  On April 19, beginning at 1 p.m., the Sybil Andrews Heritage Society will host the community at the cottage.

The children’s choir of Ecole de Monde will perform from 1:15-1:45 p.m. Andrew’s student Richard Calver, also an internationally recognized artist, will present a talk at 2 p.m. that focuses on the linocut print Fleece (shown, left). Currently in the Museum at Campbell River’s collection, this 1986 print features a sheep shearing scene from the Hudson farm in 1961. Calver will offer insights into Andrews’ style and working method.

The day will also feature children’s art, free coffee, tea and cake.  The mayor will cut the cake at 3 p.m.  Call the Arts Council at 923-0213 for more information.