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Celebrate Burnaby Art Gallery's 50th Anniversary

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In 2017, the Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) celebrates its 50th anniversary with a full year of special events, exhibitions and programs.

The BAG has been a staple of the Metro Vancouver fine arts community for fifty years. With an exhibition track record that has featured luminaries from the Canadian art scene and a Permanent Collection of over 5000 works of art, the gallery has earned a reputation as an outstanding supporter of artists and art production. 

The 2017 gallery theme is reminiscent of home and place, reflection and celebration and features a blockbuster lineup of contemporary exhibitions, the 35th Anniversary of Arts Alive and a special 50th Anniversary Celebration in July. There will be plenty of opportunities for the public to share the excitement with special receptions throughout the spring and summer months. 

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The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting
July 14-September 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13, 7-9pm | Everyone welcome

* Featuring live entertainment, refreshments, and opening remarks.

To honour the BAG’s 50th anniversary, The Ornament of a House is a showcase of selected masterworks from the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. Curated by Ellen Van Einjsbergen and Jennifer Cane, the exhibition includes historic works by European masters Francisco Goya and Rembrandt van Rijn as well as contemporary works by top BC artists such as Torrie Groening, Susan Point, Bill Reid, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt. 

Accompanying the exhibition, the deluxe publication The Ornament of a House features 50 high quality reproductions of the selected works alongside 50 essays by artists, art historians, collectors and critics as well as past and present curatorial staff. The book also features a history of Ceperley House and a chronology tracking the evolution of the house and gallery.

The Ornament of a House is available for purchase at the gallery from July 13. 

About the Gallery
Since 1967, the Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting a contemporary and historical visual art by local, national and internationally recognized artists. The BAG acts as a leader in the collection, preservation and exhibition of artists who choose to work on paper–the only public art museum in Canada dedicated to works of art on paper. The BAG cares for and manages over 5,000 works of art in the City of Burnaby’s Permanent Art Collection. 

The Burnaby Art Gallery is located in a heritage house surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens. Guests of the gallery often remark on the beauty of the place; patrons experience a sense of welcome as they explore exhibitions installed in rooms that once belonged to a stately mansion. Visitors take part in programs in the Fireside Room, the home’s former billiards room and parlour, and read artist books in the sun-drenched Turret Room. In the summer months, events spill out onto the gracious veranda, a popular site for wedding ceremonies. For many there is a sense of fond attachment to the building itself; perhaps encouraged by a notion of genteel living associated with manor homes of the era. Over the past fifty years, the familiarity and warmth of this environment have firmly established the Burnaby Art Gallery as a welcoming home for the visual arts in Burnaby.

For more information about the gallery’s exhibitions, programs, and tours, call 604-297-4422. Located in the beautiful surroundings of Deer Lake Park, the Burnaby Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday, 12noon to 5pm. Admission is by donation; suggested donation $5.