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General · 5th February 2010
Jeanette Taylor
The City has put a survey in the local papers today (Feb 5) to get public response on our values, to direct budget planning.There are check boxes for arts/culture. I want to make sure all our supporters are among those who respond to this questionnaire. You can pick up a print copy of the survey here at the Campbell River Art Gallery, or respond via the City's website: (it's easy to access from the homepage, left side). I'm sending this info to all our supporters. Please take a minute to respond! Thanks.

Upcoming Friends' Programs: The Friends Committee met yesterday (with thanks to our hostess Irene Ross!), making plans for Friends activities this year. They've got some new and exciting ideas in the works!! You'll hear from your committee in the coming weeks.

Presentation on Arts & Culture in CR to City Council, Feb 9 at 6:30pm, Council Chambers: The CR Arts & Culture Alliance (gallery, museum, Tidemark, Arts Council, and City's Parks, Rec & Culture Dept) got a grant through the Union of BC Municipalities to conduct a study of the economic impact of the arts in CR. We hired Pauline Thompson of Comox (former CEO of Vancouver Museum) to conduct the study, and compile recommendations of ways arts and culture can expand upon its successes in CR. Her findings are impressive, giving a concrete dollars generated here by the arts, and her recommendations for ways to improve (particularly in collective marketing) are very focussed. Please join us for her slide show presentation to Council, if you're interested in this area of our town's future growth and potential.

Art & Antiques Appraisal Event: The date has been changed to March 21 (from March 20, when the Writer's Fest takes place), from 9 - 4:00. You can bring up to three items for an informal appraisal, with tickets selling at the door on the day, at the museum. Tickets are $10 per item. The event is offered by the museum and gallery.

AGM & Art Talk March 31: Join us for the Gallery's AGM at 6:00 pm, with elections and a brief report, followed by yummy snacks, and a talk by artist Oliver Kellhammer at 7pm in the Gallery studio. His illustrated talk is free for members and $5 for the public. I heard Kellhammer speak last year. He's a superb speaker, presenting an uplifting and inspiring subject. Kellhammer has taken on reviving a variety of destroyed public spaces, reviving them for public use in a really exciting way. He'll show us slides of his Vancouver Downtown Eastside project, once a wasteland of garbage and needles, and now a lush community garden. He'll also talk about the changing nature of art in public spaces – what artists are creating and what the public want and expect. This is very timely because CR is in the initial stages of putting together a public art policy.