New Campbell River Art Gallery director’s vision: inclusive, exciting and inspirational

Chief Curator and Executive Director, Vicky Chainey Gagnon (center) with Penny Gosselin (left) and Janet Lackey (right), event organizers for the Friends of the Campbell River Art Gallery.

With a background of twinkling lights and exquisite hand blown glass pieces by local artist Bob McLeod, Friends of the Campbell River Art Gallery recently hosted an evening gathering at the gallery to welcome new Executive Director & Chief Curator, Vicky Chainey Gagnon.

Gagnon brings to Campbell River a wealth of experience in the art world. She shared her vision of our community art gallery that is inclusive, exciting and inspirational and also presented information to us on her role as executive director and chief curator. In her address she gave all those present a clearer understanding of what the term “Contemporary Art” implies.

Friends of CRAG membership funds go toward supporting school tours and the very popular and well-attended Super Saturday Programs. There were 123 classes this past year for children and their families. Money generated by Friends is also used for adult classes, led this fall by well-known local artists, Mary Deveau, Caren Heine and Glenn Chambers.

Friends of CRAG will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in 2018. In the past, in order to enrich Friends’ knowledge and appreciation of art, the group has hosted speakers, organized art related local and out of town trips, attended art exhibitions, viewed private art collections, and visited numerous artists’ studios.

As the Art Gallery moves forward under the new executive director and chief curator’s vibrant leadership, all art lovers are invited to become members of Friends. Increasing membership to Friends of CRAG would give the gallery funding for new initiatives and would enhance the growth of present day programming. Friends will also begin taking active roles as ambassadors at gallery lectures and exhibition openings. Plans are underway for a “stay at home” Friends Tour with visits to studios of local artists as well as a return trip to the art rich area of Palm Springs.

Increasing membership to Friends of CRAG would give the gallery funding for new initiatives and would enhance the growth of present day programming. Friends will also begin taking active roles as ambassadors at gallery lectures and exhibition openings. Plans are underway for a “stay at home” Friends Tour with visits to studios of local artists as well as a return trip to the art rich area of Palm Springs.

Single Memberships are $150 annually, $250 per couple, $75 for local artists and $50 for students. With the Holiday Season upon us, what a perfect gift for the art lover on your Christmas List. For more: contact@crartgallery.ca or 250-287-2261.

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