Sybil Andrews' linocut 'Wings'

Sybil Andrews gets her day

Arts Council, heritage society host reception at Sybil Andrews cottage Sunday to recognize artist's life and work

The community is invited to the Sybil Andrews Cottage on Sunday, April 19, from 2-4 p.m. in celebration of Sybil Andrews Day.

The City of Campbell River declared in 2007 that annually April 19 would be officially recognized as Sybil Andrews Day in celebration of her birth in Bury St. Edmonds in 1898.  This Sunday the community is welcome at the Cottage (at 2131 South Island Highway in Willow Point) for tea, coffee and cake, hosted by the Campbell River Arts Council and the Sybil Andrews Heritage Society.

Sybil Andrews is a community treasure. Andrews was a graduate of the Grosvenor School of Art in England, an institution world famous for its promotion of English Futurism in the 1920s and ’30s.  She 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. She taught art and music in her home for 40 years. Today, her linocut prints are sought-after internationally and have reached record prices.

The Sybil Andrews Cottage was the first property to be put on the Campbell River Heritage Registry and is managed today by the Arts Council. Local officials will be on hand (speaking at 3 p.m.) and Sandra Parrish, Executive Director of the Museum, will give a short talk at 2:30 p.m. on Sybil’s collection donated to the Museum in the early 1990s.  Some prints from the collection will be on hand for viewing. The cake image this year is ‘Wings’, a linocut purchased by the Arts Council in the 1980s.

Bring the family for cake and conversation this Sunday and learn more about an international artist who made Campbell River her home.