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Queen's Page Lectures welcomes author Elizabeth Hay

A burgeoning lecture series presented by the Queen’s Department of English welcomes author Elizabeth Hay to campus next week to discuss “the page” – the act of writing, the writing life and community, or any aspect of putting words to paper the lecturer wants to explore.

“Queen’s English is very pleased to welcome award-winning author Elizabeth Hay to the university,” says Shelley King, Head of the department. “This series of lectures on ‘the page’ represents an exceptional opportunity for our students and the wider community to hear Canadian writers at the peak of their craft speak about their literary experiences. The concept is clever and catchy, and the first three speakers – Phil Hall, Erín Moure, Stan Dragland – have demonstrated convincingly the value of this series.”

The Page Lectures launched in 2012, when then-writer-in-residence Phil Hall proposed the event as a way to “invigorate and challenge the university and Kingston artistic communities.” At the same time, with a play on words, it was an opportunity to honour Joanne Page, a local poet and artist. Ms. Page passed away in early 2015 of cancer. The series invites men and women writers alternately each year.

Elizabeth Hay visits campus Oct. 27 to present the fourth-annual Page Lectures. Photo: Thies Bogner

“This is the first year of the lectures without Joanne. She represented the spirit of place for Kingston’s writing community,” says Mr. Hall, Director of the Page Lectures. “It will be a very special event this year, announcing and celebrating all of the support that has come forward for our series in the past year. Liz Hay is the perfect writer to have at this time. We are all looking forward to her talk.”

After Ms. Page’s death, the Department of English pledged $25,000 from its Alumni Fund to act as seed-money for a new fund that would endow “The Page Lectures” in perpetuity. The fund recognizes both Joanne’s contribution to Canadian writing and the importance of the newly inaugurated lecture series to creative writing within the department and the wider community. Dr. Steven Page, Joanne’s husband, matched this gift, and with further support from other family members and friends, the Joanne Page Lecture Fund was established in September 2015.

Ms. Page was a cherished member of the Kingston and Canadian literary scenes, with three books of poetry: The River and The Lake (1993), Persuasion for a Mathematician (2003), and Watermarks (2008), nominated for the Trillium Prize. She was also a talented painter and for many years, she wrote a column for the Whig-Standard called In Other Words, which focused on feminist issues and wisdom.

In years past, the Page Lectures welcomed writer Stan Dragland, who spoke about the life and work of Ms. Page; and poet Erín Moure, who wrote about experiments to expand the concept of what a page can mean for experimental and digital writing. In the inaugural year, Mr. Hall’s lecture, Notes From Gethsemani, spoke of monk’s libraries, the history of pages, vellum, and manuscripts.

Both Phil Hall’s lecture and Stan Dragland’s lecture have since been published in small book form.

Elizabeth Hay — this fall also promoting her new novel, His Whole Life — will present her public lecture Tuesday Oct. 27 at 2:30 pm in Watson Hall, Room 517. All welcome. More information is available on Facebook.

Grant will make Inuit art exhibition a reality

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre has received a substantial grant of $261,937 from the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, it was announced Friday.

[Norman Vorano]
Norman Vorano is the Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art.

The grant, the largest received by the gallery from this source, will be allocated over a three-year period. It supports an extraordinary exhibition of graphite drawings under the title Drawing from the Past: Picturing Inuit Modernity in the North Baffin Region, 1964. The show will be featured at the Agnes in 2017, with a national tour to follow.

Created in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and the Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Facility in Clyde River, Nunavut, Drawing from the Past will examine a tumultuous era in the history of Canada’s Arctic through the display and interpretation of a unique collection of Inuit drawings made in 1964. The drawings, created by Inuit men and women from the North Baffin communities of Clyde River, Pond Inlet, and Arctic Bay, document the thoughts, apprehensions, memories and observations of Nunavummiut during a time of social upheaval. The pieces entered the collection of the Canadian Museum of History in 2014.

Norman Vorano, Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art, will lead the project. The exhibition is the first effort to bring this collection to the public in 30 years. Dr. Vorano says the project represents a special opportunity.

“The partnership with Piqqusilirivvik will ensure an informed, culturally rich interpretive framework for presenting these drawings, and opens a new channel of engagement with Canada’s Aboriginal population,” he says. “Reflecting contemporary discussions in curatorial practice, the exhibition seeks a realignment of the relationship between Indigenous and settler perspectives on non‐Western art through an emphasis upon the intangible elements of visual arts — the stories, memories and voices associated with the drawings.”

Agnes Director Jan Allen points out that the cultural exchange embedded in Drawing from the Past takes the work of the gallery in a new direction.

“With the support of MAP and the help of our partners, these drawings — tangible traces of cross‐cultural encounter from half a century ago — will come to life through reflective interviews with the people of their community of origin,” she says. “In conceiving this project, Norman Vorano has cultivated a fresh collaborative approach that promises to be revelatory for all involved.”

In addition to his role at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Dr. Vorano is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Queen’s University.

For more information, contact Diana Gore, administrative coordinator, at (613) 533.2190 or diana.gore@queensu.ca.

 

 

Queen's National Scholar in running for literary award

Armand Ruffo, the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Languages and Literatures, is in the running for a Governor General's Literary Award it was announced Wednesday.

[Armand Ruffo]
Armand Ruffo is a Governor General's Literary Award finalist for his book  Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird. (Photo by Bernard Clark) 

Mr. Ruffo is a finalist in the non-fiction category for his work Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, a biography of the innovative and controversial Ojibway painter.

Mr. Ruffo, who teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature and Department of Drama, says he is surprised by the nomination and considers it an honour to be included among “such fine writers.”

Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird took numerous years to write because of the huge amount of primary research that I had to do, and the way that I wanted to integrate this material into a compelling narrative, and so it is wonderful to hear that the book may not simply fall into the proverbial ‘big black hole’ and disappear quickly from sight,” he says. “Ultimately, it’s the writing that matters, and I think the nomination should help the book come to the attention of potential readers, and for a writer – at least for me – this is the best thing about the nomination.” 

Mr. Ruffo, who has produced poetry, plays and biographies, as well as a feature-length film, says that what drives his creativity is a desire to share the stories and histories of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

Since arriving at Queen’s in 2014, Mr. Ruffo has continued his multi-disciplinary juggling act teaching classes in the Department of English Language and Literature and School of Drama and Music, and has become active with Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.

Another finalist with Queen’s connections is Helen Humphreys, a Kingston-based writer who is on the short list for the fiction prize for her book The Evening Chorus. Ms. Humphreys was the Writer-in-Residence at the Department of English Language and Literature in 2009.

Sir Terry Matthews to speak at Queen’s

One of Canada’s most renowned technology entrepreneurs will deliver an engaging talk as part of the Principal’s Forum. 

Sir Terry Matthews, one of Canada’s premier technology entrepreneurs, will visit campus on Oct. 15 as part of the Principal’s Forum distinguished lecture series. Sir Matthews will lead an engaging and interactive discussion about his experiences as an entrepreneur and business magnate, with the theme, “Go Global Fast.”

[Sir Terry Matthews]
Sir Terry Matthews will visit the Queen's University campus on Oct. 15 as part of the Principal’s Forum distinguished lecture series.

“I am delighted to welcome Sir Terry Matthews to Queen’s. His tremendous success in business and lifetime of experience in entrepreneurship makes him an excellent choice to take part in this forum,” says Dr. Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “It is my hope that the members of the Queen’s and greater Kingston community will leave his talk with a much better idea of just how much can be accomplished with hard work and a vision."

Sir Terry is the founder and chairman of investment management firm Wesley Clover International. Since 1972, he has either founded or funded more than 100 companies, including Newbridge Networks, which he started in 1986 and has since grown to be a leader in the worldwide data networking industry, and Mitel, a current world leader in the design and manufacture of enterprise communications systems and software. 

In addition to being the chairman of Wesley Clover, Sir Terry is also chairman of a number of private and publicly traded companies, including Mitel, Solace Systems and CounterPath. He also sits on the board of directors of several other companies. In 1994, he was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire and, in 2001, as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was awarded a knighthood. A resident of Ottawa, Sir Matthews maintains close ties with his native Wales.

Sir Terry’s public talk will take place in the Goodes Hall Commons in the Smith School of Business (143 Union St.) from noon to 1 pm on Oct. 15. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Established in 2012, the Principal’s Forum is a public lecture series that takes place on Queen’s campus. It enables the principal to invite distinguished visitors to campus to speak on issues of interest to the Queen’s community. Past speakers include The Rt. Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

 

Queen's hosting Matariki colloquium

[Gauvin Bailey]
Gauvin Bailey (Art History), the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, is the keynote speaker for the Religion Across the Humanities: A Matariki Humanities Colloquium. (University Communications) 

The role of religion within the humanities is the focus of an international conference being hosted by Queen’s University from Oct. 1-3.

Starting Thursday, Queen’s will host Religion Across the Humanities: A Matariki Humanities Colloquium, bringing together scholars from the seven member institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities.

The highlight of the event is the keynote presentation by Queen’s own Gauvin Bailey (Art History), the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art. Dr. Bailey will offer up an engaging talk, that is open to the public, entitled “The Spiritual Rococo: Décor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia” on Thursday, from 6-6:45 pm in Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library.

In his presentation, Dr. Bailey will address some “fundamental conundrums” that impede the understanding of 18th-Century aesthetics, culture, and religion, including why Rococo, a profane, self-consciously private manner of ornamenting the French aristocratic home turned into one of the world’s most popular manifestations of the sacred and why is Rococo still treated as a decadent nemesis of the Enlightenment when the two had fundamental characteristics in common?

“I seek to answer these questions by treating Rococo as a global phenomenon and by exploring its moral and spiritual dimensions through the lens of populist French religious literature of the day—a body of work I call the ‘Spiritual Rococo,’” Dr. Bailey says. “I will trace Rococo’s development from France through Central Europe, Portugal, Brazil, and Spanish South America by considering the parallel diffusion of the style itself and the literature of the Spiritual Rococo in these same regions. One of my ultimate goals is to acknowledge Rococo’s essential modernity.”

He adds that such events hosted by the MNU are important because they bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines but with key interests in common.

“In this case the colloquium is focussed on religion, a critical aspect of research and teaching in many fields,” he says. “The opportunity for cross-disciplinary dialogue made possible by the Matariki Humanities Colloquium make these connections happen.”

The MNU is an international group of leading, like-minded universities. Along with Queen’s, member institutions include: Dartmouth College (US); Durham University (England); Uppsala University (Sweden; University of Tubingen (Germany); University of Western Australia; and University of Otago (New Zealand).

Dr. Bailey also is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Correspondent Étranger, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France.

Sketch comedy troupe coming back to Queen's

[She Said What]
She Said What is an all female sketch comedy troupe made up of four Queen's graduates – from left, Megan MacKeigan, Marni Van Dyk, Emma Hunter and Carly Heffernan. (Supplied photo)

They’re all women, they’re all graduates of Queen’s and, now, they are all returning to the university.

Award-winning sketch comedy troupe She Said What will be at Queen’s on Monday, Sept. 21 for a series of workshops with current students of the Department of Drama and Music, as well as a performance at Theological Hall in the evening.

The troupe is made up of four alumni – Emma Hunter, Marni Van Dyk, Carly Heffernan, and Megan MacKeigan, all Artsci’07 – who met while performing with Queen’s Players. Following graduation, they each moved to Toronto and formed their own group as a way to continue doing comedy and to create their own performance opportunities in Toronto.

As Ms. MacKeigan explains, the four are very much looking forward to performing again at Queen’s, particularly for the three others who either majored or minored in Drama.

“It’ll be great to go back and, I didn’t but all the others performed on that same stage so it’ll be quite nostalgic to come back and perform, especially for the Drama 100 class at 1 pm on Monday,” she says. “They all took that class when they started at Queen’s so it’ll be neat to see these budding young students in their second week of class.”

Ms. MacKeigan studied Applied Economics and is now a lawyer.

She Said What has performed in the Toronto and Chicago Sketch Comedy Festivals, won the Second City best of the fest at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for best sketch troupe.

They were invited back to Queen’s by Director of the Queen's School of Drama and Music Craig Walker. He says it was an easy decision to ask them to come back.

“She Said What is a very funny, very entertaining sketch comedy troupe. They really put the lie to the stupid old canard that ‘women aren’t funny,’” he says. “So the main reason I invited them is that they will be very entertaining.  But the other reason I invited them is that they are terrific examples of successful alumni.”

Since graduating, the members of the troupe have had interesting and successful careers, Dr. Walker points out, adding that they have accomplished this by being “resourceful and flexible and often by creating their own work in a remarkably joyous way.”

Ms. Hunter has appeared on CBC's Mr. D as well as CTV's Spun Out, Pop Quiz, Match Game. Ms. Heffernan is also a Second City alumni and now writes and teaches with the company as well as a number of television shows. She also is a very active voiceover actor. Ms. Van Dyk  is a television producer, writer and producer of short films. She is also an actor on a number of web series and other television shows. Ms. MacKeigan is the new chair of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, vice-president Queen's Players Toronto and a partner in a law firm.

 She Said What will perform at Theological Hall at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Five new shows featured at the Agnes

[Agnes Fall Season Launch]
This fall the Agnes Etherington Art Centre offers exhibits featuring works by (clockwise from top-left): Ulrich Panzer, Carl Beam, Judy Radul and Marcia Perkins.(Supplied Photos)

Autumn at Queen’s brings a flurry of activity with the return of students and the beauty of the vibrant colours of the changing leaves.

It also brings a lineup of new exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Five new shows – Judy Radul: Closeup, The Breakdown; Ulrich Panzer: The Blind Man’s Song; Carl Beam: Critical Beginnings; The First Five: Portraits from The Kingston Prize; and A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection –  will be launched at a special event at the Agnes on Thursday Sept. 24 from 5-7 pm.

Each of the shows will run from late August to Dec. 6.

Feature Exhibition

JUDY RADUL: CLOSEUP, THE BREAKDOWN

In Judy Radul: Closeup, The Breakdown the Internationally-acclaimed Vancouver artist builds a machine for viewing the gallery differently. Her new work for this show is a gallery-wide choreographed live-camera installation using programmed cameras and thrift shop mirrors.

As the Queen’s University Visiting Artist in Residence at the Agnes and the Department of Film and Media, Ms. Radul will take part in a series of public and course-based events, from Sept. 18 through Oct. 7, to create exchanges with her playful methods. On Sept. 22 at 6 pm at The Isabel Screening Room, Ms. Radul will take part in a dialogue titled, “This is Television: Process and Technology,” with art critic and founder of MOMUS Sky Goodden. On Sept. 30 at 7 pm, a public talk titled “Breaking down, turning up” will take place at the Agnes and will feature Ms. Radul and Queen’s Film and Media faculty member and media artist, Gary Kibbins.

Contemporary Art Exhibitions

ULRICH PANZER: THE BLIND MAN’S SONG

In The Blind Man’s Song Kingston-based artist Ulrich Panzer makes “songs of light” paintings that draw the senses into a synesthetic perception of musical chords. The artist will offer an in-gallery sound performance on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2-3 pm.

THE FIRST FIVE: PORTRAITS FROM THE KINGSTON PRIZE

The First Five: Portraits from The Kingston Prize brings together the winning works from the first decade of The Kingston Prize by: Mike Bayne, Joshua Choi, Richard Davis, Marcia Perkins and Andrew Valko. Presented in collaboration with The Kingston Prize, and with the support of the Davies Charitable Foundation, this exhibition complements the launch of The Kingston Prize 2015 finalists’ show Oct. 9 to 25 at the Firehall Theatre in Gananoque.

Historical Art Exhibitions

CARL BEAM: CRITICAL BEGINNINGS

In Carl Beam: Critical Beginnings Curators Alicia Boutilier and Norman Vorano highlight the watercolours, experimental screen printing and painted earthenware of one of Canada’s most innovative Indigenous artists.

A STORY OF CANADIAN ART: AS TOLD BY THE HART HOUSE COLLECTION

The Agnes presents the major touring exhibition A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection, which features classic Canadian landscapes alongside stunning modern portraits, still lifes and abstracts from renowned Canadian artists as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, Yvonne McKague Housser, A. Y. Jackson, J. E. H. MacDonald, David Milne, Tom Thomson, and F. H. Varley. Curated by Christine Boyanoski, A Story of Canadian Art is organized and circulated by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada). The exhibition is financially supported by the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Image: Emily Carr, Kitwancool Totems,

Continuing Exhibitions

Artists in Amsterdam from The Bader Collection of European Art, and Protection and Social Harmony in the Art of West and Central Africa from the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection.

Curtain rises on School of Drama and Music

For years, drama and music scholarship have been regarded as separate fields of study. Slowly, though, that’s changing, and Queen’s School of Music and the Department of Drama have come together to take advantage of that trend.

The School of Drama and Music officially came into existence on July 1 after years of planning. Queen’s Senate approved the merger in April.

[Craig Walker and Ireneus Zuk]
Craig Walker (left) will serve as the interim director of the Queen's School of Drama and Music while Ireneus Zuk will become the interim associate director.

“Collaborations between music and drama are natural, and dialogue between these scholarly fields is now increasing,” says Craig Walker, who will serve as interim director of the new school during the transition period. “While the merger arose in part by the need to use resources more efficiently and boost the units’ profile within the Faculty of Arts and Science, it’s really an aspirational move rather than one of desperation. We want to become an innovative unit that provides enhanced teaching, research and creative work at the intersection of music and theatre.”

The two departments have collaborated in the past. Before the merger, the units worked together to offer a musical theatre course. Furthermore, faculty members collaborated on a number of independent study courses and on some research projects.

The merger will allow for an expansion of that work and support excellence in the study of musical theatre.

“Musical theatre is rife for innovation as it enjoys a rapid international expansion and embraces new forms of cultural exchange,” Dr. Walker says. “We want to look at musical theatre in an integrated way that gives student opportunities to explore different areas of the endeavour.”

One major initiative made possible by the merger is a new Bachelor of Musical Theatre program Queen’s is developing with St. Lawrence College. The school is also looking at creating a graduate diploma in arts leadership in collaboration with staff at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. In fact, the opening of the Isabel further spurred on the merger, which had been discussed for several years.

“The world-class teaching and performance spaces in the Isabel have enhanced the learning experience for both drama and music students,” Dr. Walker says. “We believe that by working together, we can elevate our programs to match the professionalism and prestige that comes with sharing quarters in that beautiful building.”

All degree plans in Drama and Music will continue to be offered in the new school. Dr. Walker notes that he expects they will be enhanced by the merger as students will now have more opportunities to branch out and take different courses. Ireneus Zuk will serve as interim associate director of the new school during the transition period. Dr. Zuk is a professor and renowned pianist.

The Artists Among Us: A creative canvas of hot wax

[Christine Jamieson]
Artist Christine Jamieson, seen in her home studio, says she enjoys encaustic painting because it's “very sculptural.” Below are three of her paintings. The dinosaur (not encaustic) was part of the on the wall street art festival in Kingston. (Submitted Photos)

Christine Jamieson loves the process of working on an encaustic painting. The art form is also called hot wax painting, and involves just that: heating up wax. The melted wax can then be pigmented and applied to a surface, whether it be wood, paper or canvas.

[Christine Jamieson - Sun]“It’s very sculptural,” says Ms. Jamieson, who works at Queen’s as a graphic designer in the marketing department of University Relations. “There are so many ways to express yourself. I love carving into the wax once it has dried, and if I’m not happy with something, it’s easy to scrape off.”

At Queen’s since 2008, Ms. Jamieson works full-time but finds that she migrates into her home studio after her young daughter is asleep, often working from 8 or 9 pm till close to midnight. Alternatively, on some weekends, her daughter and partner may head out for a few hours and she steals away to work on a piece.

“It’s really therapeutic. Right now I am working on a series influenced by my mother, who has started to prematurely lose her short-term memory. I am trying to find a way to express the way she sees the world, the immediacy. She lives so much in the present and is so captivated by details – the light of the water in a swimming pool, or the texture of a sofa cushion,” says Ms. Jamieson.

[Christine Jamieson - Worm]“She is also trying to hold onto moments, taking bits of tangible things – a paper cup from a burger place that she’s written our names on – so she doesn’t forget them. I think bringing her into my painting is one of my ways to cope with her illness.”

Ms. Jamieson has always been creative but she didn’t start painting steadily until she took a workshop in encaustics back in 2007, and loved the form. She slowly built up her studio and now enjoys using many different media in her paintings, including photos and other paints, such as watercolours and oils. She is also starting to get into illustration. 

Much of what Ms. Jamieson does at home feeds into her work at Queen’s, even if it’s simply on a sub-conscious level. In marketing, she designs print and electronic material for the university, including viewbooks, magazines, web pages and identity development. 

[Christine Jamieson - Skirt]“I don’t often think about it, but the imaginative work I do in my painting does work its way into my designs. If, for some reason, I’ve been thinking about dinosaurs at home – maybe working on something with my daughter – somehow that playful element, even if it’s not dinosaurs, will work itself into the designs. That vibe is in there.”

Ms. Jamieson has exhibited her work in several exhibitions in Kingston, and works on commission. View more of her paintings at christinejamieson.com. She is also interested in starting a lunch-hour field sketching group – if you’re interested, contact her at jamiesnc@queensu.ca

A new acquisition for the Agnes

Jacquelyn N. Coutré remembers what it felt like when she learned that she had successfully acquired an important Old Master painting for the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. 

“I felt tremendous exhilaration,” she recalls. “There may have been a little dance in my office as well.”

[Ruth and Naomi]
JanVictors, Ruth and Naomi, 1653, oil on canvas, 108.6 x 137.2 cm, Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2015 (58-002). Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s, Inc.

For Dr. Coutré, the acquisition of the painting by Jan Victors, entitled  Ruth and Naomi, is a significant one for a number of reasons. Not only is it the first painting by the artist to enter into the gallery’s permanent collection, it also rounds out the scope of its Old Master works – specifically those by Rembrandt and his followers.

While Dr. Coutré, the Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art at the Agnes, says it is unclear whether Victors studied formally with Rembrandt around 1640, the painting, which was created in 1653, certainly takes elements of his style in its gestures and facial expressions.

Ruth and Naomi depicts a scene from the Old Testament’s Book of Ruth (1:15-17) in which the widowed Israelite Naomi urges her widowed Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth, to return to her people to find a new husband. Ruth, however, vows to stand by Naomi as widows related by marriage, even though it means that Ruth could forgo remarrying and having a family.

“Victors has captured just this moment, when Ruth pledges her allegiance to Naomi, and the latter struggles to accept her decision. It really pares down a complicated narrative to the most essential emotional moment of the story,” Dr. Coutré explains.

While Rembrandt was working on a small scale, Ruth and Naomi is an impressive 109 x 137 cm – a large painting by the standards of the day.

“When you think about Dutch paintings, they tend to be small because they had to fit in tall, narrow Dutch homes,” she says. “This painting would have made a statement in a variety of ways, not the least of which is because of its size.”

The painting, which was purchased with the support of the Bader Acquisition Fund, has special significance because it was a work that Dr. Alfred Bader himself had once wished to purchase at auction in 1988.

“At the time, he went for another painting that is now in the Agnes collection,” says Dr. Coutré, “but he had always regretted not buying it. It stayed in his mind. So he was excited when he saw that it was coming up at auction. It was really the fulfillment of one of his collecting desires.”

While Dr. Coutré and Dr. Bader discussed the possibility of acquiring Ruth and Naomi for the Agnes collection together, it was she who put in the successful bid on behalf of the gallery. “I really wanted it,” she says happily of her first acquisition since stepping into her role at the Agnes in April of this year. “It’s simply a gorgeous painting.”

Dr. Coutré anticipates that Ruth and Naomi will be exhibited for the first time in the summer of 2017 as part of an exhibition celebrating Dr. Bader’s many years as an art collector and marking his 50-year relationship with the Agnes.

For more about Ruth and Naomi, visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s website.

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